Legal Articles

August 5, 2013

I’ve been appointed an Attorney and Health Agent- What do I do?

Previous articles in this column have looked at the importance of having an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) and Personal Directive (PD) as part of an estate plan. These documents appoint a person to look after the financial affairs (Attorney) […]
June 13, 2013

Mediation: The Peace Treaty at the End of the War

Some people struggle with the idea of mediation. In particular, they question why someone who seeks to solve a dispute in court, and is preparing for litigation, would want to then negotiate toward compromise rather than winning a case outright. […]
May 22, 2013

What are the Responsibilities and Liabilities of Corporate Directors?

Medicine Hat has a number of Corporations with one or several owners.  I meet with single person owners of Corporations such as oilfield consulting Corporations and I meet with many family owned Corporations.  Each of these Corporations in Medicine Hat […]
April 25, 2013

Charging Personal Representative Fees

Have you been named as the Personal Representative (PR for short) in a Will? PR is the modern term used for the person who conducts the Executor and Trustee duties in completing the administration of an estate.  PRs and beneficiaries […]
April 1, 2013

New Ways for Families Program helps Divorcing Parents in Medicine Hat Resolve Their Parenting Disagreements

What is NWFF? It’s challenging to through a separation or divorce and almost every parent worries about preserving their relationship with their children. The New Ways for Families Program (NWFF) in Medicine Hat helps both parents and children do their […]
March 15, 2013

The Myth of the Common Law Marriage

As a family lawyer, I have sometimes had to explain to my very surprised client that she is not, indeed, married to the person that she has believed was her husband, sometimes for a number of years.  This client understands […]
January 22, 2013

Communication and Successful Family Business Succession Planning

The relationship between family and business creates challenges for succession planning for the family business.  The University of Alberta’s Family Business Institute has determined family businesses generate about 60% of Canada’s GDP and create 20% of all new jobs in […]
December 15, 2012

“But, you promised…”: Clear, Enforceable Contracts

When you were a child, do you ever remember saying “But you promised…”? As children, none of us were required to sign formal agreements. The three reasons I often hear for failing to create clear, enforceable agreement are: “I trusted […]
October 20, 2012

Estate Planning is Essential to Your Family Business Legacy

If you own a successful family business, that success is likely the result of a lot of hard work, and it probably didn’t happen overnight. And if you enjoy running your family business, you’ll likely want to do so as […]
September 15, 2012

Preparing Your Business for the Worst

People go into business to succeed.  While there are different driving factors which cause people to go into business – for example, financial motivation, a passion for business, or having expertise in a particular field – nobody goes into business […]