September 2017 Sections Update

  • October 01, 2017

The CBABC Family Law Sections create a stronger community of family law lawyers across BC, promoting better knowledge of family law and fostering collaboration among counsel for the purposes of better servicing clients. 

To promote education and networking in the field of family law, the CBABC supports seven Family Law Sections across BC, regionally representing hubs in the Fraser Valley, Kamloops, Nanaimo, Okanagan, Vancouver, Victoria, and New Westminster. These Sections hosted a combined 37 Section meetings/events during the 2016/2017 term, with 600+ registrants, welcoming more than 50 guest speakers. The 2017/2018 term looks promising, as these Sections have spent the summer planning meetings to meet your professional development essentials needs.

Family Law | Vancouver 

The Family Law – Vancouver Section aims to help Section members find diverse educational opportunities and provide members with a chance to catch up with colleagues for the 2017/2018 term. The Section will be hosting a meeting that involves a prominent mediator to speak about effective counsel techniques during mediation, a business valuator from Alberta to discuss different approaches for valuing interests in discretionary trusts, and a leading business valuator/mediator
to provide both technical and practical tips to resolve tricky income determination issues for self-employed payers. The Section will also be hosting meetings this year that involve senior counsel offering tips for cross-examination of experts and a meeting addressing how to deal with taxation of accounts and settling costs awards. The Section will host its annual dinner in the spring, and to wrap up the year, will host its end-of-year social event in the summer.

Family Law | Fraser Valley 

The Family Law – Fraser Valley Section will be hosting a few Section meetings this year, including a meeting on October 18 with guest speakers Phil Riddell, Philip A. Riddell Law Corporation, and W. Martin Finch, QC, Baker Newby LLP, who will touch on ethics and professional conduct. In November, Kevin Dorsey will be presenting on the use of Our Family Wizard for moderate to high conflict cases. The Section is looking into arranging a Court of Appeal judge and counsel for the court to present at a meeting in early 2018.

Family Law | Nanaimo 

The Family Law – Nanaimo Section is hosting a variety of topics this year, which include the following: Access to Justice in the Family Courts, Awareness of Cultural/Religious Factors in Family Law Cases, CFCSA Cases (from the Director’s Counsel’s perspective), Family Law Practice Management Tips/Advice, and High Conflict Litigants: Strategies for Client Management. 

Family Law | Westminster 

The Family Law –Westminster Section will be hosting a meeting in October, with Greg Williamson, Grant Thornton LLP, who will present a primer on business valuations, discussing pitfalls that all lawyers should be on the lookout for.

Wills & Trusts| Vancouver 

The Wills & Trusts – Vancouver Section hosted four meetings this past term, with more than 200 in-person registrants and just as many watching remotely by webinar from their homes/offices. 

The Section has been busy planning a full slate of meetings for the 2017/2018 term for you. Check your schedules and save these dates!

On October 24 – guest speaker Nick P. Smith, Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers, will present “Tax Strategies for Estate Planners: Opportunities and Impending Changes.”

On November 28, the Section welcomes Mary Hamilton & Emma Ferguson, Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP to present “Discretionary Trusts: Considerations and Pitfalls from a Family Law and Estate Perspective.” Turning to the new year, start your 2018 LSBC CPD reporting year on January 30th with a presentation on “Digital Assets from an Estate Planning and Estate Administration Perspective.” February 27 will welcome another speaker from Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers, Cheyenne Reese, who will follow up the Sections October 24 meeting on tax strategies with a discussion on “US Estate Planning Considerations.” March 27 will bring an important discussion to bear, “Wills and Estates Issues for Children.” On May 8, the Section will host a joint meeting with the Estate Planning Council of Vancouver – topic TBA. Bringing the year full circle, the Section will end the term on June 5th with a presentation on “Estate Planning by Power of Attorney and Committee.” 

Keep an eye out for the formal meeting notices, and register early so you do not miss the opportunity to take part in these highly sought after Section meetings.

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Your 2017/2018 Section Executive

Did you know, 420+ CBA members have volunteered to lead the BC Branch’s 76 Sections this term? Do you have a topic in mind that you specialize in and are interested in presenting to members of your Section? Reach out to the Chair of your Section(s) and discuss these and other opportunities with them. Get in touch and get involved!