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Legal Blog from Kamloops Lawyers at Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP

Here at Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP, our Kamloops lawyers have practised at all court levels in British Columbia. We have assisted families, individuals, and businesses to solve legal issues related to family law, corporate law, wills and estates, real estate law, criminal law, estate litigation and more. We have gained much experience in BC law and would like to share with you some important facts in the following blog. Contact us today for more information.

  • 25/08/2021 - Staff
    Superior Preparation is Ford's Competitive Advantage


    Originally published at


    Kamloops personal injury lawyer Matt Ford will leave no stone unturned in the search for better results for his clients.



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  • 09/09/2020 - Tony Poland, Associate Editor
    Suing the city after an accident - Part 2

    (previously published at

    In the second instalment of a two-part series, Kamloops personal injury lawyer Matthew Ford discusses the steps to take when filing a negligence claim against a city or municipality.


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  • 28/07/2020 - Tony Poland, Advocate Associate Editor
    Suing the city after an accident - Part 1

    (originally posted at

    In the first instalment of a two-part series, Kamloops personal injury lawyer Matthew Ford discusses how filing a negligence claim against a city or municipality can differ from taking action against a private citizen.


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  • 29/06/2020 - Tony Poland, Asssociate Editor
    Party host's duty to guests does not include policing them: Ford

    (originally posted at

    The host of a party is not expected to police their guests when it comes to drinking or smoking marijuana, but they still have an obligation to keep them safe, Kamloops personal injury lawyer Matthew Ford tells


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  • 20/05/2020 - Morgan Elander
    *UPDATED* British Columbia Wills in the Age of COVID-19

    **UPDATED MAY 19, 2020 - Ministerial Orders under the Emergency Program Act now provide that wills may be witnessed while the will-maker and witnesses are in each-others "electronic presence". This is discussed further below) **


    (originally posted April 16, 2020)

    In the last month or so, our firm has noticed a sudden uptick in the number of people inquiring about making a will. Being optimists, we hope this is merely a matter of folks finally having the time to think about estate planning as they are stuck at home. At the same time though, this is also a particularly difficult time to make a will, as most law offices, including ours, have instituted social distancing measures reducing meetings with clients. Worse yet, some of the people most in need of making a will are also the people who should be avoiding outside contact at all costs.


    While it has been easy for us to handle estate planning consultations and to take wills instructions via telephone and videoconferencing appointments, the bigger challenge has come with ensuring the proper execution of wills.


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  • 08/05/2020 - Tony Poland,
    New B.C. accident rules make it vital to call a lawyer: Ford

    (originally posted April 2019 at

    Recent changes in British Columbia’s auto insurance industry makes it “more important than ever to get legal advice immediately after an accident,” says Kamloops personal injury lawyer Matthew Ford.


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  • 01/05/2020 - Simon Walter
    Simon Walter interviewed by Castanet Kamloops on the effects of COVID-19 on Family Law in BC

    Click below to see the April 25, 2020, Castanet Kamloops article featuring our very own Simon Walter


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  • 23/04/2020 - staff
    Liability finding in Calgary LRT assault a ‘wake-up call’ for cities

    (originally posted at

    A recent ruling that found the City of Calgary liable because it failed in its duty to protect a young man from an assault at an LRT station is a “wake-up call” to all provincial municipalities and transit agencies, says Kamloops personal injury lawyer Matt Ford.


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  • 01/04/2020 -
    Expert limits prejudice accident victims: Ford

    (Originally published at, March 2019)

    New rules limiting the use of experts in litigation related to motor vehicle accidents will unfairly prejudice injured plaintiffs, Kamloops personal injury lawyer Matthew Ford tells


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  • 24/03/2020 -
    Defamation cases part of the #MeToo backlash

    (originally posted at

    Defamation claims offer a possible route to reduce the stigma attached to those falsely accused of sexual misconduct, Kamloops litigation lawyer Matthew Ford tells


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  • 16/03/2020 -
    Decision shows value of B.C.'s new wills law

    (Originally published at

    A recent ruling highlights the value of B.C.’s Wills, Estates and Succession Law Act (WESA), Kamloops trusts and estates lawyer Matthew Ford tells


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  • 13/01/2020 - Christopher Soll
    Divorce Lawyers in Kamloops

    Divorce is the formal termination of a marriage, and is distinct from separation. In order to separate, one spouse must simply advise the other that he or she wants to permanently end the relationship. A divorce in Kamloops requires a formal order from the Supreme Court of British Columbia. If you want to permanently end a marriage, it is important to obtain a divorce. Until you obtain a divorce, you cannot remarry, and your former spouse will have the right to file court applications against your property and your estate. Many legal rights in family law do not begin to expire until after a divorce is granted.


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  • 13/01/2020 - Christopher Soll
    4 Common Myths and Misconceptions about Family Law in BC

    Family law in British Columbia has not only gone through some changes over the past few years, but it also differs in important ways from family law in other parts of Canada. These changes and differences, as well as persistent public myths surrounding family law, have led to some widely believed misconceptions about the topic.

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  • 13/01/2020 - Christopher Soll
    Your Rights When Arrested or Charged

    (Originally posted 31/10/2016)


    When you have been arrested by the police or charged with a crime, it is crucial that you are aware of your rights and of the invaluable assistance that a Kamloops criminal lawyer can provide during this time. At Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP, we believe that it is important for all Kamloops residents to know what actions are in their best interest when dealing with the criminal justice system.


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  • 13/01/2020 - Christopher Soll
    Legal Options from Domestic Violence in BC

    (Originally posted 22/11/2016)


    Domestic violence is NEVER right. Domestic violence includes any form of violence within a relationship (marriage, common law or dating) - sexual, emotional, verbal, financial, and psychological including threats and the use of a weapon of control and intimidation by a spouse, partner, boyfriend/girlfriend, or ex-spouse. Domestic violence can happen even after a relationship is over.


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  • 13/01/2020 - Christopher Soll
    How to Choose a Law Firm That’s Right for You

    (Originally posted 09/03/2018)


    Choosing a lawyer for your case can be a difficult task if you don’t know what to look for. There are many different types of practices, varying in size, area of specialty, and experience explained here below. If you have the time, it’s ideal to examine the benefits and drawbacks of each of these features by meeting with more than one lawyer before choosing who will represent you. If you feel uncertain about a law firm, you should meet with another lawyer to compare before signing a retainer. Having the right starting point can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.

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