Family Law - Okanagan Section Meeting | ONLINE ONLY 

Jun. 17, 2021

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Hosted by the Family Law - Okanagan Section,
this Year in Review is being held for all CBA BC Branch Family Law Sections.

(2020 to Now!)

Speakers: Aaron Franks, Epstein Cole LLP
Todd R. Bell, Schuman Basran Robin & Bell
Timing: Thursday, June 17, 2021
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm  |  Year in Review - Part 1
  • 12:00 pm-12:10 pm  |  Morning Break
  • 12:10 pm - 1:10 pm  |  Year in Review - Part 2
  •   1:10 pm - 1:20 pm  |  Afternoon Break
  •   1:20 pm - 2:00pm   |  Year in Review - Part 3 & Question Period
CPD Hours: 2.50 hours of approved Continuing Professional Development hours in BC.


Aaron Franks and Todd R. Bell bring you the latest installment of their venerable annual year (and a bit) in review - covering all the significant family case law updates from 2020 until now, from BC and beyond. Join your colleagues for discussions about how these have shaped the law in the last year and how it will impact you when researching an issue, drafting an agreement, framing an argument, or tracking the latest legislative developments.

This annual Review of Family Law cases will cover select cases of interest for family law practitioners!


About Aaron Franks

As a partner at Epstein Cole, Aaron’s practice encompasses all areas of family law and the defence of solicitor's negligence claims. His background in business and finance allow him to skillfully address issues related to property and cross-border issues within the family law context. Aaron's practice ranges from complex financial issues to national and international child abduction.

Aaron has acted as counsel at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He is regularly retained as a mediator and arbitrator in private disputes and has been appointed as a Dispute Resolution Officer for the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where he teaches family law and was also an instructor with the Family Law Section of the Bar Admission Course. He regularly participates in speaking engagements on various family law topics across the country. He has been on the Editorial Board of the Reports of Family Law since 2005, and he is the Co-Author of "Franks & Zalev – This Week in Family Law", a weekly family law newsletter published in FamilySource by WestlawNext Canada.

About Todd R. Bell

Todd’s practice areas include the division of high net worth assets including complex corporate structures, trusts, real estate and pensions. He also does income determination often in complex financial circumstances for the purposes of child and spousal support. He practices in all manner of parenting and custody litigation including relocation and Hague Convention matters, adoption litigation and emergency protection from family violence.  

Todd received his LLB in 2007 and was called to the bar in 2008. Todd has served as adjunct faculty at the Allard School of Law at UBC, was Co-Chair of the CBA Family Law Subsection after several years on the executive, has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Family Law Practice Manual (CLEBC) since 2012, and chairs conferences or presents legal papers on family law issues several times every year for organizations such as CLEBC, TLABC, LSS, CBA (Okanagan) and the Access Pro Bono Court of Appeal program.


Territorial Acknowledgement
This meeting will be broadcast from the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueam First Nations. We encourage members to explore the rich history and knowledge of Indigenous people, and to continue learning about their experience in Canada past and present.

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