In this issue - #135 May 28, 2010

  1. Representation Agreements 
  2. Trusts: Planning for the 21 Year Rule 
  3. The New Supreme Court Family Law Rules 
  4. What does your Autoplan Insurance Cover? 
  5. Wrongful Dismissal Damages for Career Setback 

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1. Representation Agreements - by Vanessa DeDominicis

A Representation Agreement is a legal planning document which can be used in British Columbia to provide your named representative with the authority to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so because of mental or physical disability.

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2. Trusts: Planning for the 21 Year Rule

In the March 31, 2010 issue of Legal Alert I wrote an article entitled “Will Your Trust be Subject to a Canada Revenue Agency Audit? Are You Prepared?”.  That article included the suggestion that trusts should be reviewed to ensure that the effect of the 21-year deemed disposition rule has been considered.

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3. The New Supreme Court Family Law Rules - by Taryn Moore*

On July 1, 2010, the new British Columbia Supreme Court Family Law Rules (the “Family Law Rules”) come into effect. It is the first time where a family law proceeding is governed by its own complete code – that is to say these rules are restricted to family law procedures exclusively.

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4. What does your Autoplan Insurance Cover?

In British Columbia, all vehicles must be insured for basic insurance from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia  ((“ICBC”), known as Autoplan Insurance.  A basic Autoplan policy provides for:

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5. Wrongful Dismissal Damages for Career Setback - by Alfred Kempf*

In the last several years our top court (the Supreme Court of Canada) has tinkered with the amount of damages that should be awarded to employees who are terminated in an unenlightened way.

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