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Thursday, May 17, 2012

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In this issue:
Congratulations to Outgoing Bencher Don Scott, QC
Law Society Welcomes New Bencher
Changes to Surrogate Forms as a Result of Wills and Succession Act

Congratulations to Outgoing Bencher Don Scott, QC

By Steve Raby, QC, President, Law Society of Alberta

The Law Society congratulates outgoing Bencher Don Scott, QC, on his election to the Alberta Legislature for the constituency of Fort McMurray-Conklin.

Mr. Don Scott, former municipal councilor and a lawyer specializing in family and corporate law, has been appointed as the Associate Minister of Accountability, Transparency & Transformation by the Premier of Alberta, the Hon. Alison Redford, QC.

We thank Don for his meaningful contribution to serving the public interest through his work as a Bencher. Mr. Scott became a Bencher in May 2011.


Law Society Welcomes New Bencher

By Steve Raby, QC, President, Law Society of Alberta

The Law Society of Alberta is pleased to announce that Grande Prairie lawyer Derek Van Tassell will be joining the Benchers upon the resignation of Don Scott who was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly in the recent provincial election.

Mr. Van Tassell will represent the Northern District.

Mr. Van Tassell graduated from the University of Alberta in 1996 with a BA, and a law degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1999. After his articles, which were completed in Grande Prairie, he commenced his practice which primarily consists of family law, civil litigation, and real estate. Over the years, Mr. Van Tassell has sat on several Law Society committees including the Pro Bono Committee, Professional Responsibility Committee, and the Continuing Competence Committee.

His appointment will be effective in June 2012. 


Changes to Surrogate Forms as a Result of Wills and Succession Act

Lawyers are reminded that there are changes to the Surrogate Forms as a result of the Wills and Succession Act which has come into force on February 1, 2012.

The grace period during which old forms were allowed is over. New forms should be used for all new Surrogate applications. The new forms are designed to be used whether death occurred before or after February 1, 2012.

Watch for further Notices to the Profession issued from the Court of Queen's Bench.

Further information about the new Act and detailed amendments to sections of the Act can be found at http://www.justice.alberta.ca/wills

To obtain a copy of the Act, visit the Alberta Queen's printer website at http://www.qp.alberta.ca


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