Family Law Basics 2014

Course Date: February 3, 2014

Total: 1h 25min

Day 1: Monday, February 3, 2014

Welcome and Introduction

Todd R. Bell — Schuman Daltrop Basran & Robin, Vancouver

So You Want to be a Superstar Lawyer?

  • standing out in the crowd
  • becoming a family law expert
  • building clientele…and confidence
  • going the distance

Georgialee Lang — Attorney & Arbitrator, Vancouver-Kelowna-Palm Springs

Managing Your Clients: Client Emotional States

  • separation and the grieving process
  • helping the distraught client
  • dealing with the difficult client

Rebecca St. Clere England, PhD, RPsych — Ward St. Clere Inc., Vancouver

Networking Break

Managing Your Clients: Intake and Communication

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

Nicola (Nikki) Allen — Schuman Daltrop Basran & Robin, Vancouver
Kathryn L. Basran — Schuman Daltrop Basran & Robin, 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

Jane M. Reid — Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver

Networking Lunch

Taking Action

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

Phyllis M. Kenney — Family Lawyer, Vancouver
Steven N. Mansfield — Bayshore Law Group, Vancouver

Parenting Coordination, The Program, and The Role of Counsel

  • the program in brief
  • the PC agreement/court ordered appointments
  • role of counsel
  • enforcement

Stephanie L. Fabbro — Hamilton Fabbro, Vancouver
R. Craig Neville — Watson Goepel LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

Disclosure and Discovery

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

The Honourable Judge Lisa Wyatt — Provincial Court of BC, Vernon
Sandra L. Dick — Heath Law LLP, Nanaimo

Judicial Case Conferences

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

Jesse L. Desilets — Schuman Daltrop Basran & Robin, Vancouver

Day 2: Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Welcome and Introduction

Todd R. Bell — Schuman Daltrop Basran & Robin, Vancouver

Chambers Practice: How to Avoid Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

  • preparing the notice of application
  • affidavits—what to avoid
  • without notice orders—short leave and restraining orders
  • submissions—presentation and content

Master Heather M. MacNaughton — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver
Master Shelagh Scarth — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver


  • types of experts: section 202 and 211 reports, joint, party’s own, courts’ own, rebuttal
  • new contents of experts’ reports

Todd R. Bell — Schuman Daltrop Basran & Robin, Vancouver
Lindsey Cruickshank — Schuman Daltrop Basran & Robin, Vancouver

Networking Break

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  

Managing Your Clients: Dealing with the Law Society and Errors in Family Practice

  • tips to avoid complaints
  • responding to the Professional Conduct Department at the Law Society
  • tips to prevent allegations of negligence
  • when and how to report a claim to the Lawyers Insurance Fund

Carolyn R. Anderson — Law Society of BC, Vancouver
Edna M. Ritchie — Lawyers Insurance Fund, Law Society of BC, Vancouver

Networking Lunch

Trial and Mediation Preparation

  • mediation briefs
  • client preparation
  • organizing documents
  • witnesses

Scott L. Booth — Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver 

Resolving the Case: Trials, Agreements, and Other Tools

  • choosing a resolution vehicle: collaboration, mediation, med/arbitration, litigation
  • drafting effective separation agreements, minutes of settlement, and consent orders
  • knowing when settlement is impossible

Morag M.J. MacLeod — Barrister & Solicitor, Vancouver

Networking Break

Conducting Effective Hearings Before the Registrar

  • avoiding assessments
  • inquiries, assessments, and accounts process and procedure
  • settling orders

District Registrar Stuart Cameron — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver