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BC Courts Jurisdiction: What you need to know

For matters that fall within the jurisdiction of the Province (not Federal), and for purposes of this discussion, BC currently has three tiers of courts; The Supreme Court, Provincial Court (Small Claims Court), and more recently the Civil Resolutions Tribunal (CRT). Traditionally small claims (for amounts up to $5,000) would be brought in the Provincial […]

Civil Resolution Tribunal Jurisdiction: What you need to know

From June 1, 2017, small claims up to $5,000 falls under the jurisdiction of the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT), and cannot be brought in the Provincial Court any more. The monetary size of the claim is however not the only consideration when investigating jurisdiction. One of the most obvious is that all strata disputes are […]

Provincial Court Jurisdiction: What you need to know

From June 1, 2017, small claims up to $5,000 falls under the jurisdiction of the CRT, and cannot be brought in the Provincial Court any more. In turn, the jurisdiction of the Provincial Court has been raised to deal with claims from $5,001 to $35,000. The upper limit being increased by $10,000 from $25,000. Matters […]

Costs to collect strata fees now fully recoverable

The last day of October brought good news to strata corporations. Three judges of the British Columbia Court of Appeal concurred and ruled that strata corporations are entitled to reasonable costs associated with the collection of delinquent strata fees. This decision overturns the current status quo where courts allowed only schedule B costs. Schedule B […]

Why do I need to put an agreement with my adult child in writing?

Many parents would do anything to help out their children, even after they have left the nest.  In this difficult real estate market, it’s impossible for many young people to buy a new home without some assistance from their parents.  Sometimes the parents intend to give that money to their child, and sometimes they expect […]

Do I need a power of attorney for my spouse?

Many clients believe that a power of attorney is unnecessary where most if not all assets are held jointly between spouses.  If one spouse becomes incapable as a result of an accident, illness, aging or otherwise, the other spouse will not be able to deal with the incapable spouse’s assets without a power of attorney.  […]

Taxes on purchases of newly built homes

When buying a home, purchasers need to budget for various expenses in addition to the purchase price, including taxes. You are most likely exempt from paying GST when you are buying a used residential home in an arms-length transaction. However, you will have to pay the one-time property transfer tax (“PTT”) unless you qualify for […]

The Strata Corporation and the Civil Resolution Tribunal

Strata Bylaws and Rules better be 100% correct!! The Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT)  is an online method for resolving strata and small claims disputes, first by way of case management, and then before a tribunal. From July 13, 2016, the CRT has been accepting strata property disputes. The CRT has jurisdiction over the following strata […]

The Benefits of registering a Trademark

Registering a trademark has the following effects: Ensures your exclusive use of the trademark in all of Canada, as well as the other jurisdictions where it is registered; Ensures your right to to prevent use, or misuse of your trademark in all of Canada, as well as the other jurisdictions where it is registered; and […]