Steps in a Lawsuit – Court of King’s Bench of Alberta

1.   Statement of Claim/Statement of Defence A Statement of Claim is the document that commences a lawsuit in the Court of King’s Bench. It sets out the details of the claim such as who is making the claim, who the claim is against, the alleged facts relevant to the claim, and what relief is being […]

How long do I have to sue in Alberta?

The Two-Year Period In Alberta, the Limitations Act sets out the limitation period to start a lawsuit. The two-year clock for a civil lawsuit starts to run when a person knows or ought to have known, that the injury and/or damage has happened and was caused by someone else. The injury and/or damage must warrant […]

What is Child Support and How Much do I Need to Pay?

Every parent has an obligation to provide financial support for their child(ren) to the extent that they are able, and this obligation continues after separation and divorce. Child support is a right of the child’s and for this reason it cannot be easily waived by either parent. Child Support is generally made up of two […]

Congrats Michele on 30 Years at Birdsell Grant LLP!

Birdsell Grant LLP was excited to celebrate Michele Stupniski on her 30th anniversary at Birdsell Grant. Michele works hard in our commercial real estate department and we’re thankful for her expertise throughout the years.

Should I Hire a Lawyer or Represent Myself?

Canada’s justice system is set up in such a way that a person is entitled to represent themselves in a court of law, should they wish to do so. However, the process is complex, it is often confusing, and it very technical. The amount of information alone can be overwhelming to deal with – not […]

Bill 23: Commercial Tenancies Protection Act

On July 23, 2020, the Commercial Tenancies Protection Act (the “CTPA”) received Royal Assent, and took effect retroactively on March 17, 2020. This legislation applies to commercial lease agreements in effect on March 17, 2020 (the day Alberta declared a state of public health emergency), as well as commercial tenancy agreements made effective between March […]


1. What is a Real Property Report? A Real Property Report (RPR) illustrates the location of structures and improvements to the land relative to property boundaries. It takes the form of a plan or illustration of the physical features of the property, and includes a written statement detailing the surveyor’s opinion about the structures relationships […]


1.     What is probate? Probate is the process by which your Will is submitted to a probate court and your Executor is formally appointed. A Grant of Probate is the Surrogate Court’s certification that the Will submitted meets the requirements set out in the Wills and Succession Act and is the last Will and Testament of the […]

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