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.

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

July 13th, 2017
Kiran Brar

Cohabitation Agreements and Marriage Agreements


Beginning a new relationship or getting married is very exciting on one hand, but on the other hand is also the beginning of a broad spectrum of legal and financial implications along with rights and responsibilities. The question is, in the event of a breakdown of the relationship, how to protect your assets and save yourself from liabilities which get attached with the commencement of the relationship.

Cohabitation Agreements between unmarried couples and Marriage Agreements between married couples are very useful when one or both parties... Continue reading

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