Limited Scope Retainer Project – helping lawyers and the public they serve

Attention Alberta lawyers! The Limited Scope Retainer Project is about helping lawyers provide more limited legal services to more clients, and about letting people who might not otherwise be able to hire a lawyer know that other options are available. The Project connects Albertans with lawyers who will help with just part of the case, not all of it.

Limited legal services include: giving legal advice, including second opinions; drafting court papers, such as applications and affidavits; drafting other legal documents like wills and powers of attorney; going to court for settlement conferences or hearings; and, providing on-going advice and coaching while you run your own legal case.

There are already over 50 Alberta lawyers currently involved and the Limited Scope Retainer Project is seeking additional lawyers to join. The project will run until October 2018. For more information click Limited Scope Retainer Project or visit albertalegalservices.com

Save the Date: October 11, 2017 “Working with Vulnerable Clients” workshop, Calgary

Attention lawyers, articling students and law students:

JOIN US OCTOBER 11, 2017 AT MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY:

Save the Date- working with Vulnerable Clients
The workshop is for all lawyers, articling students, and law students. Through simulation and skill building exercises, participants will learn practical skills to work with vulnerable clients.

The workshop is a project of the Justice Sector Constellation of Enough for All, Calgary’s Poverty Reduction Initiative, in partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance, Mount Royal University, and Pro Bono Law Alberta.

Details to follow in August.

Calgary Resilience Symposium March 18

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Marital breakdown causes a flood of emotions and a shaken sense of security. Taking decisive actions restores dignity and helps build resilience. ACES, the Association of A Community Engaged in Sharing, encourages media to inform their audience about the Calgary Resilience Symposium where people can learn about and discuss the variety of supports available to individuals and families facing decisions about one of the biggest life changes they will experience.

WHAT:  A full day of lectures and learnings from professionals who will answer questions pertaining to family matters, legal issues, financial planning and insurance inquiries, as well as mental and physical health topics. Everyone’s focus is on helping participants to make the right decisions for moving forward.

WHO:  Keynote Speakers at the Calgary Divorce Symposium include:

  • Nicole Sherren – Alberta Wellness Initiative 
  • Cyndy Morin – Resolve Legal Group
  • John-Paul Boyd – Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family
  • Sharon Numerow – Certified Divorce Financial Specialist
  • Dr. Sue Clark – Psychologist 

WHERE:  Glenmore Inn, 2720 Glenmore Trail, SE Calgary, Alberta

WHEN:  Saturday, March 18th, 2017. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, incl. lunch & refreshment breaks.

  • Advance tickets ( including lunch, refreshments and parking) are $47.50, on Eventbrite
  • A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, for a fee of $65 if not SOLD OUT
  • This is not a tradeshow

WHY:  Topics will include:

  • Personal and family counselling – dispute resolution, developing a parenting plan, grief counselling, personal health & wellness, life coaching, etc.
  • Legal matters – choosing & making best use of a lawyer’s time, wills& estates, mediation
  • Financial matters – spousal & child support, property division, insurance education

FAST FACTS:

  • In Alberta, 43% of marriages end in divorce. For most separated or divorced parents (85%), the children live primarily with one parent (Statistics Canada 2012a).
  • In 2011, lone-parent families represented 16.3% of all Canadian census families. This was almost double the share of 8.4% in 1961. (http://www12.statcan.gc.ca)
  • 2016 Census Program release on families, households & marital status will be issued August 2, 2017

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Dorothy Briggs, Executive Director, ACES (Association of a Community Engaged in Sharing) Email: info@acesab.org  Tel: 780.761.3000      www.divorcesymposium.ca

Professional Development Webinar Series for Lawyers

Have you ever wanted to learn more about how to incorporate your passion for access to justice into the day to day practice of providing legal services?

A great new professional development webinar series developed by the CBA’s Access to Justice Committee is now available.  It’s called the Better Client Service Series: Good for Clients, Good for LawyersIt consists of three webinars focused on the following areas:

  • (March 7, 2017) Lasting Client Relationships: Intake Strategies that Build Long-Term Trust: Using client intake procedures to identify long-term needs and build client capacity;
  • (March 29, 2017) Made-to-Measure Legal Services: The Power of Limited Scope Retainers: Understanding the practical application of limited scope retainers and the associated professional responsibilities;
  • (April 19, 2017) Intelligent Client Communications: Empowering Your Clients Through Clear Legal Writing: Drafting correspondence that optimizes clients’ understanding of their legal issues and helps them make effective decisions.

These 90-minute live webinars will be taught by a superb faculty who are well known to many in the access to justice community.  More information about the webinar series can be located at the following link:  http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NA_ona2j17.  Information about accreditation of the sessions for inclusion in your continuing professional development hours is located here: http://www.cbapd.org/accreditation_en.aspx?id=NA_ONA2J17

The CBA is offering this series at a substantial pricing discount for non-members actively involved in the A2J community (approximately half the regular rates).  To see if you qualify for the discount or to apply for it, please email the CBA’s PD department directly at pd@cba.org.