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August 2018 Archives

It's possible to leave money to care for pets in wills

Many people are familiar with leaving assets to children in a will, but what about pets? Interestingly, passing "inheritances" onto furry friends is not as unusual in wills as some might think. Considerations for Alberta estates involving pets may include naming a guardian for their animals, as well as leaving some funds to cover living expenses while they are with the new owner.

How to prepare to execute estates for an incapacitated relative

Being named as an executor can be overwhelming and many people have questions about what their duties entail. Executors often take some steps before the person who named them passes away in order to ease the challenging tasks ahead. Alberta executors responsible for estates belonging to individuals who are seriously ill or aging and may be close to death should be particularly mindful of these preparation steps.

Civil litigation underway in case of girl injured by dentist

When a medical professional is accused of negligence, professional associations are often on hand to deliberate on consequences. These tribunals will sometimes investigate incidents and hand down fines, as well as limiting a person from practicing his or her profession in the future. In addition, criminal charges and civil litigation may be filed. Recently, the Alberta Dental Association and College handed down a fine of $330,000, the highest amount it has ever fined a member of its association.

New business law illegalizes ticket scalping "bots"

Technology companies often raise new questions for regulators, especially if they present a tool where no laws seem to exist. Lack of regulation has been an ongoing controversy when it comes to bots that act as online ticket "scalpers," which are programmed to buy up tickets to popular events and sell them at inflated prices. Lawmakers in Alberta have passed a new business law to put a stop to these often contested programs.

Alberta real estate has lowest land-transfer taxes in Canada

There are many hidden costs involved in purchasing a property. One of these is land-transfer taxes, which can be extremely high in hot real estate markets like Toronto and Vancouver. A recent nationwide comparison of 25 major Canadian real estate markets found that the Alberta cities of Calgary and Edmonton had the lowest land-transfer taxes from sea to sea.

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