Having a Complete Estate Plan

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The Canadian Bar Association recently published some information on the basic importance of having a complete estate plan: http://www.cba.org/bc/public_media/wills/176.aspx. To be frank, your estate plan is something that should definitely not be taken lightly, despite the emotional cloud looming overhead that can often be a....

What We Can Learn From Celebrity Estate Planning Gone Wrong

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Original article @ Forbes.com Have you seen the new “all-star” celebrity line up of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice? Admit it.  Like many Americans, you may feel a guilty pleasure watching celebrities make silly mistakes on national television. While it’s mostly entertainment, there is one area where learning about....

Legal Tests For Mental Capacity

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Our annual Law Society fees include some funds set aside for the Vancouver Bar Association’s work on a magazine called “The Advocate”. It’s a monthly publication sent to BC lawyers which includes a lot of litigation related articles, with the odd nugget thrown in for....

First Time Homebuyers’ Bonus

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NEW TAX REBATES: FIRST TIME NEW HOMEBUYERS’ BONUS New first time homebuyers got some GREAT NEWS when the British Columbia Provincial Budget for 2012 was announced in February. Not only was the HST Rebate Threshold for new home purchases increased from $525,000.00 to $850,000.00, increasing the maximum....

Job Opportunity: Legal Assistant

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Montgomery Miles is looking for a new staff member to join its busy team. We are looking for an experienced legal professional with the necessary background and experience to be considered a “jack of all trades” such that you could handle working in any of....

Do you really need to appoint corporate officers for your Company?

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Under traditional company law, incorporated companies were managed by a board of directors. The board of directors would appoint officers such as CEO, CFO or President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, to carry our certain duties. There were rules in place up until 2004 that the....

Mom…Dad…Can I borrow some money?

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Let’s face it, at some point in your life your children are going to come looking for money. Many parents find themselves frequently becoming their children’s willing (or unwilling) creditors. From simple promissory notes, payable on demand, to more complex instruments such as....

Get It In Writing!

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Contracts of Purchase and Sale for real estate must be in writing. As lawyers, we unfortunately often see the contract after subjects are removed or very close to the closing day. Many “terms” are discussed between the parties or just assumed to apply, but never....

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