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Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 1:02 PM

The neverending story of excluded property in B.C. House with stoplight

The Family Law Act and its regime on “excluded property” was thought to bring more clarity and fairness to family law litigation in B.C. However, it seems to have at times confused cases. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 12:39 PM

Two appeal decisions spotlight plight of self-represented litigants self_represented_sm

Lawyers are all too familiar with the increasing trend of parties representing themselves in court and the problems that this situation presents to their clients, to the self-represented litigants (SRLs) themselves and to the court. Two recent Court of Appeal decisions highlight some of the problems that self-represented litigants face in the court system and how the courts can assist a SRL — without prejudicing the represented litigant — in obtaining not only their day in court but a fair hearing. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Four new lawyers join Clark Wilson

Clark Wilson LLP announced that four lawyers have joined the Vancouver firm. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 8:02 AM

Digital estate myth #2: Hard copy, password managers the answer digital_things_sm

Digital assets remain one of the least understood aspects of estate planning and estate administration. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 11:36 AM

Where political parties stand on tax breaks, incentives — other major parties Federal Election 2019

Canada’s political parties are lining up to make impressive promises to voters and the area of tax is front and centre. ... [read more]

Friday, October 11, 2019 @ 8:49 AM

Dispute over will bequeathing family farm highlights importance of witness ‘credibility’: lawyer Taayo Simmonds sm

The Superior Court of Justice has ruled in favour of a plaintiff in a case involving a contested estate, which involved two drafts of a will. Counsel involved in the case said the decision highlights the importance of witness credibility. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

How major political parties address important issue of dementia electionflag

The federal election is only days away. As of Oct. 3, the latest Ipsos poll for Global News finds that health care is the most important issue for Canadians when they go into the ballot box. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

Delay: Jordan’s big effect on civil litigation spiral_clock_sm

The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R. v. Jordan 2016 1 SCC 27 has had a big impact, not only in the context of criminal law, but also in civil actions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 08, 2019 @ 8:52 AM

Digital estate myth #1: All assets are the same digital_things_sm

Planning for digital assets is not a new topic. Estate planners have been discussing this topic for the last 10 years, and yet during this time of rapid global technology adoption the topic of digital assets remains one of the least understood aspects of estate planning and estate administration. ... [read more]

Monday, October 07, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

WILLS - Variation - Express trusts - Certainty of intention

Action by Shirley Larochelle (Shirley) for variation of the will of Al Joseph Soucie (Al). ... [read more]