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Where to Start with Cohabitation, Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

It’s not you, it’s my family’s business!

We understand that there is a bit of contradiction in a couple swearing their undying love while negotiating a contract that outlines how they will separate. Often, these conversations can be as emotionally charged for the family as it is for the couple.

For this webinar, we’ve teamed two experts with very contrasting viewpoints on this subject: Wendy Sage-Hayward, a senior consultant with The Family Business Consulting Group, and her husband, Ian Hayward, a divorce lawyer. While Wendy’s work is dedicated to family enterprise continuity, Ian’s career focuses on when things fall apart. However, they both agree that when it comes to a marital agreement, the process and procedures are just as important as the contract itself.

The goals of this presentation are to strengthen your understanding of family law agreements and better equip families with how to talk about and implement family law agreements within their family enterprise. Wendy and Ian will answer:

  • What is a family law agreement and why would we need one?
  • Where do families and couples start in creating the agreement?
  • How do I discuss this with my partner?
  • How are family law agreements different from standard contracts?
  • What makes a solid family law agreement?
  • What are the important elements of the process?

The information in this webinar is intended for general information purposes only and not intended to convey or constitute legal advice. Please contact your own legal advisor to learn more about family law agreements.

(Please note: We experienced technical difficulties around the 8-minute mark that were resolved a few minutes later!)


About the Presenters

Wendy Sage-Hayward is a senior consultant with the Family Business Consulting Group and an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia where she leads programs for the Business Families Centre. She is also a partner and director in a family firm which recently celebrated its 133rd Anniversary. Her family business is at the cousin consortium stage consisting of 45+ cousin partners.

As a partner of Hayward Sheppard, Ian Hayward’s practice consists of family, personal injury and administrative law. He is a frequent presenter at legal courses and seminars and has been an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia Law School. Ian's philosophy on practicing family law is that practitioners must be versatile in their approach to their client's problems. To this end, Ian was one of the first lawyers certified in Collaborative Law in Vancouver.

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