What the Family Law Act Means for Your Estates Practice

A one-of-a-kind course for estates practitioners will focus on the complex details of the Family Law Act in relation to wills, estates and succession law. FLA for Estates Practitioners is a full-day course being offered in-person and via live webinar on Friday, June 20, 2014.

The new Family Law Act came into force in March 2013 and brought sweeping changes which affect much more than family lawyers. Estates practitioners, who have recently been brought up-to-date with the new Wills, Estates and Succession Act, will benefit from this focused, full-day course dealing specifically with family law issues.

Nadia Myerthall, program lawyer for FLA for Estates Practitioners, says the Family Law Act was a popular topic at November’s Wills, Estates and Succession Act course. “The November course touched briefly on the FLA, and we heard from registrants that this was an area they needed more detail on. FLA for Estates Practitioners offers a full day of in-depth coverage on the subject,” she says.

FLA for Estates Practitioners

Anna Laing is chairing FLA for Estates Practitioners and brings her experience in both family law and wills and estates. Other experienced faculty will include practitioners from both Vancouver and Victoria and a representative from the Public Guardian and Trustee.

Register now for your overview on the division of property under the FLA, trusts, spousal definitions, guardianship appointments and children’s property, and more.


Good estate planning and orderly estate administration can be undone by an incorrect understanding of relevant family law concepts and issues. What you thought you knew about family law concepts no longer applies. This course will be invaluable in bringing you up to speed so you can avoid unpleasant surprises.

-- Anna Laing, Course Chair

If you’re a Family Lawyer looking for an overview of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act, the inverse of the June course—one aimed at family lawyers on the subject of the WESA—is planned for Friday, October 17, 2014. Stay tuned for more details.

An additional Family Law course—The New Family File: Complex Issues for Paralegals—will take place on Tuesday, June 24. It provides an opportunity for paralegals and legal support staff to study complicated issues related to the new Act.

For more information or to register please go to www.cle.bc.ca or contact our Customer Service department at 604-893-2121.