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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.