Entries by Heath Law, Nanaimo Lawyers


What are the tax implications of buying a business, and how can I minimize them?

When purchasing a business it is essential for buyers to consider the potential tax implications and strategies to minimize them. Two key tax considerations are the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and provincial sales tax (PST). The method of acquisition, whether through share or asset transfer, significantly impacts the tax outcome. In general, when buying […]


What intellectual property considerations are important in a business acquisition?

When acquiring a business, prospective buyers should give careful attention to the realm of intellectual property (IP). Protecting and leveraging these intangible assets is paramount. A buyer would do well to consider any trademarks, and whether they are owned by the business or individuals, and to ensure they are registered. A buyer should evaluate the […]


What permits, licenses, or regulatory compliance issues should I be aware of?

Purchasing a business can be an exciting endeavor. However, it comes with a complex regulatory landscape that demands a prudent buyer’s attention. To ensure a seamless transition and long-term success, it is crucial to be aware of various potential permits, licenses, and compliance matters. Firstly, business licenses are a fundamental requirement, with specific criteria varying […]


What contracts and agreements do I need to review or create during the acquisition process?

The acquisition of a business is a multi-faceted endeavour, where understanding and navigating a web of contracts and agreements is paramount. At the heart of the acquisition process lies the Purchase Agreement. This all-encompassing contract outlines the terms and conditions of the sale, from the purchase price to the assets and liabilities to be transferred. […]


How can I protect myself from assuming the seller’s liabilities?

When acquiring a business, whether in British Columbia or elsewhere, safeguarding yourself from inheriting the seller’s liabilities is of paramount importance. Several strategies can help mitigate these risks. First, a comprehensive due diligence process is vital, specifically you will want to examine the seller’s financial, legal, and operational history with expert assistance from lawyers and […]


What due diligence should I perform before buying a business?

It is essential to conduct due diligence when buying a business to ensure you are aware of any potential liabilities, legal issues, or other considerations related to the specific business you are acquiring. Consulting with your lawyer and your accountant is highly recommended to make an informed decision based on your unique circumstances. Before buying […]

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An Eye for an Eye: False Accusations by one Parent Against the Other in Family Law Proceedings

There are multiple possible outcomes and effects that may come from a parent making false accusations/allegations against the other parent, and none are positive for the accusing parent. These outcomes may range from increased costs against the accusing parent to having the Ministry for Child and Family Development become involved with the family, and the […]