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What we do

STRATA LAW

CIVIL LITIGATION
INJURY LAW
MUNICIPAL
EMPLOYMENT
HUMAN RIGHTS
Wills & Estates
Disability Trusts

STRATA LAW

CIVIL LITIGATION
INJURY LAW
MUNICIPAL
EMPLOYMENT
HUMAN RIGHTS
Wills & Estates
Disability Trusts

Strata Law

Access Law supports strata corporations and lot owners in navigating a wide variety of issues, including bylaw drafting and enforcement, strata council government and maintenance, and the collection of maintenance assessments and special levies. We advise on the interpretation and application of the Strata Property Act and, where there is a dispute, can help to quickly resolve it through mediation, arbitration, or legal proceedings.

We are also able to act for strata corporations confronted with building envelope/water penetration problems. Count on Access Law to provide legal assistance in all aspects of the remediation of your building envelope, including preparation of the 3/4 vote to raise the funds to repair your building envelope, identifying those responsible for the problem, reviewing your consulting and construction contracts, and collecting unpaid special levies.
mediation & arbitration
council governance & management
collection of assessments & levies
Bylaw drafting & enforcement

strata litigation

strata property act & regulations
water penetration & leaky condos

Municipal

Clients involved in real estate transactions and development must deal with municipalities on a daily basis. Accordingly, they need legal counsel who understand the extent and limits of municipal authority.

Developers, lenders, utility providers, and property owners and purchasers throughout the Lower Mainland depend on Access Law to help them navigate complex municipal processes and achieve the outcomes they need.

Our lawyers can advise you on a wide variety of municipal issues, including land use, zoning, subdivision, building and development permits, expropriation, water rights, agri-tourism, and Board of Variance appeals.

We consult on Local Government Act and Vancouver Charter, as well as related provincial and federal environmental legislation, including Waste Management Act, and Freedom of Information.

Employment & Human Rights Consultation
Negligence Claims
Commercial Contracts
development permit applications
individual litigation & taxation
agreements & covenants

Civil Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Litigation is a complex minefield where good counsel is invaluable; an unrepresented or ineffectively represented litigant can fare poorly despite having a strong case.

Whether before the courts or tribunals, in mediations or arbitrations, or engaging in alternative dispute resolution, our lawyers have a history of achieving favourable resolutions for our clients. We are ready, willing, and able to navigate any manner of civil dispute.

bankruptcy and insolvency
creditor’s remedies
wrongful dismissal
professional negligence
class action litigation
disability insurance claims
personal injury
construction litigation
real estate
contract disputes
b.c. securities commission hearings
police employment law

Injury Law

At Access Law Group we pride ourselves in deeply understanding our clients and the many ways in which their injuries affect their careers, families, and dreams. We have achieved extraordinary results for a wide variety of clients ranging from professionals to blue-collar employees who have been denied disability coverage despite disabling psychological and physical conditions.

As lawyers dedicated to excellence, our extensive track record includes the largest wrongful death award in Canadian history, as well as over four decades of dealing with the most complex brain, balance and catastrophic injuries.

We also understand that injuries suffered in modest accidents can be life altering and produce permanent disabilities. Concussions can result in lasting cognitive impairment, depression, and headaches which can cut short a successful career. Soft-tissue injuries can become chronic despite years of rehabilitation, and can leave a previously strong individual with debilitating pain. An injury can cause or exacerbate a pre-existing psychological condition, such as PTSD, depression, or anxiety disorder.

Initial physical injuries can also conceal a more serious brain or psychological injury with the result that many lawyers lose key opportunities to collect essential medical evidence. We are constantly keeping up with ICBC regulations to ensure that your case is successfully heard in court. We are alive to these issues from our first meeting with you.

Many successful and hard-working persons initially minimize their injuries as they try to keep up with the demands of their busy lives. Consulting a lawyer is the last thing on their minds. Yet documenting the details of their injuries and the accident in a timely fashion is essential to establishing a strong claim.

While you are working hard in your rehabilitation plan or adjusting to your new normal, Access Law Group will be crafting the evidence needed to support your claim. Whether your injuries are clearly catastrophic or characterized as “minor” by the wrongdoer or their insurer, we will use the same energy and care to help you recover the compensation you need.

Motor Vehicle Accident Claims
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Chronic Pain Cases
Workers Compensation Claims
Medical Malpractice Suits
Wrongful Death Claims

what our clients are saying

I have had the pleasure of working with Access Law for over 14 years. Jamie is one of the few lawyers my strata council clients have used for Demand Letters to owners in serious arrears, assisting with Small Claims Court Actions, and representing them in court cases. Our office always offers choice of qualified lawyers to strata corporation clients. I have received positive feedback to Jamie’s professionalism, timeliness and acting in the best interest of his clients.

Nizam Dossa

Northwest Strata Management Ltd.

Employment & Labour Law

Count on Access Law for comprehensive guidance in all aspects of the employment relationship. From reviewing and drafting employment contracts, non-compete agreements, to intellectual property agreements and more, our lawyers provide sound advice with the object of diffusing problems before they escalate to lawsuits. We provide effective and cost-efficient representation where matters cannot be addressed through negotiation or mediation.

We also assist in the interpretation and application of collective agreement provisions and represent employees, employers and unions where there is a dispute. Access Law can help you to advance a grievance to arbitration or defend against a grievance, pursue an unfair representation claim to the Labour Relations Board, or assist with a wrongful dismissal claim in Supreme Court.

For Employees

A loss of work can be devastating and a major stressor. Even senior employees who have given decades of loyalty to an employer can be dismissed without cause, or with manufactured cause, leaving them with little ability to obtain equivalent employment with catastrophic emotional and financial consequences. Having a skilled advocate on your side can allow you to recover financially and move forward with confidence.

For Employers

The maze of common law, collective agreements, statutory employment standards, and human rights laws amount to a regulatory minefield which requires seasoned professional advice. For those difficult claims which don’t resolve pragmatically, our extensive court experience is invaluable to assessing a potential claim and, if necessary, seeing it through litigation.

Employment Law

  • Providing advice regarding compliance with a wide variety of legislation including the Employment Standards Act, Workers’ Compensation Board Act, Human Rights Act and relevant regulations and case law.
  • Pursuing injunctive relief against employees for use of confidential business information, client lists and trade secrets by terminated employees. Pursuing and defending wrongful dismissal claims pursuant to the Employment Standards Act.
  • Investigating Human Rights Act complaints, advising on human rights matters, such as sexual harassment policies, age and racial discrimination in the context of the race, age or sex requirements of the human rights legislation. Providing advice on policies respecting access by controversial groups to public facilities.

Labour Law

  • Assisting in interpretation and application of collective agreement.
  • Assisting in negotiating and drafting collective agreement provisions. Defending against grievances commenced by employees. Negotiating mediated settlements where appropriate.
  • Initiating policy grievances on behalf of the employer. Commencing applications to the Labour Board and Supreme Court where necessary to limit or restrict picketing.
  • Defending management exclusions and a variety of related proceedings before the Labour Relations Board.

Human Rights

We provide sensible and cost-effective legal services to strata corporations, businesses, and individuals in all aspects of federal and provincial human rights legislation.

Too often, organizations fail to understand the scope of the protections enshrined in this legislative web and the numerous court decisions interpreting it. Our lawyers help clients to avoid human rights complaints by identifying problem areas and guiding them through conflicts. Where a complaint has occurred, we intervene to curb protracted and embarrassing litigation which can diminish an organization’s reputation.

Access Law supports individuals who are being discriminated against or who need to inform someone – such as an employer or potential employer – that they need accommodations. Our lawyers can assist in bringing human rights claims before the BC Human Rights Tribunal or the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Difficult discrimination cases may have to be vigorously litigated and require skill, judgment and discretion in building a strong and effective case. We have advanced several high-profile cases involving the dismissal of senior employees following a decline in their mental health despite decades of successfully performing their positions.

Wills & Estates

Thinking ahead can save your family future frustration and expense. A proper estate plan is an insurance to protect the assets meant to go to our loved ones after our deaths. Our lawyers can help you make smart decisions on all aspects of estate planning matters including:

Estate & Personal Planning

You’ve worked hard and saved diligently to afford your assets. A proper estate plan guarantees that they are passed down to your family members and friends according to your wishes. It can also substantially reduce the taxes and probate fees payable, leaving more available in your estate to support and care for your loved ones.

Our lawyers will help you make smart choices so that your assets go further towards your goals. We will also advise you about the tools available to ensure your health care, living arrangements, and property are taken care of in case you are no longer able to make decisions on your own. Let Access Law Group guide you through these very important matters:

  • Planning for future asset transfers to your family and others in a tax-efficient way
  • Drafting and executing your Will
  • Planning for future incapacity using tools such as enduring Powers of Attorney and Representation Agreements
  • Dealing with current incapacity issues through court appointed decision-makers and Committeeship applications
  • Setting up various types of trusts to control the use of assets and ensure the financial well-being of yourself or others, such as:
    • Discretionary trusts (to protect the rights of children or people with disabilities)
    • Non-discretionary trusts (for people with disabilities who can manage their own affairs)
    • Inter vivos or living trusts (set up while you are still alive), including revocable living trusts
    • Spousal trusts (shared with your husband, wife, or partner)
    • Alter-ego trusts (for yourself to limit tax liability)
    • Spend-thrift trusts (to control excess spending)
    • Testamentary trusts (trusts which come into affect through your will).

Estate Administration & Litigation

When someone close to you has passed, the court processes surrounding their Will or estate are likely the last thing on your mind. Yet this will be the time many of these complex procedures begin. Access Law Group can help you in applying to court for a Grant of Probate (if you have been named as an executor of a Will) or Letters of Administration (if someone has passed without a Will). We provide sound advice to appointed executors, trustees, and representatives on their roles and obligations and getting proper remuneration for their services.

Where there is a problem with a Will or trust document, we can help to challenge or rectify it through the Wills, Estates, and Succession Act, the Trustee Act, and other laws. If you have been insufficiently provided for or left out of your spouse’s or parent’s Will, we can assist you in varying it through a wills variation application. If you disagree with how a trust or an estate is being handled by the appointed trustee, contact us to discuss your options. Access Law Group can support you through these and other estate litigation issues.

Disability Trusts

One of the best ways to enhance the quality of life of a family member with a disability is by maximizing the resources available to them. Our lawyers can advise about the various financial resources and benefits available for people with disabilities and help you structure your affairs to take full advantage of them.

One important source of funding is made available through the provincial government. When a child with a disability turns 18 years old, he or she may be eligible for provincial Disability Assistance. These benefits are means-tested: a person can only receive them if they have assets under a certain amount. In British Columbia, a single person can have up to $100,000 in liquid assets while still qualifying for Disability Assistance. However, there are a number of exemptions and limitations to this rule. Access Law Group can assist you in structuring your assets, enabling you or your family member to qualify, or continue to qualify, for Disability Assistance. If you are the parent of a child with a disability, this is a particularly important consideration in your estate plan.

A powerful tool to ensure you or your family member qualifies for Disability Assistance is a trust. A trust is a legal relationship where a person (the trustee) holds money or other assets for the exclusive use or benefit of another (the beneficiary). If the trustee has complete authority over the use of and payments from the trust, the trust is “discretionary” and can – if structured carefully – hold an unlimited amount of assets without disrupting the beneficiary’s Disability Assistance. If the trustee does not have absolute authority over the trust, this is a “non-discretionary” trust. Any amount can be contributed to a discretionary trust without affecting Disability Assistance payments, while a non-discretionary trust is generally limited to $200,000.

At Access Law, we can help you to choose the right type of trust for your circumstances and ensure it is structured properly. For clients with established trusts, we can advise about the most effective use of trust assets, proper distribution, income tax issues, and more.

Integrated Solutions for Complex Issues

At Access Law, we empower our clients with a high level of service in an accessible, efficient and affordable manner. Our friendly team of lawyers and paralegal staff are committed to understanding your needs and goals while providing timely, effective communication and excellent value.