What are the most common winter injuries?

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Dec, 30, 2021 | Personal Injury Law

Many people look forward to a range of recreational activities in the winter, from snowy sports to family visits. While these activities can bring a great deal of fun and joy, they are not without risks. Here are some of the most common ways people sustain injuries during the winter: Slip-and-fall: Snow and ice can make even the most routine walk more dangerous. The risk of a slip-and-fall accident in winter is especially high in locations that haven’t been properly maintained, such as unsalted walkways or uneven steps. Slip-and-fall injuries can include broken wrists, arms, hips or even head trauma,... View Article

Common estate planning pitfalls for blended families

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Dec, 15, 2021 | Wills And Estates

Second marriages are not uncommon in British Columbia. Despite this, blended families are often not considered in typical estate planning advice. It is important that individuals who have stepchildren, children from multiple relationships or any other blended-family arrangement take special care to make plans that work for their family structure. Here are some of the most common mistakes when it comes to estate planning for blended families: Not updating beneficiaries: Beneficiaries are named on an individual’s will, as well as possibly listed on bank accounts. Both need to be updated following a divorce and remarriage to ensure assets are passed... View Article

Succession planning steps for family businesses

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Dec, 01, 2021 | Wills And Estates

Estate planning can be difficult for any individual or family, but those with family-owned businesses can have particular challenges. It is a good idea for people with such businesses to discuss succession early and often, and to continue thinking about these issues as the business grows. For those just starting succession planning, here are some of the first steps worth taking: Set goals It’s important to have some clarity for oneself before approaching other family members about succession planning. Is the end goal to pass the business onto the next generation, or to sell it? Does the owner want to... View Article