Congratulations Terry McEvoy and Shirley Gee

McCuaig Desrochers LLP would like to congratulate our colleagues Terry McEvoy and Shirley Gee of the firm McEvoy Gee on their retirement.  We are honoured that Terry and Shirley have placed their trust in us, by referring their clients to McCuaig Desrochers LLP.  We look forward to working with their clients on both the challenges and opportunities ahead.

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Thank you Frank!

McCuaig Desrochers LLP would like to take a moment to thank our very own Frank Friesacher for his services acting as President for the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch for the 2018/2019 year. We appreciate your time and dedication to representing the Alberta Branch of the CBA throughout our province and nationally, as well as your commitment to advocating for the legal profession and access to justice for all Albertans. https://www.cba-alberta.org/Who-We-Are/Governance/President-Executive

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Major Change on the Horizon: Family Property Act

McCuaig Desrochers LLP wants to alert you to upcoming amendments to the Matrimonial Property Act. These Amendments substantially change the property rights of people living in Alberta that are Married or in Common Law Couples. As of January 1, 2020, the Family Property Act will be in force in Alberta. How do these changes affect division of property at the end of a relationship? The most notable change is that Common Law Couples will be entitled to the same property

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Congratulations Patrick!

We are proud to announce that Patrick Coones has been Admitted to the Bar and welcome him as an Associate. To view Patrick’s bio please click here.

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Congratulations Travis!

We are proud to announce that Travis Yachimec has been Admitted to the Bar and welcome him as an Associate with the firm.  Please see Travis’s full bio here.

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New Pilot Programs for Caregivers

On June 18, 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) launched two new five-year pilot programs for eligible caregivers. The new programs are intended to make it easier for caregivers to change employers, bring their immediate families to Canada, and apply for permanent residence after obtaining two years of qualifying work experience in Canada. The previous programs, Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs, ended on June 18, 2019. If you have already applied under one

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Cannabis and Your Immigration Status – Risks for Non-Canadians

On October 17, 2018, recreational use of cannabis (marijuana) became legal in Canada. The Cannabis Act came into force then, and now governs usage, cultivation, possession and trafficking in cannabis. It is very important to understand that only cannabis purchased or cultivated legally per the rules and restrictions found in the Act is considered legal. Any cannabis purchased outside of a properly regulated store (or online store), or grown at home without following the proper restrictions, is still considered “illicit”

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Congratulations Student Legal Services of Edmonton!

On behalf of the rest of our firm, McCuaig Desrochers LLP’s former SLS coordinators and dayleaders congratulate Student Legal Services of Edmonton on its 50 years of service to the community. We are thankful for the opportunity to have been involved with Student Legal Services and its mission of providing access to justice to the low-income community and continue to recognize its role in not only creating passionate advocates for the low-income community during law school, but also in developing

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Congratulations Nathan!

McCuaig Desrochers LLP is pleased to announce that our very own Nathan Po has been awarded one of the 2019 Volunteer Recognition Awards in recognition of his significant contributions made to the CBA Immigration Law Section across the nation. http://www.cba.org/Sections/Immigration-Law/News/2019/VolunteerAward2019

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Canada to improve tracking of departures

The Federal Government has announced plans to start collecting exit information for almost all individuals who travel out of Canada.  It may come as a surprise to many that Canada does not currently know when most people leave the country.  While we collect information on individuals who legally enter Canada, we generally don’t track when people depart.  Our only form of exit tracking was implemented in 2013 when Canada began receiving entry records from American authorities for foreign nationals and

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