• The Age of Data-Driven Law
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    The Age of Data-Driven Law

    Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Clio confounder and CEO Jack Newton and Palace Law Owner Patrick Palace. Hi everyone. Thanks for having me. I’m really excited to be here with Patrick Palace my co presenter. Over the next hour, Patrick and I are going to walk you through what we call the Age of Data Driven Law. And I’m going to kick of with an introduction to a report that my company Cleo put together called the Legal Trends Report. And with the Legal Trends Report, what we try to do was give lawyers some data to tackle what the management guru Peter Drucker said a couple decades ago, which…

  • Gatehouse Insights | Ben Phi – Advice on how to be a good manager & an even better leader
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    Gatehouse Insights | Ben Phi – Advice on how to be a good manager & an even better leader

    (upbeat music) – Thank you for joining me for another episode of Gatehouse Insights. And today, I have the pleasure of chatting with Ben Phi, who is the managing director at Phi Finney McDonald. Ben, welcome to the show and thank you for joining me. – Thanks for inviting me. – So let’s begin with your legal career story. – Yeah. So I spent 14 years working at Slater and Gordon. I started as a Junior Legal Assistant and basically worked my way up through the ranks. In the end, I was the head of class actions and group litigation in both Australia and the UK before sort of going…

  • What Is So Bad About Probate? | Jim Ryan, Estate Planning Attorney
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    What Is So Bad About Probate? | Jim Ryan, Estate Planning Attorney

    Well, probate I learned early in my career was often times an unnecessary legal expense to families. Probate is essentially the legal process by which we get a judge, or the bureaucrats, to change their records as to who the titled owner of that asset is. If you use a revocable living trust during your lifetime to take titled ownership to those assets, then at the time of the death or disability we don’t need to involve the probate court with the expense and delay that that always causes with respect to the administration and ultimate transfer of those specific titled assets.

  • Hannah Kong, Associate Solicitor, Reed Smith LLP
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    Hannah Kong, Associate Solicitor, Reed Smith LLP

    I grew up in a very small town in Wales and then I moved to Stoke-on-Trent with my family did all high school and secondary school in Stoke and went to the University of Exeter Both my parents are from Hong Kong and then both parents set up a Chinese takeaway and for University I actually applied for two courses through UCAS first was Law & Spanish the second was Law & Philosophy I really enjoyed Art. Whereas I did History for A level I didn’t do it for GCSE. I didn’t want to do it, I didnt like it. I think most schools or back in schools I attended…

  • Probate  & Estate Administration Lawyers in Vancouver, British Columbia
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    Probate & Estate Administration Lawyers in Vancouver, British Columbia

    [Beginning of Swadden-Company-Probate-June14-001 audio] [GRAPHIC: Swadden & Company, Barristers & Solicitors, (604) 687-2277, www.swadden.com, 1401-808 Nelson Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H2, Canada.] Richard Swadden: Probate is the process of proving that the last will of a deceased person is in fact the deceased person’s last will. It’s a simple application to court, doesn’t actually have to be spoken to in courts. [GRAPHIC: Richard Swadden, Founder & Managing Partner] It’s done by means of what’s called a desk order. You just submit documents in support of the application and if the court is satisfied that the will is in fact the last will and the person claiming to be the executor…

  • Probate Fees: There Are No Estate Death Taxes
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    Probate Fees: There Are No Estate Death Taxes

    I often have a discussion with my clients about probate fees and their questions about death taxes And firstly, the simple point is that in Canada, there are no death taxes There are of course in other nations, the United States, Europe, most places I suppose But in Canada and in Ontario in particular there are probate fees, estate administration tax And what it is: it’s a fee that is based upon the value of the estate for the provinces kind services to grant you probate to appoint the executor certificate of appointment so that any banks, institutions, land registry, all understand that the court has appointed you pursuant to…

  • Does a Will Avoid Probate in Florida?
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    Does a Will Avoid Probate in Florida?

    Hi, I’m Kellen Bryant and I’m here to answer a very commonly asked question of does a will avoid probate in Florida? All right. So that is a common, common misconception. Most people do think that a will avoids probate, but the answer to that question is no. A will does not avoid probate in Florida. A will is actually a ticket to probate court. So the will will name your person in charge of your estate. The will will say how you want your estate distributed, your property distributed. But all that is done in the probate court, which is a public proceeding. The will is filed. There’s processes.…