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.

May 19th, 2017
Janice Papp

Property Transfer Tax Exemptions

BY JANICE L PAPP, May 19, 2017

Welcome back! My last “blog” introduced you to the Property Transfer Tax (“PTT”) which is payable in most instances where there is a change to a property title. There are, however, exemptions to the payment of tax.

Several common exemptions fall under the heading of “Family” exemptions. For instance, if a related individual transfers a principal residence or an interest in the principal residence to you, you “may” be exempt from paying the PTT. Those people considered to be a related individual are:

your spouse,... Continue reading

May 1st, 2017
Cody Reedman

Tax Disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency


Dealing with the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) during tax time can be stressful for taxpayers. However, tax debts can create a tremendous amount of stress for individual and corporate taxpayers alike. Sometimes tax debts create an unforeseen insolvency issue which requires a taxpayer to enlist the assistance of a bankruptcy trustee to file a consumer proposal or assignment to bankruptcy to compromise their tax liabilities. However, depending on the amount of tax debt (usually if the personal tax debt exceeds more than $200,000.00), legal counse... Continue reading

April 19th, 2017
Kiran Brar

Responsibility of the Step Parent to provide child support


To what extent does the step parent owe responsibility to provide child support? This question is a big concern for many couples who want to be in a relationship, but are scared of stepping into the shoes of a parent for their step children.

What is the definition of a step parent? The Family Law Act [S.B.C. 2011, C.25] (“FLA”) defines step parent as a spouse of the child’s parent and having lived with the child’s parent and the child during the child’s life.

Therefore, the first requirement to be a step parent is tha... Continue reading

April 3rd, 2017
Janice Papp

Property Transfer Tax


If you have purchased a home in the past, you have likely heard of the “Property Transfer Tax” in British Columbia. But what is it? How is it calculated?

In most situations, whenever there is a change to a property title, a property transfer tax will be charged by the provincial government. This includes acquiring an interest in a property, acquiring an additional registered interest in a property, or becoming a registered holder of a lease, life estate, or right to purchase the property.

The amount payable is based on th... Continue reading

March 20th, 2017
Cody Reedman

Enforcement of Money Judgments Act


To the chagrin of creditors – and delight of debtors – the civil enforcement process to collect debts can be time consuming, complicated and expensive. Creditors may discover that their efforts result in either no recovery or losses for the creditor seeking to enforce a debt or money judgment. Judgment creditors have a variety of byzantine tools to assist them in collecting a money judgment, including garnishment, debtor examinations, using bailiffs to seize and sell personal property, or forcing the sale of a judgment debtor’s interest in... Continue reading