UPDATED: Estate Planning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Much of the work done with lawyers these days can be accomplished by phone or e-mail. Estate planning can be a bit more challenging during quarantine or self-isolation due to the requirement for witnesses on estate planning documents. However, the Alberta government has recently issued a Ministerial Order that will allow lawyers to fulfill witnessing requirements for estate planning documents without meeting with you in person. We have Edmonton Wills and Estate lawyers to assist you in putting in place

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Separating Unmarried Couples and the Family Home in Alberta – the Family Property Act and the Dower Act

In Alberta, adult interdependent partners, or to use a phrase people are more familiar with, “common law” couples, now have similar protections to married couples when it comes to property division when their relationship breaks down. These are generally couples who have lived together in a “relationship of interdependence” for at least three years, or for a shorter period of time if they have children together, or couples who have chosen to sign an “adult interdependent partner agreement”. On January

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NOTICE RE CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

McCuaig Desrochers LLP continues to monitor the changing guidelines in respect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  We remain committed to serving our clients and keeping our employees safe during this challenging time. We continue to meet our responsibility to staff, their families, our clients, and our community and have implemented numerous precautionary measures. Our office remains open for business; however, for the safety of our staff and clients alike, we are not permitting clients to attend at our premises at

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Alberta Family Courts Weighing in on COVID-19 Parenting Matters

Alberta now has its own written Court decision for emergency parenting applications. In SAS v. LMS, 2020 ABQB 287, the father of two children applied to have the current parenting arrangement enforced after the children’s mother informed him that their children would be staying with her due to her concerns with his conduct during the current COVID-19 environment. While the Alberta Courts are still only hearing emergency or urgent matters, which require special permission from the Court to be heard,

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Employment and Layoff Issues Related to COVID-19

The Employment Law Practice Group at McCuaig Desrochers LLP recognizes that many employers are currently being forced to make difficult staffing decisions, and likely have questions regarding the potential legal implications of those decisions. In this update, we outline a few of the options available to employers. Please note that this document is intended to be an outline of information only, and is not legal advice. Every employment situation is unique and it is impossible to provide one-size-fits-all advice. If

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Agri-Food Immigration Pilot Program for Permanent Residence

Temporary foreign workers working in Canada’s Agri-Food Sector play an important role in maintaining the country’s food security. In recognizing that reality, the federal government has designed a pilot program for agricultural and agri-food workers to become permanent residents to Canada. The Government of Canada has indicated that this new pilot program is designed to: help address the labour needs of the Canadian agri-food sector; and attract experienced, non-seasonal workers who can settle in Canada permanently. The opening of this

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