Access to justice is a live issue for many people, particularly in light of the recent economic recession. How can people who need criminal defence legal services access a lawyer if they can’t afford private legal fees? One option is to hire a private lawyer on a limited scope basis. This means the lawyer will … Continue reading Access to Justice and Affordability
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I recently saw a meme on Facebook that said “how to talk to the police – don’t”. While the meme was meant to be humorous, it provided a piece of legal advice all criminal defence lawyers give to their clients. I receive many calls from individuals who have been arrested and are being held in … Continue reading Silence is Golden
Divorce and separation can be a very stressful time for parents, and for children. It is normal for children to feel grief over the loss of the family unit – this can be exacerbated when there is a high level of parental conflict. In situations of extreme conflict, children can suffer a variety of negative … Continue reading Reducing the effects of conflict on children in high conflict divorces
Litigation is a fancy way of saying taking legal action in Court. The Canadian court system is adversarial, meaning the two parties, or litigants, present their cases in front of an impartial person (a Judge), who attempts to determine the truth of the matter and pass judgment accordingly. In criminal litigation, the prosecutor and defence … Continue reading Litigation: What Do You Have to Prove?
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
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