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We Support Journey Home

By Theresa Arsenault, Q.C.
Categories: Firm News
Pushor Mitchell is proud to support the Journey Home strategy to end homelessness in our region.

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Pushor Mitchell Sponsors Opera Under the Stars at UBCO

By Theresa Arsenault, Q.C.
Categories: Firm News
Pushor Mitchell sponsored Opera Under the Stars on August 1st.

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UBC Okanagan Update – July 2018

By Theresa Arsenault, Q.C.
Categories: Firm News
Read the latest UBCO Update to see what incredible opportunities have been brought to the valley by being a university town.

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How Do I Make Sure My Executor And Trustee Know What I Want Them To Do For My Children?

By Theresa Arsenault, Q.C.
Many people are helping their children financially, both while they are under 19 and often well into their adult years.

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Leaving a Letter of Wishes for your Executor or Trustee

By Theresa Arsenault, Q.C.
How will my executor or trustee know how I want them to look after my children or spouse?

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Negotiation, Structuring & Drafting of Headleases

By Theresa Arsenault, Q.C.
Categories: Firm News
Theresa Arsenault, Q.C. will be presenting Negotiation, Structuring & Drafting of Headleases at the PBLI conference.

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Business Support Guide From The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission

By Theresa Arsenault, Q.C.
Categories: Firm News
The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission has compiled a very handy Business Support Services Guide, which lists all kinds of useful information for local business owners.

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Real Estate Development on First Nation Lands

By Theresa Arsenault, Q.C.
Categories: Firm News
Theresa Arsenault, Q.C. will chair the PBLI conference "Real Estate Development on First Nation Lands."

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Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Report Released

By Theresa Arsenault, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, First Nations
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (“TRCC”) was established by the settlement of the class action law suits against the government of Canada, brought by the survivors of the residential school system.

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Historic SCC Ruling Grants Aboriginal Title To Lands in BC

By Theresa Arsenault, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, First Nations
On June 26, 2014, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada delivered an historic, unanimous decision in the Williams/ Tsilhqot’in vs. BC case, granting a declaration that the Tsilhqot’in First Nation has aboriginal title to 1750 square kilometers of crown land near Williams Lake in the interior of BC. This decision resolves […]

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Probate Fee Planning

By Theresa Arsenault, Q.C.
British Columbia is a unique jurisdiction for estate planning because of:probate fees of 1.4% of the gross value of the assets that pass through Estate ($14,000 per million); andthe Wills Variation Act (“WVA”) which allows a spouse or child to apply to vary the Will if they don’t believe “adequate provision” has been made for them in the Will.Because of both of these provincial laws, planners use tools here that [...]

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Does Your Power Of Attorney Need To Be Replaced?

By Theresa Arsenault, Q.C.
If you own shares in a private company and you have a power of attorney that pre-dates September 1, 2011, you may need to replace your enduring power of attorney to permit your attorney to continue to hold those shares after the attorney starts to act for you.

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Types of Trusts

By Theresa Arsenault, Q.C.
Trusts can be an important part of your estate plan.  There are many types of trusts, and your estate planning lawyer can help you determine if a trust will be beneficial for you.  To help you understand a bit about the various trust used in estate planning, the following is a basic primer on types of trusts.

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Pitfalls Of Joint Ownership

By Theresa Arsenault, Q.C.
Probate fees of 1.4% of the gross value of assets located within British Columbia and passing through an estate in British Columbia are payable to the BC government at the time an estate is probated. In an effort to avoid these fees, people often transfer assets into joint tenancy with one or more of their children or others. This can create a whole other set of problems for people as we'll describe below.Capital Gains Issues

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Joint Spousal And Common Law Partner Trusts (“joint Partner Trusts”) And Alter Ego Trusts

By Theresa Arsenault, Q.C.
Joint Partner Trusts and Alter Ego Trusts are new forms of inter vivos trusts which make inter vivos trusts far more attractive as a planning tool for older clients.  Previously, inter vivos trusts were burdened with the unfortunate income tax result of a deemed disposition of the assets transferred into the trust.  This often had the effect of accelerating capital gains tax payable on the increase in value of the assets, which tax [...]

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Estate Freeze

By Theresa Arsenault, Q.C.
An estate freeze is a process by which a client takes steps to stop or limit the future growth of his or her estate and provides for the future growth to accrue to the benefit of his or her children or other family members.

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Charitable Bequests

By Theresa Arsenault, Q.C.
Bequests in Wills are the largest source of charitable giving. Bequests have continued in growing popularity because:1. People have more money than they need to adequately provide for their spouse and children;2. People are recognizing the urgent need in organizations providing health care, education and social services, as government funding cuts continue;3. People want to help and want to leave a legacy to their community;4. Some people [...]

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Understanding Indian Act Conveyancing

By Theresa Arsenault, Q.C.
Categories: First Nations
PRESENTATION BY THERESA M. ARSENAULT OF PUSHOR MITCHELL LLP “UNDERSTANDING INDIAN ACT CONVEYANCING" APRIL 14, 2000 UNDERSTANDING THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS FOR ON RESERVE LANDS

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