Meridian Law Group

Meridian Law Group MERIDIAN LAW GROUP is a full-service litigation law firm focusing on commercial, estate, family, and personal injury litigation.

VANCOUVER LITIGATION LAWYERS

Since 1988, MERIDIAN LAW GROUP has been executing excellence and exceeding expectations. The firm provides innovative solutions and compelling advocacy for a wide range of practice areas. The dynamic team of experienced and effective litigators at MERIDIAN LAW GROUP are highly attentive to client concerns, easily accessible at every stage of the litigation process, and consistently deliver exceptional results for clients.

Our latest blog explores what family law agreements are, the different types available, and how they can help families f...
06/25/2024

Our latest blog explores what family law agreements are, the different types available, and how they can help families find stability and resolution in challenging times.

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Couples can prepare various family law agreements to proactively and amicably address issues like property division and financial matters.

"We are the storytellers. We are the knowledge keepers. We are the bridge between the past, the present, and the future....
06/21/2024

"We are the storytellers. We are the knowledge keepers. We are the bridge between the past, the present, and the future." - N. Scott Momaday.

Happy . Let's learn, listen, and amplify their voices.

Have questions about a deceased loved one's will in BC?   Wills are typically followed, but if testamentary capacity (th...
06/19/2024

Have questions about a deceased loved one's will in BC? Wills are typically followed, but if testamentary capacity (their mental state when making the will) is challenged, a procedure exists to determine validity.

Learn more in our latest blog: https://ow.ly/vXzH50SlJIw



A discussion of what elements must be proven and to what standard in order to prove a testator's testamentary capacity.

In filing the lawsuit, the plaintiffs sought a declaration of trespass, an injunction preventing the company from using ...
06/18/2024

In filing the lawsuit, the plaintiffs sought a declaration of trespass, an injunction preventing the company from using the crane over the neighbouring property, damages for trespass and nuisance, and punitive damages.

A Vancouver couple suffered “considerable anxiety” after a crane at a neighbouring construction site was repeatedly left dangling over their property, according to a lawsuit they filed against the developer.

Today, we celebrate the fathers who make every day brighter with their love and support. Happy Father's Day!
06/16/2024

Today, we celebrate the fathers who make every day brighter with their love and support. Happy Father's Day!


Financial exploitation is a common form of elder abuse.  If you suspect elder abuse, financial exploitation, or undue in...
06/15/2024

Financial exploitation is a common form of elder abuse. If you suspect elder abuse, financial exploitation, or undue influence, know you're not alone. We can help.


The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled that a Vancouver condo owner was right to keep more than $300,000 her former friend pai...
06/12/2024

The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled that a Vancouver condo owner was right to keep more than $300,000 her former friend paid her toward the purchase of the property before backing out of an assignment sale agreement.

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A Vancouver condo owner was right to keep more than $300,000 her former friend paid her toward the purchase of the property before backing out of an assignment sale agreement, the B.C. Supreme Court has ruled.

Financial stability is key after separation. Our latest blog explains securing a support order (child or spousal) in BC....
06/11/2024

Financial stability is key after separation. Our latest blog explains securing a support order (child or spousal) in BC. Get clear steps and key considerations to ensure the well-being of your family: https://ow.ly/wkts50Sezqj


This blog acts as a guide to the essential steps and considerations when obtaining a child or spousal support order in British Columbia.

New changes to the B.C. Building Code are opening up possibilities for mass timber construction, while setting out new r...
06/07/2024

New changes to the B.C. Building Code are opening up possibilities for mass timber construction, while setting out new rules for encapsulation.

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New changes to the B.C. Building Code are opening up possibilities for mass timber construction, while setting out new rules for encapsulation.

In circumstances where a person willingly attends a property where a dog is known to reside, proof of liability on the d...
06/05/2024

In circumstances where a person willingly attends a property where a dog is known to reside, proof of liability on the dog owner’s part may be more difficult to establish, as illustrated by a recent BC Court of Appeal decision.

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Defining liability for a dog bite that occurred in the dog's home and exploring how scienter can be applied.

Experts are concerned lightning-caused fires could become more common and lead to larger wildfires as the climate warms....
06/04/2024

Experts are concerned lightning-caused fires could become more common and lead to larger wildfires as the climate warms.

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Human-caused wildfires are on the decline, but experts say improvements needed for tracking wildfire causes

June is  Face drooping? Arm weakness? Speech difficulty? Time to call 911! Early action saves lives. Learn more about st...
06/01/2024

June is

Face drooping? Arm weakness? Speech difficulty? Time to call 911! Early action saves lives. Learn more about stroke prevention and symptoms: https://www.heartandstroke.ca/

E.S. got pregnant after an intimate encounter with a U.K. man in 2018. He told her not to contact him ever again, but sh...
05/31/2024

E.S. got pregnant after an intimate encounter with a U.K. man in 2018. He told her not to contact him ever again, but she has now obtained a court order for child support.

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The last time E.S. spoke with G.W., she was told never to contact him again. E.S. was pregnant with a child she claimed was G.W.'s, the fruit of a fling between the B.C. woman and the U.K. man. Six years later, the relationship G.W. called a "complete mistake" is about to come back to haunt him.

Vancouver is introducing new emissions reporting requirements for the city's largest buildings as part of a decades-long...
05/30/2024

Vancouver is introducing new emissions reporting requirements for the city's largest buildings as part of a decades-long plan to decarbonize retail and office space.

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Vancouver is introducing new emissions reporting requirements for the city's largest buildings, as part of a new plan to decarbonize retail and office space before 2040. But while the bylaw might encourage some owners to quickly reduce their energy footprints, others say more incentives are needed.

In Ahluwalia v. Ahluwalia,  the ONCA would not recognize the new torts of domestic violence or coercive control and held...
05/29/2024

In Ahluwalia v. Ahluwalia, the ONCA would not recognize the new torts of domestic violence or coercive control and held that it was unnecessary to create a novel tort as adequate remedies already existed.

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The Ontario Court of Appeal (ONCA) in Ahluwalia v. Ahluwalia declined to create new torts for domestic violence and coercive control.

Previously, First Nations needed to form a proxy, like a corporation or a trust, to buy land. The legislation, which was...
05/23/2024

Previously, First Nations needed to form a proxy, like a corporation or a trust, to buy land. The legislation, which was introduced in April, came into effect on Tuesday.

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In April, the province introduced legislation that removed barriers to federally recognized First Nations directly acquiring land in B.C. The new legislation came into effect Tuesday.

Our latest blog discusses a recent case involving a will, an oral agreement about its terms, and a court action to deter...
05/22/2024

Our latest blog discusses a recent case involving a will, an oral agreement about its terms, and a court action to determine whether an oral agreement existed and whether it could be enforced if it did.

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Courts consider these factors when determining whether an oral agreement exists with respect to an estate and, if so, whether it is enforceable.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Victoria Day! Enjoy the festivities and the long weekend.
05/20/2024

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Victoria Day! Enjoy the festivities and the long weekend.


An animal cannot be legally liable for causing damage, so what happens? Are such accidents considered “no-fault” because...
05/16/2024

An animal cannot be legally liable for causing damage, so what happens? Are such accidents considered “no-fault” because they involve animals that cannot be held responsible?

We discuss in our latest blog: https://ow.ly/TpaF50RGgt2


How courts assess liability/negligence related to vehicle accidents that were caused by the presence of animals in the roadway/vicinity.

Every time you buckle up, obey road safety rules and clear your mind. You are safeguarding yourself and your passengers ...
05/14/2024

Every time you buckle up, obey road safety rules and clear your mind. You are safeguarding yourself and your passengers and everyone with whom you share the road.

Today, we celebrate Mom! Happy Mother's Day from all of us at Meridian Law Group.
05/12/2024

Today, we celebrate Mom! Happy Mother's Day from all of us at Meridian Law Group.


During a divorce, who is allowed to live in the matrimonial home? Are they allowed to stay in the home until a final ord...
05/07/2024

During a divorce, who is allowed to live in the matrimonial home? Are they allowed to stay in the home until a final order is issued by the court?

We answer these questions and more in our latest blog: https://ow.ly/sOxS50RyA0r


What happens when both parties want to reside in the matrimonial home after separation but before the divorce is granted?

Following a head-on collision with a car on a winding road while riding a motorcycle, a BC woman has been awarded $1.8 m...
05/06/2024

Following a head-on collision with a car on a winding road while riding a motorcycle, a BC woman has been awarded $1.8 million in damages.

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Most of the award is to replace past and future income. The judge also awarded her $350,000 for pain and suffering

Whether a professional can be found liable for losses caused by negligence depends on the circumstances of the case and ...
05/03/2024

Whether a professional can be found liable for losses caused by negligence depends on the circumstances of the case and the legal, regulatory, or ethical standards applicable to that particular type of professional.

To schedule a consultation, please reach out online or call 604-687-2277.


Let's raise awareness and promote safety for our fellow riders this May. Let's share the road with respect and caution w...
05/01/2024

Let's raise awareness and promote safety for our fellow riders this May. Let's share the road with respect and caution whether you're on two wheels or four. Let's make every month.


Disputes over co-owned property find resolution under the PPA, which governs partition or sale against co-owners wishes....
04/30/2024

Disputes over co-owned property find resolution under the PPA, which governs partition or sale against co-owners wishes. From family law to estate disputes, BC courts frequently navigate PPA matters.

Learn more about its key sections and implications in our Principal, E. Craig Watson's latest article for Law360 Canada.

https://www.law360.ca/ca/realestate/articles/1829741/interpretation-and-application-of-british-columbia-s-partition-of-property-act

*this article was originally published by Law360 Canada (www.law360.ca) a division of LexisNexis Canada.

In British Columbia, disputes with respect to co-owned property are often resolved under the Partition of Property Act (PPA), which governs how and when a co-owner of a property may be granted permission for partition or sale of the property against the wishes of the other co-owner(s). Such disputes...

In a recent ruling, the BC Supreme Court clarified when spousal and child support obligations should end.https://ow.ly/h...
04/25/2024

In a recent ruling, the BC Supreme Court clarified when spousal and child support obligations should end.

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The court considered the marriage's length and when the youngest child completed high school

To our administrative team: your professionalism, efficiency, and positive attitude make our firm a better place. Thank ...
04/24/2024

To our administrative team: your professionalism, efficiency, and positive attitude make our firm a better place. Thank you for everything you do!

Negligence in immigration advice can lead to serious consequences for those seeking to immigrate to Canada. It's crucial...
04/22/2024

Negligence in immigration advice can lead to serious consequences for those seeking to immigrate to Canada. It's crucial to seek guidance from qualified immigration professionals to avoid pitfalls.

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If you received negligent advice from an immigration lawyer or consultant that negatively impacted your immigration process, compensation may be available.

When something goes wrong with respect to a real estate deal, aside from the buyer and seller suing one another, sometim...
04/18/2024

When something goes wrong with respect to a real estate deal, aside from the buyer and seller suing one another, sometimes one or both of the real estate agents involved are also sued.

We discuss more in our latest blog: https://ow.ly/2J4G50Rj7nE


British Columbia court dismisses claim made against real estate agent for breach of fiduciary duty after finding it was not substantiated.

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