Day: October 24, 2018

Free Legal Resources Fair – Saskatoon

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The Law Society is a proud supporter of Access to Justice Week. Please visit with our knowledgeable Reference Librarians, Ken Fox and Alan Kilpatrick, tomorrow evening at the Free Legal Resources Fair being held at Saskatoon Public Library.

Saskatoon Public Library’s mission includes providing free and open access to resources as well as providing community spaces where people and ideas meet. Through the Legal Resource Fair, they are able to help meet the legal needs of Saskatoon citizens with the tradeshow of service providers, a free workshop on the role libraries can play in helping people access legal information, a walk-in family law information clinic, and a walk-in wills & estates information clinic.

One of the main attractions of the Free Legal Resource Fair is the tradeshow which gives members of the public in Saskatchewan an opportunity to connect and receive information from legal non-profit, government departments, and community organizations. The tradeshow is designed to allow a come-and-go style interaction.

  • Time: 4:00-8:00pm
  • Location: Frances Morrison Central Library – Main Level, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Target Audience: Members of the public and public library staff
  • Contributors: Various justice stakeholders and Frances Morrison Central Library

Other activities include:

  • Walk-In Family Law Information Clinic
  • Walk-In Wills & Estates Information Clinic
  • Numerous Legal Information Presentations

Please stay tuned to Legal Sourcery for more information about Access to Justice Week and visit the CREATE Justice website for more information.

This Week in Legal Ethics – New Ethics Ruling

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LegalEthicsBannerThe Law Society’s Ethics Committee recently released the following Ethics Ruling as guidance for the profession. For your convenience, we’ve listed the ruling below but it can also be found in our Ethics Rulings Database.

If you have any questions or concerns  regarding this post, please contact the Law Society at (306) 569-8242 or 1-833-733-0133.

Date:                          September 13, 2018
Cite as:                       2018 SKLSPC 9
Code Chapter:           7.2-11
Code Heading:          Undertakings and Trust Conditions
Classification:            Trust funds
Practice Area:            Real Estate

Facts:

Lawyer X has retained money in trust on a real estate matter for Client A for approximately 7 years.  The money is bound by trust conditions.

Lawyer X inherited the file and the trust conditions from Lawyer Y.  Lawyer X is unable to fulfil the trust conditions in order to release the money from their trust account.  Lawyer X has attempted to negotiate a resolution of the matter with Client A and the opposing party, who is now self-represented, with no success.  Neither Client A, nor the opposing party wish to pursue the release of the money held in trust.

Decision:

In the circumstances, Lawyer X needs to consider how to divest themselves of the funds held in trust. If Lawyer X is unable to obtain instructions from their client, Lawyer X should consider withdrawing.  The ownership of the trust funds is a legal issue that will likely require the determination of the courts.

Generally, lawyers are again encouraged to ensure that, in accepting trust conditions, they think ahead as to whether the conditions allow for a certainty of end point in relation to funds held in trust. If the release of the trust funds requires action on behalf of another party outside of the control of the lawyer, consider using a third party to confirm completion of the trust condition, or implementation of deadlines after which the money will be paid to a certain party, or arbitration or mediation clauses in the event of disagreement.

Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan – New Volunteer Opportunity

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By Carly Romanow; Executive Director and Staff Lawyer, Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan 

Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan (PBLS) is seeking new volunteers for a new Family Law clinic in Regina. We have partnered with the Regina Public Library to pilot a Family Law Free Legal Clinic to address the growing demand for family legal services. Volunteer lawyers would be booked 3-5 clients to provide up to an hour of free legal advice each clinic date. Volunteer lawyers would not have an obligation to assist the client outside of the appointment time. The time commitment would be 3-6 clinic shifts throughout the 2019 year.  The clinic would begin in January 2019.

If you don’t practice family law or live outside of Regina, don’t worry! We have other opportunities to provide pro bono services in any area of law, in any area of the province, including:

  • Contract Disputes
  • Advice on Civil Procedure
  • Wrongful Dismissal
  • Criminal Law Matters
  • Prison Law Matters

Please contact Carly Romanow at carly.romanow@pblsask.ca for more information.