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Should I Add my Child to my Deed to Avoid Probate?

Often we see clients who instruct us to add their adult children to their deed in an attempt to avoid probate.  When you die and property is in your name alone, that property passes to your estate.  A will contains your instructions on what you want to happen to the stuff that passes to your [...]

By |May 4th, 2018|Civil Litigation, Family, Wills & Estates|

Limitation Periods: When does the clock start?

Did you know there are time restrictions to commence a lawsuit? In 2015, the Limitation of Actions Act, SNS 2014, c 35, was introduced that reduced the amount of time a person has to file a lawsuit. What is a limitation period?  A limitation period is the amount of time a person has to file [...]

By |April 20th, 2018|Civil Litigation|

It’s a New Year!  What’s on Your “TO DO” List?

I have to admit I love the New Year.   It feels to me like a fresh start, and it motivates me to start taking care of some of those things that have been taking up space in my head; my mental “to do” list.  In January I clean out closets, make appointments for medical checkups [...]

A Time to Reflect

Remembrance Day is a time to appreciate and reflect upon the sacrifices that were made so that we could have the freedoms that we enjoy today. As a military wife and daughter, I have always felt it important to take time on this day to not only appreciate those who lost their lives fighting for [...]

By |November 7th, 2017|News, Uncategorised|

The Salem Witch Trials

In 1692 a group of young girls became sick in Salem Village, Massachusetts, suffering from vomiting, delusions and muscle spasms.  At that time life in New England was harsh.  The recent war between the British and France, a smallpox epidemic, and fears of attack from Native American tribes caused paranoia among the villagers, and as [...]

By |October 30th, 2017|Civil Litigation, Criminal|

Help Yourself While You Can – Appoint a Personal Directive

What is a Personal Directive? In Nova Scotia, the Personal Directives Act allows an individual to legally create a personal directive. This would be a legal document authorizing an individual to act on a person’s behalf when they no longer have capacity and are therefore unable to make decisions concerning their own personal care, including [...]

By |October 20th, 2017|Civil Litigation, Family, News, Uncategorised, Wills & Estates|

Commercial Leases – Protecting Yourself & Your Business

So you are starting your business and you decide you need a place to sell your products. You look for the perfect location and find a great rental opportunity, but is it? This opportunity is a commercial opportunity and means you would be signing a commercial lease and there are big differences between a commercial [...]

By |October 5th, 2017|Civil Litigation, Corporate & Commercial, News, Real Estate|

Are there flowers in Nova Scotia that are illegal to pick?

Are there flowers in Nova Scotia that are illegal to pick? Surprisingly the answer is yes! Most of us know of “Lady Slippers” – they are a variety of wild orchid that grows in Nova Scotia. These flowers are renowned for their beauty, which is what prompts many people to pick them. Unfortunately, Lady Slippers have some reproductive quirks that, combined with their tendency to be picked, makes reproduction challenging. Lady Slipper reproduction Lady Slippers produce no nectar and rely on fragrance to lure insects into falling into their slipper-like pouch. This forces the insect to climb past the staminode on the way out, pollinating the flower on the way. In addition to preferring moist soil and shade, Lady Slippers also have a symbiotic relationship with a particular microscopic soil fungus, and their seeds will not germinate without the fungus present.  This makes Lady Slippers challenging (though not impossible) to grow indoors. Lady Slippers’ very specific growing requirements mean that you should not disturb those you find growing in the wild. Are they illegal to pick? There are four varieties of Lady Slipper that grow in Nova Scotia (one of which is the Pink Lady Slipper, pictured above). Only the Ram’s Head variety (cypripedium arietinum, pictured opposite) is listed as an endangered species pursuant to s. 12 of the Endangered Species Act. S. 13 of the Act makes it an offence to disturb a designated species. If you do as an individual you could face a maximum of a $5000 fine, or 6 months in jail, or both. Illegal or not, the best advice if you come across a Lady Slipper is look but don’t touch! To see the complete list of species designated under s. 12 of Nova Scotia’s Endangered Species Act click here.   […]

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By |June 26th, 2017|Criminal, Uncategorised|

Cell Phone “Use” While Driving: What does the law say?

Most of us know by now that texting and driving is dangerous and prohibited by law in Nova Scotia. Do you know, though, exactly what it means to “use” your cell phone while driving? A recent CBC article noted the high volume of cell phone driving tickets in British Columbia, which explicitly prohibits holding the [...]

By |May 31st, 2017|Criminal|

Do grandparents have “rights” in Nova Scotia?

Changes to legislation in the past few years have prompted some people to ask questions about whether grandparents now have “rights” in Nova Scotia in relation to their grandchildren. While amendments have made it easier for grandparents to apply for custody or access, they did not create any “rights” or presumptions for grandparents. Changes to [...]

By |March 21st, 2017|Family|