Touchstone Law Group LLP
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Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 8N3
Office Tel: (250) 448-2637
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17
JUN
2019

Short Term Rental License

  As of July 1, 2019, anyone operating a short term rental (AirBnb, VRBO, HomeAway, etc) within the City of Kelowna is required to have a short term rental license. In the City of Kelowna, short term rentals are defined as renting a residence for periods of 29 days or less. If...
03
JUN
2019

Name Registrations on Title

When purchasing (or otherwise acquiring) real property, it is important to consider the best way to have your name shown on title.  We frequently come across individuals who have multiple names (or variations thereof) shown on their identification and how their name shows on...
20
MAY
2019

Non-Conforming Strata Properties

  Occasionally, we hear from owners of stratified properties where there are only a few units, or stratified duplexes, that their strata is “non-conforming”.  Often, these smaller strata properties do not vote as an active strata council, collect strata fees, have a contingency...
06
MAY
2019

Help! I am an executor of an estate – what do I do with digital assets?

  Digital Assets? What are those? In the words of Wikipedia, a digital asset is anything that exists in a binary format and comes with the right to use.  Digital assets include but are not exclusive to: digital documents, audible content, motion picture, and other relevant...
15
APR
2019

Restoring a Company

  Dissolving a company represents the end of its existence. A dissolved company is a company that was once a validly existing company but has since been struck from the BC Registry (in the case of a BC company) and no longer exists. A dissolution may be voluntary or involuntary....
01
APR
2019

What Happens If a Co-Owner of Real Estate Dies?

  It is common for two or more individuals to own real estate together as co-owners. Before purchasing real estate with another individual it is important to consider what will happen if you or one of the other co-owners passes away. In this article we will discuss what happens...
18
MAR
2019

GST on Purchases of Real Property

  The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a tax at the federal level that is charged on the sale of most products and services in Canada, including real estate. As defined in the Excise Tax Act, “the entering into the agreement shall be deemed to be a supply of the property or...
04
MAR
2019

What is a Life Estate?

When helping clients create their customized estate plan, we are often dealing with the scenario of a blended family.  A blended family is a family where the couple’s children (or some of the children) were born from a previous relationship. A blended family can face some tough...
19
FEB
2019

Speculation Tax Update

On February 22, 2018, the B.C. budget introduced its new proposed speculation tax which was brought into law on November 27, 2018 under the Speculation and Vacancy Tax Act, SBC 2018 c.46. The B.C. speculation tax targets owners of residential properties in parts of B.C. whose...
04
FEB
2019

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...