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COVID-19 Notice

March 16, 2020 – For the foreseeable future, West Legal will remain open with a rotating, reduced complement of staff. We are requesting that all clients needing a consultation proceed with our lawyers via telephone or email rather than in-person. If you need to sign documents, we will reach out to you in advance to ensure your...
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Why you need a Cohabitation Agreement

Couples often put off getting a cohabitation agreement because of the costs involved, the emotional stress of bringing it up with their partner and the fear that it will signal a lack of commitment to the relationship. Thinking of moving in with your significant other? Moving in with your partner? Get a Cohabitation Agreement first....
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Can I have more than one domicile?

While Foote Estate (Re) is no longer a recent decision, its implications on Alberta estate law are worth commenting on. At issue in Foote Estate was whether the deceased testator of a sizable estate was domiciled in Alberta, British Columbia or Norfolk Island. ‘Domiciled’ means being a lawful permanent resident in a particular jurisdiction. Domicile...
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The Rise of OPCA Litigation in Alberta Courts

Organized Pseudo-legal Commercial Arguments OPCA litigation is a fairly recent phenomenon associated with the rise of anti-society political ideologies and sovereign citizen movements such as “Freemen on the Land”, “Guardians of the Free Republics”, “Sovereign Citizens” and “Detaxers”. The term “OPCA” stands for Organized Pseudo-legal Commercial Arguments.  The OPCA label was developed by Associate Chief...
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Writing Your Own Will

Should I write my own Will? Perhaps you wish to save money on lawyer’s costs by writing your own will. You have two options. First, you can use an Alberta will kit, consisting of a fillable form will or you can write and sign your own will. When you write your own will it’s called...
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Alberta Probate Process Explained

What is a Grant of Probate in Alberta? A grant of probate is a document signed by a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, that confirms the validity of a deceased’s last Will and affirms the Executor’s authority to distribute the deceased’s assets pursuant to that Will. The grant allows the personal...
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