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Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

B.C. courts amend procedures for in-court appearances, affidavits

In order to protect the health and safety of court users, court staff and others and to help limit the spread of COVID-19, the B.C. Supreme Court has announced the following new procedures for proceedings where counsel, parties, media and the public are attending in person: ... [read more]

Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 12:06 PM

Nova Scotia court suspends filing deadlines

Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court has suspended some of its filing deadlines as part of ongoing efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19. ... [read more]

Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 11:57 AM

B.C. suspends legal time limitations due to COVID-19

At the request of the provincial Ministry of the Attorney General, the B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General has suspended limitation periods to commence court proceedings in British Columbia, and statutory decision makers have been provided discretion to waive, suspend or extend time periods related to their powers.  ... [read more]

Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 11:46 AM

Alberta restricting access to courts in light of COVID-19

Effective March 30, access to all courthouses in the province of Alberta will be restricted until further notice. ... [read more]

Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 9:28 AM

MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT - Child support - Calculation or attribution of income

Appeal by the husband from a decision varying a 2015 child support order taking into account changes in the parties’ incomes. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 2:56 PM

How COVID-19 affects child support payments: What to do if support is too expensive Man and woman have no money

In part one, we talked about the fact that courts have been clear that someone who pays child support cannot choose to pay other essentials, like housing, instead of child support. Child support must be paid first. Here are some things a payor can and should do if they find themselves in this situation. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 9:45 AM

To be or not to be appointed estate trustee lastwill_testament_sm

Appointing an estate trustee or executor is one of the most important decisions people will make in their lifetime — strangely for their life after death. In affirming this decision there are several considerations that should be contemplated. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 9:32 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Child abduction - Hague Convention

Appeal by the mother from a decision dismissing her application for return of the parties’ child to France under the Hague Convention. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 9:26 AM

COVID-19 time for reflection, possible change | Rachel Goldenberg

It is March 2020 and I am currently sitting at my desk in my home office. I have a hot coffee beside me, my husband is working in the next room, and my children are happily and wildly playing around the house. Sounds simply idyllic, right? Not so much. We are all home, not of our own choosing, but because we are self-isolating, amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has spread across the world. We are all social distancing, staying home and trying to keep everyone we know and love healthy and safe. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

New work from home reality an opportunity for law firms | Andrea Lekushoff

It’s hard to believe how quickly the COVID-19 outbreak has changed our business landscape. The overall tone of public messaging went from cautious to urgent in just a few short weeks. In the midst of all this uncertainty, companies are trying to figure out how to best follow publicly issued guidelines and directives while serving clients and conducting business in as close to their usual way as possible. ... [read more]