Blog

Our Kelowna lawyers represent clients throughout the Okanagan Valley and the rest of BC. We have a diverse practice, from personal injury representation or wills and estate planning to commercial business law or real estate transactions.

Back
Recent
Archives

What Is A Testamentary Trust?

You can spend your entire life building an estate. Naturally, you may find yourself wondering what might happen to the wealth you have built and who should inherit it once you’ve passed away. Creating a testamentary trust is an easy way to give yourself peace of mind and ensure that your estate and your loved […]

Read More
golden retriever strata law doak shirreff kelowna lawyers

Strata Bylaws – What Is A “Small Dog”?

A recent North Vancouver strata owner took the Strata Corporation to the Civil Resolution and won. He now is allowed to keep his golden retriever dog. He successfully argued the bylaw that restricted “small dog” was too vague and therefore is an unenforceable bylaw. The decision can be found here. The facts of the case […]

Read More
kelowna-home-doak-shirreff-kelowna-lawyers

Speculation Tax: An Explanation From Kelowna Lawyers

In the Fall of 2018, the BC Provincial Government will implement a speculation tax on vacant, residential properties in certain regions of the province. The government has introduced the tax to make more housing available to BC residents and it anticipates collecting $200 million dollars next year from the tax. The B.C. government believes that […]

Read More
lawyer signing important legal document on black desk. Over black background.

Can You Provide Working Notice Of Termination To An Employee On Disability Leave?

In McLeod v. Frontier Sales, 2018 ONSC 1866, the Divisional Court of Ontario dismissed the appeal by an employer who provided working notice to an employee on disability leave and in turn, sought to reduce the amount of reasonable notice that it was required to provide.  The case confirms that working notice provided during a […]

Read More
court-case-about-wrongful-termination-kelowna-lawyers-doak-shirreff

Earned Bonuses Are Payable On Termination

In a recent case out of Ontario, Chambers v. Global Traffic Technologies Canada Inc., 2018 ONSC 2000, the court maintained that bonuses earned by an employee prior to termination or during the reasonable notice period are, in fact, payable to the employee despite their being terminated from his/her employment. Additionally, the court awarded nine months’ […]

Read More
man painting kelowna lawyers doak and shirreff

Owner Sues Strata Corporation For Injuries She Suffered From Paint Fumes

An owner sued the strata corporation and the strata corporations’ property manager alleging she suffered injuries as a result of inhaling toxic paint fumes when a painting company engaged by the strata corporation repainted the common property hallways and stairways in both of the strata buildings: Wingrave v. Pure Painters Inc. ,2018 BCSC 58. The owner’s […]

Read More
strat building kelowna lawyers doak shirreff

Are You Considering Purchasing A Unit In A Strata/Condo Building Or Complex?

When purchasing any real estate, the onus falls on purchasers to investigate the state and quality of the property they intend to buy.  When considering units in apartments, condo buildings, townhouses, and even duplexes, purchasers should ensure they have a subject condition in the Contract of Purchase and Sale allowing them to review and approve […]

Read More
barista crossing her arms doak shirreff kelowna law firm

Employees May Be Liable For Personal Wrongdoings While At Work

In a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision, Sataur et al. v. Starbucks Coffee Canada Inc. et al., 2017 ONCA 1017, the liability of an employee’s wrongdoing, even during the course of their employment, was deemed to potentially attract personal liability, rather than shifting the liability to the employer. The plaintiff in this case, Sataur […]

Read More