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
Our office will be closed as of 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23rd 2020 for the winter holiday and will reopen 8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 4th 2021. We wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season.
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
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
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
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
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
What is my Estate? An estate, when referred to in the financial and legal sense of the word, is an individual’s total assets, minus any of their liabilities(debts). Put another way, it is an individual’s net worth. An estate refers to everything of value that an individual owns— houses, stocks, bonds, cash and bank accounts, collections of art, antique items, family heirlooms, jewellery, insurances, investments, pensions, and all other forms of personal property such as boats, mobile homes and RVs.
At McCuaig Desrochers LLP we are continuing to follow strict protocols and guidelines in respect COVID-19. Acknowledging that this will be a factor for months ahead, we remain committed to serving our clients and keeping our employees safe during this challenging time. 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 this time. Virtually all of our business is being conducted via
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