April 22, 2008
The Ministry of Small Business and Revenue has recently issued Bulletin SST 061 (revised April 8, 2008) regarding PST on legal services.
The Bulletin, aimed at lawyers and notaries, provides basic information regarding taxable legal services and non-taxable legal services. It mainly puts into plain language the content of two earlier versions (March 1992 and April 2008).
Additional information is available from:
- The Consumer Taxation Branch: 604-660-4524 in Vancouver or toll-free at 1-877-388-4440, or e-mail your questions to CTBTaxQuestions@gov.bc.ca.
- Law Society practice advisors: Dave Bilinsky (604-605-5331, email@example.com) or Barbara Buchanan (604-697-5816, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Justice Review Task Force seeks comment on draft Supreme Court Family Rules
A Concept Draft of the proposed Supreme Court Family Rules has been posted on the Justice Review Task Force website. Judges, lawyers, paralegals, advocates, court registry staff and others are encouraged to provide feedback to the JRTF via their online forum by June 30, 2008.
The JRTF established the Family Justice Reform Working Group in 2003 and asked it to explore opportunities for reform of BC's family justice system to better meet the needs of separating and divorcing families. One of the recommendations in the Working Group's 2005 report was to create new family rules.
Law Society Award
Do you know of a lawyer or someone in the legal community who has made outstanding contributions over the years? To honour a lifetime of achievement, consider bringing forward a nomination for the Law Society Award. The deadline for nominations is May 2, 2008.
For more information on award criteria and how to nominate, see About the Law Society/Honours and Awards on the Law Society website.