Along with determining the guardianship of any minors and laying out funeral arrangements, one of the major functions of a will is determining what will be done with your estate. Giving gifts in a will means that your money, stocks and bonds, possessions, and any other assets are distributed according to your wishes, rather than being divided according to British Columbia law.

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Everyone knows that playing the stock market can be a gamble: you never really know if and when your investment might take a dive, or, much more happily, soar and quickly line your pockets with gold.

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How do you know when it’s time to prepare your first will? What about updating your existing will? We often put off thinking about our last will and testament, but there are certain life events that remind us of the need to put our final wishes into a legal and binding document.

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The prospect of being forced from your home is an uncomfortable one, to say the least. While facing an eviction can be overwhelming, there are immediate steps you can take to help gain back your sense of control.

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Of course, no one likes thinking about the end. It’s morbid, it’s gloomy, and let’s face it – no fun. So when it comes to drafting a will, people often put it off far too long. But the best thing you can do is just get it over with and rest easy knowing that your estate is in order and your next of kin will not be unduly stressed down the road.

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If you are lucky enough to be an owner in Vancouver’s white-hot real estate market, you’re well ahead of the curve. If you are renting your property, then you’re probably also aware that protecting your investment while fulfilling your obligations to your tenants can be a real struggle. Landlord Tenancy Law disputes are an ever-changing area to navigate as an owner, so it’s good to know where you stand.

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