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

Unbundled Family Law Services: Limited Scope Retainers

By Monica McParland
Categories: Blog, Family Law
Traditionally, family law lawyers have been retained to represent clients by assisting them in resolving their disputes from start-to-finish.

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New Monetary Limit in Small Claims and the Enhanced Role of the Civil Resolution Tribunal

By Jeremy Burgess
Categories: Blog, Litigation
The Government of British Columbia recently announced significant changes to how legal disputes worth less than $5,000 and between $5,000 and $35,000 get resolved.

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Court Awards Damages for Unauthorized Use of Architectural Plans and Drawings

By Mark Danielson
The recent decision of Ankenman Associates Architects Inc. v. 0981478 raises some interesting issues surrounding the intersection of copyright law, construction law, and the foreclosure process.

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Purchasing Homes with Secondary Suites or Carriage Houses

By Jesse Bernhardt
Categories: Blog, Real Estate
The Okanagan Real Estate market has seen a rapid decrease in the rental vacancy rate and a corresponding increase in rent charged by Landlords.

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Good News For British Columbia Miners

By Keith Inman
Categories: Blog, Securities
The British Columbia government has recently announced a few measures that should be welcome news to local companies involved in grassroots mineral exploration in the Province.

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Reducing Legal Expense in Wrongful Dismissal Actions

By Alfred Kempf
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
This short article will summarize some strategies for employers and employees in making wrongful dismissal actions less expensive.

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Child Support: Don’t Avoid the Issue!

By Leneigh Bosdet
Categories: Blog, Family Law
In early February, the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear the appeal of a B.C. lower court decision dealing with retroactive child support.

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Abuse of a Power of Attorney

By Vanessa DeDominicis
When you are appointed as an Attorney pursuant to a Power of Attorney, you are placed in a position of extreme trust.

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Avoiding the “Big Hit” to your Pocketbook when Purchasing a Condominium or Townhome

By Jesse Bernhardt
Categories: Blog, Real Estate
The “Big Hit” to a Strata Lot owner’s pocketbook occurs when the Strata Corporation’s Operating Fund and Contingency Reserve Fund are not sufficient to repair, maintain and replace Common Property.

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Overplaying Your Hand: Risking Special Costs

By Jeremy Burgess
Categories: Blog, Litigation
When commencing a claim or a counterclaim, there is a temptation to throw every allegation at the wall just to see what sticks.

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