Failure to pay rent and utilities? Damaged property? Excessive noise at all hours of the night? A bad tenant can be a real headache for a landlord. While it is always better to sort issues out with your tenant as evictions can often prove costly, if eviction is necessary, it’s a good idea to … Continued
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Whether you are involved in a legal dispute with your neighbour, your employer, or your insurer—a general litigation lawyer is always worth calling. Litigation can apply to any legal dispute between parties. Everything from tenancy disputes to the breaking of contracts can result in litigation. If you are involved in a legal dispute that you … Continued
On March 26th, 2020, the Province of BC declared a health emergency as a result of the Covid -19 virus. As far as the operation of law was concerned, that meant the total closure of courthouses and civil court registries until at least May 29st, 2020, except for emergency matters. Of course with no court … Continued
“Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world; yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky. There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.” It takes … Continued
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 … Continued
There is a reason settlement loans exist as an industry. After an injury, victims have little or no wage replacement coverage. Employment Insurance will pay a maximum of $562 per week for 15 weeks if a doctor will certify the victim is unable to work. For victims who are not covered by EI and can … Continued
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? What is the Civil Resolutions Tribunal? The CRT hears and resolves small claims and strata disputes through an online portal. For small claims disputes, the claim must be under … Continued
Both the holdback and the power to lien come from the Builders Lien Act (the “Act”). The purpose of the act is twofold: To provide security for contractors and subcontractors who work on a construction project To limit the owner of a properties liability The Act requires all persons on a project to retain 10% … Continued
On February 1, 2017, BC became the 6th province in Canada to enact franchise legislation. The Act applies to the following franchise agreements when a franchisee is operating wholly or partly in British Columbia: new franchise agreements entered into on or after February 1, 2017; existing franchise agreements that are renewed or extended on or … Continued
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