Many legal terms originate from Latin, and we all know the stereotype that lawyers like to use big fancy words. I’ve always thought some terms, such as “per stirpes,” sound like illnesses, and there is a recent trend in legal education which emphasizes the use of (as much as possible) everyday language in legal writing … Continue reading Legalese 101
Meridian Law Group - Blog
Many people represent themselves when involved in a civil claim at Provincial Court. The Provincial Court civil process tends to be less complicated and thus easier to navigate without legal counsel. One of the steps in the Provincial Court process that many people are not familiar with is a Pre-Trial Conference. In our area (particularly … Continue reading Provincial Court Pre-Trial Conferences
We know that toxic stress and chronic conflict negatively impacts kids’ development. When you are separated and need to deal with facilitating a parenting schedule and exchanging kids, stress and conflict can occur especially at the point of the exchange. Here are some tips to reduce conflict during exchanges and improve kids’ experiences of transition … Continue reading How do I improve transitions for kids between two homes?
As our population ages, many adult children are assisting their parents in the management of the parents’ financial affairs. Often, the parent adds the child’s name to bank accounts and investments with the intention that the child take over the day to day management of bill payments and banking transactions. This appears simple and convenient, … Continue reading Money Mishaps
When writing a Will for a client, it is important to find out if he or she owns any real estate, and more particularly, if the client owns real estate with other people. I need to know if my client owns the land as a tenant-in-common or as a joint tenant. This question often stumps … Continue reading Estate Planning and Property Ownership
Alberta’s current recession has placed a lot of emphasis on one’s employment situation, and I’ve been fielding a lot of questions regarding wrongful dismissal claims as of late. Generally speaking, employers can terminate employees’ positions with or without cause. With cause means that the employee has done something which is considered to end the employment … Continue reading The “Wrong” in Wrongful Dismissal
In our litigious North American society, the idea of “sue ‘em and get your cash!” predominates. However, being successful in a lawsuit against a Defendant and actually collecting on the judgment against him or her are two different things. If a Plaintiff is successful in suing a Defendant, the Plaintiff will get a judgment from … Continue reading Collections Confusion
I have recently fielded a number of questions from clients about what they should do if someone threatens to sue them, and the first thing we’ve needed to clarify is what exactly “I’m going to sue you” means. Suing a person or corporation means starting a civil claim in Court against him/her or it. This … Continue reading Civil Litigation 101
When I meet with my clients to prepare a Will, I like to review the property that makes up their estate, as well as any debt they may have. This review is important for a number of reasons – one of them being that I find out what property a client owns and how he … Continue reading Information Collection for Estate Planning
Once your kids are 16 years old, they may apply for their passport without requiring their parents’ signatures. Until that age, though, both parents’ consent are usually required – this consent comes in the form of a signature on the application form. If you have a Separation Agreement or a Court Order for “joint custody”, … Continue reading If I’m Divorced, Do I Need My Ex’s Consent to Apply for My Kids’ Passport?