In this issue - #157 March 30, 2012

  1. Monthly Lawyer Profile – Vanessa DeDominicis 
  2. Mild Brain Injury 101, The Top 5 Myths About Mild Brain Injury - #5 
  3. Value Of “Real Housewives” 
  4. The Hiring Process – Can An Employer Use Social Media? 
  5. Philanthropy And Your Will 
  6. Thinking Of Buying Property In The US? Consider Ownership Through A Canadian Trust 
  7. B.C. Announces PST Re-Implementation Date And Transitional Relief/Rules For New Housing 
  8. Brain Injury Rate 7 Times Greater Among U.S. Prisoners 
  9. Legal Aid In Canada: Resource And Caseload Statistics, 2010/2011 
  10. Is Judge Judy A Real Court? Top 3 'Secrets' Of TV Judge Shows 
  11. Pushor Mitchell is now on Twitter 
  12. Interesting Transactions – From Our Personal Injury Group 
  13. In The Community - Kelowna Chamber Recognizes Long-Time Members 
  14. Ask A Lawyer – Non-Competition Clauses? 
  15. Legal Lite - Casino Losses Aren't Deductible Biz Expenses, Judge Tells Gambler 

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1. Monthly Lawyer Profile – Vanessa DeDominicis

Why did you become a lawyer?

My parents always used to say that I could persuade anyone that black was actually white. Law seemed like a natural choice. I love my job.

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2. Mild Brain Injury 101, The Top 5 Myths About Mild Brain Injury - #5 - by Paul Mitchell, Q.C.

Mild brain injury cases are very complex.

This series of articles by BC brain injury lawyer Paul Mitchell, Q.C., will explain the Top 5 Myths About Mild Brain Injury.

Find out what is involved in these challenging and difficult cases, and separate fact from fiction.

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3. Value Of “Real Housewives” - by Keri Grenier

If you are a housewife or homemaker chances are that you are not living the extravagant lifestyle of the “Real Housewives” as depicted in the new television series, the Real Housewives of Vancouver (debuts on April 4, 2012).  More than likely your family depends on you for tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, home repair etc. and therefore if you are injured in an accident your ability to provide those services for yourself and others is affected.  In this column, I talk about ICBC benefits available for the loss of your ability to do household tasks and additional damages available (if someone else is at fault for your accident) for the loss of those services.  I will leave discussion on the value of the “Real Housewives“ to the gossip columnists.

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4. The Hiring Process – Can An Employer Use Social Media? - by Greg Pratch

With the ever-changing technology and innovation of social media and the potential uses for it, a question that is often asked by employers is whether they can use social media to perform a ‘background check’ on potential employees. For example, if a candidate sends their resume to a potential employer, can that employer look them up on Facebook? Twitter? Can the employer use Google to give them a list of what is out there? And most importantly, can an employer then use the information they collect in order to make a decision regarding the job candidate?

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5. Philanthropy And Your Will - by Vanessa DeDominicis

phi•lan•thro•py is defined in the English Dictionary as “altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons, by endowment of institutions of learning and hospitals, and by generosity to other socially useful purposes.” Donations to charity via a Will are a main source of income for many Canadian charities. Money left to charities through these bequests has a major impact on the work charities are able to do and is extremely important to all sorts of charitable causes.

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6. Thinking Of Buying Property In The US? Consider Ownership Through A Canadian Trust - by Melodie Lind

With the strong Canadian dollar and attractively low real estate prices in the US, more and more Canadians are purchasing real estate in the US. Some of the considerations prior to doing so should be the tax implications and whether or not ownership should be through a Canadian trust.

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7. B.C. Announces PST Re-Implementation Date And Transitional Relief/Rules For New Housing

The B.C. Ministry of Finance has announced that the PST will be re-implemented effective April 1, 2013.  The Ministry also announced the introduction of enhanced New Housing Rebate during the transition period (April 1, 2012 to April 1, 2013), the introduction of the B.C. Transition Tax and Transition Rebate, Builder Disclosure Requirements (and penalties for non-compliance) during the Transition Period, and a Grant for Purchasers of New Residential Housing Used as a Secondary or Recreational Residence during the transition period.

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8. Brain Injury Rate 7 Times Greater Among U.S. Prisoners - by Paul Mitchell, Q.C.

Prisoners suffer disproportionately from past traumatic brain injuries.

Researchers are hunting for the best tools to treat this population in an effort to help them reintegrate into society--and avoid re-incarceration.

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9. Legal Aid In Canada: Resource And Caseload Statistics, 2010/2011

Data on resource and caseload statistics for legal aid in Canada are now available for 2010/2011.

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10. Is Judge Judy A Real Court? Top 3 'Secrets' Of TV Judge Shows

If you want to sue someone but don't want a long, drawn-out court battle, there's another legal channel to turn to: Take your case to "Judge Judy."

But is "Judge Judy" for real? As the announcer says at the beginning of each episode, "The cases are real. The people are real. The rulings are final." In reality, though, it's a bit more complicated.

Here are some behind-the-bench "secrets" of "Judge Judy" and other TV judge shows that you may not have known:

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11. Pushor Mitchell is now on Twitter

You can now follow Pushor Mitchell on Twitter and receive updates and information on our legal articles, firm happenings and community events.

Start following at http://www.twitter.com/pushormitchell.

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12. Interesting Transactions – From Our Personal Injury Group

From Our Personal Injury Law Group – Recently settled a complicated medical malpractice file resulting in a settlement of $3.5 million. The action was against four doctors and a B.C. hospital.
 
Find out more about our Personal Injury Law Group: http://www.pushormitchell.com/service/personal-injury

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13. In The Community - Kelowna Chamber Recognizes Long-Time Members

Pushor Mitchell LLP was recently among eleven businesses that were honoured by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce for being chamber members for over 40 years. The long-time members included: Andrew Peller Limited, Astral Media Radio, B.C. Tree Fruits, Bank of Montreal, Doak Shirreff LLP, Jacobsen Excellence, Kelowna Flightcraft, Pushor Mitchell LLP, Royal Bank, Skoglund Enterprises Ltd, and Webster Management Ltd.

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14. Ask A Lawyer – Non-Competition Clauses? - by Alfred Kempf*

I am leaving my long-term employer to work for a competitor.  I have not signed any agreements restricting my ability to compete. I have nothing to worry about right?

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15. Legal Lite - Casino Losses Aren't Deductible Biz Expenses, Judge Tells Gambler

A high roller who bet on some creative tax accounting has lost an appeal in court. The Canadian man tried to deduct more than $96,000 in gambling losses as business expenses.

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