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Dukeshire Law Office is proud to compile informative articles about disparate legal topics. As northwest Calgary lawyers, we understand the importance of delivering clear, comprehensive information to our clients. Contact us today to discuss your legal questions in depth with our team.

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    How Does Marriage or Divorce Affect Your Will in Alberta?

    While there were over 14 million married Canadians in 2021, nearly 140,000 were separated. A common concern for those getting married or divorced is how these processes affect their will.

    So how does marriage or divorce affect your will in Alberta? What are some things you should know before these major life events?

    That's what we're here to look at today. Read on to find out some key details about your will preparation for your upcoming marriage or divorce.


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  • couple meeting with lawyer for cohabitation agreement
    5 Reasons You Need a Cohabitation Agreement

    According to Canadian census data, the number of cohabitating couples has exponentially grown over the past few decades. Over 21% of couples living together are unmarried. 

    Are you considering moving in with your romantic partner? You should look into backing your relationship with a cohabitation agreement. 

    Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of this legal contract and why you should consider getting a cohabitation agreement if you are in a common law or Adult Interdependent Relationship. 


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  • elderly couple meeting with estate lawyer
    5 Reasons You Need To Hire an Estate Lawyer

    It's been reported that only a little over half of Canadians have wills, with most of them being citizens aged 65 years or older. While it seems like something you can put off until later in your life, it's a good idea to start planning early.

    If you're starting to put your estate together, who should you turn to for help? Many hire lawyers for estate planning, but are they really necessary?

    That's what we're here to look at today. Read on to find out more about the 5 reasons why you need to hire an estate lawyer.


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    What Is Spousal Support and Who Is Entitled?

    Are you going through a divorce? Life can feel stressful and chaotic during a divorce, especially when you factor in the wide-ranging emotions that you will be processing. Additionally, the financial aspect of the split can cause a great deal of stress and be life-changing. Spousal support is something that you will hear often hear about and could play a major role in the divorce.

    Many wonder, "what is spousal support, and how will it affect me?" Essentially, spousal support is financial support that is given by one party to the other following the split. There are many factors at play here, so read on for all that you need to know.


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  • couple in a contested divorce
    Uncontested vs Contested Divorces in Alberta

    You've done the necessary soul searching, made the financial preparations, talked to your partner, and you've decided that it's time for a divorce. It's a difficult choice, and the only thing worse is when your spouse disagrees. That's called a contested divorce.

    But what exactly is the difference between uncontested vs contested divorces? How do the different types of divorces affect your chances of a good outcome and how you should proceed?

    Let's take a closer look at the specifics of divorce law when it comes to uncontested divorce and contested divorce.


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  • smiling couple in adult interdependent relationship
    How Does the Family Property Act Apply to Adult Interdependent Relationships in Alberta?

    The legality of the Family Property Act can be difficult to understand. Dukeshire Law Office is here to help you understand how the Family Property Act, established in 2020, could apply to you if you were in a common law relationship in Alberta.

    If you are separated from your partner, you could be entitled to property ownership. Keep reading to see what the Family Property Act means for you!


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  • couple signing divorce papers with lawyer
    Reasons to Hire an Experienced Family Lawyer

    Going through a divorce is a difficult experience, both practically and emotionally. You don't want to further exacerbate your stress by having inadequate legal representation. 

    Even if the facts are on your side, your case could fall apart without proper representation from a lawyer. This article lists some reasons why you should consider working with an experienced family lawyer such as the family lawyers at Dukeshire Law Office.


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  • parents and child icons next to gavel
    Guide to Child Custody Arrangements in Alberta

    *We are expecting some changes to the wording of the term custody effective March 1, 2021 due to changes in the divorce act.  Please contact us for further information.

    Divorce is one of the top 10 most stressful life events. If you are currently going through a divorce, you undoubtedly know how stressful it can be. Making divorce even more stressful is if you have children and need the courts to determine custody. 

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  • divorce property division
    How Is Property Divided in a Divorce in Alberta?

    Divorce is one of the top five stressful life events that a person can experience. If you are currently going through a divorce, you know how overwhelming it can seem. An experienced family law lawyer can help temper this stress.

    If you are considering a divorce, or are just starting the divorce process, you may be wondering: how is property divided in a divorce in Alberta? This article is here to help you understand the basics of property division.

    Read on to learn more about the different types of assets, how the courts classify them, and how the courts divide the property between you and your spouse.

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  • female lawyer signing document
    What Legal Services Are Available During COVID-19?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many aspects of life to be put on hold and caused unprecedented levels of stress and uncertainty. Despite the upheaval (or in some cases, because of it), many Alberta residents continue to require legal services and advice. Whether you need legal assistance from a real estate lawyer, wills and estates lawyer, or divorce lawyer, Northwest Calgary’s Dukeshire Law Office is here to help you. Read on for an overview of some of the legal services that are available during COVID-19, or call us today to discuss your specific real estate, estate planning, or family law legal needs.

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  • estate planning sign
    Top Questions to Ask Your Estate Planning Lawyer

    The Northwest Calgary wills and estates lawyers at Dukeshire Law Office have been providing estate planning services to clients since 1977.

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  • family lawyer explaining divorce proceedings to couple
    What to Expect from a Family Lawyer When Starting Divorce Proceedings

    The process of going through separation and divorce is emotionally and financially difficult. When a marriage breaks down, there are a lot of uncertainties. Hiring a family lawyer to provide divorce law services will greatly reduce stress and uncertainty. The Northwest Calgary family lawyer at Dukeshire Law Office has been providing divorce law services to clients since 1977, protecting her client’s rights, providing clear legal advice, and guiding clients through the divorce process. Some people feel apprehensive about taking the first step of calling a family lawyer to start divorce proceedings. This post is intended to take some of the uncertainty out of the equation by explaining what to expect from a family lawyer at the initial meeting to discuss starting divorce proceedings.


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  • real estate lawyer
    4 Reasons You Should Hire a Real Estate Lawyer

    No matter how simple a real estate transaction might appear, in most cases it’s necessary to hire a real estate lawyer. Here are four reasons why.

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  • signing papers
    When Do You Need a Notary Public?

    Notaries public, often simply called notaries, perform a range of legal duties. Here are some cases where you might need their services.

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  • Family representation

    Above all other areas of law, matters related to family law can be some of the most challenging for families. Consulting with a Calgary family law team can help you navigate your legal situation and help you protect you and your family’s best interests.

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    After a loved one passes, many questions can remain. A Calgary probate lawyer can assist you in all matters relating to probate, wills and estates. He or she will have significant training, including continuing legal education, and years of experience to handle estate matters in court. He or she can help you locate and secure the decedent’s assets, oversee the execution of a will and much more. The lawyer will provide representation, advice, mentoring, and may already have significant successful estate litigation experience.

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