Make-A-Will Week – It’s a Great Time to Stop Procrastinating!

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Estate planning is rarely on the top of anyone’s to-do list.  People avoid it for many reasons:  they are too busy, they don’t want to think about death, they don’t understand why they need to do it or they think it doesn’t apply to them.  Sound familiar? April 7 to 13, 2019 is Make-a-Will-Week in…


Builders Lien Holdbacks

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The Builders Lien Holdback is a point of confusion amongst parties involved in all types of construction projects. The holdback is in place to limit the liability of parties in the payment chain of a project while setting aside some funds for unpaid parties lower on the chain. Many believe that a holdback is not…


Cannabis Legalization: What’s Really Changed?

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Cannabis has been in the news a lot lately with the recent legalization and the events leading up to it. Now that it is legal, have we seen many changes, though? Here in BC we have not seen as many changes as we thought would occur. One of the reasons behind this, is that there…


Handling Changes During Construction

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Changes to the scope of work are one of the most disputed areas in construction projects. It’s often an issue because changes usually increase costs and the parties dispute over who should cover the costs. This type of conflict can stem from many factors. A common cause is a lack of clarity or understanding of…


Welcome Nathan MacDermott

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We are delighted that Nathan MacDermott has joined the Pihl Law team. Nathan was called to the Bar in May after completing his Articles with our firm. Nathan’s practice will be focused in commercial litigation and construction law, an area he is very familiar with having owned and operated a construction company in the Okanagan…


Shareholders’ Agreements: Important Business Insurance

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Everyone knows that accidents happen.  That’s why many of us carry insurance- on our homes, on our lives, and on our businesses. But, if you’re running a small privately held company, have you ever considered insuring your relationship with your shareholders? Maybe the answer is yes and you’ve wisely had a shareholders’ agreement drafted.  Great.…


Making a Real Impact With Charitable Donations

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Canadians love to give to charity.   A 2010 Statistics Canada report suggests that 84% of Canadians over 15 years donated to charitable and nonprofit organizations at an average donation of around $446 per year (a total of $10.6 billion a year). Whether to support an organization that has touched their life in a meaningful way, a school or university that…


Is Mediation Right For You?

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Spring is here and its that time of year when home owners want to change things around the house and consider getting some renovations carried out.  A contractor is located, some plans are drawn up and things get started; unfortunately, sometimes what starts out as a positive project turns into a potential nightmare for both…