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

Top 25 Medical Malpractice Cases of a 25 Year Career – Acute Compartment Syndrome

By Angela Price-Stephens
Categories: Blog, Medical Malpractice
In this series of articles BC and Alberta personal injury and medical malpractice lawyer Angela Price-Stephens describes her top 25 notable medical malpractice cases of her 25-year career to date.

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Construction Disputes: A Contractor’s Right to be Paid vs. Owner’s Claims for Defective Work

By Jeremy Burgess
It is one of the most common scenarios in construction litigation: work has completed, the contractor has rendered its final bill and an owner refuses to pay on the basis that there were delays or that there are defects or deficiencies.

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Tax on Split Income (TOSI):  Why Does the Federal Government Single Out Small and Medium-Sized Family-Owned Businesses that Provide Services?

By Thomas Fellhauer
Categories: Blog, Tax
Usually tax laws apply to everyone.  However, in 2017, the Federal Government introduced a special tax on dividends that treats family-owned private businesses that provide services more harshly than other businesses that sell goods.

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Inheriting Property Jointly with other Beneficiaries and the Importance of Co-Ownership Agreements

By Vanessa DeDominicis
Whenever property is ‘Co-Owned’ by anyone other than a husband and wife, I always strongly recommend that a Co-Ownership Agreement be put in place.

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Does Natural Death Have to be Reasonably Foreseeable for One to Qualify for Medical Assistance in Dying?

By Paul Tonita
I have been following the evolution of medical assistance in dying in Canada since before the Supreme Court of Canada released its reasons for judgment in the Carter decision.

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Discharging a Builders’ Lien on Posting of Security: What is Sufficient Proof?

By Jeremy Burgess
In my previous article, Discharging a Builders’ Lien on Posting of Security: How Much is Enough?, I discussed the two pronged approach by the courts when considering what is sufficient security to be posted in order for a party to be able to discharge a builders’ lien.

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White-out Of Beneficiary’s Name – An Effective Disinheritance?

By Angela Price-Stephens
In the recent case of Levesque Estate (Re), 2019 BCSC 927 Justice Gomery considered whether the beneficiary, whose name was obscured by white-out, was effectively disinherited.

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Commercial Tenancies: Removing an Overholding Tenant

By Jeremy Burgess
The rights and remedies that attach to commercial tenancies are generally prescribed by the lease agreement giving rise to the tenancy.

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WorkSafe BC and Young Workers

By Alfred Kempf
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
In my practice I frequently receive inquiries from workers in their forties to sixties who are seeking assistance with old injuries.

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Joint Tenants vs. Tenants in Common. What is the Impact on Your Estate Plan?

By Vanessa DeDominicis
In my initial estate planning meeting with clients, one very important question that I ask is “Do you hold your real estate as joint tenants or tenants in common?”

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