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Virtual Reality: Do's & Don'ts of Remote Signing & Virtual Commissioning

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50 minutes
Heather Austin-Skaret
Jaye Hooper
Jennifer Jolly
Merredith MacLennan
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
50 minutes
$89.00 plus tax

Since the onset of COVID-19, the provincial government, the judiciary and the Law Society of Ontario have been allowing documents to not only be executed, but also commissioned virtually.  On August 1, 2020, the provincial government passed regulations to permit virtual commissioning permanently.

Join us for this lunchtime program to hear about best practices for the remote signing and virtual commissioning of documents in a variety of legal contexts, including civil litigation, estates, family law and real estate.


Heather Austin-Skaret

Heather is a partner with Mann Lawyers LLP. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1995, after receiving her L.L.B. from the University of Ottawa. She also holds a B.A. from the University of Manitoba. In her current practice, she focuses on wills and estate planning and administration as well as residential and commercial real estate. She is an active member of the Ottawa Estate Planning Council, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, County of Carleton Law Association and the Ontario Bar Association. Heather is a long standing member of the East Region Solicitors Conference Planning Committee. When not practicing law she can be found on a volleyball court or at the cottage.

Jaye Hooper

Jaye Hooper has practiced in Ottawa since her call to the bar in 2001. Jaye has extensive trial experience as well as dozens of appearances on motions and appeals. Jaye has appeared before all levels of court including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. Jaye is an active member in the legal community. She served as President on the executive of the County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA) for the 2012-2013 term and continues to participate in various committees including the Federation of Law Associations (FOLA), a provincial body representing the interests of the practicing bar in Ontario. Jaye is the past Chair of FOLA. Personally, Jaye and her husband Paul have a very rich life enjoying their four children. Jaye lives in the Westboro community and has been active in local initiatives including the rebuilding of Broadview Public School.

Jennifer Jolly

Jennifer has practised family law since her call to the bar in 1993. Since 2007 she has practised in this area almost exclusively, having a complimentary Estate Litigation Practise. Jennifer has also practised employment and labour law as well as insurance defense and personal injury law, as well as being a member of the Planning Committee for the Civil Litigation Updated Conference for 10 years. Jennifer was re-elected as a Trustee for the CCLA and serves on the Family Law Bench and Bar Committee. As of late, a great deal of her practise involves litigation with self-represented parties.

Merredith MacLennan

Merredith MacLennan joined Stewart Title as Senior Counsel – Commercial Underwriting in June 2017 and is responsible for underwriting large commercial transactions across the country. Prior to joining Stewart Title, Merredith was a partner at Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP in Ottawa with an extensive real estate and land development practice where she was routinely retained to resolve complex title matters.

Merredith has lectured on real estate matters at events organized by various organizations, including the Law Society of Ontario, FOLA, the OBA, various local law associations, and Stewart Title.  Merredith is the Real Estate Co-Chair for the Federation of Ontario Law Associations (formerly CDLPA). She is a long-time member of the CCLA Solicitor's Conference Planning Committee and was an active member of the CCLA Real Estate Lawyer’s Committee from 2001-2014 and continues to attend their meetings as an invited guest. She is a member of the Provincial Working Group on Lawyers and Real Estate as well the Law Society’s Real Estate Liaison Group. 

Merredith holds a B.A. from Dalhousie University, an LL.B. from the University of New Brunswick and an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall. She was called to the Bar in 1999.

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