Services

 
 

We are proud to offer a wide range of legal services.

 

General Office: 778-410-5090

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Administrative law

Many statutes require decisions to be reviewed and disputes to be resolved by procedures independent of the courts.  These usually combine a number of steps concluding in a hearing before a quasijudicial tribunal.  These tribunals have their own procedures and requirements varying from tribunal to tribunal but all sharing common rules of natural justice to ensure a fair hearing.  The body of law that has grown up around these tribunals is known as “administrative law” and it differs in many respects from the body of law used as precedents by the courts.

The rules, forms, and procedures can be bewildering in their complexity or deceivingly simple at first glance.  Time limits can often prevent a legitimate complaint from proceeding or improperly completed forms can result in a speedy dismissal of a matter.

Many of the statutes establishing administrative tribunals contain so-called “privative clauses” which severely restrict appeals or overview by the courts.

As each tribunal has its own rules, policies and procedures, professional guidance by an experienced administrative lawyer can greatly assist individuals in processing and successfully concluding their matters before the tribunal.

Business law

The legal aspects of running a business become more challenging and complex every year.  Our business lawyers are an essential part of your operating team as you deal with shareholders’ agreements, incorporation, suppliers’ contracts, municipal regulation, and the myriad of federal and provincial acts, rules and regulations facing today’s business operations.  We act as your business’ registered and records office and prepare and file your corporate resolutions and  annual reports to the government. Our practical experience in these areas guides you in your decision making whether it be buying or selling your business, starting a new one, refinancing or dealing with regulators.

Civil litigation

Civil litigation deals with disputes of a non-criminal nature before the courts.  At Dogwood Law Corporation, our trial lawyers give cost effective, pragmatic, results oriented advice in dealing with your case. We successfully handle your matters with professionalism, skill and experience before the Provincial Court (Small Claims Division), the British Columbia Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal.

Elder Law

The elderly in our society have to deal with many issues: governmental and private pensions; wills, powers of attorney, health and financial representation agreements; government assistance programs; competency and the like. For many, the issues come at a time when they are least able, through illness or infirmity, to deal with the plans and programs available to them or the trials and conflicts of aging. Our knowledgeable elder law group gives calm, compassionate and expert assistance to elders and their families.

Employment Law

Employment law is concerned with the relationship of non-union employees and their employers from negotiating the contract of employment through to retirement or dismissal. It includes preparation of employment contracts, human resources policies, employee benefits, discipline and severing the employment relationship.

Our team looks after your interests in matters including wrongful dismissal, privacy, pension and benefits, human rights, employment standards and workers’ compensation. We represent you in mediation, arbitration, in the courts and before employment tribunals, including the Employment Standards Branch, the Workers Compensation Board, the Employment Insurance Board of Referees, and the Human Rights Tribunal, We negotiate and document employment contracts, help develop employment policies and practices and provide training materials and seminars for management and workers.

Estate Planning

How do you leave the most of what you have to the right people after your demise? How do you minimize probate fees and taxes? What is a family trust and is it right for you? How do you provide for your needs in the event of incompetency? There have been many changes in the law relating to these issues and many more are coming in the near future. Our estate lawyers are current in wills, trusts, estates and succession law. They provide cost-effective, advice and documentation tailored to your needs.

Estate planning should begin when you have persons or organizations dependent upon you and should continue throughout your lifetime. We recommend that you revue your will and estate planning documents every two years.

Family Law

British Columbia’s new Family Law Act has changed the law, procedures and practices in this field. If necessary, our family lawyers vigorously advance and defend your rights when your relationship ends. Skilled negotiators, they attempt to resolve financial and parenting disputes by agreement whenever possible.

We represent parents in apprehension matters, guardianship and parenting matters and Divorce Act proceedings.

Forestry Law

British Columbia’s forests are a major contributor to the provincial economy. Our team advocates and negotiates for companies in the timber and pulp industry and contractors and subcontractors under the Timber Harvesting Contract and Subcontract Regulation (Bill 13).

Human Rights

Human rights in the workplace are increasingly significant in today’s society. Frequently, employment issues will enter the human rights area in addition to other areas of employment law. While our lawyers are knowledgeable in the human rights field and experienced in cases before the Human Rights Tribunal, Dogwoodlaw’s practice is primarily in employment related human rights cases.

 Labour Relations Law

Labour relations law is concerned with the relationship of unionized employees with their unions and their employers. It includes union certification and decertification, collective bargaining, grievance handling, arbitration, interpretation of collective agreements and proceedings before labour relations boards under the Labour Relations Code of British Columbia or the Canada Industrial Relations Board.

Each workplace is unique and many situations are complex. They have to be handled with skill, knowledge, tact, and sensitivity. We provide realistic assessments, practical advice, and strong, effective representation with your goals foremost.

Personal Injury Law

Our experienced personal injury lawyers get results. As well as being experienced and effective advocates in court and mediation, they carefully prepare your case for settlement so that the full extent of your injury’s pain and suffering and its long term effects on your mental and physical health, income and future care are carefully and fully documented and substantiated by expert opinion evidence to obtain the best result for you.

Real Estate Law

Buying a home or a commercial property can be a daunting adventure. For most, it is the biggest financial commitment of our lives. Our real estate group researches your title, prepares or reviews your contract, prepares your property transfer form, deals with your mortgage company and prepares your mortgage and other financing documents, and property purchase tax return. We register your documents and certify your title.

For commercial properties, our real estate group works with the business group to ensure your best interests are met in completing your transaction.

Privacy Law

Social media, the internet, and instant electronic communication have made the protection of privacy more important than ever. For businesses and individuals, it has become a major concern. Our experienced privacy team works with you in developing privacy policies for your business, dealing with freedom of information requests under federal or provincial privacy statutes and regulations and determining the nature and extent of disclosure required.

For individuals, we advise and assist on freedom of information requests, unauthorized disclosures, defamation, e-Health Act issues, social media posts, identity theft and cyber bullying. Our lawyers are knowledgeable in the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (Canada), Privacy Act, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Personal Information Protection Act (BC) and their related regulations and case law.

Wills and Estates

How do you leave the most of what you have to the right people after your demise? How do you minimize probate fees and taxes? What is a family trust and is it right for you? How do you provide for your needs in the event of incompetency? There have been many changes in the law relating to these issues and many more are coming in the near future. Our estate lawyers are current in wills, trusts, estates and succession law. They provide cost-effective, advice and documentation tailored to your needs.

Estate planning should begin when you have persons or organizations dependent upon you and should continue throughout your lifetime. We recommend that you revue your will and estate planning documents every two years.

Unbundled Services and Legal Coaching

Uncontested divorce? Thinking of representing yourself at trial?  There are many reasons why you may be representing yourself, however there may be unforeseen ramifications of doing so. Dogwood Law is offering unbundled services and legal coaching on a case by case basis. Should you have a straightforward civil legal matter you may benefit from unbundled services or legal coaching. A lawyer will assist in preparing the correct forms, reviewing documents, guidance on legal research and resources,explaining the process and potential outcomes, explaining how to conduct oneself in court, preparing for giving evidence or cross examination etc. Not all matters are suitable for unbundled services or legal coaching, our lawyers reserve the right to not provide services for matters deemed unsuitable.