Technology can significantly enhance your mediation practice in terms of facilitating autonomy, accessing remote clients and increasing the efficiency of your practice. That said, proper risk management procedures must be put in place to ensure the security of your practice and to protect confidential client information. This concise overview will outline the various technology options [...]
Presented by the CBA's Legal Profession Assistance Conference, the Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association and the National Law Practice Management and Technology Section live via webconference The advantages of cloud computing, virtual or online law practices and unbundling of legal services are getting a lot of press – convenience to clients, reduced overhead expenses, remote access, [...]
Reflections of a Divorce Lawyer: The Utility (and Not) of Email Exchanges Between Spouses as Evidence
In matrimonial proceedings, our clients often provide us volumes of email exchanges between the separated spouses which purport to be helpful to the cause. According to them, the missives, for example, show how the other side is denying access or deliberately concealing income, or whatever other issue is in contention. Indeed, sometimes the exchanges are [...]
BC’s new Family Law Act will – for the first time in BC history – set rules about parentage when children are conceived using assisted reproduction. The potential surrogate and intended parent(s) must enter an agreement before the child is born. The intended parent(s) will be the legal parents if no one withdraws from the agreement before birth, the surrogate gives written consent to surrender the child when the child is born, and the intended parent(s) take the child into their care.
New BC Family Law Act to define who legal parents are when a sperm donor, egg donor or embryo donor is used
BC’s new Family Law Act will – for the first time in BC history – set rules about parentage when children are conceived using assisted reproduction. The birth mother and her spouse will be the legal parents, and the donor will not be a legal parety only on the basis of donation.
Canadian Centre for Elder Law announces the online launch of its report, Elder and Guardianship Mediation
Generously funded by the Law Foundation of British Columbia, this report is the first comprehensive and internationally comparative study of elder and guardianship mediation in Canada. As a person ages, mediation may be used to resolve disagreements in the context of estate planning, financial planning, organizing caregiving, developing a housing plan, discussing lifestyle choices—varied circumstances where [...]
CKNW - Sept15-11 - 1.30pm- Interview with Monique (part 1) CKNW - Sept15-11 - 1.40pm - Interview with Monique (part 2) Sperm donors are used by heterosexual couples with fertility challenges, by same-sex couples and by single women. What are the implications? In this interview, CKNW host Simi Sara and I discuss: Recent reports of [...]
The Adult Guardianship and Planning Statutes Amendment Act, 2007 (the “Act”) came into force on September 1, 2011 and revises the Power of Attorney Act (“POAA”), Representation Agreement Act and Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act (“HCC”). The amendments to the POAA provide greater legislative certainty in both creating and exercising enduring powers [...]
I had the opportunity to speak with CKNW’s Marcella Bernardo this weekend about anonymity of sperm donors in light of the recent landmark case Pratten v B.C. (A.G.) – Listen to or download the interview here My view is that the underlying idea of the decision – that donor conceived children need to have access [...]
I was on the Bill Good Show on Monday, June 13th, 2011 to talk about the evolution and increasing use of social media in the context of family law. A description of and an audio link to the interview are below: TURNING TO FACEBOOK TO CATCH A CHEATER: SOCIAL MEDIA AND DIVORCE New York congressman [...]