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We are taking our children to see their grandparents. I must return home to St. Albert before my wife and kids return. Do I need to sign a Travel Consent Letter?

For international travel, Canada Border Services Agency recommends that the non-travelling individual with guardianship rights, whether married or not, sign the letter in front of a notary public.  So, yes, it is recommended that you sign a Travel Consent Letter to permit your wife to re-enter Canada with your children. She may or may not […]

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What can I expect at an initial consultation with a lawyer?

This first meeting with a lawyer is an opportunity to do several things.  It allows you to: assess whether you and the lawyer are compatible to work together; learn about the different options and resources available to you to address your legal matter; obtain general legal advice; and create a plan for moving forward. A […]

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I’m buying an acreage and I want to make sure that the current owner removes their items and garbage, as discussed – what can I do to make that happen?

Finding your new home in less than stellar condition does not happen often, but when it does, it’s a difficult thing to deal with. The best approach is to be proactive when you are placing your offer to purchase. Include in the terms of sale that all refuse and items not specifically included in the […]

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We want to sell our house here in St. Albert which is held jointly with my husband. My husband has lost his mental capacity but he appointed me as his attorney to act on his behalf. The power of attorney was made and signed when we lived in Newfoundland. Can we complete the sale here?

As long as the power of attorney meets the requirements of a power of attorney in Newfoundland, states that it survives mental incapacity, meets the normal registration requirements here, references the sale of real property, and a lawyer writes a letter stating that it meets the above criteria, you may sign on behalf your husband […]

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What’s the difference between an Enduring Power of Attorney and a Personal Directive? If my spouse loses his/her mental capacity, won’t I be able to take care of everything?

Both documents work together to allow you to appoint a decision-maker when and if you become mentally incapable. A Personal Directive sets out your wishes regarding medical decisions, end of life care, and consent for placement in long-term care, among other things. Without it, a friend or family member may have to make an application […]

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