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It’s that time of year…you’re supposed to feel festive and joyous, but for many people, it is exactly the opposite. For those that have dealt with a change in their family structure due to separation or divorce, the ‘holidays’ can be even more challenging. Here’s a quick tip survival guide:

Child-centered - if you have kids, spend time together doing activities that are put off during the rest of the year. When appropriate, ensure that kids have equal parenting time with both parents, and even have visits with all extended family. If one parent lives far away – plan for a telephone call, Skype or Facetime.

Gifting – kids will want to give a gift to the ‘other parent’ and your participation (driving them to the stores, and allocating money towards a gift) will surely be called upon. Only the children suffer when parents are too proud to buy gifts for the ‘ex’.

New traditions – most families have deeply rooted traditions and customs around this time of year. With new family structures, some established ways may need to be updated. If possible, include the children’s ideas about what ways the holidays could be celebrated in each household, so that next year, there are new traditions to which they can look forward.

 

 

If you have been hurt in a car accident recently, there are many things you should know, including your entitlement to Compensation.
 
You may be entitled to immediate compensation for your injuries, especially if you are unable to work. You may also be entitled to coverage for your medical expenses, prior to your claim being settled.
 hurt man
You are mistaken if you believe that ICBC will properly compensate you for your injuries! In fact, even if the accident is not your fault, chances are high that you may get the impression that ICBC does not have your best interests in mind. You may find yourself: Why is my insurer behaving as if they are working for the other party's insurance company -  and not me?! This is because ICBC wants to keep the cost of compensating you as low as possible.
 
An experienced Personal Injury Lawyer will maximize the compensation that you receive from the insurance company. 
Don’t sell yourself short. This includes your physical and emotional needs, not to mention your need to support yourself and your family financially after an accident. 
 
Hire a Lawyer right away. Generally, Personal Injury Lawyers offer reasonable contingency (percentage) arrangements so that you don’t pay your lawyer until your claim is settled.
 
If you've been hurt in an accident, contact Deer Lake Law immediately to schedule a no obligation meeting with Joseph Jachimowicz, Personal Injury Lawyer.
 
 

man in custodyPolice intervention in families during a family breakup is relatively common.  More often than not, one of the parties contacts the police during a heated argument, in the spur of the moment, and without actually appreciating the consequences. 

The problem is that once the police are called, the situation can escalate to new territory that neither party intended to explore. 

Let’s examine the case of John Doe (actual client name is withheld). 

John was together with his spouse for about 10 years in an emotionally charged relationship.  Arguments were common during their decade-long relationship, but there was no physical violence. 

One day, as the parties were preparing to go to bed, and having a heated discussion, Jane, the wife slapped John on his chest; the strike was hard enough to leave a bruise.  John, perturbed by the strike, decided to leave the family residence. 

On his way to his parents’ home, he decided to stop at the local police precinct and report the incident. He did not want Jane charged, but he wanted the police to take note of his bruise.  Five days later, John was charged with assault. 

It turns out that the police had attended with Jane to investigate John’s bruise.  Jane was surprised and startled by the police visit and immediately told the police that she was simply defending herself, even though John was the one sporting the bruise. 

The police chose to charge John - and not Jane.

At trial, Jane admitted that John had, in fact, not hit her at all, and that she had hit him.  The charges were dropped but not before substantial legal expenses and 6 months of extreme stress for John, and to a lesser extent for Jane.

In John’s case, a Peace Bond was not an option because John denied the assault; he did not want to enter into a Peace Bond to settle the matter.  John was concerned that entering into a Peace Bond would amount to an admission, a moral admission and not a legal admission, that he had done something wrong.  He was prepared to spend money on legal fees to see the case to its rightful end. 

More often than not, individuals facing assault charges will prefer to resolve matters through a Peace Bond.  Trading a Peace Bond for the Crown dropping a criminal charge can significantly reduce legal fees, while at the same time shortening the time when a criminal charge hangs over someone’s head. 

Trading a Peace Bond for the withdrawal of a criminal charge provides a measure certainty for the accused.  Although the facts may not appear to favour a conviction, trials can produce unexpected results.  Certainty of outcome is a significant factor not to be ignored in these cases. 

However, entering into a Peace Bond is not without its own set of consequences. In the context of a Parenting Time application, a Peace Bond may be perceived by the Court as cautionary warning that the Court needs to treat the accused cautiously.  The Peace Bond may have conditions which the accused must avoid breaching, whereas the accuser may take advantage of the Peace Bond to allege a breach. And finally, entering a Peace Bond leaves a perception that the accused may have actually participated in an assault, when possibly, that was not the case.

 

 

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