Legal Articles

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 […]
July 19, 2018

USA’s are unanimously a good idea

Last month my associate Hilary Pritchard wrote a great article that highlighted the function of unanimous shareholder’s agreements (USA’s) for businesses. I think it is helpful to examine some of the main scenarios where USAs can provide solutions which are […]
June 14, 2018

How a USA can protect your company

Previous articles in this column have given readers tips and tactics to protect your money, your family and your estate. In this article, I want to talk about protecting your company.  You likely have money, time (and maybe even blood, […]
May 18, 2018

Business Succession Planning

Private family businesses have played a major role in Medicine Hat’s economy.  Family businesses have used corporations to help with both business and personal estate planning. Corporations provide a useful structure for parents transferring the family business to an interested […]
April 20, 2018

Is your workplace Cannabis ready?

Cannabis use is nothing new, but employers have new reason to think about it. The Cannabis Act (Bill C-45) will come into force this year, creating a legal framework for the sale, use and possession of cannabis in Canada. This […]
March 14, 2018

Where do you keep your safe?

My father used to be self-employed and owned a small wholesaling business in Calgary.  The warehouse was about 10,000 square feet and had boxes upon boxes of inventory.  One day before he was going away for a short vacation he […]
February 14, 2018

A Voice, not a Choice

How much input should your children have into your post-divorce parenting plan?  When I first started practising family law, the conventional wisdom was that children should really know little or nothing about their parents’ divorce.  It is still true that […]
January 19, 2018

Renting Responsibly: Tips for Commercial Leases

What could be more fun to talk about than commercial leases? Although they may not be a hot topic of discussion, commercial leases are important contracts that affect many Hatters.  Retail stores, industrial shops and restaurants are just a few […]