Yearly Archives: 2018

Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia v. Law Society of British Columbia: Affirming the Limits to the Legislated Authority of Notaries to Draft Wills

In the fairly recent appellate court decision, Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia v. Law Society of British Columbia, 2017 BCCA 448, BC’s highest court was faced with the question: What are notaries allowed to draft when it …

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Executor found liable for ducking her obligations

In the recent B.C. Court of Appeal decision in Wade v Duck, 2018 BCCA 176, the Court held the former personal representative of the deceased’s estate personally liable for the deterioration of estate property and jointly and severally …

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Modernizing the Divorce Act: Major changes announced

Notable changes are expected to be coming to the federal Divorce Act in the form of Bill C-78, which was introduced in the House of Commons on May 22, 2018. Bill C-78 marks the first substantial reform to the Divorce

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Found Money!

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Did you know that both the BC Unclaimed Property Society and the Bank of Canada have free, searchable databases?

BC Unclaimed Property Society: https://unclaimedpropertybc.ca/searchp/search/

Bank of Canada: https://www.bankofcanada.ca/unclaimed-balances/

Dormant funds from credit union accounts, forgotten insurance …

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Settled Property and the Issue of Photocopying Money

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Photocopying money risks criminal and civil sanctions. So what to do if making file copies of a trust settled with a $10, $20, $50, or $100 dollar bill? Can you copy or scan the settled property?…

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Highlights: The 2018 Provincial Budget

British Columbia’s 2018 budget introduced certain changes to the taxation of real estate. This will affect residential real estate held personally, through other legal entities, or that falls into an estate or to a beneficiary of an estate.

Effective February

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A Promise is a Promise: Proprietary Estoppel at the Supreme Court of Canada

In December 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Cowper-Smith v. Morgan, 2017 SCC 61, clarifying how a promise relating to an interest in property may be enforced through the equitable doctrine of proprietary estoppel — …

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Signing Documents using a Power of Attorney

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If you are appointed as an attorney under a power of attorney instrument, any documents you sign in your capacity as an attorney should be signed with the name of the adult who gave the power …

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