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

Foreign Income for Dependent Support

By Patrick Gaffney
Categories: Blog, Family Law, Tax
If a parent or spouse has an obligation to pay support, and lives in a foreign country that has income tax rates which are significantly different than Canadian income tax rates then the Court will consider a number of factors when converting the foreign income to Canadian dollars.

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WorkSafeBC Penalty of Over $600,000

By Mark Grabas
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
In December 2019, the Metro Vancouver Regional District received an administrative penalty of $637,415.60 for committing high risk safety violations.

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Substantial Damages Awarded for Defamatory Social Media Posts

By Jeremy Burgess
I’ve previously written on defamation within the context of social media and airing grievances about services on social media, and the recent decision of Rook v. Halcrow continues to underscore that social media posts are public domain.

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Our Top Ten Articles in 2019

By Pushor Mitchell LLP
Categories: Blog
Our ten most popular legal articles in 2019:

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Fiduciary Duties of a Power of Attorney

By Angela Price-Stephens
The BC Court of Appeal case of Meng Estate v Liem 2019 BCCA 127 confirmed that a person acting under a power of attorney owes a fiduciary duty to the donor.

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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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Employment Law/Restrictive Covenants

By Alfred Kempf
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
A recent case in BC illustrates the danger of employers using restrictive covenants that are too broad.

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Types of Mediation and the Style of the Mediator

By Angela Price-Stephens
Categories: Blog, Mediation
The style of mediation adopted by the mediator is likely to be a reflection of several factors.

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When A Debtor Puts Assets Out of Reach: Use of Fraudulent Conveyance Proceedings to Recover Debts

By Jeremy Burgess
Getting a judgment isn’t the only challenging aspect of a legal dispute; collecting on a judgment can present a whole new set of challenges.

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Spousal Support and Retirement

By Leneigh Bosdet
Categories: Blog, Family Law
Recently, the BC Supreme Court came out with a case that deals with the question of the impact of retirement on spousal support and clarifying what is considered early retirement.

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