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What happens if I die without a will in Vancouver, BC

Will or will not

If your intentions as to your estate are not clarified to the extent required by law, you will be intestate. In such cases, the additional costs associated with probating your estate can cause great strain to your survivors. It is always advisable to have a clear, valid will in place, representing your final wishes as your estate, to avoid any…

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Formalities of Estate Planning

While not the most pleasant of thoughts, planning your estate is crucial to protecting your family from legal difficulty after you have passed. Most areas of law are mired in red tape, and pages after pages of requirements to ensure validity and enforceability. Because of the potential complications, it is advisable to act sooner rather than later. An improperly arranged…

Legislative changes to Modernize Domestic Arbitrations in British Columbia: The New Arbitration Act

On  February 19, 2020, the British Columbia (BC) government introduced Bill 7 – 2020: Arbitration Act (the “New Act”) to redefine and modernize arbitration proceedings in BC. By way of Order in Council, these changes will come into force on September 1, 2020, at which time the current Arbitration Act (the “Old Act”) will be repealed.  Key Changes in the…

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Learning More About the Civil Resolution Tribunal

What is the Civil Resolution Tribunal? The Civil Resolution Tribunal (the “CRT”) is Canada’s first online dispute-resolution tribunal. The CRT has jurisdiction over the following: small claims disputes of up to $5000, strata property disputes, motor vehicle injury disputes, and societies and cooperative associations disputes.  The CRT’s mandate is to encourage the resolution of disputes by agreement between parties, or…

Genetics and the Law

In 2017, Parliament enacted the Genetic Non‑Discrimination Act (the “Act”). The Act was created to protect Canadians genetic information, who otherwise would be forced to take a genetic test or provide the results to employers and insurance companies. The Act introduced the first nationwide penalty against genetic discrimination, including a fine up to one million dollars and/or imprisonment for five…

Franchising in British Columbia: Advantages and Disadvantages Franchisors and Franchisees Should Consider

On February 1, 2017, British Columbia (B.C.) became the sixth province in Canada to introduce franchise legislation with the coming into force of the Franchises Act, and Franchises Regulations, respectively. Whether you are inquiring into becoming or already are a practicing franchisor or franchisee, you should be informed as to what your legal obligations and rights are when franchising in…