Legal Articles

July 8, 2015

Top 10 Estate Planning Tips

I have been helping families in Medicine Hat and area with their estate plans for more than 35 years. During this time I have observed all estate plans have common goals that are important to all clients, no matter the […]
June 17, 2015

Protecting Your Wealth

In Medicine Hat, and elsewhere in Alberta, we have seen economic, political and even environmental challenges negatively impact our personal and business assets. These changes can add stress to your relationship with your spouse, your business partner and even your […]
May 19, 2015

The Breakup Earthquake

When a couple breaks up, it sends shockwaves through a family. We call this the breakup earthquake. Depending on its seismic force, anger, sadness and confusion can rumble through a family. At the very least, the breakup earthquake weakens family […]
April 16, 2015

The Small Claims Process

In Medicine Hat, transactions occur daily involving exchange of money for goods or services. These transactions may take place between companies, individuals, or a combination of the two. Some might involve formal contracts, while others involve no more than a […]
March 17, 2015

Wyatt v. Vince: What would happen in Alberta?

On Friday, March 13, the Medicine Hat News reported on the recent British case of Kathleen Wyatt and Dale Vince. This report was likely the cause of fear for every person in Alberta who has been divorced, but has never […]
February 19, 2015

Challenging the Will

As our population ages and passes away, concerns about the validity of Wills are becoming more frequent in Medicine Hat and surrounding areas. The financial costs involved to challenge a Will and for the estate to defend the Will, can […]
January 15, 2015

Why Get a Lawyer?

I am a business lawyer. Some readers may be more familiar with the term corporate or commercial lawyer. A term less common in Canada is solicitor. Look in the dictionary (Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary) and one of the definitions […]
December 16, 2014

Document Management

As 2014 draws to an end, you may reflect upon all the changes that have taken place throughout the year. Perhaps you have celebrated a birth, or have mourned the death of a loved one. For some, marriages may have […]
November 12, 2014

Preparing Your Estate Plan

It isn’t much fun to sit down and make your estate plan because it means you have to think about your own death and the possibility you might become mentally incapacitated before you die. Over the years, I have heard […]
October 15, 2014

When Fair is not Equal

When you are involved in succession planning, and you have more than one child, your estate planning goals may include how will you treat your children both fairly and equally. When your children were younger, you tried to be fair […]