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  • Family Assets a definition
  • Family Lawyers: cohabitation / marriage contracts, separation, mediation, divorce, spousal assault Vancouver Anna Perry, Senior family law lawyer on West Broadway near Hemlock, in Vancouver BC Mark Perry, over 25 years experience in wills disputes, and family  disputes Jill Chapin, Vancouver family lawyer - writes articles on  family court  work for parties to consider in a  dispute situation Marla Gilsig, experienced family lawyer, on West Broadway , Vancouver, BC Edward Bowes, LLB LLM, over 30 years experience as a downtown Vancouver Family  and Personal Injury lawyer0 Gordon Zenk with family and office pet has served Burnaby, for over 20 years prior to move to Port Moody, BC to better serve the Tri-City area of Metro  Vancouver Dil Gosal, experienced Criminal defense lawyer for charges of family violence William Storey, Vancouver family lawyer, experienced in parental child abduction  cases
    Victoria Lisa Eames, family lawyer and certified mediator with downtown Victoria McConnan Bion O'Connor Peterson Misty Hillard, experienced family lawyer with Hutchison Oss-Cech  Marlatt lawyers  on Fisgard St., downtown Victoria BC
Jessica England, family lawyer with PerryLaw in Vancouver, BC Marriage or Cohabitation Agreements in B.C.? article by Jessica England & Anna Perry, Vancouver family lawyers
Jill Chapin, Vancouver family lawyer - writes articles on  family court  work for parties to consider in a  dispute situation How to Prepare Affidavits for Family Law Case in BC . article by Jill Chapin, BA LLB
  • Family Business Development
    Victoria lawyers:  Patrick Bion, lawyer experienced in business-business law services in Victoria, BC Stephanie Sieber, experienced small business lawyer in Vcitoria, BC James Hutchison, Victoria   business-commercial services lawyer experienced in wealth management  consultation with clients
    Vancouver business-commercial lawyers Mona Chan, lawyer with experience working in Beijing and Vancouver in the area of Canada Immigration and business· 英 语 · 中 文 · 普 通 话 · 廣 東 話
    Florence Wong, with over 30 years business law / commercial leases  experience fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, has regular Radio program with Fairchild Radio in Vancouver fluent in Cantonese & Mandarin, 30 years experience in business law, commercial leases, wills & estates
    Bruce Redekop, Vancouver business lawyer  for medical incorporations, commercial leases, entrepreneural ventures click to  website 25 years experience in business-entrepreneurial law, medical practice incorporations, commercial leases
    Frank Baily, Metrotown Burnaby business lawyer with 40 years experience 40 years experience in all facets of business law, shareholder disputes, commercial leases, incorporations - Metrotown Burnaby BC

    Employment Law: for employers - coming soon from Rose Keith, BA JD, Vancouver lawyer a useful resource for family businesses undergoing growth / change and how to prevent/deal with wrongful dismissal situations.
A Definition of Family Asset:
[Note: the following definition may no longer be "up-to-date" - however serves as a good initial reference - check with your family lawyer for the latest working legal definitions in your province as family laws related to assets vary from province to province across Canada]

"A matrimonial home and property owned by one spouse or both spouses and ordinarily used or enjoyed by both spouses or one or more of their children while the spouses are residing together for shelter or transportation or for household, educational, recreational, social or aesthetic purposes, and include,
(i) money in an account with a chartered bank, ... credit union or trust company where the account is ordinarily used for shelter or transportation or for household educational, recreational, social or aesthetic purposes,
(ii) where property owned by a corporation, partnership or trustee would, if it were owned by a spouse, be a family asset, shares in the corporation or an interest in the partnership or trust owned by the spouse having a market value equal to the value of the benefit the spouse has in respect of the property,
(iii) property over which a spouse has either alone or in conjunction with the another person, a power of appointment exercisable in the favour of himself or herself, if the property would be a family asset if it were owned by the spouse and
(iv) property disposed of by a spouse but over which the spouse has, either alone or in conjunction with another person, a power to revoke the disposition or a power to consume, invoke or dispose of the property, if the property would be a family asset if it were owned by the spouse, but does not include property that the spouses have agreed by a domestic contract is not to be included in the family assets."
(definition quoted fr. p.189-190 -- Pocket Dictionary of Canadian law / Daphne A. Dukelow -- 4th ed. ISBN 0-459-24407-8. publisher: Thomson Carswell

Anna Perry, Senion family lawyer with Vancouver's Westside family law firm on Broadway0

Family Lawyer
Barrister & Solicitor

Westside Family Law
Many years of law experience are provided by Westside Family Law at Vancouver’s prominent, well-established BC family and divorce firm in the west side’s urban South Granville among the avenue of art galleries and luxury shops.

Anna Perry, senior partner at Westside has the confidence of BC’s elite entrepreneurs, academics, artisans, professionals and executives for trusted advice about family property and asset preservation, in beginning or ending of a common law or marriage relationship by written agreement or litigation.  Anna Perry provides discretion and expertise in family law matters involving high income, significantly high value assets and multiple corporate and trust holdings.

Westside’s legal services include:

  • divorce, legal separation
  • spousal support
  • child custody and child support
  • property division settlements
  • marriage, separation and new co-habitation agreements
  • protection of family assets
  • family law mediations
  • Mark Perry, family lawyer and certified mediator, as well as experienced wills disputes lawyer, senior partner at Perry Law, dba West Side Family law in Vancouver, BC wills disputes re estates and wills variation litigation and settlements

Westside takes the proper steps necessary to protect and preserve your legal rights and options.

Contact Westside at:
#420 - 1367 West Broadway,
Vancouver, B.C. V6H 4A7

located near to Hemlock Street just east of Granville
Phone 1-604-734-7911 for trusted legal advice

Web site:

Marla Gilsig, experienced family lawyer and mediator, office on Broadway near Oak St.  area of Vancouver MARLA  B. GILSIG,
Barrister & Solicitor

Family and Divorce Lawyer

Collaborative Divorce Lawyer

Family Law Mediator

For couples wanting a family law agreements:
·  Cohabitation agreements
·  Pre-nuptial Agreements
·  Post-nuptial Agreements
·  Variation of existing family law agreements

For couples seeking separation or divorce:
·  Collaborative divorce and draft separation agreement and obtain divorce order
·  Family law mediation and draft separation agreement
·  Family law and divorce litigation, negotiation, and separation agreement and divorce order
·  Variation of existing separation agreements

For couples seeking mediation
Gilsig Divorce and Family Law Mediation helps you cut the legal, financial and emotional costs of separation and divorce.

For parents seeking information on "How To Successfully Parent After Separation and Divorce" go to my web site at:

Marla Gilsig
#550 - 943 West Broadway,
Vancouver, B.C.
Phone:  604.669.6402


Edward Bowes, family lawyer in downtown Vancouver with 30 years experience EDWARD E. BOWES, LL.B. LL.M.
Barrister & Solicitor

Preferred Areas of Practice: Family-Matrimonial Law & Personal Injury Law

When facing the legal issues of family breakdown or personal injury you need someone with life experience as well as legal experience. 
I have been practicing law in these areas for 33+ years and I perform all services personally without shifting your file to a junior.

Pre-Nuptial Agreements - some comments:

There are many good reasons for obtaining a pre-nuptial agreement.  This is especially so if you are a parent and you have significant assets you may want to share with your children after they are married.  Many parents want to ensure their assets remain "in the family" even in the event of a subsequent divorce.

Without a properly drawn pre-nuptial agreement, any assets transferred to a son or daughter risk becoming "family assets" which will be subject to division upon separation or divorce. Given the rate of marriage failures today, this is something every parent will want to consider.

Edward Bowes, family lawyer in downtown Vancouver with 30 years experience If you are considering marriage and you or your fiancée have significant assets (and/or children from a previous relationship) then a pre-nuptial agreement may be crucial for preserving a separation of those assets and/or the financial security of your children from any previous relationship

Edward E. Bowes Personal Law Corp.
Suite 302 -- 543 Granville St.
Vancouver, B.C.  V6C 1X8
Phone:  604-817-5323

Canada Immigration & Family Reunification

Canada Immigration lawyers & Immigration consultants experiencedwith family reunification  applications and Canada's new super  family visas

"Who is your family?  A spouse or common-law partner you met online?  An orphan you adopted overseas? The parents that supported you for years?  Family reunification is a key goal of Canada’s immigration policy. Under current immigration laws, you can sponsor your spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, and dependent children to become permanent residents. Programs for sponsoring your parents or grandparents are currently frozen.

Family is important to Lowe & Company and so we understand your concerns.  We can help you bring your family home." [2012.10]

go to for more information.

Immigration-Business Lawyers

#900 - 777 West Broadway,
Vancouver, B.C.
Phone:  604.875.9338

Victoria, BC Family Lawyers
Lisa Eames, family lawyer and certified mediator, downtown Victoria BC Map to Lisa Eames, downtown Victoria, BC, office
Misty Hillard, experienced family lawyer with Hutchison Oss-Cech  Marlatt lawyers  on Fisgard St., downtown Victoria BC Misty Hillard, Family lawyer,
Upon a family breakdown, Hutchison Oss-Cech Marlatt will advise you as to your rights and ensure that you are protected.

Our firm deals with all aspects of a family breakdown, including:

  • spousal maintenance,
  • child custody, access,
  • maintenance,
  • property division and
  • divorce.

Our firm not only deals with the litigation of family disputes but also has extensive experience in:

  • the drafting of family law agreements,
  • drafting prenuptial agreements,
  • drafting co-habitation agreements and
  • drafting separation agreements.

If you require assistance with your family matter consider our services -- however due to demand, we do not provide free consultations.

Canada Legal info:: profile Hutchison Oss-Cech Marlatt
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