Business & Agri-Business

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 […]
February 22, 2016

Anatomy of Incorporation: Part 2

This is a continuation of my January column in the Medicine Hat News on the Anatomy of Incorporation. To review my last months’ article, click here. In my last article I discussed the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws as […]
January 18, 2016

Anatomy of Incorporation: Part 1

In Medicine Hat we appreciate the importance of shopping locally and supporting local business. Many small businesses start off initially as a sole proprietorship. As a business thrives and grows over time, your accountant may tell you it makes sense […]
November 18, 2015

Cough Twice for Me: A Legal Health Check-Up for Your Business

Many of us try to see our family physician at least once a year for an annual health check up. It’s a good idea to do some preventative maintenance on our bodies so we have the best opportunity for good […]
September 16, 2015

Preventing An Earthquake: What to do when the Farm or Ranch Family Divorces

One of the challenging circumstances that we often see in the practice of family law in the Medicine Hat area is dealing with farm and ranch families going through divorces. In addition to all of the issues of parenting, income […]
January 15, 2015

Why Get a Lawyer?

I am a business lawyer. Some readers may be more familiar with the term corporate or commercial lawyer. A term less common in Canada is solicitor. Look in the dictionary (Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary) and one of the definitions […]
April 19, 2014

Document Management for your Business

The recession is over, thank goodness, but the economy in Medicine Hat is not nearly as vigorous as in the rest of the province.  Valiant attempts are being made by our City and other organizations to set the economy on […]
September 29, 2013

How to Successfully Pass Your Family Business On To The Next Generation

You can’t talk about business in Canada without talking about family businesses. The University of Alberta’s Family Business Institute notes family businesses generate about 60% of Canada’s GDP and create 20% of all new jobs in Canada. Clearly, family businesses […]