Sentencing for Drinking and Driving offences.

A great deal of public attention has recently been given to the case of Marco Muzzo, currently before the court  in Newmarket on charges of criminal negligence causing 4 deaths.  Media reports have indicated that he had failed to stop for a red light and had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit.

What is a holograph will?

Generally, you can make a Will in one of two ways – either formally or informally.

Laws are changing in the charitable sector

Long over due changes have been implemented in the charitable sector laws.

Ping pong match for TWU Law School continues

Justice Hinkson of the B.C. Supreme Court has overturned the October 2014 B.C. Law Society members’ referendum which would have denied accreditation to law school graduates of Trinity Western University’s proposed law school. 

Holiday party host beware - you could be liable for your guests actions.

I hosted a Holiday party where one of my guests consumed too much alcohol, attempted to drive home and sustained injuries in a car accident. Can I be found responsible?
 
 

What is expected of an expert witness who testifies in court?

The rules of evidence in Canada do not permit a witness to testify about a matter of opinion unless it’s something that’s within the realm of ordinary human experience. Only someone whom a judge rules to be possessed of sufficient skill, training and knowledge as to be qualified to give opinion evidence

Long Term Disability benefits have been terminated?

I’ve been receiving Long-Term Disability benefits for nearly two years.  Although my condition hasn’t improved, they’ve suddenly terminated my benefits.  Is there anything I can do?
 

Is Your Estate Plan Ready for the new January 1, 2016 Tax Rules?

A new era of estate planning begins on January 1, 2016.  Are you ready?

My long-term disability insurance company told me that after being unable to work at my own job for two years, they can stop paying my benefits because I can work somewhere else. Is this true?

Generally speaking, most long-term disability policies provide that for the first 2 years you are entitled to claim disability benefits if you cannot perform the essential duties of your own occupation – the “own occupation test”.

In a commercial lease, why does the landlord want all money payable by the tenant to be classified as rent?

The following are three categories of rent, that are oftentimes included together or in some combination thereof in a commercial lease, to ensure that almost all money owing by the tenant to the landlord is classified as rent: