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Areas of Practice

Hemmingson Law Office offer a range of legal services including:

Real Estate

Our real estate practice covers residential and commercial conveyancing and mortgages, farm sales and financing, condominium and land development.

We act for clients in all manner of real estate transactions, including options to purchase, easements, rights-of-way, building schemes, surface leases and in connection with mineral trusts.

Wills and Estates

The importance of estate planning cannot be overemphasized, particularly with family farms. We are frequently advising clients and drafting documents ranging from fairly simple wills, powers of attorney and personal directives to more complex trusts, cohabitation and marriage agreements and tax planning initiatives where we work closely with a client's accountant.

We pride ourselves on our expertise in administering estates effectively and obtaining Probate without unnecessary delay.

Where necessary, we will make applications to Court to address the validity of a Will and remuneration due to a personal representative.

Corporate and Commercial

Rick has represented hundreds of individuals and businesses in their commercial transactions and on matters ranging from advice on the advantages of various business structures, incorporation, tax rollovers, acquisitions, shareholder agreements and other documentation.

Dependent Adult

Clients sometimes find themselves in a situation where either or both of a Power of Attorney and Personal Directive do not exist or are defective. In these cases, we act for a person(s) – often a family member – who is willing to step in assume responsibility for handling the finances and assets of the person who has lost mental competence or managing their health care and personal lives.

Our representation in all these cases is effective and considerate of the impact such circumstances can have on individuals and their families.

Litigation

The firm's litigation files include many personal injury and divorce files as well as commercial and other litigation. We will also accept retainers for defence of any Firearms Act charges.

Some of Rick's recent trial success has included precedent-setting decisions involving family farm estates and exempt securities offerings; confirmed on appeal. These include the following reported cases from Queen's Bench and the Court of Appeal, which included the first known case in Alberta where a deceased plaintiff's action was continued to trial and the deceased person's questioning (deposition) transcripts admitted as preferred evidence by the trial judge:

and the following estate litigation cases: