Legal Articles

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 […]
April 19, 2010

Who Pays for the Children? Child Support on Separation or Divorce

When parents separate or divorce, it is the responsibility of both parents to contribute to the financial needs of their children   In almost all situations, this will mean that one of the parents will pay child support to the other.  […]
March 21, 2010

Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act

Introduction There are some things worse than death and one of them is how you get there.  Losing your mental capacity to make decisions about your health care and financial matters has become a major concern as our population lives […]
February 21, 2010

Effective Estate Planning for the Effect of Mobility

This article will focus on what to consider when your beneficiaries, (the parties who you will leave your estate to), and your executor or personal representative (PR), the person who manages the estate process once you die, live outside of […]
January 24, 2010

The Impact on Your Estate Plan of Owning Assets Outside Alberta

When you create your estate plan, you generally face 3 decisions:  1) What are your assets you want distributed through your will (your estate assets)?  2) Who do you want to leave your estate to (your beneficiaries)?  3) Who will […]
December 14, 2009

2010 Legal Check Up

December is a great time of year to both reflect on the past year and look forward to the next. This concept also applies to the law. Changes have occurred this year, with new ones on the way for 2010. […]
November 23, 2009

New Land Management for Alberta

The question of land use in Alberta has quite a history. For most Albertans, one thinks of the tar sands and, in particular, the tug-of-war between conservation of the land and the environment versus the positive effects on the economy […]
October 15, 2009

Alberta’s Appellant and Superior Courts

The Court of Queen’s Bench In previous editions of this column, I described how Canada’s Courts are structured in a hierarchy and how the Supreme Court of Canada is at the top of the hierarchy. Underneath the Supreme Court, there […]
September 16, 2009

Alberta Provincial Court

Introduction In the last edition of this column, I described how Canada’s Courts are structured in a hierarchy and how the Supreme Court of Canada is at the top of the hierarchy. Underneath the Supreme Court, there is a Federal […]