At South Coast Law Group we have decades of experience with specializations in Family Law, Personal Injury, Mediation and Wills and Estate Litigation.
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South Coast Law Group located in Surrey B.C., offers advice on legal rights and obligations upon the breakdown of family relationships.
Our Family Law team provides counsel with respect to: Divorce, Custody, Guardianship, Parenting time, Mobility, Child Support, Spousal Support, Property Division, Separation Agreements and Cohabitation Agreements. Our lawyers have experience at the Provincial, Supreme and Appellate Court levels. Your first consultation is complimentary.
With the coming into force of the Family Law Act (FLA) on March 18, 2013, British Columbia now has a definition of family debt that did not exist under the prior Family Relations Act (FRA).
Previously, the BC courts only had jurisdiction to offset family debts against family assets. Now, the legislation is specific and defines family debts and provides guidance as to how they should be dealt with.
Further, the new law completely changes the focus to the child. The new Family Law Act removes the best interests of the child as the paramount consideration and makes it the ONLY consideration.
Under the FLA, parents don’t have joint guardianship, they simply are guardians. Guardians must exercise their parental responsibilities solely in accordance with the best interest of their children.
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If you have been injured by a motor vehicle, it is important to consult a lawyer promptly. It is in your best interest to make no statements to ICBC until after you have done that. If you have been injured as a motorist, cyclist, or pedestrian, your initial interview with us is free.
Because there are important limitation dates in personal injury actions of which you may be unaware, we suggest that you see us promptly. We are happy to assist you by dealing directly with ICBC and to assist you with finding and funding treatment and therapies for your condition.
Therefore, we will work with you to achieve the best possible settlement for you. If your case cannot be settled, we can sue for damages. We also offer contingency fee agreements: you’ll pay no fees until we settle or succeed and nothing if we do neither. That, happily, has never happened to any of our injury clients.
Nevertheless, most personal injury claims are settled without trial. Sometimes, a case proceeds to trial because there’s a contentious issue about liability (fault), or because the insurer does not believe the Plaintiff’s claims of injury. In general, however, with a little hard work, some compromise, and perhaps a mediation, common ground can be found.
When a case settles, it’s almost always because both sides have assessed the claim fully, and put their position in writing, for consideration. The process usually starts with the claimant making a proposal that addresses all the losses and damages.
Counsel is in the best position to do this after some medical evidence has been gathered (usually, medical legal reports are obtained from treating doctors) and after the economic loss has been quantified.
Mediation has grown as a dispute resolution mechanism in the family law area for good reason: it can be faster, less expensive and less divisive than others ways to resolve a family dispute.
Mediation is process of dispute resolution whereby a neutral and objective third party facilitates a settlement between two or more disputing parties.
Disputes can be destructive amongst family members. Methods of resolution like lengthy and drawn-out negotiations or trips to the court can be costly and trying. This is especially true of separating spouses where emotions and personal history can play a role. Involving a third party can be a safer way to resolve disputes and maintain decent working relationships between family members.
Mediation can be the less destructive and more productive way to resolve a dispute. South Coast Law Group promotes a non-threatening, comfortable and productive environment.
The lawyers at South Coast Law in Surrey, B.C. are experienced in estate litigation. We are pleased to offer advice about inheritance claims. We can also advise executors when an estate is being challenged. Our lawyers can assist in contesting a Will, or an inter vivos property transfer. We handle Wills Variation Act claims and Trust claims.