Legal Articles

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 […]
September 15, 2014

Child Support for a Post-Secondary Student

Many people who pay child support do not realize that their obligation to support their children may continue after the child has reached the age of majority, in some situations. One of those situations is where the child is still […]
August 13, 2014

Becoming A Lawyer

With back-to-school right around the corner, many people are thinking about their future pursuits and career options. Perhaps some of you are contemplating becoming a lawyer. What is the process of becoming a lawyer? This article aims to give a […]
June 20, 2014

Is equal parenting usually best after separation and divorce?

When parents separate, how much time and how involved should each parent be with the children? This is a challenging area for parents, lawyers, mediators, counselors, and judges to deal with because the parents’ wants and needs are sometimes different […]
May 17, 2014

Personal Directives, Alberta Goals of Care and the Green Sleeve

Personal Directive I have written about the importance of a Personal Directive (PD) forming part of your estate plan in previous columns.  A PD allows you to: Choose a person to act as your Health Care Agent (Agent); Give instructions […]
April 19, 2014

Document Management for your Business

The recession is over, thank goodness, but the economy in Medicine Hat is not nearly as vigorous as in the rest of the province.  Valiant attempts are being made by our City and other organizations to set the economy on […]
April 1, 2014

Shhh…can you keep a secret?

People who are getting divorced often believe that it is in their best interests to try to keep secrets about the existence of or the true nature of assets from their spouse.  What those people do not understand is that […]
March 27, 2014

His, Hers and Ours – How to Divide your Stuff on Divorce

When a couple separates in Medicine Hat, one of the issues that they must deal with is how to divide the property they obtained while they were married.  The legislation which governs the division of property for married people in […]
January 13, 2014

Setting your EPA on Automatic

The EPA or Enduring Power Attorney is an integral part of your estate plan.  The EPA is a document that allows you, as the maker, to appoint someone (called the Attorney) to manage your financial matters when you have lost […]