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31 December 2020

Updating your will just got easier: B.C. legislates electronic witnessing

By Joe Fingerote

In September we reported on the introduction of Bill 21-2020, which included the proposal of a series of long-awaited amendments to B.C.’s Wills, Estates, and Succession Act that would allow a will to be witnessed electronically, by individuals in different physical locations. The valid use of electronic witnessing was enabled by an interim Ministerial Order…

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16 December 2020

5 Holiday Tips for Co-parents

By Laurence S. Klass

The holidays can be a particularly challenging time for separated parents. Here are a few key tips to help keep the season bright for families. Please contact Laurence Klass of our Family Law Group for more information on co-parenting.    

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16 November 2020

Incorporating your business: Record books and why using a lawyer makes sense

By Anand Athiviraham

This is the first post of a new 4-part business startup series created by Watson Goepel LLP corporate lawyer, Anand Athiviraham. When incorporating a new business, budget-conscious entrepreneurs typically, and understandably, focus on minimizing costs. While many free or low-cost online legal resources promise bargain prices, bypassing qualified and tailored legal guidance to help with…

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20 October 2020

COVID-19 as an “Occupational Disease”

In August the B.C. government implemented changes to the Workers Compensation Act through Bill 23, which received Royal Assent on August 14, 2020. Several notable changes were introduced; one of these changes widened the “Occupational Disease” framework to capture COVID-19 infection in certain circumstances. Workers Compensation Act Section 238 now reads: (1) Subject to subsection…

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