Immigration, Criminal Defense, Estate Planning Lawyers in Vancouver
I have worked on cases involving corporate and commercial issues, including mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, public listings and alternative investment vehicle structuring, securities and white-collar investment fraud and cases involving mining companies, First Nations, government and natural resources.
The AD LUCEM LAW CORPORATION, the team of professional corporate lawyers in Vancouver practice focuses on advising clients on the incorporation of companies, trusts and societies, their organization, reorganization and governance, regulatory compliance, amalgamation, arrangements, continuations, alterations of share capital, dissolutions and wind-ups, liquidations, revivals, restorations, shareholder agreements, meetings and disputes and directors’ and shareholders’ rights and liabilities.
Some common forms of business organization include: proprietorships, corporations, partnerships, and trusts. Not all business organizations are appropriate for every type or size of business, and each carries with it special advantages and disadvantages. Good legal advice is the first step in determining whether a particular type of business model is appropriate for your particular situation. To find out more, please call me today for a free consultation.
According to Clément Gignac of the Globe and Mail, Canada has become an attractive pole for immigrants from around the world who are looking for a host country that will give them good opportunities. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Canada’s annual immigration flow is now proportionately one of the highest among OECD members, at 0.7 per cent of its population.
In 2011, there were 249,000 new permanent residents, after a record year of 281,000 in 2010. (The official planned admission range is between 240,000 and 265,000 new permanent residents a year). That is not counting the 190,800 temporary foreign workers that were admitted in 2011 as well as the 98,400 foreign students who came to benefit from our universities and may decide to stay and put their skills to use in Canada’s industries.
Are you thinking of immigrating to Canada or wishing to have loved ones and dependents from your home country join you in Canada? I can help. Contact me (immigration lawyer in Vancouver) today for a free consultation.
If you want to immigrate to Canada on a long-term (or permanent) basis you must get a permanent resident visa. Although your overall objective may be to obtain your Canadian citizenship, the first step is always to get a permanent resident visa. The visa allows you to live in Canada indefinitely provided you spend 730 days in Canada out of every five-year period, at which time your permanent resident card must be renewed. Most individuals do apply for citizenship after living in Canada for a full three years. After obtaining citizenship, you no longer have to renew the permanent resident visa.
Every year about 170,000 people become citizens of Canada. Often people ask about how to obtain Canadian citizenship. Citizenship is a status that you can get after becoming a permanent resident and then living in Canada for a full three years. The question is how to become a permanent resident of Canada first, before one can obtain Canadian citizenship.
Have you been arrested or detained or had property confiscated by the Canada Boarder Services Agency (CBSA) or been denied access to the United States by either the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)? If so, please give me a call for a free consultation.
Planning travel to the United States, United Kingdom or a member state of the European Union? Do you have questions regarding work permits and travel visas to the United States or the European Union? Have you been denied entry to the United States? Do you have a criminal record and are looking for a pardon? Call me today for a free consultation.
Most people tend not to think about what will happen if they become incapable of managing their affairs or die until later in life. It is, however prudent for everyone to plan in advance how their affairs and family will be taken care of should they become incapable or die. In the absence of planning, who manages your affairs, who is the guardian of your children and who receives the benefit of your assets could be very different from what you expect or would choose. I can help you with estate planning needs, drafting wills and setting up trusts. Call Robert W.E. Laurie, the estate planning lawyer in Vancouver today for a free consultation.
The First Nations are the various Aboriginal peoples in Canada who are neither Inuit nor Métis. There are currently over 630 recognized First Nations governments or bands spread across Canada, roughly half of which are in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia. The total population is nearly 700,000 people. Under the Employment Equity Act, First Nations are a “designated group”, along with women, visible minorities, and people with physical or mental disabilities.First Nations are not defined as a visible minority under the Act or by the criteria of Statistics Canada.
I take on private and legal aid criminal cases throughout BC for those who cannot afford legal counsel. The expansion into criminal defense work has provided an opportunity for me to work closely with T.E. (Terry) La Liberte Q.C. and become better acquainted with the criminal bar, liaising with him and his team. Given my background and experience in white-collar crime, securities and investment fraud, I am interested to expand my practice to include disciplinary proceedings, administrative hearings before provincial regulators such as the British Columbia Securities Commission, and civil matters with criminal overtones involving fraud or other intentional tortious conduct. Call me today for a free consultation.
Under the new Medical Marijuana Purposes Regulations (MMPR), personal use licenses are being revoked. New licenses for consumer producers are being issued, but growers must meet a host of stringent requirements on points like security and bookkeeping. Retaining a marijuana lawyer in these uncertain times who understands corporate, regulatory and criminal law is a thing of value.
Growers and users of medical marijuana as well as legitimate businesses and compassion societies based in BC know the laws are changing. Since April 1, 2013, the Medical Marihuana Purposes Regulation (MMPR) replaced the Medical Marijuana Access Regulations (MMAR), meaning Canada’s legitimate marijuana growers and Health Canada are going corporate.
Those wishing to continue growing marijuana for medical purposes will need to become a licensed producer under the MMPR and submit to the security clearance process. At present Health Canada has received 4000 applications. Further, under the MMPR’s, participants will need to familiarize themselves with the law including the following:
- Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (S.C. 1996, c. 19)
- Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (SOR/2013-119)
- Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)
- Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Police Enforcement Regulations) (SOR/97-234)
- Food and Drugs Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. F-27)
- Food and Drug Regulations (C.R.C., c. 870)
- Directive on Physical Security Requirements for Controlled Substances
- Narcotic Control Regulations (C.R.C., c 1041)
Have you been arrested in connection with the growing, selling, trafficking and distribution of marijuana? Has your business or residence been invaded and raided by law enforcement and has your property been damaged or confiscated in the process? If so, please contact me today.