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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
$109.00 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 Austin Skaret’s practice includes estate planning and administration as well as commercial and residential real estate work. She values long-standing relationships with some of Ottawa’s leading real estate agents and mortgage brokers. She enjoys sharing knowledge and experience with others and enjoys giving presentations and seminars. Over the years, Heather has developed extensive experience in the area of estate planning and administration, which allows her to assist clients at some of their most difficult times. Heather Austin Skaret is constantly updating her knowledge as a member of S.T.E.P. and the Ottawa Estate Planning Council. As a true Maritimer, born in Springhill, Nova Scotia, she, of course, headed west. Heather started her university career at the University of Saskatchewan and then started inching her way back east, stopping to attend and complete her undergraduate at the University of Manitoba in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). Heather Austin Skaret then moved to Ottawa in 1990 to begin her formal legal education, earning her law degree from the University of Ottawa in 1994. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1995. Heather’s practice started as an articling student with the firm Gold Gulliver, which evolved to Gold Gilbert Mann and then Mann & Associates. In late 2003, She helped form her current partnership, Mann Lawyers LLP, where Heather together with her great staff and skilled associates offer exceptional legal services to their clients. When she is not in the office, Heather enjoys spending time with family at home or at the cottage or taking out her frustrations on the volleyball court with Women & Sport. If Heather can help you with real estate matters or estate planning needs or estate issues, please send her an email.

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 is a partner at Merovitz Potechin LLP in Ottawa. She represents clients in all aspects of real estate transactions, including the purchase, sale or financing of land and the development of residential and commercial properties. Merredith MacLennan has extensive experience in shared property matters, including condominiums, joint use agreements, co-tenancy agreements, and easements, as well as title insurance and complex title matters, providing summaries, opinions, and resolutions to her clients and other lawyers. Merredith has been certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in real estate law. She is the chair of the County of Carleton (CCLA) Real Estate Lawyer’s Committee and member of the CCLA Solicitors Conference Planning Committee. She is a member of the provincial Working Group on Lawyers and Real Estate and the Law Society’s Real Estate Liaison Group. Merredith is a past Real Estate Co-Chair of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations. 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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