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Casual Legal Services

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AMSC's Casual Legal Service is available to all Regular and Associate members as part of their AUMA membership. The Casual Legal Service is intended to be risk mitigation tool available to any elected or appointed officials.

Casual Legal Advice is general guidance to AUMA members to assist them in avoiding a potential legal problem. This general guidance is not provided as legal advice in the context of a solicitor-client relationship as no retainer is formed between the legal service provider and the AUMA member when the call is received requesting Casual Legal Advice.

Information on the type of guidance constituting Casual Legal Advice that can take place within the 5-15 minute telephone conversation. This advice does not include review of written documentation of any significant length, legal research or preparation of written legal opinions.

The opinion of legal counsel for casual legal advice will only be directed at the Municipality not an individual, elected official or employee. Where elected officials have differing opinions, especially relating to pecuniary interest, it is in the best interest of that individual to seek their own independent legal counsel.

The CLA service is an important risk management tool that members can utilize in this increasingly litigious environment. Municipalities are looking for ways to obtain information at an early stage to avoid more costly legal issues and litigation down the line and are encouraged to be proactive in their risk management initiatives. The CLA service is a simple, cost-efficient and easily accessible part of risk management. The types of issues CLA service can provide guidance on includes:

  • Planning and development
  • Conflict of interest/pecuniary interest
  • Labour and employment
  • Taxation and assessment
  • Enforcement orders

To use the service AUMA members can call toll-free to 1-888-668-9198 or email.

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Subscriber access to the Casual Legal Service member area.

For more information on the Casual Legal Service program, contact us.

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