The beauty of mediation lies in its confidentiality and flexibility. With the assistance of a skilled mediator, the parties are free to speak to each other directly and to frankly express their concerns and interests without fear of prejudicing the litigation should the matter not settle. That is to be encouraged. Empathy and apology can [...]
During this time of social distancing, there are methods to validly sign estate planning documents to enable clients to finalize their personal planning while still remaining safe.
After years of intransient and pernicious access to justice challenges, including unaffordability, delays and undue complexity, and increasing numbers of litigants representing themselves by necessity and choice, there is a growing consensus that the justice system requires fundamental reform. As the former Supreme Court chief justice, Beverley McLachlin, recently stated: COVID-19 is highlighting for us [...]
Heritage Law continues to assist clients with probates and estate administration matters during social distancing. Despite the British Columbia Supreme Court suspending all regular operations on March 19, 2020 until further notice, the Probate Registry is still open for processing paper applications received by mail. As probate applications may be delayed due to limited staff [...]
There are important upcoming changes to corporate law in BC, specifically the requirement of private companies to create and maintain a Transparency Register, which is a register of individuals having significant control over a company. A new required Transparency Register must list: any individual who is the beneficial or registered owner of, or has “indirect [...]
Heritage Law is still working with clients to get their estate plans organized during social distancing. To proceed, the steps are: 1. Fill out our online questionnaire: https://www.bcheritagelaw.com/new-cli…/estate-planning-file/ and scan to email@example.com or fax us two pieces of ID to 778-786-0616 2. Review various estate planning options which may apply to your family, including pricing: [...]
Ways to Practice Law to Facilitate Retaining Women in the Legal Profession – Some Strategies that Worked for Me
I’m excited and honoured to be asked to present to the CBABC Women’s Law Forum – Victoria section meeting today on January 22nd, to held at the Law Offices of Nanuq Law in Victoria, BC at 5:30pm, about new ways of practicing law to facilitate keeping women in practice. Women have been participating in the [...]
I’m looking forward to appearing in the Supreme Court of BC tomorrow to obtain court approval of a comprehensive Settlement Agreement reached between parties to a wills variation claim, pursuant to s. 60 of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act. Although a complete and final settlement of the claim has been reached among all parties, [...]
In estate and elder disputes, there is often a complex web of issues, interests and motivations. A skilled mediator can help manage a complex environment of multiple parties, family dynamics, financial issues, legal issues, health issues and often strong emotions. While it may not be the best process for every situation, there are many estate and elder disputes that could benefit from mediation. With the help of an experienced, impartial mediator, it is a solution-oriented option for families who seek a workable, higher quality resolution for disputes without the delays, stress and costs of formal litigation.