Touchstone Law Group LLP
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Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 8N3
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04
DEC
2018

Purchasing a Property: Reviewing the Municipal File

When purchasing a property, whether residential or commercial, it is a wise idea to review the information on file with the relevant city/town/municipality/regional district.  The buyer should consider whether to include a specific subject for the review of the relevant file in...
19
NOV
2018

Do you have to act as Executor?

An executor is a person named in a will who is responsible carrying out the terms of the will.  Generally speaking, this means taking control of a deceased’s persons assets when they pass away, and distributing their estate according to the terms in their will.  Hopefully if you...
17
OCT
2018

Upcoming Deadline for Societies to Transition to the New Societies Act

The Societies Act (the “Act”) came into force in British Columbia on November 28, 2016 replacing the prior Society Act. The Act requires that all existing societies file a Transition Application with the Corporate Registry to “transition” to the new Act. This transition must be...
03
OCT
2018

Buying a New Home: Things to Consider

Purchasing a new property can be overwhelming for many people – particularly those who are going through it for the first time or those who have not done so in a long time.  There are so many things to consider both prior to writing and submitting an offer on a property as well...
05
SEP
2018

I just received an Inheirtance….do I have to accept it?

What happens when you receive an inheritance from a friend, family member or loved one that you don’t really want?  What if it is a piece of polluted swampland with major environmental concerns? What if the inheritance puts a beneficiary offside any social assistance he or she...
20
AUG
2018

Unstapling a Will

Did you know that you should not unstaple an original will? In this article we will discuss some of the reasons why it is important to keep a will stapled once signed. A will is a legal instrument which sets out how the will maker’s estate (including assets and liabilities) will...
08
AUG
2018

Do I need a lawyer (or notary) to sell my home?

From time to time, we get asked by clients or potential clients whether they are required to have a lawyer (or notary) to complete the sale of a property.  While it is not always necessary, in most cases a lawyer or notary will be required to facilitate the transaction in British...
20
JUL
2018

Natural Disaster Extension Provisions

Forest fire season has officially arrived in the Okanagan. The smoke in the air is a good reminder of the importance of turning your mind to the possibility of delays in closing real estate transactions as a result of nearby natural disasters such as forest fires and floods. Most...
16
JUL
2018

Transmissions to Surviving Joint Tenant

In BC, property that is owned by two or more people can be held in either “joint tenancy” or in “tenancy in common”.  There are several considerations to take into account when deciding which route to go, however a primary consideration in that decision is that with joint...
03
JUL
2018

Understanding the Home Owner Grant

Property taxes are always a hot topic at this time of year with most local jurisdictions having due dates in July. In British Columbia, the Province provides a reduction of property taxes in specific situations for a person’s principal residence. There are a number of rules and...