In an estate planning context, joint ownership is often associated with the goal of reducing the probate fees payable on real property by carving the asset out of a person’s estate. However, in many cases, the risks inherent in joint tenancy tend to outweigh the rewards.
As of May 19, 2020, estate planning documents can now be executed in BC using video conferencing technology.
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In the wake of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to ensure that your personal affairs are in good order. This includes a comprehensive, up-to-date, and legally valid estate plan.
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us all with significant challenges, but we are still here to provide essential legal services while protecting the health of all involved.
With the COVID-19 virus pandemic gripping the world, strata corporations need to consider how they are going to respond to that and continue to carry on operations. This article outlines some issues to consider.
Noise complaints related to hard surface flooring are becoming more common, but at what point do these noises become unreasonable?
A recent decision from the British Columbia Supreme Court explains the “wills exception” to legal advice privilege and the role it can play in estate litigation.
It is a long standing principle that strata corporations are required to enforce their bylaws...but is that always the case?
Many strata corporations have bylaws which prohibit or limit the rental of strata lots, either in part or in whole. A common question which arises is whether or not having one or more roommates violates such a bylaw. The answer, unfortunately, is not all that clear.
Navigating a request for an accommodation can be a difficult task. Here's why.
A recent decision from the British Columbia Supreme Court provides an example of a successful application for relocation.
Learn the steps to take and pitfalls to avoid when conducting a hearing before the strata council.
A recent decision from the British Columbia Supreme Court shows what survivors of family violence may be entitled to from an ex-spouse and alleged abuser.
Ever wonder how to properly conduct a secret ballot? This article will explain how.
It is common practice for an executor to request that a beneficiary sign a release and indemnity, but is it proper to demand it?
A recent decision from the British Columbia Supreme Court provides an example of the risks inherent in failing to communicate changes in financial circumstances even years after separation or divorce.
Ever wonder what restrictions there are on amending a resolution? This blog explains the basic tests which apply to proposed amendments.
Are your neighbours asking for more than just a cup of sugar?
Ever wonder what risks the strata corporation is taking on by allowing owners to use the clubhouse or common room for private functions?
Read about landowners' rights in relation to excavations on neighbouring properties.
Some practical tips for how strata councils can deal with unrelenting owners.
This article examines the mistakes that are often made when imposing fines for bylaw violations in a strata corporation.
Find out what, if anything, you are rightfully able to claim as excluded property when it comes to division of the assets.
Find out how the legalization of marijuana affects residential tenancy relationships.
Understanding how difficult it is to appeal a bad CRT decision shows the value of legal assistance in preparing evidence and submissions.
Learn the steps involved to windup a strata corporation.
Find out how changes to the federal marijuana laws will affect strata corporations.
Owners are often surprised with the extent a strata corporation can control what they do in their home.
Find out what rules govern the use of video surveillance by owners in strata corporations.
Two recent Civil Resolution Tribunal decisions act as a reminder of some of the hard to navigate issues faced by strata corporations when it comes to pet bylaws.
Determining whether an owner is ultimately responsible to pay an insurance deductible depends on properly applying the test under the law.
Strata corporations should never have significant arrears and should never have them for very long. There is simply no reason for it.
What constitutes “correspondence” for the purposes of s.35 of the Strata Property Act (SPA) has been the subject of past judicial consideration.
Standard Bylaws 5 and 6 both requrie owners to obtain permission before making an "alteration" to a strata lot or the common property.