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Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 8:23 AM

Don’t count on ‘zombie deeds’ in estate planning: Part one deed_signing_sm

Alitha Elizabeth Elliott transferred her house on April 18, 2017. There was only one problem: Elliott was dead. She died three days earlier on April 15, 2017. But this was not the case of a miraculous resurrection or a stolen identity; this was another case of a so-called “zombie deed.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 9:35 AM

Family cottage: Registering real estate agreements on title, interfamily sales cottage2

“Some people create their own storms, and then get upset when it rains.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 8:20 AM

Why lawyers should work with paralegals | Karen Heath paralegal_sm

Rewind about five years. I am three weeks post-call and about to test out my litigation chops for the first time in provincial offences court. I have a script. It’s in 24 font and averages about 30 words per page. It includes my name written out so I remember to say it on the record, H-E-A-T-H, first initial K. I kid you not. I clerked, you see, so my in-court appearances were nil compared to my firm-articled compatriots. And I am nervous. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 6:30 AM

PROCEEDINGS - Mediation and arbitration

Appeal by Metro Edge Holdings from an order granting Macdonald Realty leave to enforce an arbitration award. The parties were realtors who disputed payment of a real estate commission. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 1:11 PM

Federal Court of Appeal upholds application of anti-avoidance rule to limited partner Cityscape

On Sept. 14, the Federal Court of Appeal released its decision on Gladwin Realty Corp. v. Canada 2020 FCA 142. The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the taxpayer’s appeal from the Tax Court of Canada, denying the tax benefit obtained through a complex series of transactions under the general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR). ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

The lawyer-paralegal relationship in B.C. | Jennifer Brun paralegal_sm

Lawyers and paralegals in British Columbia have been working together to provide client services for as long as there have been formal education programs for paralegals. This partnership brings together complementary skill sets, each founded through education, experiential training and ethical standards. Paralegals are defined by the BC Paralegal Association as those who “have legal training and knowledge of the substantive and procedural aspects of law and are capable of independent legal work, performed subject to the general supervision of a lawyer.” ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 11:31 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 1:37 PM

Lawyers, law society, illusion of power, proposal for change paralegal image sm

There is unrest in the forest, there is trouble with the trees. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

Consolidation in the cannabis retail space: Are you ready? cannabis_store_sm

It has been just over two years since recreational cannabis has been legalized in Canada. Each province and territory was charged with setting up the rules for sale of recreational cannabis in its jurisdiction. As one might expect in Canada, the regulatory regimes vary and the rollout of retail has not be consistent, with some jurisdictions opting for a lottery process and others allowing anyone eligible to apply to open a store. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 1:38 PM

Popular misconceptions about court transcriptionists cassette

Authorized Court Transcriptionists (ACTs) hear a lot of things that make us either cringe or laugh about how we are perceived. We all need to laugh once in a while, even when it hurts, so here we go! ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 12:31 PM

Family cottage: How it can cause conflict, give rise to litigation Cottage

“Nature is not a place to visit — it is home.” ... [read more]