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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.

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.

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Can I Keep That Real Estate Deposit If The Purchaser Walks?

February 19, 2015 This was the question put before the British Columbia Court of Appeal in the recent decision of Tang v. Zhang 2013 BCCA 52. In the purchase of a $2 Million property in Vancouver, the Purchaser had put down a $100,000 deposit. In a normal purchase of real estate this deposit is credited against the purchase price at closing. The sale did not close as planned as the Purchaser elected to walk away from the contract and refused to complete. The Seller, who wanted to make the best of a bad situation, re-listed the property and sold to a third party buyer at a higher price than had been negotiated with the first Purchaser.

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Elder Mediation – Who Gets The Ball Rolling And Why?

February 12, 2015 Elder Law is simply that area of law which focuses on issues that affect us as we age. These include Estate Planning, Planning for Incapacity, and more.

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'I Was Really Hurt In That Accident' – 'This Video Shows Otherwise'

February 12, 2015 ICBC has come out with their top exaggerated and fraudulent claims of 2014. Suffice it to say, it is not wise to try and pull a fast one on ICBC especially when your story has absolutely no credence!

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Joint Tenancy Pt. 2 – Resulting Trusts

February 09, 2015 In a previous blog post, I wrote about the pros and cons involved with owning assets in joint tenancy. One of the highlighted reasons for owning property in joint tenancy was for estate planning purposes in order to ensure that the property passed immediately to the surviving owner.

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Used Vehicles And The Sale Of Goods Act

December 17, 2014 I recently had the opportunity to defend a car dealership in an action where the plaintiff was claiming that they had effectively sold him a lemon because components of the heating and air conditioning system ('HVAC') were not working properly. The plaintiff's claim was that his vehicle was not fit for the purpose for which it was intended under the Sale of Goods Act (the 'Act').

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