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…


The Advantages of Hiring a Local Lawyer

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The Kelowna farmer’s market supplies local, high quality goods at competitive rates provided by people you know. Similarly, local lawyers bring many valuable benefits to the table that you should not forget about when retaining a lawyer. There are a plethora of talented personal injury lawyers in Kelowna. When you live in a town like…


Legal Advice-a-Thon & Other Free Resources

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Access Pro Bono will be hosting its seventh annual Pro Bono Going Public event throughout BC this September. The event is an outdoor legal ‘advice-a-thon’ and fundraiser for BC’s pro bono programs. Volunteer lawyers will provide free legal guidance to low- or moderate- income individuals. The open-air legal clinic will be held in Kelowna on…


Improving Access to Justice will Depend on Properly Funding Legal Aid

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There is a growing concern within our society and the legal profession over the increasing inability of average Canadians to access the justice system.  Improving access to justice will require innovations in a variety of areas, but an essential pillar of this will be the legal aid program funded largely by the Province, with limited…


Jury Duty: Can I get out?

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I just recently finished a 2 week trial. This time the trial was judge alone. However, in the not too distant past I had a 3 week jury trial. Jury trials and judge alone trials are vastly different. In general, with some exceptions, any party to an action can elect to have a jury in […]


Letters to Santa: An innocent Christmas tradition or a legally binding Contract

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My daughter writes letters to Santa every year outlining her wishes, desires and relentless reiterations of how good she has been this year, in the hopes that her good behavior will be rewarded with a pile of presents under the tree on Christmas morning. The other day, she received a reply from Santa, sent straight […]


Taking the bite out of legal fees

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Taking the bite out of legal fees Lawyers are expensive.  You hope you never have to hire one.  I hope I never have to hire one!  Why are lawyers so expensive?  Overhead is the main reason.  When you hire a lawyer you hire their staff as well.  You pay for salaries, rent, heat, light, computers, […]


David H. Pihl, Q.C., appointed to roster of civil mediators

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Pihl Law Corporation is proud to announce that Mr. David. H. Pihl, Q.C., has been appointed as a qualified civil mediator to Mediate BC Society’s Roster of Civil Mediators. A well-trained, knowledgeable mediator can be an integral part in settling disputes quickly and inexpensively, and Mr. Pihl is pleased to expand his existing successful law […]


TELUS Thompson Okanagan Community Board members Sean Pihl and Al Tiller present $6,000 donation to Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs

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TELUS Community Board members Sean Pihl and Al Tiller are seen presenting a cheque for $6,000 to the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, a donation from the TELUS Thompson Okanagan Community Board. The funding is aimed at the organization’s Youth Leadership and Empowerment program and will help to ensure that youth in the Okanagan have […]


TELUS Community Board members Sean Pihl and Al Tiller present $5,000 donation to Kelowna & District Safety Council

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Pictured, from left, Kelowna & District Safety Council board members Ken Taylor, KDSC executive director Tania Meyer, along with TELUS Community Board members Sean Pihl and Al Tiller are seen presenting a cheque for $5,000, a donation from the TELUS Thompson Okanagan Community Board. The funding will go towards the Little Travellers’ Safety Village, a…