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17 February 2022

Important Components of Estate Planning

By Joe Fingerote

You have probably heard the phrase, “With a will, there’s a way…” As estate planners, we take that quite literally! Good planning now can help reduce probate fees, taxes and unintended anguish for your beneficiaries, friends and loved ones, after you are gone. In previous weeks we talked about two of the fundamental elements for…

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24 January 2022

Estate Planning Essentials

By Joe Fingerote

Let’s face it, making an estate plan is probably not the activity on the top of your to-do list. Most Canadians do not have a valid will. However, having an estate plan is one of the most important things you can do for the people you care about. If you are new to the concept…

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2 December 2021

R. Craig Neville Appointed Queen’s Counsel

We are pleased to announce that Watson Goepel Family Law lawyer, R. Craig Neville, is a 2021 recipient of the honorary title of Queen’s Counsel (QC). This designation is given to a handful of lawyers each year for their contributions to B.C.’s provincial justice system through their work as a lawyer, their good character, professional integrity…

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4 November 2021

Land Owner Transparency Registry filing deadline extended

By Arthur Cullinan

The B.C. government has announced a one-year extension to the deadline for pre-existing owners to file with the Land Owner Transparency Registry (“LOTR”).  Reporting bodies with an interest in land will now have until November 30, 2022 to file a transparency report without incurring penalties.  The government has explained that the rationale behind this extension is…

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7 October 2021

Video: Legal tips for tech entrepreneurs at Vancouver Startup Week 2021

By Anand Athiviraham and Robert Galletti

Business and Securities lawyers, Anand Athiviraham and Robert Galletti presented at Vancouver Startup Week 2021 earlier this year. In their one-hour presentation, Anand and Rob discuss their top legal tips for entrepreneurs and explain the importance of setting the right tone from the ground up. Click to view the presentation and see further presentation details…

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27 August 2021

By Anita Boscariol

We are pleased to share that, on top of her Immigration and Indigenous law practices, Anita Boscariol will be starting as an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University this fall. She will be teaching students in the Immigration and Citizenship Law Graduate Diploma program. Anita also teaches courses on Immigration Law…

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16 August 2021

Landowners take note: 3 month deadline to file landowner transparency report (LOTR) and avoid penalty

By Arthur Cullinan

Relevant corporations, trustees of relevant trusts, and partners of relevant partnerships which have an interest in land are required to file a transparency report under the Land Owner Transparency Act (“LOTA”) by November 30, 2021. Failure to do so could result in significant fines being levied against the corporation or other entity.  The following summarizes…

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