Legal Articles

September 29, 2013

Buying a New Home From a Builder

GST and the New Home Housing Rebate If you have purchased or are contemplating purchasing a new home from a builder, you may be told that the purchase price of the home includes GST. Although this sounds simple enough, there […]
September 29, 2013

How to Successfully Pass Your Family Business On To The Next Generation

You can’t talk about business in Canada without talking about family businesses. The University of Alberta’s Family Business Institute notes family businesses generate about 60% of Canada’s GDP and create 20% of all new jobs in Canada. Clearly, family businesses […]
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 […]