1. Crane Swing and Underpinning Easements

    As the densification of Metro Vancouver increases, more and more commercial and residential real property owners are receiving requests to grant crane swing and underpinning easements over their property in favour of a neighbouring property. These agreements are requests to: (1) swing a construction crane boom through the air space above your property while the…

  2. Starting a Small Business

    Starting a new business is a very exhilarating time for a new business owner. The ship is now under your command and you are responsible for the voyage forward. However, almost instantly, it seems the business Gods are determined to humble you and mockingly reveal some of the flaws in your well thought out business…

  3. Commercial Leases – Tenant’s Perspective

    For people who do not review and negotiate commercial leases on a regular basis, their main focus during a lease negotiation is typically the rental rates, the lease term and the rights of renewal. Everything else is assumed to be pretty standard, right? The assumption is that surely, by now, landlords and tenants…

  4. About Standard Residential Conveyances

    While clients frequently ask what we charge for a standard residential conveyance ($1,350 when acting for a buyer and $900 when acting for a vendor), rarely do they ask what a “standard” residential conveyance is and what legal services do we provide to complete a standard residential conveyance. For the more inquisitive minded clients, here…

  5. B.C. Legal Nuances – Potential Traps for Non-BC Lawyers

    As business operates more and more on the global stage, lawyers from other Canadian provinces and attorneys from the United States and countries around the world are more frequently advising their clients with respect to legal matters in British Columbia (BC specific law). Companies with in-house counsel, always under pressure to keep legal costs under…

  6. How You Can Help Your Own Executor

    Unless your executor has the gifts of former Prime Minister Mackenzie King or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, your executor will be unable to converse with you by séance after you depart this world. While your will will inform your executor and all of your beneficiaries how you intended your estate to be distributed, it will…

  7. Purchasing a Pre-Sale Condo – Things to Think About

    So you are contemplating the purchase of a condo (in legal terms, a strata lot) before it is built or perhaps you have already signed the purchase and sale agreement. Either way, you want some insight into the key things you should know about or consider when purchasing a presale condo. First, if you are reading this…

  8. Stirling LLP’s Billing Practices

    We are a little more entrepreneurial than your standard law firm when it comes to billing arrangements. Unlike a number of firms, we typically do not charge clients for photocopies, printing documents, scanning documents, faxing documents, long distance telephone calls, postage, breathing oxygen in our office, etc. …