Legal Articles

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 […]
July 21, 2012

Prudent Purchasers Should Examine the Title to Their Property (Continued)

In our last article, we examined financial encumbrances or obligations that might appear on your title.  What about non-financial obligations?  Here are some common examples. An easement confers upon the owner of land the right to use the land by […]
June 16, 2012

Prudent Purchasers Should Examine the Title to Their Property

The Standard Residential Real Estate Purchase Contract was developed by the Alberta Real Estate Association and is used by most, if not all, licensed realtors to evidence the agreement between the seller and buyer.  The contract identifies the three Ps […]
May 19, 2012

How to Guide Your Business Through a Divorce

It’s challenging to go through a separation or divorce no matter what your circumstances. When one or both of the people involved in the divorce own, operate, or hold shares in a business, their divorce can affect a much wider […]
April 21, 2012

Should they stay or should they go?

One of the more difficult situations that separated or divorced parents sometimes face is when one of the parents decides that they must move away from the city of Medicine Hat and proposes to take the children with them.  The […]
March 17, 2012

Fiduciary Responsibilities

Yes, you have been in a Fiduciary Relationship.  Even if you never used the word, it applies to your daily life more than you know.  It is a special relationship where the Fiduciary has special control or power over the […]