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Is it Better to Settle My Calgary, Alberta Personal Injury Claim or to Take it to Trial?

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | July 21, 2021

There are a lot of myths about the legal profession. One of them is that settlement is what weak lawyers do, while real attorneys to go trial. Here’s the truth. At Merchant Law we are fierce litigators. We never shy away from a courtroom battle. But we’d be the first to tell you that battling…

How do Weather Conditions Impact Your Calgary Personal Injury Case?

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | July 16, 2021

Ice, snow, and thunderstorms can have an impact on a personal injury case. In many cases, they will complicate your claim, ensuring you need an even stronger legal team to help you pursue a settlement. This is because personal injury cases don’t compensate you because you got hurt. They compensate you because someone acted in…

Is it a Big Mistake to Move Out of Your Home During Your Alberta Divorce?

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | July 3, 2021

You can’t stand the sight of your spouse anymore. Or your spouse has told you to get out. You already know in most cases you must separate for one year before courts in Edmonton will even allow you to file for divorce. So should you stay, or should you go? What’s your best, most strategic…

How Much Does Adultery Impact Divorce in Alberta?

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | June 29, 2021

Your spouse cheated. It’s natural to assume that in a fair and just world, they’d walk out of the divorce process somehow worse off than you will. In reality, adultery has a smaller impact on divorce than you might imagine. It’s important to recognize that fact and account for it.   As a Grounds For…

How Much Does it Cost to Get Divorced in Alberta?

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | June 11, 2021

Paying for a divorce can cause almost as much stress as the divorce itself. Yet it’s difficult to estimate what your divorce might cost. There is no typical divorce, and it can end up costing anywhere from $1,000 to $200,000. The court fees are generally around $260, but the rest of the expenses come from…

Will My Spouse Get Half My Pension if I Get a Divorce in Edmonton, Alberta?

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | May 25, 2021

You can generally expect your spouse to be entitled to a portion of your pension after your Edmonton, Alberta divorce. However, the amount the spouse is entitled to will depend on when the pension was set up. If you were earning the pension prior to the marriage then the worth of the pension fund prior…

Can I Empty My Bank Account Before an Edmonton Divorce?

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | May 16, 2021

It’s natural to want to protect yourself during a divorce. Fears about whether you’ll have access to your money are common. Fears that you won’t have enough money to live on are also common. It’s also quite normal to get angry enough to want to ensure your spouse doesn’t see “one red hot cent.” Yet…

E-Scooter Liability in Calgary, Alberta

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | May 11, 2021

According to Alberta Health Services, one person is seriously injured and admitted to the hospital per 100,000 e-scooter rides. Though e-scooters aren’t the first thing most people think of when they think of personal injury cases, they can still create them. Here’s what you need to know about e-scooter liability. What kinds of personal injury…

What Happens if You Lose Your Calgary, Alberta Personal Injury Case?

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | May 5, 2021

While most personal injury cases come to some sort of successful conclusion, the truth is not all cases are going to be successful. What happens if yours doesn’t work out the way you’d like it to? Here’s what you need to know. You’ll be responsible for paying your own costs. Your hospital bills and other…

Parenting Plans -The New Reality in Manitoba

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | May 3, 2021

Why do I need a Parenting Plan? Family Law has undergone recent changes in Manitoba, one of the most important of which is the requirement of a Parenting Plan . In finalizing their separations or divorces, parents are now required to prepare a parenting plan. That Parenting Agreement will provide the framework for fill_your dealings…

Can My Child Choose Which Parent to Live With?

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | January 12, 2021

One question that comes up again and again in custody cases is whether or not children have any say in which parent they live with. This is a highly misunderstood topic in family law, and one that is riddled with a great deal of misinformation.   Here’s what you need to know about the way…

Firing Employees on Disability

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | December 22, 2020

For employees, seeking to qualify for long term disability, they face the problem that insurance companies likely spend as much money fighting not to pay benefits as they spend on benefits. Most insurance policies require that the employee prove that he or she cannot perform the substantial duties of the employment. That in most policies…

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