Blair Franklin

Congratulations Alexa Zimmer

Johnston Franklin Bishop is pleased to announce that Alexa Zimmer has been called to the bar, finishing her articles, and is now a lawyer. She will continue to practice law in the practice areas of real estate, wills and estates, and litigation with Johnston Franklin Bishop.

I have Separated from my Spouse. Can I make a New Will?

If you and your spouse separate, you can make a new will before you have finalized your divorce and other related matters such as property division and support. However, if you were to pass away, your family law claim must be resolved before any family assets that are supposed to pass through your estate are […]

Is My Will Still Valid After Separation or Divorce?

An existing will is still valid after separation or divorce. However, section 56(2) of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act, S.B.C. 2009, ch.13 provides that any appointment, power of appointment, or gift to a spouse of a will-maker who has ceased to be a spouse at the time of the will-maker’s death is revoked. If […]

What Happens if a Beneficiary Dies?

The death of a beneficiary named in your will can impact the way in which your estate is distributed. The nature of the impact will depend on the terms of your will. Estates are often distributed by way of their “residue” as opposed to the distribution of specific assets. The residue of your estate is […]

Making an Offer to Purchase Real Estate

When you have chosen the home you want to buy, you make an offer to the seller. The offer is usually made in a standard written contract of purchase and sale. The offer includes: The property, the parties (i.e. the buyer and seller) and the price. These are the basic terms of any sale contract. The […]

Get To Know Our Lawyers – Blair Franklin

In practicing law for over 20 years, Blair has been interested in giving his clients pragmatic advice, while helping them navigate and avoid problems. Blair’s interest in problem solving is what lead him to a career in law. Overall, it is the people and problem solving that he enjoys most about practicing law. Blair has […]

ICBC Claims: Frequently Asked Questions

When you are involved in a crash, ICBC will assign an adjuster to your file. The adjuster works both for you (for your vehicle damage repairs claim and rehabilitation benefits claim) and against you (for your personal injury claim). That is why most ICBC claims lawyers say that it is very important to consult with […]

Incorporation

You can operate a business as proprietorship/partnership or through a corporation.  A proprietorship is a business operating by one person and partnership is a business operated by 2 or more people. A corporation once created is a completely separate legal person that can own property and in most respects is treated as a separate person. Unless […]

Living Wills

The term ‘living will’ is a term from the United States that has been adopted into everyday language, and typically refers to any kind of advance care planning document. The term ’living will’ is not in B.C.’s health care consent legislation, although it is generally accepted to mean a person’s wishes for future health care. […]

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