January 19, 2021
Register for ALTO Webinar
Alberta Land Titles Online (ALTO) went live for all Alberta lawyers in October, allowing for convenient electronic document submission to Alberta Land Titles.

Alberta Land Titles and Notarius are hosting a complimentary webinar on Feb. 3, 2021 from 11 a.m. to noon on how to get started with your ALTO account and Law Society of Alberta’s digital signature. This webinar will also include a demo of ALTO and electronic submittal of documents.

Feb. 3
11 a.m. to noon

This webinar will be of value to lawyers and their staff who prepare documentation for submission to Alberta Land Titles.
Remembering James E. Redmond, QC
We are saddened to hear of the passing of James E. Redmond, QC on January 9, 2021.

Mr. Redmond was a former Law Society of Alberta Bencher (1972-1980) and Past President (1979-1980), whose law career spanned 60 years. We send our condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.

Read the obituary, available here.
Alberta Debtor Support Project Update
It is anticipated that there will be an increase in Court applications related to mortgage defaults and consumer debts in the coming months.

As detailed in our October Access to Justice edition of the eBulletin, a group of lawyers, assisted by the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta, Pro Bono Law Alberta, Calgary Legal Guidance, the University of Calgary Public Interest Law Clinic, the Law Society of Alberta, the Justice Sector Constellation and the ADR Institute of Alberta, have launched the Alberta Debtor Support Project.

In addition to ramping up existing pro bono legal resources, the project offers two new resources to assist Albertans struggling with personal debt, including mortgage debt:

  • Help with Debt Alberta is a website offering individuals struggling with debt a guided pathway to available services and provides information about their available options.
  • In the case of individuals behind on their mortgages or one or two debts, Help with Debt Alberta links them to another new resource, the Consumer Debt Negotiation Project, operated by the Public Interest Law Clinic. This Project is an online pro bono service staffed by volunteer lawyers assisted by students and provides those individuals in default with summary advice and assistance negotiating with their creditors.

For more information and details, visit the Court of Queen's Bench website.
Court of Queen's Bench Court Schedule: Weeks of Jan. 18 & 25
It has been determined that it is possible to proceed with all matters currently scheduled in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta for the weeks of January 18 and January 25, 2021. Counsel and parties are advised to be aware of specific practices and protocols in respect of hearings scheduled for those weeks.