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Season 1: Real Estate Law

Season 1:  Real Estate Law

Alberta 1.1- Aboriginal Law

1.2- Buying a Home

  • Buying and Selling a Home
  • Zoning and Municipal By-laws
  • Foreign buyers property tax
  • Role of Real Estate Agents
  • Role of lawyers
  • Agreement of Purchase and Sale
  • Offers and counter-offers
  • Cancelling an offer or purchase agreement for a home
  • Professional home inspection
  • Surveys: Detailed property drawings
  • Easements and restrictive covenants
  • Additional costs for home buyers
  • Land Transfer Tax
  • The deposit
  • Title Insurance
  • Title and ownership of property
  • When can you move into your newly purchased home?
  • New home considerations
  • First-time home buyer programs
  • Compensation for new home closing delays
  • Do you need a Real Estate Agent to sell your home?
  • #Zoning and Municipal By-laws
    • Municipal property taxes
    • What you can do with your property
    • Expropriations: Can the government take your land?
  • Mortgages
    • Getting the right mortgage
    • What mortgage loan amount can you qualify for?
    • Mortgage loan insurance
    • What if you can no longer afford to pay your mortgage?
    • What if you default on your mortgage?
    • Mortgage renewals
  • Condominiums, Co-operatives, Co-ownerships
    • What are condominiums?
    • Buying a new or resale condominium
    • Cancelling an offer or purchase agreement for a condominium
    • Co-operatives and Co-ownerships
    • The difference between a condominium unit and a common element
    • What is a status certificate?
    • What are reserve funds and special assessments?
    • Responsibilities of the condominium board of directors
    • What is the difference between a declaration, a by-law and a rule?
    • Annual General Meetings and other owners’ meetings
    • Resolving condominium disagreements
    • Can the condominium corporation put a lien on my condominium unit

1.3- Construction Law

  • Consumer Issues
    • What to do when served with a construction lien
    • Having a signed agreement with your contractor
    • What to do if a construction project is delayed
    • Who is responsible for zoning and permits?
    • What protection do construction liens offer?
    • What are quotes, estimates, bids and tenders?
    • General contractors and subcontractors

1.4- Wills, Estates and Powers of Attorney

  • Wills
    • Medically assisted death
    • What is a Will and who should have one?
    • Types of Wills
    • Formal requirements of a Will
    • Rights of spouses and dependants
    • Appointment of guardians for minor children
    • Executors: Personal Representatives
    • Probating a Will
    • Can you prepare your own Will?
    • When does a Will take effect and can it be changed?
    • Acquiring new property after a Will is written
    • How does marriage or divorce affect your Will?
    • What happens if you die without a Will?
    • Contesting or challenging a Will
    • Living Wills
  • Other Ways of Transferring Property on Death
    • Joint tenancy
    • Beneficiary designations
  • Power of Attorney for Personal Care
    • What is a Power of Attorney for Personal Care?
    • When does a Power of Attorney for Personal Care take effect and can you revoke it?
    • What if you do not have a Power of Attorney for Personal Care?
  • Power of Attorney for Property
    • What is a Power of Attorney for Property?
    • When does a Power of Attorney for Property take effect and can you revoke it?
    • What if you do not have a Power of Attorney for Property?
Season 2: Business

Season 2: BUSINESS

Alberta 2.1- BUSINESS LAW

  • Choosing a Form of Business
  • Sole Proprietorships
  • Partnerships
  • Corporations
  • Other Business Issues

2.2- Business Taxes

  • General Rules
  • Rules for Individuals
  • Business Taxes
  • Audits and Investigations by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

2.3- Dissolving a business

  • Choosing a Form of Business
  • Sole Proprietorships
  • Partnerships
  • Corporations
  • Other Business Issues

2.4- Home businesses

  • Choosing a Form of Business
  • Sole Proprietorships
  • Partnerships
  • Corporations
  • Other Business Issues
Season 3: Placement

Season 3:  Placement

Alberta Employment Law 3.1- General Information

  • Basic employment rights and obligations for all employees

3.2- Rules for Most Employees: Provincial Employment Act

  • Minimum wage, and “room & board”
  • Work hours and overtime
  • Pay for public holidays
  • Vacation and vacation pay
  • Pregnancy and parental leave
  • Equal pay for men and women
  • What if an employer does not pay?
  • What happens to employees if a business is sold?
  • Rights of an employee on probation
  • Health and safety in the workplace

3.3- Special Rules for Some Employees

  • Retail workers
  • Agricultural workers and harvesters
  • Federal employees

3.4- General Employment Issues

  • Garnishment of employee’s wages
  • Payroll deductions, and pay statements
  • Employment contracts

3.5- Termination of Employment & Employee Rights

  • Being fired, laid off, or constructively dismissed
  • Employee rights on termination of employment
  • Notice or pay instead of notice
  • Severance pay
  • Federal employee rights when fired

3.6- Wrongful Dismissal

  • What is wrongful dismissal?
  • Employee options if wrongfully dismissed: Negotiation, mediation, lawsuit

3.7- Employment Insurance (EI)

  • Types of EI benefits
  • Regular EI benefits
  • How to apply for EI benefits
  • How much does EI pay?
  • How long will EI benefits last?
  • Requirements to continue receiving EI benefits
  • Maternity and parental benefits
  • Sickness benefits
  • Caregiver benefits
  • Appealing Employment Insurance decisions

3.8- Sexual Harassment

  • What is sexual harassment?
  • Are you being sexually harassed?
  • What to do if you are sexually harassed
  • Employers’ responsibility to deal with sexual harassment complaints
  • Can an employer prevent sexual harassment?

3.9- Union and Labour Issues

  • What are unions?
  • Establishing and terminating union rights
  • What is a Collective Agreement?
  • Rights typically found in Collective Agreements
  • The Grievance and Arbitration process
Season 4: University

Season 4: University

Alberta 4.1- Law Schools

  • Law School Admission Requirements and LSAT
  • Law School Admission Council
  • Articling Program
  • Lawyer licensing process
  • What are Paralegals?
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of Toronto
  • Western University
  • University of Windsor
  • Queen’s University
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • University of Ottawa
  • Carleton University
  • University of Montréal
  • University of Québec at Montréal
  • University of Sherbrooke
  • Laval University
  • McGill University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Manitoba, Robson Hall
  • University of New Brunswick (English)
  • University of Moncton (French)
  • Dalhousie Law School
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Lakehead University