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How Long Does a Beneficiary Have to Sign a Release?

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | October 23, 2021

If you’re the beneficiary of a will you may be surprised to learn that the executor of the estate is likely to ask you to sign a release or waiver form before they let you have your inheritance. Being asked to sign a release often causes beneficiaries some anxiety. Here is everything you need to…

What is Title Insurance in Alberta? Here’s the Ultimate Guide

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | October 17, 2021

Every home comes with a title. The title is the document that gives you legal ownership of a property. If the title isn’t free, clear, and transferred to you properly then you don’t own the home. Title insurance protects you in the event that a problem with a title causes you some sort of loss.…

How Long Does it Take to Probate a Will in Alberta?

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | October 8, 2021

Probate is a process that can impact when and how heirs can take possession of an inherited property in Alberta.    Probate is the process of validating a will. The judge ensures the will is legal, and ensures that it’s the most up-to-date version of the will. The judge then authorizes the executor to begin…

How Much is Land Transfer Tax in Alberta?

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | October 2, 2021

When you close on your home land transfer tax will make up the bulk of your closing costs. It is also the one part of your closing costs that can’t be rolled into a mortgage or paid directly by the seller (though they can offer you credits to cover the costs in other ways). First…

How to Avoid Probate in Canada

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | September 28, 2021

Do you really need to avoid probate? Is it even desirable? While sometimes it can be advantageous to pass certain assets straight to your beneficiaries, probate is not necessarily the problem that some publications make it out to be. Here is what you need to know about probate. What is probate and what does it…

The Canadian Home Buyer’s Definitive Guide to Closing Costs

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | September 20, 2021

It’s very common for first-time home buyers to forget all about closing costs. Even experienced home buyers may be caught off-guard by them, or may struggle to account for them. This guide will help you understand closing costs, account for them correctly, and understand them as a potential point of negotiation. What are closing costs?…

CAN WE HELP YOU WITH AN ESTATE LAW DISPUTE IN ALBERTA

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

How Long Does an Executor Have to Settle an Estate in Alberta? Sometimes heirs are frustrated by the amount of time that it can take to settle an estate in Alberta. Sometimes the delays are legitimate and unavoidable. At other times, executors are dragging their feet, especially if they currently have use of certain properties…

Questions to Ask a Real Estate Lawyer

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | September 9, 2021

When you retain an Edmonton real estate lawyer you’re rarely looking for someone who will guide you through a single transaction. You are instead looking for a partner who will be with you through all the real estate transactions you might make over a lifetime. This is especially true of those who wish to invest…

4 Things You Need to Know About Motorcycle Cases in Calgary, AB

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | September 1, 2021

Motorcycle accident cases don’t necessarily play out the same way car accident cases do. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident there are some special considerations you’re going to have to take into account as you contemplate your next steps. Here are four things you need to know about getting into a motorcycle accident.…

Personal Injury 101 for Calgary Delivery Drivers

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

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a lot of opportunity for delivery drivers. Food, grocery, and package delivery can offer a lucrative source of income, but they do put you at greater risk for an accident. Here’s what you need to know about getting into accidents while you’re a delivery driver.   You need to check…

How Do Punitive Damages Work in a Calgary Personal Injury Case?

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | August 20, 2021

Punitive damages go under a lot of names. You may also hear them referred to as exemplary damages, vindictive damages, or retributory damages. These damages are set aside for acts above and beyond mere negligence. For example, in a car accident they might be levied for a driver who was driving intoxicated, or engaging in…

What Counts as Distracted Driving in Calgary, Alberta?

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

Alberta recently tightened up its distracted driving laws. If you don’t know the new ones you could end up with a ticket…or, worse, find yourself being held at-fault during a personal injury case because you broke the law. Breaking laws while driving can even open you up to punitive damages. Of course, most people also…

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