Family Law Boot Camp 2010

Course Date: October 21, 2010

Welcome and Introduction

         John-Paul E. Boyd — Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger, Vancouver

How to Develop and Maintain a Family Law Practice

  • becoming known as a family law expert
  • standing out in the crowd
  • identifying and cultivating referral sources
  • ensuring client satisfaction

         Dinyar Marzban, QC — Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver

Managing Your Clients: Intake and Communications

  • assessing clients’ emotional states
  • screening clients and knowing when to run screaming
  • retainers and retainer letters
  • managing expectations
  • top 10 red flags

         John-Paul E. Boyd — Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger, Vancouver

Networking Break

Managing Your Clients: Client Emotional States

  • separation and the grieving process
  • dealing with the difficult client
  • helping the distraught client
    Dr. Michael Elterman — Clinical Psychologist, Vancouver

Client Interviews: Evaluation and Diagnosis

  • become the prudent skeptic
  • assessing goals versus options and range of likely outcomes
  • realism and reality testing
  • legal opinions

    Todd R. Bell — Schuman Daltrop Basran & Robin, Vancouver
    Annie C. Kaderly — Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger, Vancouver

Legal Aid: Working with the Legal Services Society of BC

  • scope and limitations of services
  • billing LSS
  • working with the LSS family law website

Linda M. Thiessen — Legal Services Society, Vancouver

Lunch (on your own)

Taking Action

  • assessing options
  • commencing proceedings
  • negotiation and mediation
  • collaborative law

Todd R. Bell — Schuman Daltrop Basran & Robin, Vancouver
Phyllis M. Kenney — Barrister & Solicitor, Vancouver

Pressing the Pause Button

  • refocusing, regrouping and retrenching
  • referrals to parenting counseling and parenting courses
  • referrals to financial planners
  • other sources of non-legal assistance

Ronald J. Smith — Smith, Peacock, Kelowna

Functioning Use of the Rules and the Tools: The New Rules in Practice

Mr. Justice Brian M. Joyce — Supreme Court of British Columbia, Chilliwack
Jeffrey A. Rose, QC — Mortimer & Rose, Vancouver

Networking Break

Judicial Case Conferences

  • preparing yourself and your client
  • document preparation 
  • the New Rules
    • the scope of JCCs
    • disclosure obligations
    • new options for the courts 

         Robert J. Smith Smith, Peacock, Kelowna

Discussion & Questions


Welcome and Introduction

John-Paul E. Boyd Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger, Vancouver

Chambers Practice: The Art & Science of Advocacy

  • the New Rules
    • which documents?
    • what timelines and deadlines?
  • drafting the notice of application
  • drafting affidavits
  • putting your client's best foot forward: the do's and don'ts of chambers practice

G. C. (Scottie) Scott — Peterson Stark Scott, Surrey

Disclosure and Discovery

  • disclosure triggers and ongoing disclosure obligations
  • client understanding and awareness
  • the New Rules
    • lists of documents
    • examinations for discovery
    • interrogatories

Lisa Holmes Wyatt — Pushor Mitchell, Kelowna
Sandra L. Dick — Heath Law LLP, Nanaimo

Networking Break


  • the New Rules
    • types of experts: section 15 report, joint, party's own, courts' own, rebuttal
    • new contents of experts' reports

George W. Gordon — Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger, Vancouver
Jeffrey A. Rose, QC — Mortimer & Rose, Vancouver

Dealing with the Law Society and Avoiding Complaints in Family Practice

  • dealing with client complaints
  • dealing with the Law Society

Carolyn Anderson — Law Society of British Columbia, Vancouver

Lunch with a Mentor: "The Ups and Downs of a Family Law Practice"

Justifying Your Calculations: Spousal Support and Child Support Guidelines Cases

  • income calculation for the Advisory Guidelines
  • income calculation for the Child Support Guidelines
  • understanding the software
  • understanding your results

Scott L. Booth — Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver
John-Paul E. Boyd — Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger, Vancouver

Trial and Mediation Preparation

  • proceedings
  • mediation
  • client preparation

Scott L. Booth — Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

Resolving the Problem: Agreements, Trials and Other Tools

  • trial: knowing when settlement is impossible
  • choosing a settlement vehicle
  • drafting effective separation agreements, minutes of settlement and consent orders

          G. C. (Scottie) Scott — Peterson Stark Scott, Surrey
          Lisa Holmes Wyatt — Pushor Mitchell LLP, Kelowna

Collecting the Account and Dealing with Assessment

  • estimating costs and managing client expectations
  • retainer fees and retainer replenishment
  • security for fee
  • avoiding assessments
  • assessment process and procedure

Stephen G. McPhee — Ramsay, Lampman, Rhodes, Nanaimo