Estates, Wills and Trusts: RSS Welcomes Notary Myriam Léger

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June 29, 2020 — RSS is pleased to welcome a new member in our Estates, Wills and Trusts Practice Group. Myriam Léger became a notary in 2016. Prior to joining RSS, she was practising in her own firm.

“Myriam’s profile is ideally suited to our team”, says her colleague William Dion-Bernard, also a notary. “She has accumulated a most diversified experience that fits perfectly with our practice.”

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Marcel-Olivier Nadeau Elected Bâtonnier of the Barreau du Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

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June 15, 2020 — Marcel-Olivier Nadeau, from our Saguenay office, and a member of our Insurance Law Practice Group, has just been elected bâtonnier (Chair) of the Barreau du Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, one of the 15 local sections of the Bar of Quebec. This election is an eloquent demonstration of the esteem in which he is held by the region’s lawyers.

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The Courts’ Reopening Continues: “Priority” as Well as “Urgent” Matters Are Now Being Heard

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June 12, 2020 – Jean-Pierre Sheppard and Lauren Flam, of our Commercial Litigation Department, obtained an interim injunction yesterday to force a defendant who was defaming a company to cease and desist. The Court held that the unfounded accusations of financial impropriety and alleged product quality problems were being circulated in bad faith with the purpose of causing harm to the company.

Defendant was ordered to immediately cease initiating any contact with the company’s customers, suppliers and its other business partners.

The “hearing” took place in “court” by means of a linkup to newly installed technology at the Montreal courthouse. RSS lawyers presented their case to the judge from our offices at Place Victoria.

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Martin Côté in a Webinar on Solicitor-client Privilege

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June 10, 2020 — Martin Côté will be presenting the webinar “Tout ce que vous devez savoir relativement au secret professionnel de l’avocat en entreprise et au privilège relatif au litige” (Everything you must know on solicitor-client privilege for in-house counsel, and on litigation privilege), broadcast on Wednesday, June 17, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. This activity, hosted by the Bar of Quebec, is recognized for lawyers’ mandatory continuing education.

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Marilyn Piccini Roy’s Work Gets Recognized Again

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June 5, 2020 — Marilyn Piccini Roy, Ad. E., TEP, was recently awarded the 2019 Volunteer of the Year award by STEP Canada, a leading association of tax and estate professionals.

She was also re-elected as Secretary of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law.

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The Courts Are Really Back in Action, as RSS Witnessed

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June 1, 2020 — The Quebec courts, including the Superior Court, Commercial Division, District of Montreal, declared that they were resuming their activities in progressive fashion as of Monday, June 1.

This morning, June 1, Jean-Pierre Sheppard and Lauren Flam, from our Commercial Litigation Team, attended court on behalf of a shareholder involved in a dispute within a family company. RSS obtained an order forcing the other shareholder/director to cease unilaterally declaring dividends, withdrawing funds from the company’s bank accounts and from using the company’s credit facilities.

Defendant’s signing authority on behalf of the company was temporarily suspended, including for all transactions with the company’s financial institutions. Defendant was also ordered to cease making certain false statements to company’s suppliers and clients to the effect that the company had ceased operations.

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RSS, Member of a New Professional Alliance

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May 12, 2020 — RSS is pleased to announce the launch of the Regroupement des firmes de services professionnels indépendantes — the RFSPI.

The Regroupement is an alliance of 80 Quebec-owned firms united to promote their expertise with Quebec decision-makers, who will have to make crucial judgments over the coming weeks in the interest of their businesses.

These firms are a meaningful presence in Quebec’s economic panorama: they employ over 127 000 people and deliver $12 billion of services each year.
Through its website, firmesindependantes.com, the RSFPI brings together the business community and local service providers who have made it their goal to prepare businesses to resume operations.

This initiative is under the stewardship of Martin Côté.

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COVID-19 —Family Law Communiqué

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March 25, 2020 — Dear clients,

The current crisis affects almost all aspects of our lives.

However, we would like to take this opportunity to let you know that we continue to be here to serve you during these difficult times. The COVID-19 virus and the public health measures adopted to combat it may raise questions concerning custody, parental authority, alimentary obligations or the negotiation of your divorce (or any other matter that may arise) in the coming weeks.

Current government measures allow us to continue our operations and, although we  will have to adapt to the situation, please be aware that we remain available to answer your questions. We invite you to contact us by email or leave a message in our respective voice mailboxes and then we could schedule a telephone appointment, if necessary.

Several of you have asked us questions about childcare arrangements. In this regard, we would like to add our voice to the government directives available on Justice Québec website, and remind you that:

  • The current custody schedules continue to apply in principle;
  • It may however be opportune for parents to discuss and see if a new schedule minimizing the number of exchanges can be envisaged;
  • In the event of conflicts, parents should favour negotiation or mediation, a process in which we can guide you.

The recommendations contained above will of course need to be adapted to public health directives, in particular as regards to periods of isolation or if one of the parents develops symptoms of COVID-19 as well as any directive to come.

In addition to custody issues, public health measures and market developments may impact your financial situation.

If you have any questions about how the current crisis could affect your alimentary rights or obligations or the partition of your assets, we invite you to contact us. Each case remains unique, but rest assured that we are well aware of the issues and remain committed to provide you with the best possible legal services given the circumstances.

We conclude by reiterating that we will remain at your disposal and that we will make our best efforts to adapt in order to continue responding to your needs. We wish you health and peace of mind during this difficult time.

Louis Dessureault

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COVID-19 — Communicating With RSS | Protecting Parties’ Rights

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March 23, 2020 — For both hygiene and efficiency purposes, RSS asks clients and contacts to communicate with us via email instead of postage.

And, as you may already know, all activity has generally been suspended in courthouses throughout Quebec, except for urgent matters, as defined by the courts.

In addition, in this crisis period, to protect parties’ rights, the minister of Justice, in collaboration with the Chief Justice of Quebec, has implemented measures to suspend all legal limitation periods, including prescription and procedure limitations, from March 15, 2020, until further notice. Therefore, since that date, all limitations are inoperative.

Please be assured that we are aware of the issues at stake and have already provided for the measures required to protect your rights once the crisis is over and the suspension lifted.

For any question, please do not hesitate to consult with one of our lawyers, who will be pleased to assist you.

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Our Approach to COVID-19

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March 16, 2020 — At RSS, protecting the health and safety of our employees and their families, of our business partners and of our customers is our highest priority, which is why we constantly monitor the information and recommendations made by our governments and the World Health Organization.

Accordingly, we have put in place a business continuity plan to continue to provide you with the level of service you are entitled to expect. Thus, our offices in Montreal, Saint-Jérôme and Saguenay remain open. However, the firm’s technology infrastructure and telework policy allow our employees to continue their work as usual from home if it becomes necessary to close our offices.

Here are some of the preventive measures adopted by RSS to date:

  • All out-of-Canada travels, regardless of destination, have been cancelled;
  • All personal travel of our members outside of Canada is subject to Health Canada’s recommendations, including a 14-day isolation upon return;
  • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been in contact with a person with such symptoms is also subject to Health Canada’s recommendations, including isolation for a period of 14 days;
  • All internal events, including training activities and conferences, are cancelled until further notice, as well as participation in professional events outside the firm with more than 25 people;
  • Replacement, where possible, of all meetings with clients by videoconferences or conference calls.

Finally, in these difficult times, we hope that you and your families stay safe and healthy. We thank you for your continued loyalty and assure you that we will do everything we can to protect and support the well-being of all people in our extended community.

You can also be assured that we continually assess the relevance of the measures we have put in place and that we remain at your service for all your legal needs. We also encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.

Andrew Penhale, Managing Partner

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