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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…

Handling Wills and Estates During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, outbreak has significantly affected the world in unprecedented ways. Almost every aspect of our daily routines have changed. Many of us are practicing social distancing in addition to self-isolation or self-quarantining at home in hopes of flattening the curve of this pandemic. However, a problem that many Canadians may not be ready to face are…

How to Handle Residential Construction Disputes

It’s no secret that residential construction disputes are stressful. From the owner’s perspective, a residential construction dispute is when further work or repairs need to be completed and paid for by the party responsible for using faulty materials or encountered issues with the design, construction, or renovation process. Where things get more complicated, however, is when there are multiple responsible…

Debunking Common Renting Myths in British Columbia

Many rules and guidelines that have emerged throughout the years that concern renting have almost become common knowledge. However, what many fail to realize is that many of these “renting rules” or practices are neither enforceable nor legal. These common myths regarding renting in British Columbia will be debunked in hopes of alleviating some challenges that tenants face today. For…

Knowing Your Rights as a Tenant

Being a tenant is often stressful when it comes to the nitty gritty rules and regulations. In many cases, your rights as a tenant may not be properly addressed or is disregarded completely. It is important that you are aware of any changes that may arise that could affect your tenancy agreement. These include rent increases, repairs and maintenance, and…

Recreational Cannabis, Driving Laws, and Small Businesses

Bill C-46 criminalizes marijuana-impaired driving. As mentioned in previous posts, using cannabis prior to driving will leave you facing significant and expensive penalties. Being in a parked car or pulling over prior to consumption does not negate this effect. Additionally, amendments have been made to the Motor Vehicle Act in an attempt to lessen the amount of drug-impaired drivers. These…

Civil Resolution Tribunal and Strata Disputes

What is the British Columbia Civil Resolution Tribunal? The British Columbia Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) is Canada’s first online tribunal. This means that it can resolve: Motor vehicle injury disputes up to $50,000 Small claims disputes up to $5,000 Strata property disputes of any amount Societies and cooperative association disputes of any amount by late summer of 2019 The CRT…