News

September 20, 2018 – Are you thinking about changing your condominium bylaws to address the legalization of marijuana?  If so, consider the points raised in this bulletin.

August 1, 2018 – Our firm name has changed from Willis Law to Willis Law LLP.  And congratulations to Natasha Sutherland, Willis Law LLP’s newest partner!

July 24, 2018 – Back in late June 2018, the Government of Alberta released new draft Regulations to the Condominium Property Act and asked for the public’s input.  For the past several weeks, Hugh Willis and Melissa Stappler have been working diligently with CCI North Alberta’s legislative review committee to put together a submission to the Government providing feedback on behalf of experts in the condominium industry.  That work culminated in a meeting today with Service Alberta Minister Brian Malkinson which Hugh Willis attended.

July 12, 2018 – Hugh Willis was an expert panel member at the CCI North Alberta Condo Regulation Update seminar held in Edmonton.

May 24, 2018 – Hugh Willis gave a presentation about how the recent amendments to the Condominium Property Act will affect realtors  at an Edmonton real estate brokerage.

May 12, 2018 – Willis Law lawyers and staff attended the 2018 Alberta Condo Expo hosted by CCI North Alberta.  Thanks to everyone who attended our educational sessions and who stopped by at our trade show booth to say hello!

April 25, 2018 – Willis Law lawyers Hugh Willis, Natasha Sutherland and Melissa Stappler will be attending and presenting at the upcoming Alberta Condo Expo hosted by CCI North Alberta on Saturday, May 12, 2018 in Edmonton.  Get more information about the Alberta Condo Expo here: https://cci.geniepad.com/public/pages/conference-and-tradeshow

April 19, 2018 – Two presentations in one night!  Hugh Willis was a guest speaker for the Strathcona County Condominium Association and Melissa Stappler presented a Wise Buyer session for Next Step Continuing Education in Sherwood Park.

March 15, 2018 – Willis Law is thrilled to welcome Rachael Hovan as our new Student-at-Law!

February 8, 2018 – Thank you to everyone who attended one of our free “Top 10 Changes to the Condominium Property Act” seminars!  To download a copy of our presentation, click here.  Stay tuned for more free seminars for condominium Board members and owners later this year when Phase Two of the legislative changes is announced.

January 17-February 1, 2018 – Service Alberta held a series of stakeholder sessions to discuss the upcoming changes to the Condominium Property Act and Regulations.  Willis Law lawyers Hugh Willis, Natasha Sutherland and Melissa Stappler attended the sessions and provided input on the topics of (1) Proxies and Voting, (2) Insurance, (3) Meeting Notice, Rules and Condominium Board Accountability, (4) Condominium Documents, (5) Sale of Condominium Parcel Following Termination, and (6) Arrears and Sanctions.

January 16, 2018 – As of January 1, 2018, certain new provisions of the Condominium Property Act are now in force and effect.  One of these new provisions allows condominium corporations to serve documents upon an owner by electronic means (such as email).  However, a condominium corporation should only do this if it has the prior written consent of the owner.  Click here to view a sample authorization form condominium corporations can use to obtain an owner’s written consent to receive documents by email.  Please note that you will have to customize this form to indicate the name of your specific condominium corporation.

January 8, 2018 – As of January 1, 2018, important changes to the Condominium Property Act have occurred.  If you live in a condo, own a condo, or are on a condo Board, these changes are applicable to your Condominium Corporation.  Join Willis Law for a “Top 10 Changes to the Condominium Property Act” free seminar to learn, in plain language, about Phase One of the changes, what changes may be coming in future Phases, and how the changes impact your condominium complex.  Check out our Events page for further information about our free seminars being held in the following areas:

  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – EDMONTON – 6:30-9:00 p.m. (in association with CCI North Alberta)
  • Saturday, January 20, 2018 – ST. ALBERT – 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – RED DEER – 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018 – LEDUC – 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 3, 2018 – SHERWOOD PARK – 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 – MEDICINE HAT – 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

December 22, 2017 – Melissa Stappler was awarded the designation of Qualified Arbitrator (Q. Arb) by the ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC).  Congratulations Melissa!

November 29, 2017 – Melissa Stappler and Hugh Willis presented an in-house session for a condominium management firm on Changes to the Condominium Property Act.

November 23, 2017 –  Natasha Sutherland and Hugh Willis presented an in-house session for a condominium management firm on Changes to the Condominium Property Act.

November 17, 2017 – Natasha Sutherland, Melissa Stappler and Hugh Willis presented an in-house session for a condominium management firm on Changes to the Condominium Property Act.

November 10, 2017 – Melissa Stappler, Hugh Willis and Rachael Hovan presented an in-house session for a condominium management firm on Changes to the Condominium Property Act.

September 28, 2017 – Hugh Willis attended the KDM Management Inc. Board Information Night.  Hugh was one of the speakers on legal issues within the condominium community.  The night was well organized, well attended and a lot of fun.

August 29, 2017 – Hugh Willis was part of the CCI stakeholder representatives attending a session with Alberta Justice. The session brought together stakeholder groups from opposite sides of the age restriction issue. Hugh advocated in favor for allowing condominium owners to make their own decision on whether to enact and age restriction in their particular complex.

June 13, 2017 – Melissa Stappler was awarded a Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice (CTAJ) by the Foundation of Administrative Justice (FoAJ) at its annual graduation ceremony.  Melissa was also a guest speaker at the graduation ceremony, as she was a 2017 FoAJ bursary award winner.  Congratulations Melissa!

April 29, 2017 – Willis Law attended the CCI – North Alberta Conference. This is the largest annual condominium education event in the province. Hugh Willis again participated on the Legal Expert Panel which wrapped up the event. In addition, Hugh  chaired the Dealing with Disaster session and Melissa Stappler hosted a breakout round table lunch session on age restricted condominiums. Natasha Sutherland, Rianne Stewart, Rebecca Lorenz and Rachael Hovan of our office also attended.

February 13, 2017 – Hugh Willis, Melissa Stappler and Rianne Stewart presented a free information seminar on age restricted condominiums in St. Albert.

February 9, 2017 – Hugh Willis and Melissa Stappler presented a free information seminar on age restricted condominiums in Sherwood Park.

February 7, 2017 – Hugh Willis co-presented the CCI Bylaw session with Helena Smith. Helena and Hugh have presented this session for approximately 10 years and it focuses on the optimal way to amend bylaws.

February 6, 2017 – Hugh Willis and Melissa Stappler presented a free information seminar on age restricted condominiums in Edmonton.

May 12, 2016 – Hugh will be speaking at the Alberta Real Estate Association conference in Jasper, Alberta.  Hugh’s topic will be Hot Topics for Realtors in Condominium Transactions.

April 30, 2016 – At the annual Canadian Condominium Institute Conference and Trade Show, Hugh presented on two panels.  The first panel was on the Insurance Battle Royale, where two sides debated the implementation and recommended legislation on insurance law in condominiums.  The second was part of the Legal Expert panel held as the concluding event of the conference.  The Conference sold out and was a tremendous success.  All credit to the organizers on a job well done.  More information on the conference is available here.

April 24-26, 2016 – Hugh was part of the Condominium Law panel at the Legal Education Society of Alberta conference held in Lake Louise, Alberta.  Hugh’s topic was on New Home Buyer Legislation and implementation of the new home warranty regime in Alberta, as well as a brief update on the state of amendments to the Condominium Property Act.  The annual spring LESA refresher is one of the premier legal education events for lawyers in Alberta.  This year’s conference was on Real Estate Issues and included the condominium panel Hugh spoke on.

April 7 and 14, 2016 – Hugh continues his public education efforts with a spring session for Wise Buyers in Condominiums for Next Step continuing education.  The session was held in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

February 1, 2016 – Willis Law is thrilled to announce the addition of Ms. Natasha Sutherland to our office.  Natasha joins our firm after several years practicing at a large down town law firm.  Natasha’s practice includes condominium law, bankruptcy, insolvency, collections and commercial litigation.  We are looking forward to Natasha’s contributions.


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