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

What If a Beneficiary Witnesses a Will? Is their Gift Invalid?

By Vanessa DeDominicis
The Wills, Estates and Succession Act (“WESA”) states at section 40 and 43 as follows: 40 (1) Signing witnesses to a will-maker’s signature must be 19 years of age or older; (2) A person signing may witness a will even though he or she may receive a gift under it.

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The Perils of Probationary Periods

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
Employers frequently misunderstand their obligations when dismissing probationary employees.

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Beneficiary Actions on Behalf of the Estate

By Angela Price-Stephens
Section 151 of the Wills, Estate and Succession Act allows a beneficiary or intestate successor (someone who may inherit if there is no Will) to apply to the Court for leave to bring an action.

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Pre-incorporated Companies and Privity of Contract

By Jeremy Burgess
Categories: Blog, Litigation
Privty of contract is the notion that only parties to a contract may receive the benefits of or may be called upon to perform the obligations of a contract.

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Marriage-Like Relationships Come in Various Shapes

By Angela Price-Stephens
Connor Estate 2017 confirms that marriage-like relationships can exist where one member of such relationship is already married.

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Amendments to the Labour Relations Code – Bill 30

By Mark Grabas
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
On April 30, 2019, BC’s Labour Minister, Harry Bains, introduced proposed changes to the Labour Relations Code (the “Code”).

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Franchise Article Series: Franchising and Intellectual Property

By Patrick Bobyn
Categories: Blog, Franchising
This article is part of a series of articles that document some key considerations about franchising, including some of the pitfalls and the opportunities which our firm has seen and advised upon over the past two years.

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Major Changes to Employment Standards Are Coming

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
Significant revisions to the British Columbia Employment Standards Act that purport to impact nearly all workplaces in British Columbia are scheduled to come into force shortly.

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Executor Duties

By Vanessa DeDominicis
If you have been appointed Executor in the Will, there are a wide range of obligations if you accept the position of Executor.

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Co-Ownership of Real Property: Sort It Out or Risk Having It Sold

By Jeremy Burgess
Categories: Blog, Litigation
There are innumerable reasons that parties may find themselves co-owning real property with friends, family or business partners and just as many reasons why that co-ownership relationship may turn sour.

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