Legal Articles

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 […]
December 15, 2017

Finding Answers to Your Employment Law Questions

Employment law, as an area, is the source of rules, obligations and responsibilities which govern employment relationships. The purpose of this article is to inform you about important employment law resources you can access and use to become better informed […]
November 17, 2017

Defeat Procrastination: The Small Steps to Complete Your Estate Plan (Continued)

This is a continuation of my October column in the Medicine Hat News with my 6 steps to complete your estate plan.  If you would like to review the first 3 steps, please find them here. In my October column […]
October 19, 2017

Defeat Procrastination: The Small Steps to Complete Your Estate Plan

Is there anything easier to delay than creating your estate plan?  Your estate plan is even easier to put off than fixing your fence.  You do not wake up, look out the window and see your estate plan is flaking […]