South Island Legal Drafting Pilot Project

Have you heard the buzz words “Access to Justice” and “Unbundled Legal Services” in the context of family law? If these two topics pique your interest, you’ll want to hear about a pilot project currently taking place in Victoria, BC.

The South Island Legal Drafting Pilot Project (SILDPP) seeks to match lawyers with mediators to assist parties involved in a family law dispute in moving seamlessly from a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) negotiated in mediation, to a legally binding Separation Agreement.

Parties to a family law dispute often require a fully executed Separation Agreement for many reasons, including for banks and pension administrators, Family Maintenance Enforcement Programs, the Canada Revenue Agency and others.

How it Works

Through the SILDPP, parties can engage the participating lawyers to access Independent Legal Advice (ILA) and Neutral Drafting Services at a discounted fixed rate[1].

The SILDPP envisions four stages for participating parties:

  1. Parties conclude mediation with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
  2. Each party receives independent legal advice (ILA) from a different participating lawyer.
  3. A third participating lawyer then provides Neutral Drafting services translating the mediated MOU into a Separation Agreement.
  4. Each party returns to their respective ILA lawyer before signing the legally binding Separation Agreement.

The goal of the SILDPP is to increase families’ access to needed high quality legal services and products as they navigate and consider the long-term implications of this important transition in their lives.

Meet the South Island Legal Drafting Pilot Project Team

The SILDPP lawyers will be hosting a Meet and Greet during Conflict Resolution Week 2016. The SILDPP team are looking forward to connecting with those working in the Family Law area interested in learning more about the Pilot over light snacks and refreshments.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Brown Henderson Melbye
2187 Oak Bay Ave.
Victoria, BC

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

If you are unable to make the SILDPP Meet & Greet, connect with them on Facebook.

Currently there are six lawyers and two mediators involved with developing SILDPP and all practice primarily in the area of family law. Click on the images below for participating lawyer contact information.

Craig Vaughan
Craig Vaughan
Samantha de Wit
Samantha de Wit
Juhi Shukla
Juhi Shukla
Gavin Mather
Gavin Mather
Samantha Rapoport
Samantha Rapoport
Nicole Hamilton
Nicole Hamilton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] Note: There is a total time cap to the ILA and Neutral Drafting services offered through this pilot.

Click the image below to learn more about Conflict Resolution Week 2016 (Nov. 19-26) and to find events in your area.

Conflict Resolution Week 2016

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