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The Actual Price of Dying

The majority of people are aware that when we die, legal procedures must be followed, and that these procedures are often complex, time-consuming, and costly. Although it is possible to decrease or remove many of these obstacles by diligent estate planning, the following is a quick overview of the actual expenses connected with the administration of an estate after death.…

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…

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…

8 Things to Include in an Employment Contract

Some employees are hired pursuant to a verbal contract of employment. For others, the terms of the contract are set out in a formal written agreement. Written or oral, the agreement between employer and employee is a contract. If some terms of the agreement are uncertain, then basic rights and obligations are implied at law. In addition, all employment agreements…

Key Considerations for a Joint Venture

Joint ventures (JV) are quite common when two or more parties want to start a new project or reach a particular goal. However, prior to entering such an agreement, it’s important that each venturer is protected. By outlining each partner’s expectations in the beginning, they’ll most likely avoid conflict down the road. The goal is to protect each individual’s business…

COVID-19: The Ins and Outs of Canada’s Emergency Wage Subsidy

Many, if not all, Canadian businesses have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. However, Canada introduced the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to support employers during these troubling times. In short, this subsidy covers 75% of employee wages for eligible employers. Therefore, if you’re interested in finding out more about CEWS including what it is or whether you’re an eligible…

3 Reasons to Set Up a Trust

When it comes to estate planning, perhaps you’ve heard of or considered setting up a trust. If you’re on the fence about it, read below to get a brief description of the ins and outs of setting up a trust. What is a Trust? Trusts are flexible vehicles for holding and passing on your assets. They ensure that your fortune…

Everything You Need to Know about B.C.’s Emergency Benefit for Workers

During these difficult and uncertain times, the federal and provincial governments have been taking measures to provide financial support to those who need it. This includes employed and self-employed individuals who have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the province of British Columbia has announced the B.C. Emergency Benefit for…