Choosing a Guardian

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One of the more difficult parts of Estate Planning involves naming a guardian for your children. The task of appointing someone to care for your minor child (under 19 years in B.C.) after you are gone can be an understandably difficult decision to make. Nonetheless, this is a decision that will be critical in the…


Resolving Family Disputes Through Mediation

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There have been many articles written about the benefits of resolving disputes through mediation rather than litigation.  Despite this, there is still a great deal of confusion about what a mediation looks like and whether it will assist parties to resolve their dispute.  In family law disputes, there is often also mistrust between parties that…


The Team Approach to Separation Agreements

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Dealing with the emotional and financial aftermath of a separation can be overwhelming.  There are concerns about where a spouse is going to live, what is going to happen to the children, and how the separation is going to impact the family finances.  In addition to these concerns, each spouse is experiencing a loss and…


Blended Family? Tips for Estate Planning

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The number of blended families in Canada grows every year as the divorce rate and the lifespan increases. This trend means that these couples must manage the legal and financial challenges inherent in a blended family, which are particularly challenging when there are children from a previous relationship.  Couples with blended families must balance between…