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

A Will For Canadian Property And Foreign Property

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If a client has Canadian property and assets in a foreign jurisdiction, it is recommended that they consult with a lawyer in the jurisdiction where they hold those foreign assets.

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Careful With Your Contract: Realtor Keeps Commission Despite No Closing

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Despite the realtor owing the defendants a fiduciary duty after executing the contracts, the Supreme Court of British Columbia found that no such duty exists in regard to the negotiation of the contracts themselves.

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The Canadian Securities Administrators Announce New Prospectus Exemption

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Categories: Blog, Securities
The Canadian Securities Administrators have approved amendments to National Instrument 45-106 - Prospectus Exemptions, to introduce the new “Listed Issuer Financing Exemption” for companies listed on a Canadian stock exchange.

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Intellectual Property – What All Companies Should Know

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All companies should know about the categories of intellectual property, with the main categories including Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, Industrial Designs, Trade Secrets, Integrated Circuit Topographies, and Plant Breeder’s Rights.

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Amendments To The Canada Business Corporations Act Impact Public Companies

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Categories: Blog, Business Law, Securities
The Canada Business Corporations Act (“CBCA”) was amended effective August 31, 2022 to require shareholders of a public company governed by such legislation to vote “for” or “against” directors at annual meetings of shareholders.

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Should I Draft A Letter Of Wishes To My Estate Trustee?

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When a Trust is established, through a Will or otherwise, it is usually recommended for the Will maker or Settlor to provide the trustees of the Trust with a Letter of Wishes with regard to the administration of the Trust and how they would like things to be handled.

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So You Want to Go Public?

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Categories: Blog, Securities
Deciding to become a publicly traded company is an extremely important decision that must be carefully considered by management of a company.

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Estate Planning and Charitable Gifts

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Leaving a charitable donation in your Will can be a wonderful way to benefit a charity that has meant a great deal to you during your lifetime.

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Planning On Selling Your Business? Prepare To Be Scrutinized!

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Categories: Blog, Business Law
Anyone who is contemplating selling their business should start the planning process early in order to maximize the value that a third party will pay.

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Attention Employers: It May Become Easier for Your Employees to Unionize

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Categories: Blog, Employment Law
Currently in British Columbia there is a two-step process to certify a bargaining unit. A union must first get 45% of workers at a job site to sign membership cards, and once that threshold is reached, workers must then restate their preference for a union through an additional vote.

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