November 3, 2022

Lost Wills Listing Now Available Online 

From time to time, the Law Society receives a request from a member of the public or a lawyer for assistance in locating a will. While the Law Society does not have a file or will repository, we are able to review our records to assist in tracking down a will.

In the event that we are unable to locate the will, the Law Society has created a public webpage which contains a list of outstanding will requests. Lawyers are encouraged to review this page on a regular basis to assist with tracking down wills.

Please note that listings only remain on the page for 90 days so that the list remains updated and accurate. If you want to submit a lost will inquiry, complete the Lost Wills Inquiry Request form.

Additionally, the Law Society has recently published a new resource regarding the ethical considerations for lawyers when receiving requests for wills.

When a lawyer receives a request to provide a will to someone other than the testator, the lawyer’s duty of confidentiality to the testator should guide how to respond and what information can be disclosed. Generally, unless the nature of the matter requires such disclosure, a lawyer should not disclose having been retained by a person (Rule 3.3-1 of the Code of Conduct). This duty continues indefinitely, including following a client’s death.

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Updated Resource: Trust Bank Reconciliations

As a Responsible Lawyer, you are responsible for all trust money and property received from a client.

Trust bank reconciliations are a key internal control over a law firm’s assets. A reconciliation is proof that there are sufficient funds in trust; it compares what should be in trust based on your books versus what is in the bank account.

Performing monthly reconciliations allows firms to:

  • locate mistakes in their books or bank statements early;
  • track problematic transactions (e.g., long outstanding transactions, automated pre-authorized debits, bank fees incorrectly incurred on the law firm’s trust accounts and any other bank errors); and
  • identify fraud or accounting errors.

Review the full resource for more information on what to include in a trust bank reconciliation package and how to review one.

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Court of Appeal of Alberta Announcement

Revised 2023 Court of Appeal Sitting Dates

The May 2023 Court sitting dates are amended so that the Sentence Appeal Hearings in Edmonton commence on May 24, 2023.

View the revised 2023 Court of Appeal Sitting Dates. Two years after the date hereof, this Notice will expire.

The Canadian Legal Problems Survey 

In 2021, the Canadian Legal Problems Survey (CLPS) was conducted to identify the kinds of serious legal problems people face, how they attempted to resolve them, and how these experiences have impacted their lives. The information collected will be used to better understand the various methods people use to resolve problems - not just formal systems such as courts and tribunals, but also informal channels such as self-help strategies. This survey was conducted by Statistics Canada on behalf of the Department of Justice Canada and other federal departments.

To complement the CLPS, community-based researchers conducted a series of qualitative studies on these topics. The reports are available for viewing.  

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