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February 2020 Archives

Business and commercial law: When can you refuse service?

Private business owners in Alberta can, under certain circumstances, refuse to serve clients. Business and commercial law even allows the companies to bar customers from entry, as long as these measures are not in violation of state and federal human rights or other laws. While many businesses have dress standards by which people without shoes or shirts are not allowed entry, race, ethnicity, religion, age and many other grounds may not form the basis for refusing service or admission.

Current real estate trends don't affect Alberta

One of the largest and most important purchases someone can make is buying a house. Purchasing real estate means making a substantial investment that will likely affect one's life for decades. Nevertheless, it can be an exciting time for an individual or family to find the perfect home and make it uniquely theirs. Those in Alberta looking to buy a home may be pleased with the current market trends.

There are no "one-size-fits-all" wills to suit your unique needs

Many Albertans might consider do-it-yourself kits when they decide it is time to address estate planning. The amount of money they can save by finding cheap -- or even free -- offers to draft wills online is often the primary consideration for choosing to proceed without legal counsel. However, the slightest mistake can ultimately result in a will being declared invalid, and it is therefore not surprising that the DIY kits typically have disclaimers that seek to absolve the entity that offers the service of any responsibility for errors and omissions.

Real estate: What happens with a tenant's abandoned goods?

Owners of rental properties in Alberta often have to deal with goods left behind after tenants abandon a rental unit or vacate the property after the expiration of the lease. This could be a dilemma because the real estate owner has to comply with the Residential Tenancies Act, which sets out the steps a proprietor must take. Each situation is unique, and the property owner must be sure that the tenant has no plans to return before the goods can be deemed abandoned.

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