Publications

December 16, 2013
By Vik Mall

Compensation for the Power of Attorney

With an aging Canadian population, attorney compensation under a power of attorney document is likely to become a discussion point for a growing number of Canadians when crafting their estate plans. While the basic considerations for trustee compensation are well established in Canada, compensation considerations for an attorney are not as clear.... read more
April 07, 2017
By Mark Rathwell

Contemplating a Renovation or Building Project? The Importance of Maintaining a Builder’s Lien Holdback

As a property owner who is planning a construction project of any scope or magnitude, it is crucial to understand the concept of, and to maintain, a builder’s lien holdback. Imagine that you have just completed a $200,000.00 renovation to your basement. You hired a general contractor... read more
November 22, 2013
In an article published by CoinDesk, Matthew Burgoyne of our Fintech group, explores the question of whether Canada considers bitcoin to be a real sovereign "currency" or simply a commodity.  Read the article on coindesk.com  
November 13, 2013

Disposition of Jointly Held Assets via Will

Most spouses in Alberta jointly own their matrimonial home. Unknown to many spouses is that they can own the matrimonial home jointly in one of two ways: as tenants in common or as joint tenants. In a joint tenancy each party owns 100% of the home by right of survivorship. That is to say that if one spouse dies the other spouse retains 100%... read more
October 23, 2013
In a two part article, Matthew Burgoyne of our Fintech group, gives a basic primer on the state of Canadian law as it applies to digital currency entrepreneurs. He covers the Canadian federal law as it currently applies (or more accurately, doesn’t apply) to Canadian businesses operating in the bitcoin space. In Part II, he covers provincial regulations pertaining to, or which could pertain to,... read more
October 09, 2013
By Shane King

Terminating an Employee Due to a Disability

A recent case came across my desk whereby an employer terminated an employee specifically because of his disability. The particulars are as follows: Mr. X was a site supervisor for a company in the construction industry, and in this position he was required to drive between many sites throughout the day, and did so in a company vehicle,... read more
September 19, 2013
By Matthew Burgoyne

Bitcoin: The World’s Most Popular Virtual Currency

With the Internet growing rapidly and aggressively as a tool of commerce, it is no surprise that virtual currencies (unregulated, Internet based decentralized currencies) are gaining popularity worldwide. In fact, the Internet’s two largest online retailers, Amazon and Ebay, have recently introduced virtual currency platforms in... read more
August 15, 2013
By G. Brent Cooper and Vik Mall

Employer Consequences for Arrears

In Alberta, the Employment Standards Code, RSA 2000, c E-9 (the “Code”) outlines the statutory rights and responsibilities of both employees and employers. The Code also establishes minimum standards for the many facets of the employment relationship. Neither an employer nor employee can contract out of these minimum standards (section 4). An employer... read more
July 09, 2013
By Zack Siezmagraf with Neil Hutton

The Marketing Mousetrap: A Marketing Executive's View of the Exempt Market

The Exempt Edge, July 2013 I joined the Exempt Market industry about a year ago as head of Sales and Marketing for Everest Real Estate Investments, an Edmonton-based developer and an issuer of Exempt Market securities. As an incoming marketer to an unfamiliar industry, I initially used two guiding principles:... read more
June 12, 2013
By V. Philippe Lalonde and Jeff W. Moroz

Protection Against Real Estate Investment Fraud in Alberta

Alberta has the unenviable reputation of being a centre for many allegedly fraudulent real estate investment schemes, such as Shire International, Lucid Group, Harvest Group and Foundation Capital, Platinum Equities and Concrete Equities. In part, this is because historically parties involved in raising capital in the “exempt... read more

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