The new Family Law Act was enacted in BC a year ago, in March 2013.

With the radical changes now in effect, we all can benefit from more education on the subject of Family Law. Although BC Notaries don’t practise in that area of law, it affects most of our lives personally and certainly affects the estate planning documents we do for our clients.

Statistics prove that almost 50 percent of relationships fold. The Education Committee of The Society of Notaries asked Family Law lawyer Audra Bayer to speak at our Fall Conference in Kelowna in 2013. She was received with great enthusiasm, in part because we were anxious to hear her expertise and in part because she is such an engaging speaker.

My take-away from the session was that we needed to include Family Law information as part of our Practical Training for all newly graduating BC Notaries.

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