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CLE-TV: What Estate Lawyers Need To Know About Assisted Reproduction

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The ART of Estates

Last Kick at the Can
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 OR
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm via webinar

(Original course: November 8, 2017)

Who should attend:  Experienced lawyers with a wills and/or estates practice. This course may also be of interest to all levels of wills and estates lawyers, wills and estates paralegals, and family lawyers.

Learning level: Intermediate/Advanced

Making testamentary gifts of frozen sperm, eggs, and embryos stored at fertility clinics. Planning for clients who have had a child through surrogacy. Probating the estate of a man who was a sperm donor. Making “adequate provision” for a child who has more than two legal parents. These are just a few situations where the law of assisted reproductive technology (ART) affects estate planning and administration. 

Gone are the days of the “bio or adopted” legal child. With more people using ART to create their families, and a focus on pre-conception intention in BC, estate lawyers need to understand what to look for when clients come in the door.

In this course, we will cover:

  • Ownership of gametes (sperm and eggs) and embryos
  • Use of gametes and embryos under the federal Assisted Human Reproduction Act and regulations, and post-death sperm extraction
  • Making clients’ intentions for frozen gametes and embryos legally effective (and what happens if they aren’t)
  • Parentage of ART-born children under BC’s Family Law Act, and how this fits with the Wills, Estates, and Succession Act
  • Multi-parent families and post-death conception
  • Planning issues and tips for wills
  • Probate practice points
  • Potential litigation areas, including jurisdiction and transition, where outcomes depend on which law applies

Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 1.5 hours (this course will NOT include any professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management)

Course Chairs 
Lynda Cassels — Cassels Murray, Victoria
Monique Shebbeare — Monique Shebbeare Law Corporation, Vancouver  


Pricing  Last Kick at the Can Rebroadcast
Rebroadcast $149
Registration includes an electronic copy of the reference materials.

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CLEBC Program Lawyer
Meredith Woods

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