Legal Articles

February 18, 2012

Estate Planning and the Matrimonial Property Act (MPA)

This column continues last month’s review of the new Alberta Wills and Succession Act (WSA) and its effect on estate planning in Medicine Hat. A person can distribute their property in their Will as they wish.  If, however, the property […]
January 21, 2012

Government Changes Estate Planning Rules

Previous columns have stressed the importance of reviewing your Will regularly to ensure it is up to date.  The passage of time, changes in your circumstances, and changes in the circumstances of persons named in your Will, are good reasons […]
November 19, 2011

Independent Legal Advice on Matrimonial Property Contracts

Clients often ask me as a family law lawyer to help them get agreements they have made themselves, formalized and signed. Sometimes these clients ask me to draft a Contract showing the agreement they have reached. Sometimes these clients have […]
June 18, 2011

Interest at Closing Time

This article is not referring to Leonard Cohen or last call at your favourite watering hole.  It is about real estate transactions where for one reason or another, the purchase price is not able to be paid on the closing […]
May 20, 2011

Rights and Responsibilities of a Legal Guardian

Becoming a guardian of a child comes with a series of rights and responsibilities that are very significant in the life of the child.  Where there is more than one guardian, the Family Law Act, the legislation in Alberta that […]
April 25, 2011

Who is a Guardian?

Family lawyers often receive phone calls from grandparents or aunts and uncles who tell us that they are providing a significant amount of care for grandchildren or nieces and nephews. Often, they are providing many meals, driving children to and […]
March 21, 2011

Supported Decision Making in Medicine Hat

A Personal Directive (PD) is an important document that should be part of your estate plan.  Your PD appoints your chosen person to make non-financial decisions about personal matters for you if you lose the mental capacity to make these […]
January 24, 2011

Executor 101

Being asked by a family member or friend to be the Executor (also called a Personal Representative [PR]) of their Will is a big honour.   It can be hard to say no to someone who trusts you and respects you […]
December 9, 2010

How Often Should you Review and Update your Will?

The life expectancy of your Will is very important.  In Medicine Hat, I have seen and administered Wills that were 30 years old (and older).  Lawyers are concerned the Will they are drafting for you might be the only Will […]
November 22, 2010

New Rules of Court and Dispute Resolution Processes

On November 1, 2010, the government implemented a new set of Rules that govern how Albertans will resolve their civil legal problems. The goal of the new Rules is to “maximize the Rules’ clarity, usability and effectiveness and to contribute […]