Litigation

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Litigation is just a fancy word for taking legal differences to court and following the court rules and processes. At Moe Hannah LLP we treat court as a last resort for a number of reasons including:

 

  • It is based on an adversarial model which can do lasting damage to families, especially where children are concerned;
  • It can be the most expensive form of dispute resolution due to the substantial number of rules and red tape;
  • All documents filed in Court (Affidavits, Applications, Orders, etc) are public documents and are available to anyone upon request;
  • It is usually a public process, that is, when your case is being heard in court the members of the public have the right to attend in the gallery;
  • Sometimes hearings can take up to a year or more to schedule once you are ready to proceed; and
  • You will likely not have a judge assigned who has significant experience in family law matters.

 

However, there are circumstances in which litigation is the only or the best available option. In these cases we will usually assign or bring in one of our several lawyers with significant litigation experience to advocate for our clients’ interests and needs. We take litigation very seriously and understand both the costs and advantages.

 

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Moe Hannah LLP

Client safety is important to Moe Hannah and so is client service. The health of our staff and clients is our top priority.  If clients and counsel prefer to work remotely during this difficult time, options exist for us to provide this service. Moe Hannah is able to do “virtual” non face-to-face meeting through internet conferencing.  We can do virtual consultations, mediation, or mediation/arbitration.
 
We can make it easy!
 
We will email a link for the conference to each person. The only requirement is internet access and a device suitable for the conference, ideally a camera and microphone.  Some people just use their cell phones. 
 
If you have any questions, please call or email us to talk about how we can make this work. 
 
We can still meet at Moe Hannah LLP for those people that would prefer to personally attend.  Everyone entering our office will be screened in accordance with the latest Alberta Health Guidelines. 
 
Our lawyers and assistants are set up to work remotely and we will continue mediation, mediation/arbitration and client meetings using Teams Video Conferencing, as well as our regular telephone conferencing.
 
Consider Alternative Dispute Resolution
 
The Courts have announced that they are limiting access to urgent family law mattes. In light of this, parties may want to consider the mediation/arbitration process.  Please get in touch with your lawyer and/or assistant if you have any questions regarding your matter.
 
We look forward to working with you and helping you move forward during this difficult time. 
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