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At Dick Byl Law, we value client education and are always willing to address your legal queries. If you have any legal challenges or are simply looking for information about a particular legal topic, you can browse our gallery below to gain some invaluable wit and wisdom. Read legal articles about diverse legal topics and keep abreast of the latest legal updates by checking our Wit and Wisdom page from time to time. In case you need professional assistance to wrap your mind across any topic, our lawyers are always ready to help you in Prince George and all other communities of Northern British Columbia!

  • 01/01/2023
    What is the difference between a separation and divorce?

    Your relationship with your spouse has broken down. You want to officially end your marriage. How do you do that? This may surprise you: in BC there is no such thing as “filing for separation.” Here is what you should know about separation and getting divorced.

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  • 01/12/2022
    How to deal with spousal support and tax

    You have gone through separation and divorce. You have sorted out important issues including property division, parenting time, child support and spousal support. Next up: taxes. When it comes time to file your annual tax return, how is spousal support dealt with? Here is what you need to know about the income tax implications of spousal support payments. 

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  • 18/11/2022
    Can I be forced to sell my house in a divorce?

    One of the toughest decisions to be made when going through a separation or divorce is what happens to the family residence. For many spouses, the matrimonial home is their largest asset, not to mention a source of security and stability for themselves and their children. What happens when your spouse wants the home sold and you do not? In certain situations, you can be forced to sell your house in a divorce.  


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  • 01/09/2022
    Co-parenting tips for divorced or separated parents

    Separation and divorce can be stressful and confusing for your children.  Parenting after separation can be extremely challenging for you, especially when past hurts linger or if you have a contentious relationship with your former partner.  You can help your children cope with the changes in your family and strengthen your own well-being if you focus on successful co-parenting after separation or divorce. 


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  • 01/08/2022
    What happens to a life insurance policy when you divorce?

    There are so many critical issues that arise when a marriage ends. Going through a separation and divorce means dealing with major issues like child custody and support, alimony, and division of assets. Life insurance is another important issue, but it is often overlooked in the divorce process. Here are some things to consider when it comes to divorce and life insurance policies.  


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  • 01/07/2022
    Divorcing Without Court: What are the Differences between Mediation and Collaborative Divorce?

    The decision to end a marriage is difficult. After deciding to separate, the next consideration is how you will go about settling issues such as division of family property, support, and parenting arrangements for your children. You can go to court to resolve issues and get a divorce. But there are other non-litigation options you may want to consider.  

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  • 03/06/2022
    Canadian Divorce Statistics and Facts

    Separation and divorce are common in Canada. Divorce statistics provide valuable information on the state of marriage as an institution. Here are some interesting facts that shed light on the trend of divorce in recent years and why people chose to divorce.  

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  • 04/05/2022
    How long does a divorce take to finalize?

    After separating from your spouse, it may feel like your marriage is over and done with. But did you know that your marriage is not legally over until you get a divorce? Here is what you should know about the process to get a divorce and how long it takes. 

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  • divorce process
    How should I prepare for a divorce?

    Are you struggling to divorce? There are steps you can take. Read the blog and learn how to prepare for a divorce 

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  • dividing assets
    How are my RRSP, TFSA, and CPP divided in a divorce?

    How are my RRSP, TFSA, and CPP divided in a divorce? How do we calculate the amount? Here is the answer that you want to know

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  • pension and divorce
    Do I Need to Divide My Pension During a Divorce?

    Pensions are a type of family property under the BC Family Law Act. That means your spouse may be entitled to a portion of your pension if your relationship has ended. It also means you may be entitled to a portion of your spouse’s pension on separation or divorce. 

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  • 03/01/2022
    Should I Leave My Home During a Separation?

    Wondering if you should leave your marital home while divorcing? Our guide will teach you proper divorce procedures, including who gets to stay in the home. 

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  • 01/12/2021
    Can I Sue a Homeowner or Business for Slipping on Ice?

    Are you considering starting a claim after slipping on ice on someone's property? This blog explains if you can sue a homeowner or business in this case. 

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  • 01/10/2021
    How Does My Business Get Split up in a Divorce?

    Are you and your spouse getting ready to file for a divorce? Here's what you need to know about how a business is treated in a divorce.

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  • Property
    How to Protect Your Inheritance During a Divorce or Separation

    Are you worried about losing your inheritance if you get divorced? 
    In Canada, 38% of marriages end in divorce. Most people don't think about that when they start a relationship. It's something to consider if you expect to receive an inheritance in the future. 
    It's important to find someone to protect your inheritance.  
    There are many factors to consider.  Here's a guide to assist you in understanding what's involved. 

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  • Separation by divorce
    How to Prepare for an Initial Consultation with a Divorce Lawyer?

    In most cases, a divorce causes high levels of anxiety. One way to ease stress is by hiring a divorce lawyer that has your best interests in mind.


    Luckily, at Dick Byl Law you can schedule a free 30 minute consultation before hiring our lawyer, to determine your best options. To ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible, you need to be prepared to ask the right questions and have certain information available for your lawyer.


    Read on to learn how to prepare and what to expect during a consultation with a divorce lawyer.


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  • Kid and parent doing activity in the room
    At What Age Can a Child Pick a Parent to Live with?

    Divorces occur every day, but if you have children with your former spouse, one thing that needs to be decided is where the children will live. One thing you might be wondering is, 'when can a child decide which parent they want to live with?

    We understand this is a stressful time, and for that reason, we want to provide you with this guide to provide answers to many of the common questions pertaining to parenting time (formerly ‘child custody’) in a divorce.


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  • family law
    What is the Difference Between a Contested and Uncontested Divorce?

    The national rate for divorce in Canada is 38%. The divorce rate for British Columbia sits just a little higher at 39.8%. 


    Whatever your reason for divorce, we understand that this is an emotionally taxing time for both parties involved. It is important that couples understand the two main kinds of divorce—contested and uncontested divorce—and how they differ before making their decision. This will help reduce stress later in the process.

    Read on to learn about the types of divorces in British Columbia from a family lawyer. 


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  • A man sitting in front of his car after an accident
    How ICBC’s New No-Fault Insurance Impacts You

    As of May 1st, 2021 ICBC is introducing it’s controversial no-fault insurance in British Columbia. As a crown corporation, the BC government claims that by circumventing the formal legal process that has been in place for many years, it will allow consumers to save money on their insurance premiums. While any potential savings remain to be seen, many of the changes could have a negative impact for people who suffer from injuries resulting from a car accident.


    Let’s take a look at what no-fault insurance means for you.


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  • A boy is sitting on his father shoulder
    How to Share Parenting Time During the Pandemic

    As of late April 2021, British Columbia still has strict COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in place. For regular families, it's already hard enough to carry out everyday activities, but for divorced parents who share parenting time, it can be even more difficult to split time evenly.
    Times are already stressful, and neither you nor your ex needs the added burden of worrying about seeing your child. To make things easier on both of you, here are some steps you can take to share parenting time during the coronavirus pandemic.


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  • Man holding onto crutches
    How Do I Get Started On a Personal Injury Claim?

    Over 400,000 residents of BC suffer an injury each year. The majority of these injuries are avoidable. Should you be the victim of one of these injuries, you do not have to suffer on your own. 


    You can hold the responsible party liable for their negligence. This is called a personal injury claim. 


    This guide will show you how to get started with your personal injury claim. 

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  • House divided during a divorce
    How Assets Are Divided in a Divorce or Separation

    The average marriage in Canada lasts 14 years, and 42% of divorces happen between 10-24 years of marriage. When you decide to divorce or separate from your spouse, one of the first questions you may have is how your assets will be divided. The law uses two categories in the division, one is family property and the other is excluded property.


    We are going to explain the process of making property divisions here. To ensure that all divisions are made fairly and in accordance with the law, you will want to contact a divorce lawyer in Prince George to make sure you receive an equal and fair settlement.

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  • Women slipped on icy sidewalk
    How Much Compensation Can Be Expected From a Slip and Fall Case?

    Winter will bring snow and ice. What do snow and ice bring? Slips and falls.
    Last year alone, over 32,000 Canadians were injured as the result of slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents can result in both short-term and long-term consequences, such as missed work, medical care, and even permanent disability.
    If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident because of a property owner's negligence, such as an unshovelled or unsalted sidewalk, you may want to consider contacting a personal injury lawyer in Prince George.

    A successful slip and fall case can result in compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and lost future wages. Read on to learn more.

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  • Father and child on a bike
    What Is and Isn't Included in Child Support

    The divorce rate in Canada usually averages at 38%. However, with self-isolation and home quarantine, more couples seem to be discovering that they are incompatible with their partners, which could lead to a spike in this average.

    This growing rate of divorce brings with it a few concerns. Most notably, if you are someone who has children and is seeking a divorce, it is natural to wonder about what is and what isn't included in child support.

    As an experienced family lawyer in Prince George, here is our outline of what to expect.

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  • child and parent holding hands
    Child Custody in British Columbia: What You Need to Know

    When a couple with children separates, important issues must be decided. Where will the children live? How much time will each parent spend with the children? How will parenting decisions be made? BC child custody issues can be discussed using a variety of legal terms, such as custody, access, guardianship, and parenting time. Years of experience as a Prince George divorce lawyer, have showed that these legal terms are often misunderstood, and that confusion can delay resolution of family law matters. This post is intended to clarify some key child custody issues in British Columbia.

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  • consulting with a lawyer
    Who Can Ask for Spousal Support and How is it Calculated?

    Spousal support is a complicated area of family law. Unlike child support, spousal support is not an automatic right when a marriage ends. There is a two-step process to proving a claim for spousal support. The first step is to determine if you are entitled to it. If you are a spouse who is entitled to ask for spousal support, the second step is to determine how much you should receive and for how long. Let’s have a look at the steps in more detail.

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  • drunk man reaching for his car keys
    Impaired Driving, Motor Vehicle Accidents, and Personal Injury Claims

    It is well known that alcohol-impaired driving and drug-impaired driving can cause serious motor vehicle accidents. In fact, the risk that a motor vehicle accident will result in personal injury or fatality significantly increases when the driver is impaired by alcohol or drugs. A person who is injured in a motor vehicle accident caused as a result of an impaired driver’s negligence can bring a personal injury claim against the impaired driver for compensation including pain and suffering, past wage loss, loss of future earning capacity, and out of pocket expenses. Close family members of a person who is killed by an impaired driver can bring a wrongful death claim against the impaired driver.

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    What to Expect from Your First Meeting with a Divorce Lawyer

    If you are considering separating from your spouse or have already begun the process of separation, you likely have many questions. There is so much at stake, and decisions made at the end of a marriage can impact every aspect of life in the future. The best first step in navigating the complex and emotional process of divorce is to talk to a family lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced divorce lawyer will answer your family law questions, explain your options, and ensure your rights and interests are protected. Taking the important step of reaching out to a divorce lawyer can feel daunting – for many people, it is the first time they have had to hire a lawyer. Here is what to expect from your first meeting with a divorce lawyer.

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  • People separating
    Why You Should Consult a Lawyer to Draft Your Separation Agreement

    BC separation agreements entered into by spouses or common law partners will have significant, lasting consequences, shaping the most important aspects of their future lives. The terms of a well-drafted separation agreement can create structure for separating spouses by setting out rights and obligations with respect to all family law issues, including financial support, property division, and parenting arrangements. Given the importance of what is at stake, separating spouses should consider getting advice from an experienced family lawyer. Here are some of the top reasons why you should consult an experienced BC family lawyer to draft your separation agreement.

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  • dog biting into a person’s arm
    Who Is Legally Responsible for Dog Bite Injuries in BC?

    Dog attacks and dog bite injuries are extremely common in BC. Some dog bites are minor; others cause serious personal injury. Lawyers help people with dog bite claims obtain compensation for injuries such as lacerations, bruising, infections, scarring, damage to muscles or nerves, and broken bones. Many BC dog bite injury claims involve a psychological component as well. The emotional trauma of a dog attack or being mauled by a vicious dog can cause PTSD or other issues such as anxiety, insomnia, and a fear of dogs, particularly if the attack is very serious or the victim of the dog attack is a young child. If you or a loved one is injured by a dog, there are options for seeking compensation for damages. Here is what you need to know about legal responsibility for a dog bite injury.

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  • Personal Injury Lawyer with a client
    15/04/2020 - Dick Byl
    Common ATV Injuries and Tips for Avoiding Accidents

    While ATVs are fun to ride, they’re also responsible for a large number of emergency room visits. Injuries can be caused by reckless driving, speeding and inexperienced riders taking the wheel. Sometimes, it’s just plain bad luck. Off-road paths can be bumpy, uneven and strewn with potential hazards such as rocks and trees. This is why even responsible, competent riders can have accidents.


    In this article, we list some of the most common injuries resulting from ATV accidents and provide safety tips for avoiding getting hurt.

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  • Car lifted
    15/01/2020 - Dick Byl
    Automatic Damage Repair Approvals Linked to Rising Expenses at ICBC

    With the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia expecting an $800 million loss this fiscal year, provincial officials have taken steps to cut costs. Reforms have targeted injury claims costs. These expenses represent about two-thirds of ICBC spending, and payments for vehicle damage make up the rest. Vehicle damage expenses have jumped by 50 percent during the last five years and prompted calls for ICBC to improve its management of this expense category.

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  • Old couples
    15/01/2020 - Dick Byl
    Safe Driving Tips Geared to Older Adults

    Any lawyer in Prince George can tell you that safe driving requires not only a thorough understanding of traffic laws but also a realistic evaluation of your physical and mental state. Law firms in Prince George often see accidents that could have been avoided with proper foresight, so this post will outline five helpful tips to help drivers of any age stay safe on the roads.

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  • Injured woman
    15/01/2020 - Dick Byl
    New ICBC Settlement Caps Under Fire From Trial Lawyers Association of B.C.

    The Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. has made its disapproval clear concerning changes coming from the Insurance Corporation of B.C. Starting April 1st, 2019, ICBC intends to cap some minor injury claims at $5,000. Additionally, claims valued below $50,000 must be handled out of court in a Civil Resolution Tribunal. A letter from the Trial Lawyers Association to its members stated that the group was investigating legal options for challenging the ICBC caps on settlements.

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  • Red car driving
    01/10/2019 - Dick Byl
    ROAD BC’s Buzz-Worthy Facebook Post

    The group Rights Over Arbitrary Decisions for British Columbians has recently made a Facebook post that garnered a lot of attention.

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  • Pedestrian crosswalk
    15/08/2019 - Dick Byl
    Back to School Driving Tips

    It’s almost time for the back-to-school frenzy to begin. Once you’ve gotten the kids ready to make it through the new school year, you might think that your worries are over. The truth is that everyone of driving age has more to think about once school is in session again. Below are a few driving tips from personal injury lawyers in Prince George that will help to keep everyone safer once school starts back up.

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  • lady surfing
    31/07/2019 - Dick Byl
    The Most Common Summer Injuries

    While summer is a great season for outdoor activities, law firms in Prince George also note that there are plenty of opportunities to get hurt if you’re not careful. Doctors and personal injury lawyers in Prince George say that the five most common summer injuries listed below can happen to anyone, so be sure to play with caution this season.

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  • Car collision
    13/06/2019 - Dick Byl
    NDP capping of ‘minor injury’ awards part of its incompetent ICBC management

    Lawyers in Prince George, BC, and across the province are appalled by the state of affairs that the NDP has created regarding the treatment of citizens injured in traffic accidents.

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  • Coins
    29/05/2019 - Dick Byl
    Politicians Prioritize Cost Savings Over the Needs of British Columbians

    For British Columbians, the fight against ICBC’s persistent unfairness has not stopped or slowed. Law firms in Prince George are gearing up for yet another brawl as Attorney General David Eby attempts to enact even more restrictive legislative changes.

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  • constitutional buidling
    01/05/2019 - Dick Byl
    Constitutional Challenge to ICBC Legislative Changes

    During the first of April, the 6.3 percent boost in insurance rates for most in British Columbia was perhaps expected. This amounted to an increase of $60 in the average annual insurance bill. But that hike alone would not have been enough to balance the budget at the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC). Instead, the provincial crown corporation also instituted limits on how much it pays for insurance claims.

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  • Person signing document with lawyer
    15/04/2019 - Dick Byl
    ICBC Trial Strategy Slammed

    In a recent Supreme Court ruling, a judge has made it very clear that the courts are not in favour of the new ICBC litigation strategy that has been implemented over the past few months. Justice Neena Sharma gave a scathing oral opinion on a case she said was “ripe for settlement” yet was taken to trial anyway. Not only was she angry that ICBC wasted the court’s time, but she further said that she would have awarded more in costs to the plaintiff if she had been able to.

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  • Car driving during spring
    02/04/2019 - Dick Byl
    Spring Driving Tips

    The days are starting to get longer and the weather is becoming fairer. And while hitting the road is easier now than in the winter months, drivers still require some care behind the wheel unless they want to consult a personal injury lawyer in Prince George. Here are some tips for driving in the springtime.

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  • Man and woman crash their cars
    21/02/2019 - Dick Byl
    What to Do After an Accident

    A car, bicycle, or pedestrian accident happens instantly but can have life-long consequences on your health, finances, and general wellbeing, if not handled properly. As one of the law firms in Prince George, we urge you to follow these steps after an accident occurs.

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  • Personal Injury Law
    12/02/2019 - Dick Byl
    ICBC Article Summary

    As the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s costs of settling claims rises, many citizens are finding that their settlement offers are being rescinded or lowered in order to help the Crown agency manage the financial burden. Across British Columbia, lawyers are finding that all current settlement offers are being taken off the table, regardless of where in the negotiations process the case had previously been.

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  • People drinking beer
    15/12/2018 - Dick Byl
    How to Avoid Driving While Impaired Over the Holidays

    For many, the holiday season is a time of celebration. Temptation is everywhere and it’s easy to overindulge in good food and intoxicating drink. But if you’re planning on drinking even a small amount, it’s best not to drive. Here are a few tips for ensuring you keep yourself (and others) safe this holiday season.

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  • Car driving during the winter
    01/12/2018 - Dick Byl
    How to Drive Safely this Winter

    Winter can be particularly harsh on roads (and those who use them). Drivers have to contend with slippery surfaces and snow-covered roads, see through vision-impairing fog and falling snow, and cope with other vehicles that may be driving slowly or have broken down due to harsh weather. If you want to avoid a visit to a personal injury lawyer in Prince George, heed these tips for driving safely this winter.

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  • Police sirens
    15/09/2018 - Dick Byl
    Trial Lawyers of British Columbia Update

    The Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia (TLABC) recently submitted a detailed paper in response to changes in the Insurance (Vehicle) Amendment Act. TLABC specifically addressed changes to the ICBC under Bills 20 and 22 with a goal of improving transparency while protecting victims’ concerns and civil liberties.

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  • Woman driving a car
    01/09/2018 - Dick Byl
    5 Apps That Will Make You a Safer Driver

    Distracted driving can lead to accidents and injuries that may cause you to search for lawyers in Prince George BC. Every year, more than 78 British Columbians die each year due to distracted driving. If you’re tempted to use your phone when driving, try these five apps recommended by our lawyer in Prince George the next time you hit the road.

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  • Woman texting and driving
    20/07/2018 - Dick Byl
    How to Avoid Texting While Driving

    Once smartphones arrived on the scene, it wasn’t long before drivers started using them while behind the wheel. Making calls, sending texts, and even browsing social media while driving can lead to distraction – which ultimately can cause accidents.

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  • Couples driving during the summer
    11/07/2018 - Dick Byl
    Four Tips for Safe Summer Driving

    For those who love to get behind the wheel, traffic-free summer roads can be a dream to drive on. But summer months can also bring their share of problems. Here are four tips that will help you . drive safely through the summer.

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  • Grad student in a car
    27/06/2018 - Dick Byl
    How to Stay Safe on the Roads During Grad Season

    Crashes involving impaired drivers are a leading cause of fatalities in Canada. Every day, approximately 3.5 Canadians are killed in an alcohol- or drug-related incident on public roads. During the busy grad season, young Canadians are especially at risk of being involved in a car accident. In fact, MADD Canada states that most young people are likely to be killed or injured in crashes during the summer months. Fortunately, there are road safety tips that you can follow to ensure all parties arrive at their destination safely.

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  • Motorcycle rider
    27/06/2018 - Dick Byl
    Motorcycle Safety & Regulations in BC

    It’s summer, and for plenty of people, that’s the best time for motorcycle riding. Motorbike safety is especially important during this season. Motorbikes are involved in around 10 percent of traffic fatalities despite being just three percent of all insured vehicles. In addition to the usual safety rules, new regulations have been introduced for motorcyclists.

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  • Canadian flag
    09/05/2018 - Dick Byl
    ICBC Debt Update

    The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia continues to struggle, according to a recent report from the Fraser Institute. Professor Emeritus John Chant stated that the corporation’s problems began years ago, but they grew worse as the government failed to take action.

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  • ICBC customer services sign
    09/05/2018 - Dick Byl
    ICBC Minor Injury Claims Cap

    The British Columbia government is enacting a cap on pain and suffering claims for minor injuries caused by automobile accidents. The new $5,500 cap has been criticized by lawyers, rehabilitation centers and health care experts, who claim that the cap could penalize those who need medical care.

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  • Lawyer going over documents
    12/03/2018 - Dick Byl
    How to Choose a Lawyer?

    When you need legal representation, the process is similar to hiring any type of service professional. You’ll want to pay close attention to qualifications, willingness to communicate, and pricing. Apply these tips to identify a lawyer who’ll be a good fit for your case.

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  • Semi driving in winter
    05/03/2018 - Dick Byl
    Winter Preparedness in Prince George

    Winter is in full swing throughout the Pacific Northwest and Prince George, with cold temperatures expected for the next several weeks. Snow, ice, and rain can cause safety concerns for motorists, making it essential to prepare your vehicle ahead of time. Here are a few winter safety tips that may lower the risk of an accident or injury this winter.

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