Family Law Basics 2022


Course Date: June 2, 2022

Full Course Materials
Total: 11h 38min
Total Ethics: 1h 47min

Day 1: Thursday, June 2, 2022

Welcome and Land Acknowledgement (9:00 – 9:10)

Todd R. Bell Basran Robin & Bell, Vancouver

The Year in Review Update (9:10 – 9:25)

  • changes to the law at the appellate level (BCCA and SCC) as well as noteworthy trial decisions
  • changes to the law in the areas of property division, spousal and child support, income determination, family violence, dispute resolution, and court procedure

Todd R. Bell Basran Robin & Bell, Vancouver

Practice in Provincial Court Including Navigating the New Provincial Court Rules (9:25 – 9:50)

  • recent changes to the Provincial Court Rules
  • urgent applications
  • tips for using the new forms
  • use of affidavits
  • preparing for Case Management Conferences and Trial Preparation Conferences
  • live or virtual?

The Honourable Judge Kathryn J. Ferriss  Provincial Court of BC, Surrey

BREAK (9:50 – 10:05)

Understanding and Dealing with the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Separation (10:05 – 10:35)

  • the good: the healthy healing process
  • the bad: when the separation hinders the children
  • the ugly: when the separation harms the children and complicates the legal process

Nicole Aubé, PhD, RPsych Vancouver

BREAK (10:35 – 10:50)

Managing Your Clients: Intake and Communication (10:50 – 11:35)

  • assessing clients' emotional states
  • screening clients and knowing when to run screaming
  • retainers and retainer letters
  • managing expectations
  • responsibilities for screening for family violence
  • top 10 red flags

Nicola D. Allen Basran Robin & Bell, Vancouver
Kathryn L. Basran Basran Robin & Bell, Vancouver

BREAK (11:35 – 11:50)

Parenting Coordination, the Process and the Role of Counsel (11:50 – 12:30)

  • the process in brief
  • the PC agreement/court ordered appointments
  • day to day issues being addressed by roster members
  • role of counsel
  • enforcement

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

LUNCH (12:30 – 1:10)

Moving Forward (1:10 – 1:50)

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

Nancy J. Cameron, QC  Nancy Cameron Law Corporation, Vancouver
Ian B. HaywardHayward Sheppard, Vancouver

BREAK (1:50 – 2:05)

Making the Most of Client Meetings (2:05 – 2:50)

  • look for information beyond what your client offers
  • keep your client focused
  • trust is overrated
  • help your client understand the law
  • do not sugarcoat the law
  • client behavior
  • advice
  • practical meetings

Kevin J. Heinrichs Henderson Heinrichs LLP, Vancouver

BREAK (2:50 – 3:05)

Disclosure and DiscoveryTimelines and Tools (3:05– 3:45)

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

Annie C. Kaderly Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger LLP, Vancouver
Brandon St. Pierre  Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger LLP, Vancouver

BREAK (3:45 – 4:00)

Judicial Case Conferences (4:00 – 4:30)

  • preparing yourself and your client
  • document preparation
  • Family Law Rules
    • the scope of JCCs
    • disclosure obligations
  • effective use of JCCs
  • COVID-19 considerations

Meghan J. Selinger Silver Selinger LLP, Vancouver

Day 2: Friday June 3, 2022

Welcome Back (9:00 – 9:05)

Todd R. Bell Basran Robin & Bell, Vancouver

Chambers Practice (9:05 – 9:55)

  • preparing the notice of application
  • affidavitswhat to avoid
  • without notice ordersshort leave and restraining orders
  • submissionspresentation and content

Master John W. Bilawich  Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver

BREAK (9:55 – 10:10)

Experts (10:10 – 10:55)

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

Anne Demeulemeester Silver Selinger LLP, Vancouver
Todd R. Bell Basran Robin & Bell, Vancouver

BREAK (10:55 – 11:10)

Justifying Your Calculations: Spousal Support and Child Support Guidelines Cases (11:10 – 11:45)

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

Scott L. Booth, QC  Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver

BREAK (11:45 – 12:00)

Law Society of BC: Professional Conduct Department, Complaints and Investigations, Lawyers Indemnity Fund, Errors in Family Practice (12:00 – 12:45)

  • tips to prevent complaints
  • responding to the Professional Conduct Department 
  • LSBC updates and highlights
  • tips to prevent allegations of negligence
  • when and how to report to the Lawyers Indemnity Fund

Carolyn R. Anderson   Manager, Professional Conduct, Law Society of BC, Vancouver
Megan Swail Lawyers Indemnity Fund, Law Society of BC, Vancouver

LUNCH (12:45 – 1:25)

On Your Marks, Get Set, Go: Trial and Mediation Preparation (1:25 – 2:10)

  • mediation briefs
  • judicial case conference briefs
  • client preparation
  • organizing documents
  • witnesses
  • experts
  • trial management conferences
  • opening and closing arguments

Mark R. Slay  North Shore Law LLP, North Vancouver

BREAK (2:10 – 2:25)

Section 8The FLA Three-step: How Does It Work and How Do We Do It More Effectively? (2:25 – 3:30)

  • assessment
  • choosing the process: negotiation, collaboration, mediation, med/arbitration, and litigation
  • BIOC
  • GETTING PAST YES:
    • confirming settlement: drafting effective separation agreements, minutes of settlement, and consent orders
  • PREPARING FOR NO:
    • capacity and process breakdown

Mary E. Mouat, QC Quadra Legal Centre, Victoria

BREAK (3:30 – 3:45)

Conducting Effective Hearings Before the Registrar (3:45 – 4:25)

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

Master Scott A. Nielsen Supreme Court of BC, New Westminster

Closing Remarks (4:25 – 4:30)

Todd R. Bell Basran Robin & Bell, Vancouver