Choosing to buy strata property is becoming very popular in BC. According to the BC Government’s website, more one million British Columbians living in strata housing, although not all of these are owners. There seems to be, however, some confusion about what exactly strata housing is, and what the rights of strata owners are. At DBM, we have been providing expertise and answering questions for clients who are considering buying strata.

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If you were a client at DBM, you would hear us talk about wills and estate planning a lot. That’s because, if you have any assets, children or a life partner, there is simply no more important document you can make than your will. Your will makes sure that your precise wishes are carried out after your death: where your money, property, insurance, and other assets go; who will take care of your kids should there not be a surviving parent; and who will make sure your wishes are honoured.

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It seems straightforward: you get a job and expect paid vacation to go along with it. But the rules and the law around vacation and vacation pay can be among the most confusing aspects of employment.

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The vast majority of employers in BC treat their employees with respect, and value their contribution to the success of the business. Unfortunately, there are exceptions. At DBM, we have represented clients who have faced discrimination or have had their human rights abused in the workplace.

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Congratulations on the new member of your family. Here are 4 things every employee (and employer) should know about maternity and parental Leave.

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More than in most other regions in Canada, renting is a way of life in the Lower Mainland. Knowing your renters’ rights under tenancy law is important in making sure your living situation is a fair one, especially in Greater Vancouver’s eternally hot rental market.

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Many residents in Metro Vancouver, including in the Tri-Cities, are renters. And many of the people they rent from are private homeowners.

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Litigation is the process by which two parties bring or contest a legal issue in court. Although all lawyers practice law, not all lawyers represent their clients at trial. A lawyer who does litigation, otherwise known as a litigator, is a lawyer who represents you at trial, in the courtroom.

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After all the hard work that goes into setting up a successful business, the last thing anyone wants is for a business partner dispute to tear it all down. Managing partnership disagreements quickly and fairly is to the benefit of your company, your employees, your clients—and yourself.

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We’re often told we should never settle. And while that may be true when it comes to love, it’s certainly not the case when it comes to the law. The decision to settle a lawsuit—that is, finding a resolution without taking the case to court—can in fact be the best way to end a legal dispute.

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It’s an unfortunate but sometimes unavoidable situation: you have a worker who isn’t working out, and they need to go.

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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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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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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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