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5 Ways to Make Your Divorce Less Expensive

Almost everyone who calls us about divorce cases here at Merchant Law wants to know how much the divorce is going to cost. Even high net worth couples want to know what to expect so they can plan accordingly. Nobody wants to spend an excessive amount of money on an event that’s already hurting them.…

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What Happens if the Other Driver Died in My Alberta Car Accident?

Car accidents are extremely unpredictable. Fault is no determinant of how much a person gets hurt or whether they die. Fault only determines liability. The initial declaration of fault is usually made by the police officer at the scene, but your lawyer can also make an argument for the assignment of fault, and that assessment…

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How to Make a Parenting Plan that Works

Unless one parent is proven to be a danger to their child, judges in Canada prefer something close to 50/50 custody and access arrangements. This isn’t possible for all families, but it is true that the children of divorce do better when they are able to have a relationship with both of their parents. Making…

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Do I Have Grounds for a Personal Injury Claim in Alberta?

Many of our clients and potential clients worry they don’t have grounds for a personal injury case.  We encourage people to avoid guesswork: the only real way to know whether you have a “good” or “winnable” case is to consult with a personal injury lawyer. Still, there are a few questions you can ask yourself…

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What Happens if Your Divorce Goes to Trial?

When you file for a divorce you will essentially make claims about your family situation and propose a settlement agreement. The vast majority of those couples will enter into several negotiations in regards to the proposed agreement before settling.  Some, however, will have to go to court, and will have to show a judge why…

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5 Factors That Impact the Value of an Alberta Personal Injury Claim

One of the most common questions our personal injury lawyers get is: “how much is my personal injury claim worth?” It’s difficult to answer this question without looking at all of the details of your case, simply because there are so many factors which can impact the answer. Here are some of the factors your…

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Impaired Driving Offences and how to defend them

Introduction: Impaired driving is the act of operating or having care or control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs to the degree that mental and motor skills are impaired. These are considered serious criminal Offences, and is punishable under multiple offences in the Criminal Code of Canada, and can…

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Drug offences and how to defend them

The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act is Canada’s federal drug control statute. Passed in 1996 under Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s government, it repeals the Narcotic Control Act and Parts III and IV of the Food and Drug Act and establishes eight Schedules of controlled substances and two Classes of precursors. It provides that “The Governor…

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How Does Distracted Driving Impact Your Personal Injury Case in BC?

On July 23, 2002, Scott Rollins, an off-duty police officer, was driving between mall parking lots when a driver named Mr. Lovely struck his vehicle. In 2007, the case, Rollins v. Lovely, went all the way to the Supreme Court of British Columbia.    Seconds before the collision, Mr. Lovely, the defendant, received a cell…

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