If my estate is not big enough to cover my debts, will my beneficiaries be responsible for paying these debts?

Many parents in their senior years feel morally obligated to leave something to their children or grandchildren. However, adult children might see it differently, watching from the sidelines as a parent goes on another vacation, spends another night at the casino, purchases another new vehicle. What if they leave me with nothing? Worse, what if they leave me with debt?

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Parental Relocation and Mobility Rights

As our society becomes increasingly more mobile, the likelihood of parents residing in the same geographic region for the entirety of their children’s lives significantly diminishes. Some parents may desire to relocate for a number of reasons including better employment opportunities, a new relationship, or closer proximity to the child’s extended family.

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Sponsoring your Spouse or Partner: The Basics

Family reunification is a key value of the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). One of the best ways to reunite families in Canada is through family class sponsorship for permanent residency. An eligible Canadian citizen or permanent resident can sponsor his or her spouse, partner, dependent children, parents, grandparents, and, rarely, other relatives. In this post, I will be writing about the basics of spousal sponsorship.

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“Common Law” Relationships: Understanding the Differences Between Married and Unmarried Spouses in the Family Law Context

In recent years, common-law relationships have become increasingly more prevalent, with a greater number of committed spouses choosing to simply cohabitate rather than get married. However, a vast majority of the population remains uninformed with respect to the legal differences between common-law relationships and marriages.

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Mediation in Family Law

Litigation and the court system are inherently adversarial; inevitably, there is a “winner” and “loser”, leading to further tension and strain on relationships.  Mediation, on the other hand, may reduce future conflict between parties by improving communication and problem-solving skills. This is particularly important when children are involved

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The Basics of Mediation: What is It and What does it Involve?

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which an impartial, neutral third party (the mediator) helps parties reach a negotiated settlement. Put simply, it is a way to resolve disputes outside of the court system. Unlike a judge or arbitrator, a mediator does not impose solutions on the parties involved, but rather, merely facilitates conversation between the participants. Ultimately the decision making rests with the parties themselves.

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What Compensation should I give in my Will to my personal representative? Is the compensation I give to a personal representative taxable income for him or her?

In Alberta, there is no set amount of compensation or remuneration that must be given to a personal representative or personal representatives to administer an estate after death. In most situations, a personal representative can expect to be reimbursed for any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, including mileage, associated with administering the estate. 

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Why I Advocate for Mediation

Not too long ago, a mediator called me to ask if I would be open to a referral from her. She had a matrimonial client who had reached a mediated agreement with a spouse and was looking for a lawyer to help finalize that agreement. “Not very many lawyers will take on work from a mediator,” she stated. I cannot comment on whether or not family law lawyers are reluctant to work with mediators or mediated agreements. However, I do know why I really do appreciate referrals from mediators. 

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Personal Injury Claims

It’s What We Do!

At Quantz Law we assist clients in maximizing their claim for personal injuries sustained by individuals in wrongful tort claims. These “damages” arise when a person has been injured through the fault or negligence of another person under tort law. The liability for an injury might rest with several parties and it is important to contact us immediately after the injury is sustained to ensure all responsible parties are included in your claim.

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What is Civil Litigation?

When I was growing up, the kids in our elementary school would resolve their disputes by going to the local cemetery to duke it out. The cemetery was close enough to the school to make it worth the trip for spectators, yet far enough away to be outside of the teacher’s purview. Some adults still resolve their disputes this way, meeting at the “cemetery” to settle the score. In elementary, we called it a “fight, fight, fight.” As adults, we call it “assault,” a criminal offence.

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