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Friday, April 20, 2012

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In this issue:
Trust Safety Rule Changes in Response to Feedback
Plan to Attend Edmonton Law Day 2012
Calgary Law Day 2012

Trust Safety Rule Changes in Response to Feedback

In response to feedback received last year, the Benchers approved two amendments to the Trust Safety Rules. They are as follows:

Rule 119.3 (4) is amended to enable more than one lawyer to act as responsible lawyer for a law firm in certain circumstances as approved by the Executive Director.

Rule 119.43(1) is amended to enable a law firm to obtain a confirmation with a name or the client or the file number (as opposed to both) when receiving money into a law firm trust account electronically.

Accountability as Responsible Lawyer

119.3 (1) The responsible lawyer is accountable for 

        (a) the controls in relation to and the operation of all law firm trust accounts and general accounts, 

        (b) the accuracy of all reporting requirements of the law firm, 

        (c) the accuracy of all filing requirements of the law firm, and 

        (d) any of subrule (1)(a), (b), or (c) that have been delegated to another person.

    (2) A lawyer shall not serve as responsible lawyer with more than one law firm unless authorized to do so by the Executive Director.

    (3) A lawyer may apply to the Executive Director to be designated as an alternate responsible lawyer.

    (4) There must be only one person acting as responsible lawyer for a law firm at any one time unless specifically exempted from this requirement by the Executive Director.

Electronic Banking Deposits

119.43 (1) A law firm may receive money into a law firm trust account electronically subject to the following conditions:

        (a) the law firm shall obtain a confirmation from the financial institution and/or remitter of the funds within 2 banking days of the deposit; 

        (b) where practicable, the law firm shall request that the confirmation include the name of the client and/or file number; 

        (c) the law firm must retain any confirmation received with the law firm banking records.


The updated Rules are available on the Law Society’s website at www.lawsociety.ab.ca.  

 

Plan to Attend Edmonton Law Day 2012

The Edmonton Law Courts opens its doors for Law Day on Saturday, April 21st, 2012 from 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The 30th annual Law Day is a free, fun, activity-filled day that promotes access to justice and introduces the public to key people in the judicial system including members of the police service, lawyers and judges.  It is organized by the Canadian Bar Association Alberta.

Activities include:

  • Tours of the Court House, including prisoner cells;
  • Over 30 information booths;
  • Fun, interactive mock trials - Musical "Wizard of Oz”, “Polly Want a Lawyer”, “Tree House Troubles” and “Superheroes Need Help Too”;
  • The Centre for Constitutional Studies Moot;
  • The EPS tactical bomb squad (with robot!), the K9 tactical dog unit, the Traffic Safety motorcycles, the Sheriff’s and the Cadets;
  • 50 new Canadians will be sworn in at Citizenship Court.

Visit www.lawdayalberta.com or call 780-428-1230.

 

Calgary Law Day 2012

The Calgary Court House opens its doors for Law Day on Saturday, April 21st, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The 30th annual Law Day is a free, fun, activity-filled day that promotes access to justice and introduces the public to key people in the judicial system including members of the police service, lawyers and judges.  It is organized by the Canadian Bar Association Alberta.

Activities include:

  • Tours of the Court House, including prisoner cells;
  • Over 30 information booths;
  • Real life” CSI demonstrations;
  • Fun, interactive mock trials - Musical "GLEEfully paying your taxes?!", “Herry Phother & the Potion Master’s Book”, “Custody Battle on the Gridiron!” starring Calgary Stampeders player and Ralph the Dog;
  • Sheriff’s escort van, motorcycle and CheckStop Bus;
  • 75 new Canadians will be sworn in at Citizenship Court.

Visit www.lawdayalberta.com or call 403- 218-4300.

 

Law Society of Alberta

Fraud Alert: Several counterfeit Canadian dollar bank drafts negotiated by ON, AB and QC lawyers

The Law Society of Alberta has been advised by the Royal Bank that several counterfeit Canadian dollar bank drafts have been negotiated by lawyers (four in Ontario, three in Alberta and one in Quebec).

These drafts are drawn on RBC transit 05142 003 and are payable to individual lawyers. The subject line on all 8 drafts indicates “Rowland Webster”. They are dated April 12 and 13, 2012, and are in the amount of $325,850. They indicate Royal Bank of Canada, Mississauga ON on the top left corner of the draft. RBC’s investigation indicated that these drafts were given to the lawyer as payment on a debt collection.

The name Rowland Webster has been used as the debtor name on a loan collection fraud previously reported. The fraudster client in this case was purporting to be Barbara Duckett. RBC did not provide the fraudster client name used on the above frauds.

How to handle a real or suspected fraud
If you have been targeted by this fraud, please forward any of the emails and supporting documents that you have received to Mike Martin, Risk Assessment Officer at the Law Society of Alberta at mike.martin@lawsociety.ab.ca.

 

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www.lawsociety.ab.ca
Law Society of Alberta
Calgary Office
Suite 500, 919 11th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2R 1P3
Phone: 403-229-4700

Edmonton Office
Suite 800, Bell Tower
10104-103 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0H8
Phone: 780-429-3343

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