Legal Articles

January 27, 2007

Take Proper Steps for Incorporation

Matt is a 25-year old roofer who has his own roofing company.  Living and working in Medicine Hat, times are good.  The housing business is booming and as a result, there is more work available than Matt’s small business can […]
October 24, 2007

Family Trusts and Corporations

Previous articles in this column have looked at probating a Will and alternatives to probating a Will. This article looks at family trusts and corporations as alternatives to probating a Will. Probate is a court procedure established to protect the […]
June 4, 2008

Litigation Proofing Your Business

Going to court can be expensive.  Presently in Alberta, claims under $25,000 can be addressed through Small Claims (Provincial) Court, while matters above $25,000 go through the Court of Queen’s Bench.  It is not uncommon in Medicine Hat for a […]
June 25, 2008

Mutual Wills

Over the years, family situations have become more complex.  People enter 2nd, and sometimes 3rd marriages.  They may avoid the act of remarrying, and choose to live together in common law.   In many cases these spouses have children from their […]
July 23, 2008

Why would a Seller be Offering Title Insurance to a Buyer?

When you flip through the real estate listings each week you regularly see that sellers are offering to provide title insurance to the buyer of their home.  Why would they do that and why would you want title insurance? First, […]
August 26, 2008

Buying A New Home From A Builder

GST and the New Home Housing Rebate If you have purchased or are contemplating purchasing a new home from a builder, you may be told that the purchase price of the home includes GST. Although this sounds simple enough, there […]
November 1, 2008

Financing The Purchase Of A New Home From A Builder

Get a Pre-approved Mortgage  If you plan to finance your new home purchase with a mortgage loan, it would be prudent to meet with a mortgage broker or mortgage specialist in advance and discuss your financial situation and get mortgage […]
December 12, 2008

Buying A New Home From A Builder (Part 3)

Warranty and After Sales Service When you consider selecting your new home builder, you should enquire about the warranty that they provide and what is included in the warranty work. Most reputable builders provide a one year warranty and after […]
December 21, 2008

New Client Identification Rules

“May I please see some ID”, is a phrase you hear at a bar or liquor store, in Medicine Hat.  You can add your lawyer’s office to this list of places due to the Alberta Law Society’s Client Identification and […]
January 27, 2009

Registering Your Personal Directive

The Personal Directive, or PD for short is an integral part of your estate plan.  The PD, allows you (the Maker) to name another person (or persons), like a family member or friend as your Health Care Agent(s) (the Agent).  […]