Legal Articles

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 […]
December 9, 2016

Sleepers or RESP?

Grandparents in Medicine Hat annually face the burning question: what do we give to our grandchildren at Christmas or on their birthday? Although not soft and cuddly like sleepers or a stuffed animal, and it will take time it before […]
November 16, 2016

Give the Dough before you Go

When I started writing this article, I was worried my parents might read this and think I cannot wait for them to kick the bucket and I am hoping for their money now.  Truth be told, I really hope they […]
October 14, 2016

Top 10 reasons to get legal advice about your risks if you are planning to separate or are separated from your spouse

2016 10 12 JP MH News Article   Top 10 reasons to get legal advice about your risks if you are planning to separate or are separated from your spouse: You and your co-parent may have different perspectives about what […]
September 15, 2016

Do you have the right to know what’s happening at school?

Children all across Medicine Hat returned to school earlier this month, including children from both intact and separated or divorced families.  If you are a parent who disagrees with your child’s other parent about parenting, child support and extracurricular activities, […]
August 20, 2016

Bill 6: Changes to WCB Coverage in the Farm & Ranch Industry

On December 10, 2015, the Alberta government passed an amended Bill 6: Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act (“Act”).  It was proclaimed to come into effect on January 1, 2016. The new rules in this Act have some […]