Why I Do What I Do

I grew up with aspirations to become a lawyer – I wanted to help people and right the world of all the wrongs – high aspirations!! When I graduated from university, I decided the best way to find out whether this was the career path for me was to work in a law firm. I was lucky enough to get a job in the law library of Howard, Mackie (now Borden Ladner). I learned about researching the law and figured this was the life for me! But life got in the way and the idea of law school was no longer an option. I moved from the law library to working as a legal assistant for a partner in employment law. And then on it went from there. I worked for partners in the largest law firms throughout my career and was fortunate enough to have lawyers who recognized my... Read more


To Sue or Not to Sue? Things to Consider

What to do? What happens when you are faced with having to sue someone?  The question is should I or shouldn't I?  These are emotional situations but your decisions should not be based... Read more


Keeping Your Corporation Current – Filing Your Annual Returns

You are the proud owner of a corporation, happily managing the day to day affairs. But are there are other things that you should be aware of? Section 268(1) of the Business Corporations... Read more


Part II: Incorporation- To Incorporate or Not to Incorporate. I am Opening My Own Business!!!

You have made the decision to be the entrepreneur you have always wanted to be, to start up your business and make your fortune. Congratulations!!! But now what? You are so excited but... Read more


Part I: Sole Proprietorships- I am Opening My Own Business!!! To Incorporate Or Not to Incorporate

You have made the decision to go it on your own…to strike out on your own path and make your fortune. Congratulations!!! But now what? You are so excited but now all of... Read more


I am the Personal Representative of an Estate. Can I Pay Myself?

There is no question that taking on the task of a Personal Representative is time-consuming and can be emotionally charged, depending on the complexity of an Estate and the personalities you are dealing... Read more


Administering The Estate – Protecting Yourself

A Grant of Probate and/or Grant of Administration is obtained from the Surrogate Court. A Grant of Probate is granted by the Surrogate Court when an individual dies with a Will in place.... Read more


What Is A Paralegal Anyway?

A paralegal is an individual with formal education as a legal assistant, but with a specialized skill for drafting legal documents and conducting research. A paralegal is not qualified to provide legal advice... Read more


An Executor’s Checklist – The Responsibilities Of An Executor Of An Estate

Set out below is a very extensive checklist for the executor of an Estate. While many of these items may not apply to your situation, nor is there a strict requirement to follow... Read more


The Next Step When Your Loved One Dies

PROBATING THE ESTATE IF THERE IS A WILL ADMINISTERING THE ESTATE WHEN THERE IS NO WILL In Alberta, when an individual passes away, all of their financial assets are essentially “frozen” and access... Read more