AREAS OF PRACTICE
AREAS OF PRACTICE
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Real Estate Conveyancing
We act for both buyers and sellers of new and used homes throughout Central Alberta. For most first-time homebuyers, the purchase of their first home is an exciting time. However, many homebuyers are surprised by the amount of legal “red tape” and new information they’re faced with in considering their purchase. For many, the most significant financial transaction up to this time may have been the purchase of a vehicle. In such a situation, it is a relatively straightforward and simple exchange of money for property. As you may already know, buying a home is a bit more complicated, but it’s our view that the lawyer’s job is to make your home purchase just as simple. Because this is probably one of the most significant financial events of your life, it is important that you are well informed about the whole transaction. As a lawyer, our job is not only to protect our client’s legal and financial interests, but we are also an integral player in the transaction whose job is also to answer any questions the client may have, work together with your Realtor and your bank or Mortgage Broker and help the client make sense of all the new information they are faced with.
Residential and Commercial Construction and Development
Commercial Secured Financing
Buying and Selling Businesses
- Drafting letters of intent regarding the purchase or sell of shares or assets of a business.
- Conducting searches and assisting clients with due diligence
- Drafting formal sale and purchase agreements
Incorporations and Corporate Organizations
Our firm acts for approximately 400 corporations in the capacity as their legal counsel. The size of these corporate clients are many and varied: from sole or small shareholder Mom & Pop type operations, to large multifaceted complex Corporate structures involving amalgamated companies, holding companies, operating companies, family trusts and all combinations in between.
Not only are we the Registered Office for our client company, we also attend to preparing all of the documentation necessary to filing an Annual Return to Alberta’s corporate Registry in order to maintain our clients continued valid status as a company.
We also have a significant number of corporate clients who require themselves to be registered extra-provincially, in neighbouring provinces, or alternatively, are an out-of-province company that needs to be registered here in Alberta in order to conduct business. We have the necessary experience with attending to these unique needs as well as the necessary professional connections to make the process of extra provincial incorporation simple and straight-forward. We are also experienced with incorporating companies at the federal level.
Commercial Contracts and Agreements Franchise Agreements
- Confidentiality and Non-Competition Agreements
- Easements, Rights-of-Way Agreements, and Caveats
- Shareholder Agreements
Wills & Estate Planning
If you have minor children, special provisions must be made through the contents of your Will to ensure that they and their entitlements are looked after by a Guardian and Trustee of your choosing and appointment. Without a valid Will appointing Guardians and Trustees for minor children, it is ultimately up to the Court to decide who best to look after the child(ren) and their Trust benefits.
There are many traps and pitfalls associated with using off-the-rack “legal will kits”, as well as opting to do your own holographic (handwritten) will: particularly if you have anything but simple gifting provisions. A properly drafted will, prepared by one of our lawyers is the best way to ensure the passing of your estate occurs exactly as you intend.
As part of your Estate plan, we will discuss the necessities of both an Enduring Power of Attorney and a Personal Health Directive. These documents are crucial to determining who will look after your personal and financial affairs in the event you suffer a medical event or injury that leaves you incapacitated.
Estate Freezes and Family Trusts
Administration of Estates
We have the sufficient expertise and experience to assist the Executor with all facets of administrating an Estate to completion.