6 February 2024


WorkSafe Premiums: Risks to an Employer of the Uninsured “Independent” Contractor

By Sarah Hentschel

Who Requires WorkSafe BC Coverage Employers are usually familiar with the legal requirement to obtain WorkSafe BC coverage for their employees. However, businesses are actually required by law to ensure that all “workers” performing work or services for their business are insured by WorkSafe BC. Establishing what type of work requires WorkSafe coverage involves some analysis as “worker” is…

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5 February 2024

Co-Insurance Explanation

By Anastase E. Maragos & Cameron Lineker

Co-Insurance explanation A Co-Insurance clause is a term in an insurance policy which ensures that you (the policy holder) insure your property for the true replacement cost of the property or at least to minimum level. Most Co- Insurance clauses require an owner to insure a property to 80%, 90% or 100% of the property’s…

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1 February 2024

New Intimate Images Protection Act Comes Into Effect in B.C.

By Britni Troy

In December 2023, the BC legislature enacted Bill 12-2023 Intimate Images Protection Act and the accompanying Intimate Images Protection Regulations. The purpose of the Act is to enable individuals whose private images, or likeness, have been shared, published, or made available, without their consent, regain control of the images and seek redress. The Act defines…

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1 February 2024

Make a Will and Secure Their Tomorrow, Today

By Watson Goepel LLP

This February, the best gift you can give to those you love is certainty and protection for their future. Life is filled with unpredictable events, and while we live life in the present, it is best to prepare for the unexpected. Why should you create or update your will? To ensure your wishes are honoured To…

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8 January 2024

Mortgages – The contractual right to indemnity vs. the “usual rule” clarified.

By Jeremy West

While most loan agreements and mortgages documents contain a contractual right allowing the lender to recover indemnity (actual) legal costs in foreclosure proceedings, the “usual rule” provides that costs in unopposed foreclosure matters are generally awarded on a party and party basis under Tariff Scale A. The net result of the “usual rule” is that…

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2 January 2024

Welcoming Our Newest Partner, Cameron Funnell.

By Cameron Funnell and Watson Goepel LLP

Watson Goepel LLP is pleased to welcome its newest partner, Cameron Funnell, to the firm’s Business Law group, effective January 1, 2024. Cameron’s distinctive approach to managing intricate transactions is shaped by his exceptional attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and commitment to fostering strong relationships with clients and colleagues. He has over a decade of…

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4 December 2023

Watson Goepel LLP Contributes to a Healthier Future Through Gold Sponsorship with The Richmond Hospital Foundation.

By Watson Goepel LLP

The Richmond Hospital Foundation, a registered charity committed to building a better and healthier future for the community of Richmond, BC, has been a beacon of hope since its establishment in 1987. Through donor funding, the foundation has supported the purchase of the most urgently needed medical equipment and the latest technologies, fund capital infrastructure,…

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20 November 2023

How Do You Create a Will?

By Joe Fingerote

Creating a will is a crucial step in planning for the future and ensuring your assets are distributed according to your wishes. While it may seem daunting, especially from a legal perspective, it’s a process that everyone should undertake to secure their family’s financial future. In this blog, we’ll guide you through the steps of…

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17 November 2023

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Welcome Elias Notopoulos

By Watson Goepel LLP

We’re thrilled to introduce Elias Notopoulos as our new associate to our Business Law group. Elias has served as a trusted advisor to clients in a wide variety of industries. In addition to transactional mandates, Elias routinely advises clients on a broad range of business matters, including corporate governance, commercial agreements, and risk management. His…

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