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Keeping safe during a British Columbia winter

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Nov, 05, 2020 | Uncategorized

It’s that time of year again. Colder weather brings snow, ice and other road dangers that you need to remain aware of as you drive British Columbia’s roadways. With everything that has gone on in 2020, it might be a good idea to review some of the steps needed in order to remain safe during a normal part of life here in Canada — preparing for winter driving. Important preparations and driving habits Avoiding an accident often requires two things: Your ability to control your vehicle and the ability of other drivers to see you coming. Icy intersections, snow, slush... View Article

Power of attorney may offer security for the future

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Aug, 10, 2020 | Uncategorized

In many situations, planning ahead can be a wise move. Before you make a career move, invest money, take a vacation or buy a house, you take the time to consider the many options and contingencies. Perhaps you even plan for unexpected emergencies by having money put aside or people you can count on. This way you may be able to avoid costly mistakes and endless frustration. What would happen to all that planning and careful management of your finances if you should become incapacitated and unable to handle your affairs on your own? An accident or illness can quickly... View Article

Could your social media behaviour hurt your divorce case?

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Jul, 16, 2020 | Uncategorized

Billions of people use social media. And whether you use it to connect with family around the world or to raise awareness for your business or a cause you believe in, the way you interact online can affect your life offline. For instance, if you are going through a divorce, your social media behaviour could influence the outcomes of various divorce-related legal matters. Social media and child custody  As a parent, bad-mouthing your ex or harassing others related to the divorce online can make you appear vindictive and impulsive. You can come across as unwilling to cooperate with the other... View Article

5 common causes of motorcycle crashes (and who may be liable)

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Jun, 18, 2020 | Uncategorized

Getting out on the open road for a motorcycle ride is something most riders look forward to every summer. It can be exciting, freeing and relaxing. Unfortunately, riding can also be dangerous. People make mistakes and bad decisions when they get on the road. When these errors lead to a crash, the consequences can be devastating, particularly for someone on a motorcycle. So, who is responsible for motorcycle crashes? It depends on the cause of the crash. Common causes of a motorcycle accident Impaired drivers – Drivers who are drunk, drugged, drowsy or distracted can all be impaired. Critical driving... View Article

Whiplash injuries are no joke

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | May, 08, 2020 | Uncategorized

One of the most common yet misunderstood injuries an accident victim may suffer is whiplash. In fact, whiplash is the subject of many jokes, and some TV shows cast suspicion on the injury when characters feign neck and back pain to collect insurance or win a lawsuit. If you have recently suffered a whiplash injury in a motor vehicle accident, you know that it is nothing to joke about. However, whiplash is also difficult to diagnose. Your doctor may ask you a few questions and rule out other injuries, but your own description of the pain may be the crux... View Article

What does an executor do?

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Oct, 24, 2019 | Uncategorized

Generally speaking, an executor winds up the estate of the deceased and administers gifts and inheritances to beneficiaries. However, this responsibility is easier said than done. The executor, also called the estate trustee, may have had a discussion with the testator about the process of winding up an estate. However, if further clarification is needed, it’s best advised to consult with an experienced estates lawyer. He or she will be able to help the estate trustee put into motion all the steps that need to be completed in order to administer the will. If the estate trustee should so wish,... View Article

Motorcycle Safety

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Jun, 28, 2019 | Uncategorized

Everyone generally likes to get out and enjoy the sunshine in the summer. That includes many different types of motorists. While many types of vehicles, like cars, recreational vehicles and trucks take up a lot of space on the roads, it’s important to remember that smaller vehicles share the road as well. Motorcycles follow all of the same rules and laws other vehicles abide by when behind the wheel. However, both motorcyclists and other drivers may need reminders about how to optimize their safety considering the vehicles are different sizes. As laid out by the British Columbia Insurance Company, there... View Article

After a crash, injuries can be worse than you think

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Mar, 05, 2019 | Uncategorized

In the aftermath of a car crash, there is a lot for victims to process. They can be scared for their safety, worried about the damage to their vehicle and concerned with how the accident could derail their day or indefinite future. With so much going on, it can be difficult to fully understand the extent of damage, especially when injuries seem absent or insignificant. However, before you dismiss your medical needs or accept a settlement from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), it can be crucial to consider the following types of injuries. Injuries that seem minor –... View Article

Property and debt division at the end of a relationship

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Nov, 19, 2018 | Uncategorized

When a marriage or long-term relationship comes to an end in British Columbia, dividing property and debt fairly is critical to ensuring both partners maintain a stable quality of life after the separation. The rules for property division are fairly straightforward, but there are always exceptions and exemptions to consider. Despite laws requiring an equal division of family assets, it is not always as easy as splitting things 50/50. If you and your spouse did not have a legal agreement stipulating how you would divide your assets in this situation, you would be wise to seek professional advice on the... View Article

Are you too sleepy to be behind the wheel?

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Aug, 21, 2018 | Uncategorized

There is still plenty of summer left, and you may have activities planned for your family in these last weeks of warm weather. If those activities include a trip to the bay, camping in one of the many beautiful provincial parks or a reunion with family, you likely have a lot of planning to do. Between creating an itinerary, planning your route and gathering the things you need to pack, you may think you have everything covered. One thing to keep in mind if you plan to be driving long distances is the added dangers you may encounter as you... View Article