2020 Hot Topics in Real Estate
December 16, 2020

This popular annual program is back featuring the helpful updates and practice pointers you have come to rely on. Topics will include Powers of Attorney and the new Offer to Purchase.

Chair: Jeff Shypit, Robertson Shypit Soble Wood

Robert Tyler, R.L. Tyler Law Corporation
Russell Davidson, Winnipeg Land Titles Office
Gemma Brown, Smith Neufeld Godoin LLP

CPD hours: 3
EPPM hours: 0

Price: $95.00 + GST = $99.75

BASICS of Death and Family Law
October 27, 2020

This program may be helpful for anyone whose practice includes:

  • Drafting pre-nuptials, co-habitation agreements, spousal agreements or
  • separation agreements;
  • Estate planning, including will drafting; or
  • Administering estates or acting for spouses or common law partners to assert or review claims against an estate.

Eleanor Wiebe, Q.C. will review the applicable law and provide tips on how to plan for and understand the practical implications of the legislation. Following her presentation both Eleanor and Patricia C. Lane will provide pointers to identify common problems and also answer your questions.

This program has been designed as a basic overview for lawyers who have been practising for 3 years or less as well as those who have been practising for longer or are in a general practice and wish to have a refresher.

Eleanor Wiebe, Q.C., Fillmore Riley
Patricia C. Lane, Q.C., Taylor McCaffrey LLP

CPD hours: 2.75
EPPM hours: 0.5

Price: $85.00 + GST = $89.25

Executing Documents Remotely under The Emergency Measures Act Order
May 29, 2020

Jointly presented with the Manitoba Bar Association

This Order under The Emergency Measures Act temporarily suspends the requirements for in person commissioning and witnessing of certain critical documents. It sets out steps required when taking an oath or witnessing the signing by video conferencing or through glass or plexiglass. The order is in effect May 13, 2020 to October 1, 2020. This order applies to:

  • Wills;
  • Powers of Attorney;
  • Transfers or Mortgages under The Real Property Act;
  • Homestead consents or releases;
  • Health Care directives;
  • Oaths, affirmations or statutory declarations under The Evidence Act.;

This CPD presentation will offer a discussion of the practical considerations and helpful checklists you can use as you navigate these circumstances.

Moderator: Gerrit Theule, Executive Member of MBA Wills, Estates & Trusts Section, Wolseley Law LLP

Tana Christianson, Director of Insurance, The Law Society of Manitoba
Darcia Senft, General Counsel and Director of Policy & Ethics, The Law Society of Manitoba

CPD hours: 1
EPPM hours:

Price: FREE

NEW Land Titles Online: Integrating Plan and Title Searches
June 16, 2020

How do you know if your client is receiving all of the land in the offer to purchase? No due diligence on a real estate transaction is complete without confirming the land description. Best practice means ordering a copy of the plan and reviewing it with your client, whether it is a Plan of Survey or Subdivision, a Condominium Plan, or an Easement Plan that affects the title.

As part of Teranet Manitoba’s commitment to continuous improvement, they are now integrating the land titles online search tools to make your searches easier. In the spring of this year, the search functionality of Survey Plans Online and Documents Online will be moved into Land Titles Online. This means that when you order a copy of the title, the associated plans will be linked for easy ordering, along with other improvements. This session will provide an overview of the system enhancements and a demonstration of their use.

Maureen Terra, Director of Product Management, Teranet Manitoba
Evelyn Vargas, Client Service Manager, Teranet Manitoba
Russell Davidson, Senior District Registrar, Teranet Manitoba

CPD hours: 1.5
EPPM hours: 0.5

Price$65.00 + GST = $68.25

Share Purchase Agreements: “Issues” for Purchaser and Vendor
October 8, 2020

This program will review the key components of a share purchase agreement with discussion of tips, traps and common issues that arise. Experienced commercial lawyers Daniel St-Jean and Delaney T. Vun will deal with commercial law issues from the purchaser and the vendor perspective, including:

  • Representations and warranties, R&W insurance 
  • Financing and structuring the closing
  • Typical adjustments
  • Due diligence 
  • Indemnity clauses and Non-compete clauses
  • Holdbacks and Earnouts
  • Maintaining vendor’s solicitor client privilege 
  • Maintaining the vendor’s ability to deal with and address issues and claims post-closing

Senior tax counsel Cy Fien will deal with tax issues such as:

  • Timing of sale
  • Maintaining CCPC status prior to closing
  • Capital gains exemption
  • Holdbacks
  • Escrowed funds
  • Earnouts
  • Reserves
  • Amalgamating purchaser and target

Fillmore Riley LLP Presenters: Cy Fien, Daniel St-Jean and Delaney T. Vun

CPD hours: 2.5
EPPM hours: 0

Price: $80.00 + GST = $84.00

Software Development and Commercialization:
Contract Basics for Commercial Lawyers
September 22, 2020

In an increasingly on-line world where new technology appears on the market at lightning speed, clients with software ideas look to commercial lawyers for advice on how to safely and profitably develop and commercialize their products. Even when the software will be used in a non-tech industry, intellectual property provisions need to be carefully considered.

Information Technology and Intellectual Property lawyers Silvia de Sousa and David Carrick will review the key components of software development agreements and software license agreements.

In addition to discussing each of these agreements in general terms, Silvia and David will describe the significant risks in each of these agreements from the perspective of each side – i.e.:

  • third party software developer vs. customer who is paying for the development; and
  • licensor vs. licensee;

and will also demonstrate how these risks can be addressed in meaningful negotiations.

David Carrick, MLT Aikins LLP
Silvia de Sousa, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP

CPD hours: 2.5
EPPM hours: 0

Price: $80.00 + GST = $84.00

The New Divorce Act Amendments
May 14, 2020

Jointly presented with the Manitoba Bar Association

Discussion regarding the Act to amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act, 2019, c. 16.

Most of the Divorce Act amendments in the legislation will come into force on July 1, 2020. Topics include:

  • Change in terminology from “custody” and “access” to “parenting”;
  • Best interests of the child; 
  • Family violence;
  • New duties for parents, legal advisers and the court;
  • Relocation;
  • Changes related to jurisdiction, for example the new interjurisdictional support process; and
  • Amendments to the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act to allow for the release of income tax information from the Canada Revenue Agency for the purpose of establishing or varying support.

Transitional issues and considerations for pending and new proceedings will be covered, including:

  • Pleadings;
  • Status of Rules’ amendments and updated standard clauses;
  • Evidence; and 
  • Arguments.

The Honourable Madam Justice Joan MacPhail, Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, Family Division
Claire Farid, Director and General Counsel, Family, Children & Youth Section, Justice Canada

CPD hours: 3
EPPM hours: 0.5

Price: $95.00 + GST = $99.75

Working Remotely Post-Pandemic:
Establishing a Flexible Office for the Long Term
June 24, 2020

After the initial shock of working remotely has eased, there is now an opportunity to take what we’ve learned in these past few months to strengthen and fine-tune remote office practices.

The COVID-19 pandemic led to business interruption on a global scale and law firms scrambled to establish remote work arrangements for their staff in record time and to an extent that many businesses had never contemplated before.  Now that we’ve had some experience with our new work reality it is a good time to consider the efficiencies of establishing a more permanent flexible office.

This presentation featuring technology expert, Barron Henley, will provide you with practical guidance on how and what you need to set yourself up with a flexible, efficient and secure practice.  

Topics include:

  • creation of and reliance upon a complete an electronic filing system, 
  • hardware recommendations, 
  • mobile communications, 
  • billing & accounting, 
  • case management systems for centralized remotely accessible client information, 
  • digital signatures and remote signing technology, 
  • cybersecurity and protecting client data, 
  • how to get documents drafted when you’re separated from support staff,
  • home workspaces 

Barron brings enthusiasm and practical expertise – you don’t want to miss this helpful presentation!

Presenter: Barron K. Henley, Esq., Partner, Affinity Consulting Group

CPD hours: 2
EPPM hours: 2

Price: $50.00 + GST = $52.50

Your Legal Research Toolkit:
How the Manitoba Law Library Can Help

September 24, 2020

HeinOnline, Rangefindr, dèsLibris, vLex…could these research resources assist you in your practice? Do you know where you can easily access them? It’s time to find out.

Attend this webinar to learn about tools for your legal research toolkit which are available through the Manitoba Law Library and the Member Portal of the Law Society of Manitoba website. The library’s Director of Legal Resources, Karen Sawatzky, will give a thorough review of many useful online and print resources. She will also explain what legal research assistance is offered by library staff.

Presenter: Karen Sawatzky, Director of Legal Resources, Manitoba Law Library

CPD hours: 1
EPPM hours: 1

Price: FREE