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

Expanding the Scope of Work: Renegotiate, Capitulate or Litigate

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It is an unfortunately common story in construction litigation: parties agree on a scope of work and price, the scope of work changes and the parties don’t go back to the bargaining table to reach an agreement on the new scope of work.

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Powers of Attorney and Your Financial Institution

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A Power of Attorney, if used carefully, is an important estate planning tool. This legal document is commonly prepared to provide for situations where a person cannot manage his or her own affairs.

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Definitive Authority on Derivative Actions in BC

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Intra-company disputes often involve two broad categories of remedies: oppression: where a minority shareholder claims they are being disadvantaged by the majority in some fashion and seek to have the court exercise its broad statutory discretion to correct the issue; and derivative actions: where a shareholder or director seeks to have the court compel a […]

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Two New Paid Leaves for Employees: Temporary COVID Leave and Permanent Sick Leave

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Categories: Blog, Employment Law
British Columbia recently passed legislation requiring employers to provide employees with two new separate paid leaves.

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Can A Relationship Conducted Virtually be a Marriage-like Relationship?

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Categories: Blog, Family Law
A recent interesting court decision came out last week from the B.C. Supreme Court.

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Release of Consumer Information Brochure on Pre-Sale Purchases

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Categories: Blog, Real Estate
The Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) has released a new information brochure for consumers looking to purchase a pre-sale condo.

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Estate Planning – Corporate Considerations

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There are a number of important considerations which arise where an estate planning client holds shares in a company including legal, tax and financial considerations.

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A Collapsing Construction Project without a Contract: Sorting out the Parties’ Rights

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Whenever parties fail to fully document the contractual agreement between them, the risk of litigation is heightened given the lack of prescribed remedies and consequences in addition to a wide spectrum of issues.

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They Used my Money to Buy that Property. Can’t Encumber it?

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It is a common question: when you lend someone money, they use that money to purchase land and the money is not paid back, can you somehow secure repayment by encumbering title to the land?

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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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