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

Prosecute or Get off the Pot: Dismissing for Want of Prosecution

By Jeremy Burgess
Categories: Blog, Litigation
When a party commences litigation, the courts and rules of court provide plaintiffs a fair amount of latitude to control the pace of their case and to determine how and when the matter proceeds.

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Setting Aside Agreements Respecting Property and Debt Division (Part 2)

By Brent Coyne
Categories: Blog, Family Law
Part Two of this article considers common law grounds that may invalidate a separation agreement on the basis of it being significantly unfair.

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Proposed Real Estate Changes Result in Ban of Dual Agency

By Patrick Bobyn
Categories: Blog, Real Estate
Earlier this month the provincial government’s Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate published proposed rule changes to the Real Estate Services Act.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries Routinely Overlooked in Emergency Rooms

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Brain Injury
A vast number of traumatic brain injuries go undiagnosed and untreated, particularly in hospital emergency rooms. According to a University of Washington study, 56 percent of mild traumatic brain injuries went undiagnosed in emergency room visits.

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What if I have Assets in BC and Another Province (usually AB) on Death?

By Vanessa DeDominicis
Whichever jurisdiction you own assets in, an estate grant will be required for those assets in that jurisdiction.

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“I Quit!” Does Not Always Mean “I Quit”

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
Employees who voluntarily resign from their employment cannot successfully sue their employers for wrongful dismissal.

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Negligent Construction and Winnipeg Condo

By Jeremy Burgess
Categories: Blog, Litigation
As I’ve previously written, the “Winnipeg Condo” decision is an authority by which a party may seek to recover against negligent builders and contractors.

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British Columbia to Reinstate Human Rights Commission

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog
The provincial government recently announced plans to reinstate the British Columbia Human Rights Commission following a 15 year hiatus.

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Setting Aside Agreements Respecting Property Division (Part 1)

By Brent Coyne
Categories: Blog, Family Law
Section 93 of the Family Law Act (the “FLA”) sets out the legal basis under which a court may set aside a written (and properly witnessed) agreement respecting property division.

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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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