Summary of Meetings: Family Law - Vancouver Island
Number of Meetings Held:3
November 24, 2020
Registration Count: 15
Guest Speaker: Dr. Serena Patterson, R. Psych., Comox Valley Joan Cotie, "211", "Views of the Child" and "Hear the Child Reports", Cobble Hill & Vancouver Island
Meeting Title/Topic: Third Party Professionals
Synopsis: Third party professionals can be used 211 reports and family counseling during divorce proceedings. Speakers Dr. Serena Patterson, Comox Valley and Joan Cotie, from Cobble Hill (providing services throughout Vancouver Island) led a discussion on the work they do and tips and considerations/issues for family lawyers and their clients.
January 21, 2021
Registration Count: 54
Guest Speaker: Ryan Green, Tax Lawyer, Jones Emery Hargreaves Swan LLP Brian Beitz, Solicitor, Jones Emery Hargreaves Swan LLP
Meeting Title/Topic: Top Tax Law and Solicitor Tips for Family Lawyers
Synopsis: Heard from tax lawyer Ryan Green and solicitor Brian Beitz, both of Jones Emery Hargreaves Swan LLP, on their top tips for family lawyers when it comes to tax issues, corporate matters and real estate transactions as they relate to family law practice.
March 17, 2021
Registration Count: 107
Guest Speaker: Erin Brook, the Vice President of the CBA National Family Law Section Samantha de Wit, Member-at-Large of the CBA National Family Law Section
Meeting Title/Topic: Primer on the Divorce Act Amendments
Synopsis: A Primer on the Divorce Act Amendments that come into force on March 1, 2021. We heard from Erin Brook, the Vice President of the CBA National Family Law Section and a leading voice in the CBA's contribution to the final draft of the Divorce Act Amendments (which included written and oral submissions), and Samantha de Wit, Member-at-Large of the CBA National Family Law Section, as they gave a brief primer on the changes that the Divorce Act Amendments will bring for family law practitioners in B.C.