Personal Law Articles

Marriage/Cohabitation Agreements – The insurance policy for all relationships

When you’re getting married or beginning to live together, the last thing you might want to think about is your relationship ending. However, having a plan in the form of a marriage or cohabitation agreement can protect your rights should that relationship ever end. A marriage/cohabitation agreement is a contract between two people in a… Read more »

Friendships may Fall Apart but Contracts are Forever

Throughout life, the relationships between our family and friends often change depending on where we are sitting in life’s timeline. Age, where we live, family dynamics, lifestyle and so much more determines the strength or weaknesses of all of our relationships. As we age, our children move out of the home, our social status changes… Read more »

Reflections On The Journey Through 2020

One year ago, my friends and I were deciding on which party to attend to celebrate the arrival of 2020. I imagined the year to come as my own perfect blank slate to fill in with new experiences and happy habitual encounters with friends and family. I took it for granted that 2020 would be… Read more »

The Consequence of Pushing An Employee out the Door

When running a business and managing employees, employment contracts are incredibly important. Implicit in these contracts are the duties to provide reasonable notice on dismissal and the duty of good faith. An employer may face significant liability if they are found to be in breach of these duties. The article below describes a case of… Read more »

A New Arbitration Act for British Columbia

On September 1, 2020, a new Arbitration Act came into force in British Columbia.  This new statue more closely aligns B.C.’s domestic arbitration legislation with the International Commercial Arbitration Act and the standards outlined in the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration. It contains new provisions on… Read more »

Where there’s a Will, there’s a way: The invaluable power of a Will

While no one wants to consider their own mortality, having a Will prepared is one of the most important things you can do for your family. With a Will, you decide who will receive your property and assets, and your loved ones won’t be left guessing or arguing over your intentions. Essentially, a Will gives… Read more »

Can You White Out Part of a Will?

At first glance, a Will may appear to be clearly drafted and easy to interpret. However, small, seemingly insignificant changes to a Will can lead to dramatically different results for the beneficiaries. Beverley May Levesque passed away on August 17, 2018 leaving behind a Will originally created on May 21, 2009. Upon her passing, her… Read more »

COVID-19 and the Failing Business

COVID-19 and the Failing Business Robert Rogers Hamilton Duncan, Surrey, British Columbia With the outbreak of COVID-19, many businesses are being forced to limit or cease their operations, either due to public health orders to prevent the spread of the illness or due to a lack of customers. These circumstances have had obvious impacts on… Read more »

Amendments to British Columbia’s Employment Standards Act

Amendments to British Columbia’s Employment Standards Act Greg Palm, Partner Hamilton Duncan, Surrey, British Columbia On March 23, 2020, the British Columbia government amended the Employment Standards Act. Most of the changes are in specific response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and are expected to be temporary.  Another change, however, creates a new type of leave… Read more »