Fraser Valley’s Legal Blog

Becker & Company lawyers and professionals are sharing their experiences and thoughts on a variety of legal issues that affect businesses and individuals. We hope you'll find these posts helpful and timely. For help with your specific legal concerns, feel free to contact any one of us and we'll direct you to the best person.

October 3rd, 2017
Janice Papp

Planning for the Future

All of us get bogged down with our everyday tasks, but have you taken some time out of your busy schedule to plan for your future? Most of us do not like to think about the “what ifs” in life. What if you are involved in a serious accident? What if you are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness? How will decisions regarding your health and finances be handled if you are unable to make those decisions yourself? What will happen to your estate if you pass unexpectedly? For these reasons it is important to consider estate planning options. The most common documents that can help you... Continue reading

September 18th, 2017
Cody Reedman

Civil Fraud

Discovering that you are or may be a victim of fraud must be one of the most horrendous emotions to experience. Many people would assume that fraud is purely a criminal matter to be dealt with by crown prosecutors and the police. However, fraud may have civil and administrative consequences. Fraud can take many forms. It might be the abuse of a power of attorney who misappropriates assets from his or her victim; it could also be business related where the fraudster is embezzling monies from his or her employer, or individuals or corporations misleading the tax authorities about information ... Continue reading

September 7th, 2017
Kiran Brar

ADR – Alternative Dispute Resolution

What is ADR?

ADR is Alternative Dispute Resolution. It refers to a variety of processes that help people resolve family law disputes without a trial. These processes include mediation, arbitration, and collaborative law.

In British Columbia, ADR is a part of the family law process under the new Family Law Act (the “FLA”), which strongly encourages the separating spouses to resolve family law issues, including but not limited to the care and time with the children, property division, pension division, support provisions etc. through various ADR processes which are... Continue reading

August 8th, 2017
Jamie Nay

BC’s new Franchises Act: What Rights Do BC’s New Laws Give You as a Buyer of a Franchise?


Potential and current buyers of franchises, or “franchisees”, now hold a position of power when negotiating with franchise owners, or “franchisors”, thanks to new laws that came into effect in British Columbia on February 1, 2017. The Franchises Act has strict requirements that franchisors must follow when offering their franchises for sale, with severe consequences for breaking the rules. Three key aspects of the new laws – the requirement to deliver a “franchise disclosure document”, a duty of good faith and fair dealing for both pa... Continue reading

July 25th, 2017
Cody Reedman

CASL – Anti-spam Legislation


On July 1, 2017, the transition period ended for Canada’s new anti-spam legislation (“CASL” – pronounced ‘castle’) [1]. This means that businesses and individuals doing business in Canada should be CASL compliant though the entire act is not yet in order. For example, the private right’s provision for litigants to sue under CASL has been suspended. However, what does this mean for businesses and individuals engaging in business activities? To the point, why should they care? Simply put, it means that unaware businesses or individua... Continue reading