Article: New work permit option represents lifeline for some post-graduation work permit holders

International Students who have completed their studies and are in Canada on post-graduation work permits that have recently expired or are soon to expire have been given a lifeline in the form of a new work permit program. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced on January 8, 2021 that international students who had post-graduate work permits that have recently expired or are soon to expire would be given the opportunity to receive an additional open work permit for an additional 18

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COVID Times and the New Alberta Family Docket Court

In May 2020, the Court of Queen’s Bench implemented a Family Docket Court (“FDC”) in Edmonton and Calgary. All family matters, with a few of limited exceptions, must now attend FDC before any other Court process can be scheduled. The purpose of FDC is to assess each family’s needs and direct them to the most appropriate services and court processes. Consequently, the Judge sitting in FDC can grant Consent Orders (Orders both parties agree on) but cannot adjudicate contested applications.

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Family Violence and Emergency Protection Order During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lockdowns, restrictions, and other public health measures have been essential in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and in protecting our most vulnerable citizens. While collective efforts keep us and others safe from COVID-19, it creates an isolating and unsafe situation for individuals living with an abusive partner or family member. The restrictions can ultimately isolate vulnerable individuals and can limit opportunities for them to safely leave a dangerous situation. Both the EPS and RCMP have seen increased calls relating to

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Case Commentary: Aubin v Petrone, 2020 ABCA 13

Divorce with a Business The case of Aubin v Petrone, 2020 ABCA 13 (Leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada denied.) is an important decision at the intersection of family law and corporate law that clearly demonstrates the application of fundamental corporate law principles in the context of family law. In this case, the Alberta Court of Appeal, the highest court in Alberta “pierced the corporate veil” and granted a spouse a security interest directly against the property of her spouse’s corporation to secure her equalization payment owing from her husband following their divorce.   To contextualize this application

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Estate Planning Considerations When Your Family Member Receives AISH

The Assured Income for the Several Handicapped (“AISH”) program is a critical support for many disabled Albertans. Often parents or other family members will want to ensure that their disabled loved ones are left with the greatest resources possible when estate planning, while also ensuring that the support received through AISH is not jeopardized in the process. In order to ensure this is accomplished, an estate plan should be specifically designed with the provisions of the Assured Income for the

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New Alberta pilot to reduce quarantine period via testing

Today, the Government of Alberta announced a new pilot that has the potential to significantly reduce the amount of time that travelers into Alberta must quarantine. Currently, subject to some limited specific exceptions, anyone who enters Canada must legally quarantine for 14 days. Starting on November 2, a new pilot program will provide travelers entering Alberta from outside Canada with the option of engaging in a new testing protocol. The new pilot will initially only be available to individuals entering

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Welcome Sarah McFadyen

McCuaig Desrochers LLP is pleased to welcome Sarah McFadyen as an articling student. Throughout her articling year, Sarah will gain experience in a variety of areas of law. Sarah McFadyen joined McCuaig Desrochers in September 2020. Sarah obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in 2020. During law school, Sarah volunteered extensively with pro bono legal clinics, including the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, Pro Bono Students Canada, and she served as the Executive Coordinator for Student Legal Services in

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Filing a Civil Claim in Alberta’s Provincial Court

Have you ever heard someone talk about “small claims court” and wondered what that meant? Alberta has various levels of courts: Provincial Court, the Court of Queen’s Bench, and the Court of Appeal. Each level of court has specific jurisdiction (i.e. authority to hear certain matters), sometimes with overlap. In particular, you may have the option to bring a civil claim in either Provincial Court or the Court of Queen’s Bench. Provincial Court is sometimes informally referred to as “small

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Common Legal Issues When Buying or Selling a Home

Most people only buy and sell a home once or twice in their lives, so of course they have questions about the process.  Unless you are in the business of buying and selling homes you would have no reason to be aware of the common legal issues involved in buying or selling a home in Alberta. Following are some of the common legal issues you may encounter when looking to buy or sell a home in Alberta. Each circumstance has

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