Legal Articles

October 19, 2017

Defeat Procrastination: The Small Steps to Complete Your Estate Plan

Is there anything easier to delay than creating your estate plan?  Your estate plan is even easier to put off than fixing your fence.  You do not wake up, look out the window and see your estate plan is flaking […]
September 14, 2017

Renting Responsibly: Tips for Residential Lease Agreements

Fall is here and that means school is back in session. The start of the fall semester usually fuels our city’s rental market as students come from all over to attend the Medicine Hat College. The arrival of students means […]
August 18, 2017

Estate Planning: Gifts or Loans

Parents never stop parenting. That phrase has been around for a long time and can usually be heard when a group of parents get together. The phrase, however, seems more applicable today due to the economic realities many Medicine Hat […]
July 13, 2017

Navigating Change through Improvisation

Communicating effectively is important. We communicate to express ideas, arrive at truth, persuade others, and establish trust. To communicate effectively one must be mindful, alert, open, and responsive. Communication breakdowns inevitably lead to conflict; sometimes even legal conflict. Solving these […]
June 15, 2017

The Alberta Limited Legal Services Project

This Project is an initiative of local Alberta lawyers aimed at providing Albertans with access to the legal services they want, when they want them, at a price they can afford. You can find information about this Project and participating […]
May 18, 2017

A voice not a choice

For most of the last 20 years it has been the agreed upon practise to involve children in their parents’ divorce as little as possible.  The thinking was that children were not good determiners of what was in their best […]
May 1, 2017

Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs)

Most of us are aware of Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) and Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) as they are highly promoted by our financial institutions. There is a lesser known registered plan which can be of great assitance in […]
March 16, 2017

Can You Sell a House Before Probate?

As a lawyer in Medicine Hat practicing in Estate Administration, this question comes up fairly regularly. There are a variety of reasons why an executor wants to sell a home promptly after the deceased’s passing. There may be an offer […]
February 16, 2017

The Obligations of Standing in the Place of a Parent

Last month’s article provided information about what happens when a person stands in the place of a parent with their partner’s child or children.  The article listed the factors that the Court looks at to decide whether or not an […]
January 16, 2017

Standing in the Place of a Parent

Family lawyers are always pleased to see clients when they are entering into a new relationship.  Meeting with these clients gives us the opportunity to discuss possible outcomes which can arise when they are involved in a new relationship.  One […]