March 11, 2016
By Vik Mall

Civil Trial Preparation: Relying on Audio, Video or Electronic Evidence

This is the second article in the Civil Trial Preparation series discussing the topic of relying on audio, visual, or electronic evidence at trial. Please click here for the previous article.   Evidence submitted at trial typically consists of oral testimony and paper documents. When evidence you are relying on at... read more
March 01, 2016
By Aaron Bickman

2016 Tax Changes Affecting Estates and Trusts

The following is a primer on new tax rules for trusts and estates. 1. Loss of Graduated Rates Effective January 1, 2016, testamentary trusts and estates lose their access to graduated tax rates and will generally be taxed at the top marginal rates for individuals on all of their income. An exception to this general rule is that estates (... read more
February 11, 2016
By Chad Johnson

Why do you need a Prenuptial Agreement?

Prenuptial Agreements involve a discussion between you and your fiancée about each other’s expectations during the marriage and help to establish trust between couples. You should not rush into the commitment of marriage without fully knowing what the expectations are of the other person. Such discussions are important to have and set the... read more
January 12, 2016
By David Cumming

The Law’s Delay: How to Fast Track Your Lawsuit

“Who would bear the whips and scorns of time?” Hamlet famously asked. Anyone who has ever gone through a prolonged legal battle may well have difficulty answering this question. Lawsuits are by their nature, lengthy processes often fraught with unforeseen obstacles. The “laws delay” was one of the grievances in Hamlet’s famous soliloquy.... read more
January 12, 2016
By Vik Mall

Civil Trial Preparation: Witness Considerations in Preparation for Trial

This is the first article of a Civil Trial Preparation series by our litigation and dispute resolution group.   Preparing for trial in either Provincial Court or the Court of Queen’s Bench, entails extensive preparation. There are a variety of complex steps that must be followed. Some of the requirements are... read more
January 04, 2016
By Brent Cooper with contributions by Darren Fach

Shareholder Disputes Amongst Owners of ‘Closely Held Corporations’

Can I fire my dad? Can I buy-out my friend? This article explains some of the most common causes of shareholder disputes amongst owners of ‘closely held corporations’. Alberta is the land of opportunity (or at least, we still think so). Historically, people have been able to start-up small businesses with minimal... read more
December 07, 2015
By Garrett Hamilton

Insurance Premium Financing and the Effect of Bankruptcy and Restructuring Stays

Insurance Premium Financing Insurance premium financing is a type of short term financing where a third party lender or insurance broker can finance the upfront cost of an insurance policy and use the insurance premiums that have yet to be earned by the insurance company to secure the loan. The authority... read more
December 01, 2015
By Ryan Franzen and Matthew Burgoyne

Amendments to the Offering Memorandum Exemption

On October 29, 2015 the Canadian Securities Administrators released “Multilateral CSA Notice of Amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions Relating to the Offering Memorandum Exemption” (the “Notice”). The Notice summarizes proposed amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions (“NI 45-106”). Provided... read more
June 30, 2017
By Mark Rathwell

Think you missed your 45-Day lien deadline? Perhaps not...

There has been an important development in the area of construction law relating to builders’ liens. It has been commonly understood that an unpaid contractor or supplier must register a builder’s lien within 45 days from the date that the last substantive services were performed or materials were furnished. Historically, the... read more
November 16, 2015
By A. Neil Hutton

Navigating the Maze of Interprovincial Prospectus Exemptions

From Exempt Edge, Fall 2015 The golden rule of securities distribution throughout the provinces and territories of Canada is that both a preliminary prospectus and a prospectus must have been led, and receipts issued before an issuer can make a distribution of securities. This fundamental concept is encoded in the Securities... read more