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Steps in a Lawsuit: Applications

At any point during a lawsuit, a party can make an application to the court seeking any number of things. Generally, a party makes an application to get something that will help them either prosecute or defend against the lawsuit. For instance, if a party wants more documents, they can make an application for them. […]

Steps in a Lawsuit: Examinations for Discovery

Examinations for discovery, commonly referred to as simply discoveries, allow one party or their lawyer to question the other party under oath about matters at issue in the lawsuit. Short of a trial, this is probably the most intense and important part of a lawsuit for parties. Discoveries are done for several reasons. First, they […]

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 […]

Changes to ICBC No-Fault Benefits

As of April 1, 2019, substantial changes come into effect for ICBC No-Fault benefits. Also known as “Part 7” benefits, these benefits are generally available to all British Columbia motorists involved in a collision regardless of whether they are at fault or not. These benefits primarily cover treatment expenses and disability benefits. Treatment Expenses One […]

Residential Tenancies: Changes to the Residential Tenancy Act

Over the last year, there have been substantial changes to the Residential Tenancy Act and Regulation affecting the relationship between tenants and landlords. The biggest change is the removal of vacate-clauses from fixed-term tenancy agreements unless the tenancy unit is going to be occupied by the landlord or a family member. In the past, these […]

Stapleton v. Andrew

Greg Phillips and Simon Irving just received Reasons for Judgement awarding a young woman more than $161,000 in damages for injuries she suffered in a motor vehicle accident. While driving home after work one night, our client was rear-ended by a distracted driver. The driver tried to flee the scene, but fortunately was followed by […]

Career Plans Derailed by Car Accident

People injured in car accidents often struggle to manage the demands of their job. If a person’s capacity to fully perform the requirements of their chosen career are projected to continue into the future, he or she is entitled to be compensated for that loss. But what about people who are not established in a […]

What are Caps & Why are they Unfair?

As of April 1, 2019, all motor vehicle accidents that occur in BC will be subject to a new set of rules brought in by the provincial government last year. The most significant change is the imposition of a cap on damages for pain and suffering for those who suffer “minor injuries”. Injury caps are […]

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