Entries by Del Elgersma


The BC government has greatly expanded the scope of court actions to which mandatory mediation may apply. Under the new rules, any party to a Supreme Court action can make an assessment that mediation would be productive, and then require the other parties to attend a mediation session. In some cases, mediation can be faster, […]


In 1999 the B.C. government implemented the Homeowner Protection Act, creating the Homeowner Protection Office, and requiring compulsory licensing for builders and mandatory warranty coverage on new homes (click here to see ourarticle about the Homeowner Protection Act). Under new regulations that came into force on October 1, 2000, repair contractors who arrange, manage or perform building […]

Why Incorporate?

A common question asked by entrepreneurs starting a business is “Should I incorporate?” The most common answer is: “It depends”. A business is owned either as a proprietorship, a partnership, or a corporation. Proprietorship A business owned by one individual (a “sole proprietor”) is a proprietorship. This is the simplest form of business structure, as […]

Power of Attorney Deadline Extended

Thanks to a recent announcement by the Attorney General, British Columbians will have another year to make enduring Powers of Attorney. A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint another person, called an “attorney”, to manage your legal and financial affairs. (“Attorney” in this case does not mean a lawyer […]

Homeowners Ordered to Remove Suite

A B.C. couple that excavated their crawl space and converted it into a secondary suite, in violation of a municipal bylaw, was recently ordered to restore their home to its original condition. In 1994 the couple built a two-storey house with a crawl space on a lot they owned in Burnaby. The lot was zoned […]