Legal Articles

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 […]
October 18, 2010

Value of a Written Agreement

“A Short Pencil is Better than a Long Memory” This is something my father used to always say, and I, in turn, say it to others now.  What he meant, of course, is write it down so you don’t forget.  […]
August 23, 2010

Don’t Get into a Fix – Fixtures

The sale and purchase of a residence in Medicine Hat typically will involve a licenced realtor who, in turn, will rely on a Standard Residential Real Estate Purchase Contract that has been developed and approved by the Alberta Real Estate […]
July 26, 2010

Caveat Emptor – Let the Buyer Beware

They say that it’s a buyer’s market and that there are lots of opportunities in the Medicine Hat housing market today.  If you are looking to buy a new home, you should be aware of two important words: Caveat Emptor. Caveat […]
June 20, 2010

The Child Support Recalculation Program

In December, 2010, Alberta Justice began the Child Support Recalculation Program.  This is an administrative program that is intended to recalculate Child Support Orders for separated and divorces families in Medicine Hat and throughout Alberta based on changes in the […]
May 25, 2010

Spousal Support: The Difficult Decision

One of the most difficult negotiations that spouses undertake after they separate is around the issue of spousal support.  This issue is laden with emotions and the parties’ feelings of entitlement and fairness. Spousal support is the payment of money […]