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Train creeps

Jun 10, 2015 / 5:00 am

I’d guess that most people in B.C. have traveled on the SkyTrain in the Lower Mainland. I love it. I can get downtown from my home in New Westminster faster than driving and it gives me time to catch up on overdue texts and emails with friends. But, there is also something a little...

Grandparents: no grandkids for you!

Jan 23, 2015 / 5:00 am

People love grandkids. And, why not? It’s exciting, right? You get to play with and spoil a child WITHOUT all the early mornings or dirty diapers. Good deal, right? Sadly, though, it’s not such a joyful time for everyone... Sometimes, grandparents are denied any time...

Lying about rape, violence, drug dealing?

Jan 9, 2015 / 5:00 am

If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve heard the allegations against Jian Ghomeshi and Bill Cosby. And, in light of those accusations (and the overwhelming assumption that they are both guilty of ALL such accusations), it got me thinking: we need to be VERY CAREFUL to...

Separating from partner? Big dollars!

Nov 27, 2014 / 5:00 am

Separating from your partner can be painful. Maybe you still love your former partner and you wish you were still together. Or, MAYBE you’re really happy that you no longer have to wake up with that person; but, you’re miserable because you have to deal with the money issues of...

Sex offenders and their children

Sep 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

Few, if any, people are as hated in our country as sex offenders, particularly those sex offenders who commit crimes against children. With that said, then, the purpose of this column is not to further demonize those offenders. Instead, the purpose of this column to...

Afraid of a family member?

Jun 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

Whether or not you choose to believe it, domestic violence is incredibly, incredibly common. Here are some Canadian statistics: In 2006, 12% of all criminal prosecutions in BC were domestic violence cases; Only 28% of victims of spousal violence will actually report these incidents to...

Child Support: A must read for parents

Mar 26, 2014 / 5:00 am

Ever wonder why the women on the Maury Povich show want to confirm ‘who the father is’? My (jaded) guess: they want child support. On that note, child support is one of the most commonly misunderstood subjects in family law. And, rightly so: it’s complicated. So, in the...

Divorce? Get out of my house!

Feb 24, 2014 / 5:00 am

In the wake of Valentine's Day, I thought I would write a column about family law. Ironic, I know… This column’s topic isn't exactly pleasant or in the spirit of Valentine's Day, but it is useful information. If not for you, then for someone you know... So, here...

Legal aid: horrendously underfunded

Oct 1, 2013 / 5:00 am

This week, I am writing about legal aid. Yes, I’ve written about it before: Politics and Legal Aid in BC. But, it’s a crucial topic, so I am going to discuss it, again. To start, legal aid is a vital program for our province. It’s VITAL. But, despite it being so vital,...

Complaining about (family) lawyers!

Sep 17, 2013 / 5:00 am

I haven’t written a column about family law before. I’m going to break that trend this week... And, I’m going to start from scratch, from the basics. In case you didn’t know, family law is an incredibly emotional area of law. Here’s a fact for you: family law...

Begging for money?

Aug 20, 2013 / 5:00 am

So, last week, I was on the radio in Vancouver. I was a guest speaker on CKNW radio, talking about panhandling and the laws around it. Now, if you recall, I wrote a column about this topic about a year ago: Is panhandling illegal? And, while I had written about the law around panhandling before,...

Lessons from the Nude Beach

Jul 23, 2013 / 5:00 am

As I write this column, I recognize it's an unusual topic… but, hear me out… Vancouver has a lot of famous landmarks. And one of those landmarks is Wreck Beach, a clothing-optional beach. I went to Wreck Beach a few weeks ago with a friend. When he originally asked me...

Big car crash: not big injuries!

Jul 9, 2013 / 7:30 am

Here is a classic misconception: big car crash = big injuries. This is one of the biggest misconceptions that exist around my job. And, it drives me insane… Believe it or not, the severity of a car crash is NOT proportionate to the severity of harm or injuries that someone experiences...

Prostitution is legal?!

Jun 25, 2013 / 6:00 am

I was in Las Vegas recently and, if you’ve been there, you’ll probably remember the ‘business cards’ that depict semi-nude women and that cover the sidewalks like raindrops. It’s shocking actually, how many of these ‘cards’ cover the ground. And, in...

ICBC advice you need to know!

Jun 18, 2013 / 5:00 am

While it’s one of my primary areas of practice, I try to stay away from writing about personal injury law topics. After all, there are already several other local lawyers who regularly write about car crash/ICBC claims. But, earlier this week, I met with another lawyer and helped her out...

Be careful when accepting job!

Jun 11, 2013 / 5:00 am

Whether or not you realize it, you regularly enter into contracts with other people or companies. In fact, you probably do it several times a day. And, despite how often you do it, you need to be very careful about entering into contracts. I say that because…well...very few people are...

Drunk driving law 101

Jun 4, 2013 / 5:00 am

While working in a Vancouver courthouse, I watched a judge tell a self-represented person, who had been charged with drunk driving, to seriously consider hiring a lawyer. The judge said that, in many ways, an impaired driving charge is more complicated than a murder charge. And, as odd as it may...

(Sad) future of B.C. politics

May 28, 2013 / 5:00 am

This recent provincial election was…interesting. And, historical for a number of reasons: some good, some bad. First, it’s great that Christy Clark is the first woman to lead a B.C. political party to victory. That is no small feat, considering she was once 20 points behind in the...

Sue your family!

May 14, 2013 / 5:00 am

When in a car, I prefer to drive. I am not sure why, but I do. But, now and then, I am a passenger in a vehicle. My friends and family members are good drivers, but they can make mistakes… And, if they did make a mistake and caused a crash that resulted in me suffering some injuries, I...

Witnesses are crucial in lawsuits

May 7, 2013 / 5:00 am

Think of some high profile cases and imagine what would have happened if there were no witnesses. Consider: Robert Pickton’s case, in which over 120 witnesses were presented; Robert Dziekanski’s final video-taped moments at the Vancouver Airport and how the RCMP officers...

About the Author

Jeff Zilkowsky is a lawyer practicing at MacLean Law in the Lower Mainland and in Kelowna, and focuses his practice on family law and litigation.  

In his column, Jeff provides information about current legal events or points of interest or concern relating to the law. 

The information contained in Jeff’s column should not be used or relied upon as legal advice.

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