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Elder Financial Abuse

Elder Financial Abuse

Elder Abuse Elder abuse takes many forms. While physical abuse occurs regularly, the criminal code addressees that issue (imperfectly, but addresses nonetheless). Financial abuse, however, is much harder to address. In the case of physical abuse, physical injuries would (in most cases) spark an investigation. […]

Why I left criminal defence work

Why I left criminal defence work

Working in Criminal Defence Prior to practicing law on Provencher, I practiced criminal defence work.  When the subject comes up, clients usually perk up.  Often, I hear the comment: “I understand why you changed” or “you must be happy to be out of that”.  While […]

Responsibility for Drunks

Responsibility for Drunks

Updated December 11th, 2018 Last year, I came across an article on the CBC website about a terrible car accident where 2 teen-agers lost their lives following a car accident.  They, along with a couple of other friends, had been drinking at a local establishment.  The Ontario Alcohol […]

Family Law Reform (hopefully…)

Family Law Reform (hopefully…)

Family law is difficult.  It is difficult on the couple, difficult on the children, difficult for the lawyers, and it is difficult for the system. Family dissolutions are incredible personal, painful, and emotional.  The court process exposes all of that for the entire world to […]

Survey Certificate will confirm you own your backyard

Survey Certificate will confirm you own your backyard

Why pay for a Survey Certificate?  Before I can answer that question, I need to explain the concept of title. We perform real estate transactions if not on a daily basis, at least several times a week.  At last count, we ask clients to sign […]

POA (Power of Attorney) may save you thousands

POA (Power of Attorney) may save you thousands

Updated on October 16th, 2018 What is a Power of Attorney?  Is it different than a will?  We often get these questions from clients.  In this article, I will attempt to de-mystify this very important document. A Power or Attorney (POA) is often misunderstood, with […]

Manitoba legal trivia, tidbits, and oddoties

Manitoba legal trivia, tidbits, and oddoties

Over the past several months, I have written about (mostly) serious topics.  Today, maybe because it feels very spring-like, I just wanted to share with you a few odd (at least, I found them odd) Manitoba law trivia. In Manitoba, the province currently has over 550 […]

Family trusts- Part II

Family trusts- Part II

In Part I, I explained how you can set up a family trust as part of an estate freeze to plan for your succession and the payment of taxes on your death. In Part II, I’ll cover why this strategy is not for everyone, or […]

Avoid litigation: buying and selling your home

Avoid litigation: buying and selling your home

Property Disclosure Statement:  Benefit or liability? When it comes time to make your offer on a house, your realtor will provide the form of offer and assist in its completion. The form itself is 4 pages long.  The offer, once accepted (and the deposit paid) creates […]

Family trusts – contrarian view Part I

Family trusts – contrarian view Part I

Family trust pitfalls ** The Canadian government announced in July of 2017 that it is considering important changes to the Income Tax Act.  The ability to multiply the LCGE will most likely be eliminated.  Read my blog posts here and here for more information ** […]