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Need a diversion from boring legalese? Well, sometimes we lawyers need that break too! So we created some blogs based on some interesting (at least to us!) cases or fact patterns that we have come across in our work. We hope you find something useful or at least interesting! Give us a call or shoot us an email if you have a situation you need some advice on.

 Featured Blogs

  • 28/04/2020
    Lawyer or Notary Public – Who Do I Choose and Why?

    A Notary Public in British Columbia has fulfilled the course and membership credential requirements of the Society of Notaries Public that enable him or her to perform certain legal procedures and to draft legal documents like basic wills, Powers of Attorney, real estate conveyancing documents, and to witness sworn statements on legal documents, commonly referred to as “notarizing” them.

     

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  • 08/04/2020
    Family Courts Are Closed but Collaborative Practice Is Open!

    The family courts are closed during this pandemic however our collaborative offices are open to help you….collaborative professionals can help you within the Collaborative Process (CP) to resolve your separation and divorce in a peaceful, cost effective and non-adversarial manner.

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  • 29/07/2019
    What Am I Giving Up If I Choose A Collaborative Divorce?

    Posted on July 9, 2016 by Deirdre Prestage Severide in Featured, Family Law

     

    In my initial meeting with clients, they often ask this question. It’s a valid question and arises, I think, because of the traditional stereotype of divorce and what it often looks like. Traditionally, divorce was about winning and losing, preparing for a battle in court where you strive to win with little regard for the claims of your spouse. During the process, you try to gain every possible advantage to defeat your spouse. This is a typical “win-lose” scenario! If you think about divorce in these terms, you may be concerned that a more respectful process like the collaborative divorce process may mean concessions and settling for less than what you would get if you win in court.

     

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 Family Law Blogs

  • 28/04/2020
    Lawyer or Notary Public – Who Do I Choose and Why?

    A Notary Public in British Columbia has fulfilled the course and membership credential requirements of the Society of Notaries Public that enable him or her to perform certain legal procedures and to draft legal documents like basic wills, Powers of Attorney, real estate conveyancing documents, and to witness sworn statements on legal documents, commonly referred to as “notarizing” them.

     

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  • 08/04/2020
    Family Courts Are Closed but Collaborative Practice Is Open!

    The family courts are closed during this pandemic however our collaborative offices are open to help you….collaborative professionals can help you within the Collaborative Process (CP) to resolve your separation and divorce in a peaceful, cost effective and non-adversarial manner.

    Read More
  • 29/07/2019
    What Am I Giving Up If I Choose A Collaborative Divorce?

    Posted on July 9, 2016 by Deirdre Prestage Severide in Featured, Family Law

     

    In my initial meeting with clients, they often ask this question. It’s a valid question and arises, I think, because of the traditional stereotype of divorce and what it often looks like. Traditionally, divorce was about winning and losing, preparing for a battle in court where you strive to win with little regard for the claims of your spouse. During the process, you try to gain every possible advantage to defeat your spouse. This is a typical “win-lose” scenario! If you think about divorce in these terms, you may be concerned that a more respectful process like the collaborative divorce process may mean concessions and settling for less than what you would get if you win in court.

     

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  • 29/07/2019
    Is the Collaborative Divorce Process Only for Couples Who Get Along Well and Don’t Fight?

    Posted on July 9, 2016 by Deirdre Prestage Severide in Featured, Family Law

     

    Many people who first learn about collaborative divorce incorrectly assume that it only works for couples who get along well and don’t fight. The thinking is that if there is a significant conflict the couple is not able to negotiate a settlement and likely will need a court to impose an order on them.

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  • 29/07/2019
    Imagine a “Healthy Divorce”…

    Posted on July 9, 2016 by Deirdre Prestage Severide in Featured, Family Law

     

    Some would say that a healthy divorce is an oxymoron! We believe and have seen in our practice that divorce does not have to be adversarial and destructive to relationships and families. Too often people believe that divorcing means fighting, hiding, hating, yelling……..and in the traditional way of resolving these matters in the court process we often experienced this behavior. It doesn’t have to be so! There is a healthier way to restructure your lives going through a separation and divorce – not just for you but also, and perhaps more importantly, for your children.

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 Wills & Estate Blogs

  • 30/07/2019
    Why Won’t the Bank Listen to Me? Part 2

    Posted on June 2, 2017 by David Severide in Featured, Wills & Estate Law

     

    In Part 1 we looked at the problem of dealing with Dad’s bills while he is incapacitated, but in Part 2 Dad has unfortunately passed away but now there are even more bills to pay and you have to sell his condo too! So off you go to the bank to sort out Dad’s affairs, and this time you expect it to go smoothly as you have a copy of Dad’s Will in your hand and it says that you are his executor, now more commonly known as a personal representative (and hopefully a beneficiary as well – if you aren’t you should read my next blog on contesting Wills called “My Fair Share”) so you are feeling confident that you will be listened to this time around.

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  • 29/07/2019
    My Fair Share?

    Posted on May 1, 2017 by David Severide in Featured, Wills & Estate Law

     

    PART 1 – WILL-MAKERS PERSPECTIVE

     

    As parents, we expect our children to have the occasional argument or even (gasp!) fight with each other, but most of us have no idea how nasty things can get if a legal war erupts after we are gone because of a B.C. law, known rather innocuously as the Wills, Estates and Succession Act (“WESA”). Within the WESA lies the power to destroy your estate plan and cause significant emotional and financial pain to your family after your death.

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  • 29/07/2019
    Why Can’t I Use My Power of Attorney to Make Medical Decisions for My Sick Parent?

    Posted on June 14, 2017 by David Severide in Featured, Wills & Estate Law

     

    Under BC law, a Power of Attorney can only be used for legal and financial decision making on behalf of another person (in law we call that person the “donor”). Powers of Attorney have been around for hundreds of years and are well-used documents that are effective for paying bills, selling a residence, signing a contract and similar transactions on behalf of the donor. So far, so good! (For more important information on Powers of Attorney, see my prior blogs).

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  • 29/07/2019
    Succession Planning for the Online World – What Is a Digital Asset Anyway?

    Posted on June 15, 2017 by David Severide in Featured, Wills & Estate Law

     

    With the ever-increasing role of social media, online data storage, and online shopping in our daily lives, lawyers now have to contemplate how best to “succession plan” for a client’s digital assets on death! Most of us have a variety of online accounts, whether it be for Rewards points, Facebook, LinkedIn, a business website, Netflix, I-cloud or a seemingly endless number of similar digital media that may contain valuable information about us including personal photo albums, private documents and the like. More recently we have been introduced to what are known as cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin! Bitcoins are entirely virtual and therefore without the proper legal access and log-in information, any such valuable assets may be unrecoverable by the executor of the Will and never passed on to beneficiaries.

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  • 29/07/2019
    Pet Planning – The New Frontier

    Posted on September 26, 2018 by David Severide in Featured, Wills & Estate Law

     

    The number of families that include furry friends among their members has increased exponentially in recent years, and correspondingly more people are inclined to make some provision in their wills for their pets should the pets outlive them.

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 Real Estate Blogs

  • 29/07/2019
    Planning to Move in With the Kids? Read This First!

    Posted on February 6, 2018 by David Severide in Featured, Real Estate

     

    Given the extremely high cost of housing, there is a growing trend in the Lower Mainland for elderly parents to provide substantial amounts of money towards the purchase or renovation of a house owned by a child, on the understanding that in return for advancing the money, the child will allow the elderly parents to reside in the home owned by the child, perhaps in a separate suite. Sometimes these informal arrangements also include an expectation that some level of care and support will be provided by the child, such as meals, basic nursing care and the like.

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