Annual Report 2015/2016

Submitted by Section Chair, Roselle Wu

Summary of Meetings

Number of Meetings Held: 7

September 22, 2015
Guest Speaker: Madam Justice Baker, Joel Crocker (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network) and Ken Kramer, Q.C. of KMK Law Corporation.
Meeting Title/Topic: Registered Disability Savings Plan Update

October 20, 2015
Guest Speaker: Michelle Isaak, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP Bruno Jessacher, Vancouver Probate Registry Roger Lee, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
Meeting Title/Topic: Rule 25: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Synopsis: The panel discussed the Legislative Order in Council No. 332, with certain relevant amendments effective July 1, 2015.

November 19, 2015
Guest Speaker: John Poyser, Tradition Law LLP
Meeting Title/Topic: Incapacity and Undue Influence

January 12, 2016
Guest Speaker: Stephanie Daniels, Farris LLP Lisa Hamilton, Hamilton Fabbro
Meeting Title/Topic: Consent to Organ Donation
Synopsis: In addition to the main topic, Kathryn Sainty and Nick De Domenico also gave a brief presentation about co-mediation.

February 16, 2016
Guest Speaker: Kelsey Sherriff, Miller Thomson Barry Hull, Organ Donation Specialist with BC Transplant
Meeting Title/Topic: Consent to Organ Donation
Synopsis: In addition to the main topic, Sandra Abley, BMO Private Banking presented a legislative update and Tim Truong, Bull Housser, presented a case comment.

April 12, 2016
Guest Speaker: Raman Johal and Amy Mortimore of Clark Wilson LLP
Meeting Title/Topic: How to Prepare your Solicitor's File to Withstand Future Litigation
Synopsis: In addition to the main topic, Erin Hatch, Harper Grey LLP presented a case comment.

May 3, 2016
Guest Speaker: Scott G. Cordell, of Killam Cordell Murray
Meeting Title/Topic: Insurance Claims for Lawyers, Financial Advisors and Accountants
Synopsis: This was a joint meeting with the Estate Planning Council of Vancouver.

Comments and Observations of the Chair

We had an interesting and exciting year. We held a number of meetings where the topics were relevant to a wide variety of estate and trust lawyers. We noticed an increased trend in the number of webinar attendees, while maintaining a large in-person audience. We were pleased to continue our annual tradition of partnering with the Elder Law subsection and the Estate Planning Council of Vancouver. We also fostered what we hope will be an ongoing relationship and dialogue between family law lawyers and estate and trust lawyers.