In this issue - #170 April 30, 2013

  1. Monthly Lawyer Profile - Ron Solmer 
  2. Estate Planning for the Family Cottage 
  3. Minor Accident - Minor Injury? 
  4. Intellectual Property Primer 
  5. Tax Rates Are Going Up, But There Is Some Good News! 
  6. Removing The Committee Under The Patients Property Act 
  7. Blair Forrest Appointed To The Board Of Accelerate Okanagan 
  8. In The Community – The United Way Annual Spirit Awards 
  9. Interesting Cases / Transactions - From Our Business Law Group 
  10. Legal Lite – Judge Holds Himself In Contempt After His Phone Disrupts Court 

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1. Monthly Lawyer Profile - Ron Solmer - by Ronald Solmer*

Why did you become a lawyer?

I was in the middle of getting my Commerce degree when I realized that accounting/finance were not my future. It was about that time that I remembered my debating coach encouraging me to consider a career in law.
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2. Estate Planning for the Family Cottage - by Melodie Lind

One of the quandaries many people face when making an estate plan is what to do with the family cottage or vacation property. The family cottage is often a beloved family asset – a place where several generations have shared many happy memories – and there is often a strong wish to keep the cottage in the family. The best way to accomplish this is one of the more challenging issues in estate planning. The plan will need to consider income tax and property transfer tax, how ongoing maintenance and upkeep will be funded, who will get to use the property and how decisions will be made, among other things.

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3. Minor Accident - Minor Injury? - by Keri Grenier

If you imagine being in a minor car accident you probably don’t think about getting injured.  Accidents happen all the time and the good news is that in most minor accidents, people don’t get injured.  However, sometimes even small collisions do cause injury.

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4. Intellectual Property Primer - by Vanessa DeDominicis

There are many categories of intellectual property, but the main categories are:

•  Patents (Inventions)
•  Trade-Marks (Brand Names, Trade Names, Trade Dress)
•  Copyright (Expressions)
•  Industrial Designs (Ornamentation)
•  Trade-Secrets (Undisclosed Ideas)
•  Integrated Circuit Topographies (Chip Designs)
•  Plant Breeder’s Rights (New Plant Varieties)

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5. Tax Rates Are Going Up, But There Is Some Good News! - by Thomas Fellhauer*

Tax rates are going up, but there is some good news!

The recent BC Government Budget on February 19, 2013 and the Federal Government Budget on March 21, 2013 weren’t particularly pleasant when it comes to tax rates.  The tax rates for dividends are going up substantially and in BC we will have a new higher tax bracket of 45.8% for individuals who earn more than $150,000 per year.

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6. Removing The Committee Under The Patients Property Act

In British Columbia, when a person loses the capacity to manage his or her own affairs, someone can apply to the British Columbia Supreme Court to be appointed committee.

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7. Blair Forrest Appointed To The Board Of Accelerate Okanagan

Pushor Mitchell is pleased to announce that partner Blair Forrest has been appointed to the Board of Accelerate Okanagan.

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8. In The Community – The United Way Annual Spirit Awards

The United Way recently announced their Annual Spirit Award winners which included Pushor Mitchell LLP for the Change Starts Here Award.

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9. Interesting Cases / Transactions - From Our Business Law Group

From Our Business Law Group – Represented a Canadian mining company in the sale of its interests to a public American mining company.

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10. Legal Lite – Judge Holds Himself In Contempt After His Phone Disrupts Court

A US judge whose smartphone disrupted a hearing in his own courtroom has held himself in contempt and paid $US25 for the infraction.

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