In this issue - #148 June 30, 2011

  1. Another Great Reason To Choose Pushor Mitchell – Keri Grenier 
  2. Another Great Reason To Choose Pushor Mitchell – Matthew Blow 
  3. Real Estate Group At Pushor Mitchell 
  4. James Paterson Appointed to United Way Board 
  5. UBC Student Will Use $10,000 Prize To Promote Justice And Compassion 
  6. Home Buyer’s Beware. Property Transfer Tax Applies To Your Purchase. 
  7. New Home Buyer Alert - HST Rebate Available On New Homes 
  8. The Top Ten Mistakes That Could Screw Up Your ICBC Claim, Mistake #2 
  9. Alcohol And Your Obligations As An Employer 
  10. Are You Covered? – Facts About Travel Medical Insurance 
  11. Legal Lite 

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1. Another Great Reason To Choose Pushor Mitchell – Keri Grenier

Pushor Mitchell is pleased to announce that Keri Grenier has joined the firm.

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2. Another Great Reason To Choose Pushor Mitchell – Matthew Blow

Pushor Mitchell is pleased to welcome Matthew Blow to the firm as an associate lawyer.

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3. Real Estate Group At Pushor Mitchell

Buying or selling property is a major undertaking. Markets fluctuate which can lead to very different strategies depending on whether it is a buyers or a sellers market. Real estate laws and practises frequently change. Deals often close quickly which can be both exciting and stressful. Our real estate lawyers help thousands of clients complete their deals every year.  We know what to expect and where the pitfalls are for all types of residential and commercial property transactions.

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4. James Paterson Appointed to United Way Board

Community involvement is a long standing firm tradition, members of the firm contribute through donations of time and money to a broad range of activities. The latest contribution in that regard is James Paterson joining the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Central and South Okanagan/ Similkameen.

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5. UBC Student Will Use $10,000 Prize To Promote Justice And Compassion

UBC student Shirley Hutchinson is the winner of this year’s Pushor Mitchell Gold Medal Leadership prize. Pushor Mitchell LLP created the $10,000 award which is given annually to a top graduating student in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

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6. Home Buyer’s Beware. Property Transfer Tax Applies To Your Purchase. - by Curtis Darmohray

The BC Property Transfer Tax (the “PTT”) is a value added tax payable by purchasers who acquire an interest in property.

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7. New Home Buyer Alert - HST Rebate Available On New Homes - by Curtis Darmohray

Its not often that consumers get a break on new purchases.  The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) New Home Rebate is a BC government initiative which aims to compensate new home buyers for the added taxes associated with the implementation of the HST. The rebate is available for “newly constructed” homes or “substantially renovated” homes purchased as a primary place of residence. A “substantial renovation” is one where the interior of a building is essentially gutted and rebuilt before being sold. The rebate is applicable (in whole or in part) to all new homes purchased after the July 1st, 2010.

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8. The Top Ten Mistakes That Could Screw Up Your ICBC Claim, Mistake #2 - by Paul Mitchell, Q.C.

This series, by BC personal injury lawyer Paul Mitchell Q.C,.will explain the Top Ten mistakes to avoid with your ICBC personal injury claim.

The articles will give tips on how to ensure you do not make serious mistakes that could be fatal to your claim.
For 10 issues of Legal Alert, Paul will focus on one mistake you should avoid, and what you should do instead to ensure your ICBC personal injury claim is not prejudiced.
This month, Mistake # 2, Settling Your Case Too Early.
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9. Alcohol And Your Obligations As An Employer - by Greg Pratch

This is the time of year when companies throw various social events to enjoy the Okanagan lifestyle with their employees, including golf tournaments, beach parties and family picnics. These events can be very successful, but employers need to be aware that they have legal obligations when alcohol is part of the event.

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10. Are You Covered? – Facts About Travel Medical Insurance - by Keri Grenier

School’s out for summer and that only means one thing, summer vacation!  Many of us get caught up in the excitement of planning our vacation, including details like where to go, what activities to do, who we’ll see, etc., and let’s face it, when you are getting ready to go on vacation, you’re more likely to think about what bathing suit to pack than what travel insurance you are buying.

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11. Legal Lite
In Louisiana, it is a $500 fine to instruct a pizza delivery man to deliver a pizza to your friend without them knowing.
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