Legal Articles

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 […]
February 18, 2012

Estate Planning and the Matrimonial Property Act (MPA)

This column continues last month’s review of the new Alberta Wills and Succession Act (WSA) and its effect on estate planning in Medicine Hat. A person can distribute their property in their Will as they wish.  If, however, the property […]
January 21, 2012

Government Changes Estate Planning Rules

Previous columns have stressed the importance of reviewing your Will regularly to ensure it is up to date.  The passage of time, changes in your circumstances, and changes in the circumstances of persons named in your Will, are good reasons […]
November 19, 2011

Independent Legal Advice on Matrimonial Property Contracts

Clients often ask me as a family law lawyer to help them get agreements they have made themselves, formalized and signed. Sometimes these clients ask me to draft a Contract showing the agreement they have reached. Sometimes these clients have […]