Entries by Del Elgersma

MAKING YOUR MORTGAGE PAY OFF

Is it the right choice for you? Jane was retiring! To prepare, she attended a retirement seminar and noted she’d need a new Will. She’d heard about Beacon Law’s Estate Planning Navigator program, so she made an appointment to see her lawyer, Lianne. She’d ensured she’d be looked after in her old age, and would […]

LIFE CYCLE OF A BUSINESS

Geoff and Amanda, a married couple, found a business that they really wanted to buy. However, they knew that without legal advice they could inherit some of the existing business owner’s debts. They had also heard horror stories about business owners who had trouble getting financing because their corporate records were not properly created and […]

UPDATING YOUR WILL

Widower Wants A Will without Woe A peninsula resident for 25 years, Michael Flanagan never sought a lawyer’s counsel until his nephew, Bob (a home-buyer in Raising the Bar issue 4), suggested he update his Will. Will review overdue With arthritic joints and hair gone white, Michael felt that his health was starting to fail. […]

BUSINESS LEGAL CHECK-UP

Craig Grier, Local Business Owner Having worked for others for others for over 25 years, Craig Grier decided that his mid-forties was as good an age as any to start his own business. With the support of his wife Bonnie, Craig would use the knowledge and perspective he had gained over the years. Confident of success and free to turn to […]

B.C.’s BUILDERS LIEN ACT

B.C.’s Builders Lien Act came into force on February 1, 1998. It updated and in some cases significantly changed the law under the former Builders Lien Act. Overview of the ActThe objectives of the Builders Lien Act are to ensure that construction funds are used for their intended purpose, and to protect those who add […]

PROTECT YOUR INTEREST IN YOUR HOME

Steve McKenzie, Retired Retailer Now an elderly widower, Steve McKenzie once owned and managed a popular downtown department store in a small city on the mainland. This father of three has accomplished much for his family. After his wife of 52 years passed on, he bought a house on the south island with his youngest daughter, […]

MARRIED OR COMMON-LAW – THERE IS A DIFFERENCE

The Supreme Court of Canada recently issued another ruling on the issue of common-law relationships. In Nova Scotia v. Walsh, the Supreme Court of Canada was asked to consider whether provisions in the Nova Scotia Matrimonial Property Act, which make a distinction between formal marriages and common-law relationships, should be ruled unconstitutional because they contravene […]

WHAT’S THE BIG SECRET?

You may have heard that everything you tell your lawyer is protected by solicitor-client privilege. What does that really mean? As lawyers we follow a professional code of conduct to safeguard our clients’ interests. The code of conduct includes rules about confidentiality. These ‘solicitor-client privilege’ rules are far-reaching. Except in very limited circumstances: we hold […]