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COVID-19: Let's Stay Safe

firm updates Apr 01, 2020

What a challenging time!

I have been amazed and brought to tears by the generosity and courage that my fellow Albertan's have shown towards one another. Especially our health care professionals who have worked tirelessly to provide support to everyone who needs medical assistance.

I am currently reading The Splendid and the Vile- A saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance during the Blitz by Erik Larson. The book is a biography on Winston Churchill and last night I came across a quote by Churchill that I felt was as needed today, as it had been in England in 1941. 

" Do not let us speak of darker days; let us rather speak of sterner days. These are not dark days, these are great days - the greatest days that our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race."

Estate Connection Law Office wants to play its part in keeping our employees, families, clients and community safe. We will no longer accept walk-in appointments. Our lawyers will only meet with clients at scheduled times. These appointments will allow us to make sure that client meetings do not overlap and that our lawyers can wipe all the surfaces down after each interview.

We aim to have as little in-person contact as possible. To this end, our support staff are working from home; however, our lawyers will continue to meet with our clients over phone or Uber Conference (a program like zoom).

Any item that can be signed electronically, under section 16(1) of the Electronic Transactions Act (Alberta), will be signed via Adobe Sign. Items that are excluded from the ETA will be signed in our vestibule through our glass door with the clients on one side of the glass door and the lawyer or witness on the other side of the clear glass door. 

For your reference, some examples of items that cannot be signed electronically include the following:

  1. wills and codicils;
  2. trusts created by wills or codicils;
  3. enduring powers of attorney under the Powers of Attorney Act;
  4. personal directives under the Personal Directives Act;
  5. records that create or transfer interests in land, including stakes in mines and minerals;
  6. guarantees under the Guarantees Acknowledgment Act; and
  7. negotiable instruments.

If you have any questions or concerns about our office procedures, please do not hesitate to contact our office via phone at 780-458-8228 or email [email protected]. As always, we are here to help...and keep you safe!

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