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.

December 11th, 2017
Jamie Nay

Why Should I Pay a Lawyer to Incorporate My Business?

When you decide that it’s time to incorporate your business, you’ll be faced with a choice: do you file the incorporation yourself, online? Or do you pay a lawyer to do it for you?

For many people, this choice comes down to price. Yes, you will save money by incorporating your business yourself. You can’t get away from all charges: the BC government charges $350 to incorporate a company, plus a $30 name reservation fee (unless you want to operate as a “numbered company” without a name). Otherwise, the only up-front cost to incorporating yourself is your time.

So, ... Continue reading

November 9th, 2017
Cody Reedman

Welcome news for BC Strata Corporations: BCCA clarifies that strata corporations are entitled to full indemnity of legal costs of lien registration and enforcement provided those legal costs are reasonable

The British Columbia Court of Appeal released its decision, The Owners, Strata Plan KAS 2428 v Baettig, 2017 BCCA 377 on October 31, 2017, that reviewed and clarified a long-standing question of “reasonable legal costs” in Section 118 of the Strata Property Act.

That is whether strata corporations are entitled to recover their actual legal fees or only costs pursuant to the Supreme Court Rules. Absent a provision in a strata’s bylaws, the strata is entitled to costs on a solicitor - client basis. The Supreme Court Rules may also allow a successful litigant to recover a por... Continue reading

November 2nd, 2017
Kiran Brar

Child Protection

Child Protection

In British Columbia, child protection is governed by Child, Family and Community Service Act (the “CFCSA”). The CFCSA governs the safety and wellbeing of children who are under the age of 19 years. If a child’s safety is at risk, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (the “MCFD”) gets involved, and if necessary, removes the child from the home and takes the child into its custody to take care of the child’s best interests.

It is the duty of the parents or the guardians of a child to take care of all the needs of the child, including bu... Continue reading

October 25th, 2017
Jamie Nay

Do I Really Need My Employees to Sign Contracts?

“I trust my employees.”

“I want to keep things casual.”

“We don’t need policies and rules.”

In the many discussions I’ve had with small business owners about the importance of having their employees sign employment agreements, these are common objections. Sometimes, the business owner will grudgingly admit the possible usefulness of such an agreement, but then: “can you just give me a general template? I’ll fill in the blanks.” The hesitation on the part of employers about having proper written employment agreements is understandable, especiall... Continue reading

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