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  1. I can't really answer your question - although as a Dad I did it the right way and wrong way (for me - see below)- so maybe my experience would be helpful. This first munchkin, I tried to be the good lawyer and took two weeks off. Of course, I thought I could plan everything and took the wrong two weeks. Our first was born two weeks premature. It was hell, I sucked at work, I sucked at Dad and I sucked as husband during a very stressful time for my wife. The second time, I took what I felt we needed. I told my clients and my firm that I may be away for 6 months (helps that I work for myself). I only dealt with work issues that needed dealt with, I had others in my firm - and actually others in other firms as well- help out. I was "off" for five months. I did no legal work the first three weeks and then slowly did a few hours, then more and more until I was full time again. I was a better lawyer, better dad and better husband. As for what I did at home while my wife was on leave: 1) all cooking; 2) all cleaning; 3) spent many hours making sure our then three year old felt part of the whole thing and we spent many, many quality hours just the two of us; 4) foot rubs 5) back rubs 6) I spent hours staring at my kids wondering how a guy like me could get so lucky (I think that is called bonding?) while my wife napped 7) I enjoyed the hell out of my family I know, I am lucky - supportive work environment, great clients and not a ton of overhead financially speaking- so I don't mean to be prescriptive or say one must do it my way (although I did call it the "right" way above- but again "right for my family in my circumstances) - all I am saying is that I would not trade that time for anything. Financially speaking it was 6 months where I didn't make much more than overhead for my family. I may in the fullness of time need to work until I am 65.5 years old instead of retiring at 65. But for me it was worth it. Hope it helps, and good luck with the new little one.
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    Is TRU a reputable Law School

    In the same vein - I won't sugar coat it either. There are sexists out there, and there are those that think that TRU is an inferior school. One is wrong and the other is probably wrong as well (I only qualify this because I have never attended TRU - what would I know of its quality?) - but pretending that you shouldn't have a ready answer to the "why did you go to TRU if you could have gone somewhere with a better reputation and cheaper?" - also does a disservice. If you don't want to have to answer that - go to UVIC and UBC I suppose. If you have a really good answer to that - like you always wanted a rural focus, your family lives down the hill from the TRU campus, you are independently wealthy and rain gives me hives etc. etc. -go where ever you like. I don't think you need a ready answer to "why should I hire you - you are just going to quit to go make babies?" - because the law and 2018 and a thousand other reasons. - should add here that I have a rural practice and the TRU trained lawyer we recently hired has been great. But this sample size of one should not be thought of as determinative. We are so overworked right now I would probably hire just about anyone with a law degree and a heart beat. This morning I had to go to work instead of fishing - this is just wrong people.
  3. Be great - but the docs I am talking about you get from the agency - Wildlife Management in the case I am thinking of. They actually mail it to you....and you fill it out. I think it's called a "*.paper" document I know... it's weird.
  4. Some government forms are not fillable... because government. We have a typewriter for that. It never gets used - one of the assistants just fills it out in their neatest printing and we scan it in and email it to them. Suppose you could make a pdf form- but usually they are so rarely used that it just isn't worth it.
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    Do lawyers ever have really "grand" offices?

    I had the chance to build out the world wide headquarters of RumpyCo about 5 years back. Commercial land here is reasonably priced so I could have had just about any configuration I chose. I chose: - Mountain views for all - large boardrooms, meeting rooms and comfortable staff areas - lots of light - easy access of all staff to all lawyers and all lawyers to all other lawyers So my office: - 14x14 - two big windows - I can roll my chair to the scotch cabinet - the views are about all that are grand about it - my office is waaaay too cluttered to meet anyone in, other than members of the firm, without confidentiality issues or cleaning up - hence the boardrooms.
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    divorce and court

    - It's usually a desk order or more rarely (like 3/100) made after a hearing. In BC, you file it with the registry, a clerk get's the red pen of death, scribbles all over it and tells you it is done wrong, you reply with "get a life you insufferable punctilious pedant"* and they accept it and a Judge signs it. ..or at least that is how I remember it working. *this is said under your breath while you quietly make the required changes.
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    divorce and court

    You don't need a divorce order anymore? I mean, by definition, 100% of divorces will make it to court. That's where the person who makes the order hangs out. Is it really "divorce" if you don't get divorced? Iamma need to wait till October to figure that one through.* *https://globalnews.ca/video/4287253/trudeau-announces-marijuana-will-be-legal-in-canada-on-october-17
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    Law School Debt

    Spent three weeks in and around Niseko two years ago with some buds. We rented a van, skied about 50% resort and 50% back-country - I highly, highly, highly........highly recommend it. There are a few places you can go and get some very good back country training in a week long hut trip in BC. Nothing beats experience and skiing with skilled people - but it is a great way to get into it. Most mountain guides see snow the way Gretzky saw the ice- tons to learn from those folks. PM me and I can send you a recommendation.
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    Trinity Western Loses 7-2

    Actually, this appears to be the minutes. What was missed in the minutes is hours of debate- completed prior to this. Every single Bencher had their say. It was live streamed. The supporting documentation including legal briefs from different sides where around 650 pages plus thousands of supporting documents ( I admit to only having read the 650). I watched all of the debates. I then voted in the referendum having done my best to come up with the proper balance. - Turns out I was right- did I mention that earlier? If I didn't I was. The vast majority of the lawyers I know, took this referendum very seriously, did much as I did - although there were some who may not have read all 650 pages. I know a lot that just read the two main competing briefs (TWU's was very persuasive I might add). Ultimately, the benchers could have ignored the referendum and voted as they wished if they so choose (as one or more did).
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    Trinity Western Loses 7-2

    I agree with both of these comments. (well except on preferring the dissent- I believe this was the right decision) Soooo - now what. The BC Teachers are not a group of shrinking violets - could a group of them agitate for the revisiting of the approval of TWU's teacher accreditation? Courts should be very hesitant to tell a religious institution which of its practices are "minimal". That is not to say that another value doesn't outweigh that value - but if the Covenant was indeed "minimal" - TRU would have removed it, and probably have a law school today
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    Trinity Western Loses 7-2

    ....and I just won a dinner!!!!!!!! I had argued that TRU 1 was distinguishable, my colleague thought not. We bet on the result - not the reasoning luckily enough but the CJ agreed with me - so good enough. (by the way I did go back and make sure that I posted the same back in 2014 - and I did) I WIN, well the lgtbq+ community wins - but I get a free dinner so I WIN
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    Suits For Men

    ^ I understood none of it and I have been in the profession for a very long time. I try to wear clean robes when I have to wear robes - clean ones are nice. Don't get me wrong - I have nothing but the greatest respect for people who take looking good seriously.
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    Passive Income For Lawyers

    Ya, I have no idea what "passive income" is in this context. We are R&R for around 1,000 companies - not much passive about it. We have a person who's full time job it is to keep on top of filings, notices etc. I am working with her every day on various parts and pieces of that practice. I like it but I wouldn't call it passive. While the R&R fees earn a good bit, once office space, wages, and other overhead are factored in - it wouldn't make for a great living. If you charge too much, people just take their R&R in house so it is very price sensitive. The real benefit to that work is the corporate work that comes from it. I own some commercial real estate - that is passive. So do they want you to start a ponzi scheme?