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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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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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How Does Distracted Driving Impact an Alberta Personal Injury Award?

If the driver of the vehicle who hit you was texting while driving then you could have a much stronger case. For one thing, RCMP now treats distracted driving as a form of impaired driving.    The penalty for driving while distracted is a $300 fine and 3 demerit points. Drivers don’t go to jail…

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Why You’ll Make More Money With a Personal Injury Lawyer’s Help

When many of our clients first hear about contingency fees they’re happy. They don’t have to come up with a massive retainer or pay exorbitant hourly fees. They can focus on healing.   Yet when the settlement is done they often start to ask themselves if they could have done better without a lawyer. After…

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