Five Reasons to Choose Mediation Over Divorce Court

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More often than not, separation and divorce are filled with a great deal of tension and turmoil. This creates an environment where neither party wants to work with the other in order to resolve the issues at hand. The emotional toll that ligation has on the lives of a family going through divorce is severe. It is a time of uncertainty, doubt, stress, and worry that the court process only intensifies. However, there is some good news! Families resolving divorce or separation do have alternative methods to choose from. Among them is divorce mediation. You may think that there is…

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What is Self-Defence?

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Self-defence is defined as a way of defending your own well-being, body and health from harm. It seems clear enough, however issues and problems arise when self-defence is used as legal justification for the use of force, deadly or otherwise. At times, it is accepted as a legal defence, but there are more issues to be considered. The Criminal Code says that Canadians only have the right to defend their property by making a peaceful citizen’s arrest. If force is used, then there will be a trial based on the situation and the human understanding of the juries. What makes…

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10 Tips for Choosing the Right Executor for Your Will

Choosing the right executor for your will is an important decision—especially since it really isn’t about protecting you anymore; it’s about protecting your family and your legacy. You’ve worked hard for the opportunity to be able to help your loved ones or leave a legacy of philanthropy; don’t let the wrong person taint that effort after you are gone. Here are 10 tips that will help you select the right person to be the executor of your will. 1) Family is usually the first choice. Why? Because they won’t ask to be paid and they have your best interests (now…

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Help! I was Caught Driving Without Insurance

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Driving without insurance is extremely reckless thing to do. If you end up in a collision with no insurance, you will end up paying steep fines, going into severe financial duress, and paying for that incident for the rest of your life. That said, being caught driving without insurance does not have to be the end. In fact, you can bounce back from it with the right legal counsel. In Alberta, being caught driving without insurance carries a fine of between $2,875 to $11,500, depending on the situation. Note that this includes people who are caught doing it for the…

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Police as Drug Recognition Experts

Police as Drug Recognition Experts – What Could Go Wrong? Driving while impaired is a dangerous activity to take part in, and costs thousands of lives every year. While most DUI (driving under the influence) incidents are alcohol related, over the last few decades there has been a steady increase of cases involving drugs. To combat the increasing DUI’s related to drugs, the Canadian government recently announced the investment of $161 million for training frontline officers in detecting drug-impairment in drivers, $81 million of which provinces will have immediate access to over the next five years for training and building…

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Benefits of Mediation During a Divorce or Separation

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A separation or divorce is a difficult time in anybody’s life and the entire process is emotionally draining. Even the smoothest and most uncontested divorces can leave both parties feeling physically and mentally exhausted as they try to negotiate their future and move forward with their separate lives. During this time, there is a lot to remember and a lot of feelings between parties that will surface and evolve.  This is the time to remember that there is a great deal of personal benefit in using mediation services during your divorce or separation. Sometimes the Opposing Party just Needs Another…

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5 Things You Need to Know About Hit and Runs

If you’ve been involved in a hit and run, there are some basic things that you’ll need to know—whether you’re the one who’s been hit or you’re the one who fled the scene. 1) What is a hit and run? A hit and run describes an accident where the driver of a vehicle – who has been involved in a collision, either with another vehicle, someone’s property, a human being, or even an animal –  leaves the scene without leaving the proper information with the injured party or the authorities. 2) What kind of information do you need to leave…

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I’m Building a New Home. Do I Still Need a Real Estate Lawyer?

For many people, building their own home is more alluring than spending months upon months house hunting. From the very start, you are in control of the design process and are not dealing with renovating the wear and tear of a previously owned home. You also avoid having to deal with sellers who might be a little too emotionally attached to the property. While there is a list of pros for choosing the do-it-yourself route, there are drawbacks and a unique set of struggles to navigate through. You need to hire the right people to make your dream come true,…

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The Top Five Questions to Ask a Divorce Lawyer During the Initial Consultation

Whether it is contested or uncontested, a divorce is an emotionally draining and mentally exhausting procedure.  It brings up past emotions of a relationship gone wrong. It also introduces a wide range of questions and confusion about the divorce process itself.  A divorce lawyer is an experienced professional who works with you to help you through the process.  Choosing the correct lawyer is pertinent to having a smooth divorce process.  While your first consultation can be overwhelming, the questions you ask will determine how well you will be able to work with your lawyer. The following questions will help…

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Caught Driving Impaired? A DUI Attorney CAN Save You Money!

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Sometimes you make mistakes, and impaired driving or driving under the influence (DUI) is an error in judgement that can affect your life for years. In Canada, drinking and driving is not explicitly illegal, however driving while impaired, or driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level above .05 will result in immediate consequences, and more severe penalties or criminal charges above a .08 BAC. If you have been charged with driving under the influence, hiring an attorney specializing in impaired driving and DUI cases can help you save money by reducing your charges. Drinking and Driving and the Law…

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