If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, caused by an individual who has limited or no insurance, or involved in a hit-and-run where you cannot find the driver, British Columbia has a statutory program put in place which allows for the compensation to be awarded regardless of no insurance or limited insurance.

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Earlier this month, Dr. Bonnie Henry said that British Columbia was coming to the “end of our beginning of this pandemic.”  As the number of reported cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have decreased, we British Columbians have begun to look forward to our uncertain future.  To give us an idea of what is in store, the government announced a phased plan for reopening businesses safely.  Many non-essential businesses may start opening after the Victoria Day long weekend, but any businesses that do open their doors must comply with the social distancing measures and other public health orders that have kept us safe.  What this means will not just be industry specific, but specific to your business and your location.

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Due to the ongoing economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic many companies in the Tri-Cities are implementing measures to ensure their financial stability during the crisis.  Unfortunately, this often means making difficult decisions about staff and compensation.   Already, many companies have temporarily laid off or reduced the wages of their employees, and many more are contemplating it as this crisis continues.  Employers should be wary that any such measures may trigger claims under constructive dismissal or contract.

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We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many aspects of our Canadian way of life, but rest assured that Drysdale Bacon McStravick LLP has implemented a contingency plan so that the firm continues to be operational during these trying times.

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An uncontested divorce is a straight-forward process where ex-spouses can file a joint-application to finalize their divorce.  It is only applicable for couples who have an agreement on all the issues surrounding their separation (for example, dividing family property, spousal and child support and parenting time) and who have been separated for at least one year.

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A separation can have a profound effect on the family.  When parents separate, they will either, through agreement or through the courts, decide on when and how they will spend time with their children.  But Grandparents with a close relationship with their grandchildren are often left out of such agreements or orders.

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Under British Columbia’s Family Law Act, the rule of thumb is that all ‘family property’ will be divided equally between spouses when they separate.  There are obvious exceptions to this rule, which will be covered in a future blog, but that does beg the question was is ‘family property? The easiest way to answer that is to discuss what IS NOT included as family property for the purposes of property division.

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The Civil Resolutions Tribunal (the “CRT”) is an innovative, online only tribunal that is unique to British Columbia. So what can the CRT do for you?

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Both the holdback and the power to lien come from the Builders Lien Act (the “Act”).  The purpose of the act is twofold:

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Prior to her death, but after the estrangement with her daughters had ended, Mary visited her in-laws. Mary told her in-laws that “When I go, the girls will be in for a real shock, ha, ha, they don’t know that the house will be sold by the lawyer, and he will look after everything”. Her in-laws suggested that Mary revisit the terms in her will given that there had been a change in her relationship with both Norma and Elizabeth since the will was prepared. Mary told her in-laws that she would not change the will because that was what Albert wanted consider the grief that they caused him. During another visit with her in-laws, Mary suggested that if Norma and Elizabeth did not like the terms of the will, they could go to court, and it would not matter to her because she would be dead.

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Special and Extraordinary Expenses: When Child Support Isn’t Enough

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There have been some major changes to impaired driving laws in the past year, on both Provincial and Federal Levels.

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Generally, if something breaks in your strata lot – like a pipe, toilet or appliance – and it causes damage that is covered by the strata’s insurance, then you as the owner will be on the hook to pay the strata’s deductible. All the strata needs to prove is that you were ‘responsible’ for the damage. The bar to prove ‘responsibility’ is very low and more often than not you will be found responsible for any damage emanating from your suite.

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It is that time of year again. Snow is in the forecast for the Tri-Cities and the Greater Vancouver Area, and for the next few months all of B.C will be facing whatever winter throws at us. In winter conditions, it is important for you to drive safely and know both you and your vehicles limitations. ICBC has tips on their website on driving in poor conditions. If you must drive in winter conditions, you should consider their advice:

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