Using your estate plan for your own protection

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Aug, 25, 2021 | Wills And Estates

Having a will is a great first step in creating an estate plan. If you have drafted a will, you likely had your loved ones in mind. Your motivation may have included ensuring your family would fairly distribute your assets without the confusion of an intestate probate. However, do you realise there are other aspects of your estate plan that can go even further in bringing peace of mind and security to your loved ones while protecting your wishes and best interests?  If your estate plan does not contain a health care directive and power of attorney designation, you may leave your family... View Article

How to buy out the family home during a divorce

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Aug, 19, 2021 | Family Law

Property division is one of the most complex aspects of divorce. One piece of property that can be particularly contentious in British Columbia breakups is the family home. While many couples opt to sell the home and split the profits in a divorce, this is not the only option. An alternative solution is for one former spouse to buy out the other’s interest in the property. When negotiating a buyout in mediation, individuals should consider the following details: The value of the house: Couples need to agree on the value of the property. This usually involves hiring a real estate... View Article

Tips to avoid wildlife crashes in B.C.

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Aug, 05, 2021 | Personal Injury Law

British Columbia is a beautiful place, with its natural sights and abundant wildlife. This can certainly attract residents and tourists to the province, but it can also come with some risks for drivers. One of these risks is the possibility of a collision with wildlife on the roads, such as a deer or even moose. Although some of these crashes are unavoidable, here are some tips on how to avoid hitting wildlife on the roads, or to minimize damage if a collision does happen: Keep an eye on the time: Dawn and the hours between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. are... View Article