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
June 10, 2013
The Power or Attorney Act, we’ve made a few changes: B.C. requirements for extrajurisdictional enduring powers of attorney By Marissa Berry Amendments to British Columbia’s Power of Attorney Act, RSBC 1996, c. 370 (the “Act”) came into force on September 1, 2011. The revised legislation ushered in a number of new rules which must be complied with in order for an Enduring Power of Attorney (“EPA... read more
June 03, 2013

Child Support Life Insurance Beneficiary Claim Against the Estate? A Few Things to Consider

When marriages break down couples would usually enter into a separation agreement that deals with issues such as child support. Child support may be provided by being designated as the beneficiary of an ex-spouse’s life insurance policy. In the event that the ex-spouse (‘Father’ for illustration... read more
May 09, 2013
By Michael Kwiatkowski

Condominium Limitation Periods: When to Sound the Alarm

Being a board member on either a Condominium Corporation or a Home Owners Association (“HOA”) board is often a thankless job: numerous late nights in meetings, never ending emails and phone calls, and constant decision making that sometimes never seems to please anyone. All this without remuneration! That being said, hard work and... read more