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:

Federal Government Law Priorities

Jeffrey Manishen talks with Jamie West and Tracy Lynn about some of the new Federal Government's law priorities.

I was involved in a car crash a few months ago. A representative from the insurance company for the at-fault driver called and made me an offer to settle my claim. Do I really need to hire a lawyer or

You should always know and understand what your rights and entitlements  are before you give them up. The law in this area is becoming increasingly complex and there is a connection between the at-fault driver claim and the no-fault claim.  Given this and other considerations, it is very important that you obtain a legal opinion from a lawyer, and not just any lawyer, but an experienced personal injury lawyer.  

 

The Estate Trustee's Release: How to Survive Court Scrutiny

Estate trustees would be wise to request releases from beneficiaries. When requesting such releases, estate trustees should suggest independent legal advice, offer to address the concerns of the beneficiaries, and be forthcoming with information regarding administration of the estate. These are all steps that bolster the likelihood that a release will survive court scrutiny if ever attacked by a beneficiary.