Heritage Law

220 – 545 Clyde Avenue
West Vancouver, BC V7T 1C5

Phone: 778-786-0615
Fax: 778-786-0616
Email: info@bcheritagelaw.com

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New Incapacity Planning Legislation In Force in BC September 1, 2011

The Adult Guardianship and Planning Statutes Amendment Act, 2007 (the “Act”) came into force on September 1, 2011 and revises the Power of Attorney Act (“POAA”), Representation Agreement Act and Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act (“HCC”). The amendments to the POAA provide greater legislative certainty in both creating and exercising enduring powers [...]

By | September 11th, 2011|Estate Planning, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Monique Shebbeare discusses sperm donor anonymity on CKNW

I had the opportunity to speak with CKNW’s Marcella Bernardo this weekend about anonymity of sperm donors in light of the recent landmark case Pratten v B.C. (A.G.) – Listen to or download the interview here My view is that the underlying idea of the decision – that donor conceived children need to have access [...]

By | July 18th, 2011|Family Law, Reproductive Technology, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Monique Shebbeare discusses sperm donor anonymity on CKNW

Nicole Garton on Bill Good June 13, 2011

I was on the Bill Good Show on Monday, June 13th, 2011 to talk about the evolution and increasing use of social media in the context of family law.  A description of and an audio link to the interview are below: TURNING TO FACEBOOK TO CATCH A CHEATER: SOCIAL MEDIA AND DIVORCE New York congressman [...]

By | June 15th, 2011|Family Law, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Nicole Garton on Bill Good June 13, 2011

Balance, Innovation & Success at Heritage Law

Erica Pinsky, M.Sc, CHRP, is a respectful workplace solutions expert.  As a speaker,  trainer, author and consultant she provides a full range of customized services and solutions to eliminate discrimination, harassment, bullying and  destructive conflict in the workplace.  Her highly acclaimed book, “Road to Respect: Path to Profit” is filled with engaging stories, powerful insights [...]

By | June 14th, 2011|Business, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Respectful Workplaces and Heritage Law

Monique Shebbeare and I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Erica Pinsky, MSc, CHR, a "Respectful Workplace Solutions Expert™," to discuss Heritage Law as part of a series featuring companies that are "getting respect right”.  Erica offered that "learning about firms like yours affirms my vision of the possibility of respectful workplaces where people [...]

By | June 3rd, 2011|Business, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Respectful Workplaces and Heritage Law

Advocating a mechanism for sperm donors to relinquish legal parenthood

One of the main reasons that intended parents choose anonymous sperm donors instead of donors they know is that the current law does not provide a mechanism for a sperm donor to formally relinquish legal parenthood, unless the intended mother has a partner who can adopt the child and the donor consents at the time [...]

Successful Family Business Succession and Professionally Mediated Family Meetings

There is a lack of a common definition of a family business but it is generally considered to be a business with two or more family members who have financial control of the company and there is some intent to transfer the business to the next generation. Over 90% of family businesses in Canada are [...]

By | May 27th, 2011|Estate Planning, mediation, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BC Court Declares an end to Anonymous Sperm Donation

As an adoptee who has reconnected with her birth family, the mother of a donor child, and a lawyer with a particular interest in assisted reproduction, I was very curious to read the B.C. Supreme Court’s new and landmark decision on the rights of donor offspring: Pratten v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2011 BCSC 656. [...]

By | May 24th, 2011|Adoption, Reproductive Technology, Uncategorized|1 Comment