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Georgialee Lang BA JD is a Vancouver lawyer and arbitrator who writes at Lawdiva.wordpress.com. She is a regular media commentator and is listed in “Best Lawyers in Canada” and “Lexpert”. Her website is georgialeelang.com.

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Compelling New Book Details Wrongful Conviction Of B.C.'s Ivan Henry

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 6:14 PM

I admit it: I'm a crime junkie. I've read every true crime book written by Ann Rule and Jack Olsen. I'm also a big fan of "America's Most Wanted," and I frequently peruse the FBI Most Wanted List. Don't hate me when I tell you that I follow the executions...

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Why Divorce Lawyers Will Never Work For a Fixed Fee

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 6:31 PM

I read a piece in the Huffington Post this week written by Jim Halfens of Divorce Hotel, who argued that it was about time that divorce lawyers charged a fixed fee for the legal work they perform, instead of sticking to the "old way" of hourly billing.

It will never...

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B.C. Lawyers Ignored the Law in Their Case Against Trinity Law School

(9) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 9:36 AM

Let me recap the recent special meeting of the members of the Law Society of British Columbia, a meeting prompted by a motion from Victoria lawyer Michael Mulligan who sought to overturn the 20-7 decision of the governors (benchers) of the Law Society, who had approved the admission of future...

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Post-Divorce, Equal Parenting Should Be Policy

(52) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 10:04 AM

Saskatchewan Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott's indefatigable efforts to introduce shared parenting into Canada's Divorce Act has been an exercise in futility. Its defeat Wednesday was an event that is no surprise to its advocates, who eventually realized that none of Canada's political parties, except for the Green Party,...

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Warren Jeffs' Tyranny Over Bountiful, B.C.

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 8:45 PM

From his shaved head and striped jumpsuit to his withering limbs, Warren Jeffs no longer resembles the exalted man and prophet who ruled the polygamous sect known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, including Canada's FLDS community in Creston, B.C., called Bountiful.

However, looks are...

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How Not to Tell Your Spouse You Want a Divorce

(2) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 1:34 PM

Telling your spouse you want a divorce is always a difficult moment. Many men and women simply don't have the guts to say it as it is, so they take the coward's way out by living their lives as if they were single.

Meanwhile, their spouses are experiencing waves of...

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5 Reasons to Fire Your Divorce Lawyer

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 8:00 AM

Unless you live in small town Canadiana, there are plenty of divorce lawyers to choose from when your world comes crashing down and you become a victim of divorce. It is no exaggeration to say that in many cases, a divorce is worse than the death of a spouse.

In...

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Do Custody Wars Poison Children?

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 4:57 PM

Parents who fight over child custody and access bring out the worst in themselves and often poison their children along the way. Divorce lawyers who are stuck in the middle of high conflict family disputes often remind their clients that children deserve both a mother and a father, and that...

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10 Signs You're in for a Difficult Divorce

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 12:32 PM

Don't we all like to think that if divorce was in our future, our uncoupling would be civilized, respectful and rational? For many divorcing spouses it can be that way, particularly where there are no children and minimal assets. However, all the best intentions for an amicable parting can quickly...

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Even Divorce Lawyers Can't Afford a Divorce Lawyer

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 5:59 PM

It should come as no surprise to anyone that many Canadians cannot afford a lawyer. In fact, lawyers often joke that if they had to pay a lawyer, they too couldn't afford it. Nowhere is this dilemma more obvious than in family courts.

It is now commonplace to see self-represented...

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Family Law's Crapshoot: Will Canada Reform Spousal Support Laws?

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2011 | 4:19 PM

Family law lawyers across Canada will tell you the payment of spousal support or alimony (as it was once called) is still the most difficult issue to resolve between divorcing spouses.

Up until 2006 spousal support awards were notoriously inconsistent. The outcome of a spousal support case depended on what...

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Is Collaborative Divorce a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 2:59 PM

A legal phenomenon called collaborative divorce is sweeping across North America and is being sold as the answer to the age-old question: "How can we get divorced quickly, fairly and cheaply?" Family law lawyers who have embraced the doctrine of collaboration are effusive in their praise and defense of this...

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Million-Dollar Case Against Canada Revenue Agency Tossed Out: Was Jury Bewilderment at Play?

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2011 | 10:16 AM

Hal Neumann had a great life, running a successful business in Saanich, British Columbia, until Canada Revenue Agency investigators showed up at his home one morning with two police officers and a search warrant.

Mr. Neumann was the President of Vantage Equipment Company Ltd., a company that bought...

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Canada's Bondage Judge Faces Public Inquiry

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2011 | 4:34 PM

It was announced on Thursday that Madam Justice Lori Douglas, referred to as Canada's "bondage judge," will face a public inquiry to determine whether she is fit to continue as a Superior Court judge.

The unsavoury events leading to the inquiry unraveled last fall when Douglas, the Associate Chief Justice...

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Anonymous Sperm Donation Harms Children

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2011 | 7:15 PM

Men in British Columbia who might have altruistically donated sperm to an infertile or same-sex couple may wish to think twice in light of last month's landmark B.C. Supreme Court decision, (Pratten v. British Columbia 2011 BCSC (656)) which banned the practice of anonymous sperm donation, a first...

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Who Will Fix Canada's Family Law System?

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2011 | 10:02 AM

Canada's system of family law is decimating us, one family at a time.

With nearly 40 per cent of Canadian marriages ending in divorce, our next government needs to stop the bleeding, financial and emotional.

Our adversarial court system pits husband against wife in a dangerous game...

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Vancouver's Shame

(8) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 12:32 AM

A silence hangs over the city of Vancouver this morning. Yesterday's buoyant elevator conversation among strangers wearing blue jerseys has ended.

There is a palpable sense of embarrassment as downtown workers return to the scene of the crime, where the aftermath of last night's riot is evident. Shards of broken...

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Will Cutbacks in British Columbia Sheriffs Lead to Courtroom Chaos?

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2011 | 10:35 AM

Dateline USA: "Judge Breaks Up Courtroom Attack"; "Judge Severely Injured by Knife Attack in Courtroom"; "Man Charged With Attacking Wife in Court Over Child Support".

British Columbia's sheriffs, responsible for protecting B.C.'s 44 courthouses and thousands of British Columbians who have business in court, including judges, lawyers, court staff and...

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