How To Divide Household Property When Separating

When a couple separates, they have to decide how to divide their household property, furniture, and other household items.  This applies to both married couples, and those that have lived together. You can use your mediator, or lawyers, to help you decide how to split family property.  However, the cost for a professional’s time may … Continued

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Wills Mediation Reduce Conflict and Restore Family Relationships

A Wills Mediation Clauses Could Help Prevent Future Conflict Two generations ago, there were very few Wills Variation actions.  There were fewer divorces, second marriages, or common law relationships.  As families have become wealthier, there is more to fight about. As families have become more complex, the relationships have become more convoluted.  These factors all … Continued

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Lawyers are Expensive – Mediation can Help

Lawyers are expensive. Clients usually pay an hourly rate, based upon the lawyer’s experience. Depending on the city and the firm, this can range from $200 per hour to almost $1000 per hour. Lawyers are Expensive:  How can mediation help? The first thing to understand is that most civil cases settle without a trial. A … Continued

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Financial Disclosure in Family Mediations

Financial disclosure is an essential element in most family mediations.  Mediation is about compromise.  In order to compromise, each party must fully understand the family’s financial situation. The law in British Columbia generally divides all assets and all debts equally.  However, there are exceptions.  For example, a property which was in a party’s name prior … Continued

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