Legal Articles

May 16, 2019

What the heck is Title Insurance?

Spring is here and that means the real estate market is picking up speed. Many Hatters will be buying and selling homes in the coming months. As we get ready to for the busy real estate season, I thought it […]
April 18, 2019

New Realities Require New Agreements

Employment Contracts should be the backbone of any business or workplace.  Every business should be using employment contracts and agreements to govern workplace relationships. An agreement that sets appropriate boundaries is a good way to ensure employment relationships – and […]
March 13, 2019

Extra-Provincial Registering Your Company

I recently re-watched the movie Smokey and the Bandit.  The first time I saw it, I was impressed with the chase scenes and of course the Trans Am.  What impressed me the 2nd time watching was the premise of the […]
February 15, 2019

Dividing Property for Unmarried Partners

The law about the division of property between separating common-law couples in Canada has long been a source of confusion.  Many, if not most, people believe that they have the same rights to the division of property acquired during a […]
January 16, 2019

I’ve been named a Personal Representative: what do I do?

A Personal Representative (a.k.a. Executor or Administrator) is a person or Corporation named in a Will to manage and administer the deceased’s estate in accordance with the terms of the Will.  A Personal Representative (PR) must act in the best […]
December 14, 2018

New Court Rules – New Challenges

On January 1, 2019 new Provincial Court civil rules come into effect. The goal of the new rules is to the “ensure expeditious, and inexpensive resolution” of legal disputes. To achieve these goals the new rules expand upon the discretion […]
November 14, 2018

The Times, They are A-Changing

In May, the Federal Minister of Justice, introduced a Bill to amend the Divorce Act.   According to the Department of Justice, the reasons behind the changes are to promote the best interests of the child, address family violence, help reduce […]
October 19, 2018

Joint Ownership between Parents & Children: What’s the Intention?

Lawyers are often faced with common questions from clients: “If I add my child as a joint owner to my asset, can I avoid probate of my estate?” “As I get older I may need help paying my bills. Will […]
September 20, 2018

Employment Claims are Good Cases for Summary Resolution

Employee dismissals are rife with conflict and since 2014 the economics of litigating wrongful dismissal claims had improved dramatically. This is in part because quality employees have been unable to quickly find alternative work in a depressed economy and in […]
August 16, 2018

Straight from the Heart: Organ Donation and Personal Directives

In light of recent events, there has been a noted increase in the amount of Albertans who are interested in having their  organs donated to benefit others. You likely seen (or have) the small heart symbol on your driver’s license […]