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Changes to Law, Major Case Decisions, Industry Trends, & Other Legal Issues

Defamation and Reference Checks

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
Reference checks can put former employers in an awkward position. Employers want to tell the truth but may be concerned about the potential legal consequences of providing a bad reference.

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Who Is Your Executor?

By Vanessa DeDominicis
Being an Executor is a big job. Be careful who you pick, and make sure that they are willing to do it.

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Limitation Periods and Emails: Can an Email Signature Extend a Limitation Period?

By Jeremy Burgess
Categories: Blog, Litigation
One of the first tasks in any potential litigation matter is to identify the applicable limitation period.

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Court of Appeal Provides Clarity on Aggravated Damages Flowing from Wrongful Dismissal

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
A recent case from our Court of Appeal articulates the standard required to establish an entitlement to aggravated damages resulting from a wrongful dismissal.

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Flooding, First Nations Land and Buckshee Leases

By Justin Dalton
Categories: Blog, First Nations
The recent flooding throughout the Province of British Columbia and specifically the Okanagan region creates unique problems for First Nation Bands and their members.

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New ICBC Optional UMP Coverage You Must Have

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
New Underinsured Motorist Protection (UMP) options are now available from ICBC. Learn why you should take advantage of this new option for UMP.

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Separation Agreements – The Basics

By Brent Coyne
Categories: Blog, Family Law
The breakdown of a relationship inevitably triggers a number of issues, both personal and financial, that may require immediate and careful management.

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What is the Probate Notice Period AND who is Entitled to Notice that Probate is being applied for?

By Vanessa DeDominicis
Rule 25-2 of the Supreme Court Civil Rules requires Notice to be sent to beneficiaries, next of kin, and sometimes others, “at least 21 days” before the Executor files the Probate application materials with the Court.

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Withholding a $300,000 Bonus not a Constructive Dismissal

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog
A recent case out of Ontario illustrates that not all refusals to pay an employee’s compensation amount to a constructive dismissal, even if the amount owing is over $300,000.

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When Breaches of the Strata Property Act Result in a Forced Sale

By Jeremy Burgess
Categories: Blog, Litigation
We’ve all had them at some point: those neighbour you can’t seem to get along with.

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