January, 2017
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Firstly, Happy New Year! Today's topic is: "Independent Legal Advice," commonly referred to as "ILA." Following are four scenarios which in my view illustrate the common assumptions and mis-assumptions of what ILA means and the huge importance that it has.

I'll use the words "Independent Legal Advice" to mean that each party retains his/her own lawyer to advise them in the negotiation of a Separation Agreement or Marriage Contract ("Pre-nup"). I'll use the shortened "ILA" to mean that a party wants "quick and cheap" advice from a lawyer and the lawyer's signature on the "Certificate of Independent Legal Advice" attached to the Agreement. Is there a difference? The following 4 scenarios* I hope will provide the answer.
For the answer and my full article please click here.

Until next time! 
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* Facts changed somewhat to protect confidentiality

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Anne Freed is a lawyer and skilled mediator who believes in solving family law issues without her clients' lives being torn apart and with the children's best interests paramount.
Anne has been practising law for 35 years. Her  credentials include:
  • BA (Honours Sociology), McGill University
  • JD (Juris Doctor, Law Degree), University of British Columbia 
  • Master of Laws Degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Osgoode Law School, York University, Toronto
  • Advanced Training in Mediation, Arbitration and Collaborative Practice