Legal Articles

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
August 13, 2015

Top 10 Estate Planning Tips Continued

This is a continuation of my July column in the Medicine Hat News with my Top 10 estate planning tips. If you missed Tips 1-5, you can find them here. 6. Specific Gifts of Cash or Property to Friends or […]
September 16, 2015

Preventing An Earthquake: What to do when the Farm or Ranch Family Divorces

One of the challenging circumstances that we often see in the practice of family law in the Medicine Hat area is dealing with farm and ranch families going through divorces. In addition to all of the issues of parenting, income […]
October 14, 2015

Wills, Wills, Wills

Do you know that between 50% and 66% of Canadians do not have a valid will to direct their executors in carrying out their wishes for dividing their estate upon their death? In previous articles, we have discussed why it […]
November 18, 2015

Cough Twice for Me: A Legal Health Check-Up for Your Business

Many of us try to see our family physician at least once a year for an annual health check up. It’s a good idea to do some preventative maintenance on our bodies so we have the best opportunity for good […]
December 16, 2015

The Small Claims Process: Part 2

This is a follow-up of my April column in the Medicine Hat News entitled The Small Claims Process. In that article, I explained how to have a judgment granted through Small Claims. This doesn’t necessarily end the process, though. Sometimes […]