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Our lawyers lend their expertise and knowledge in the blog posts below. They will keep you up to date and informed on the latest news and information centered around legal matters close to home and across the country.

Strata Insurance And You

July 12, 2015 Your neighbour, a nice and relatively handy guy, proudly shows you the new dishwasher he picked up on the weekend. He's going to install it himself - how hard can it be?

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So You Want To Be A Guardian?

July 08, 2015 With the coming into force of the Family Law Act, SBC, 2011, ch. 25 (FLA) on March 18, 2013, the law pertaining to the guardianship of children changed in British Columbia. Under the former act, the Family Relations Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, ch. 128, ‘guardianship', was often used interchangeably with ‘custody'. These terms under the former act implied possessory rights over children. With the coming into force of the new FLA and the collateral amendment to the definition of guardianship, it is clear that children have ‘rights' and parents have ‘responsibilities'.

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No More Restraining Orders?

June 07, 2015 The Family Law Act, S.B.C. 2011, ch. 25 came into force on March 18, 2013. The new Act contains sweeping changes in a number of areas, including domestic violence. This increased emphasis on the rights of children and recognition of the devastating effects of family violence is incorporated into the act in a number of ways.

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Don't Burn Bridges: How To Leave Your Job

June 07, 2015 I am often consulted by people who want legal advice about ending their employment. Some have been terminated and need advice about a severance package they have been offered. Some want to leave one employer for another but are not sure how to structure the change. Some are miserable at work and want to know if they should stay, sue or just leave. All of these scenarios involve different considerations.

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The Four Kinds Of Digital Assets

May 22, 2015 Our daily transactions and interactions are increasingly done online and by email. Consider how many online accounts and passwords you have: Facebook, Instagram, Gmail, Netflix, Amazon, EBay, PayPal, iTunes, YouTube, Dropbox, Google Drive, Epost, Minecraft, BitCoin, AirMiles, online banking, and more.

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Property Division Under The New Family Law Act

April 17, 2015 With the coming into force of the new Family Law Act on March 18, 2013, there are wide sweeping changes to how couples divide their property upon separation and divorce. Most notably, common law couples (those residing together in a marriage like relationship for at least 2 years) are now included in the property division regimen under the new Act.

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Underinsured Motorist Protection

April 16, 2015 In my last blog, I wrote about how a BC motorist is only obligated, as part of the process of licensing and insuring his or her vehicle, to purchase Basic Autoplan Insurance. Basic Autoplan Insurance provides only $200,000.00 in Third-Party Liability Insurance. That is not very much money if a person is seriously injured, or there are claims made by multiple people such as passengers. The low amount of mandatory Third-Party Liability Insurance can be a problem if you are the one injured.

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'Can My Employer Do That?'

April 14, 2015 The peaks and valleys of British Columbia's economic landscape are often leaving employers looking for ways to reorganize their businesses, cut expenses and lower their overhead. Unfortunately, employees often feel the brunt of these efforts. People often contact lawyers asking the question 'can my employer do that?' and the answer is invariably, it depends.

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Is Joint Tenancy The Right Choice?

March 10, 2015 I am often asked by clients whether they should hold their assets jointly; whether it's a bank account, their vehicle, or their home. For certain people, in specific circumstances, this can be very good advice. However for others, it can have some very unpleasant and unintended consequences.

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