MacLean Family Law Wins Top Choice “Vancouver’s Best* Family Law Firm” Award Again
MacLean Family Law has been consistently ranked as one of Western Canada’s and Vancouver’s best* family law firm. In fact we have won “Vancouver’s Best* Family Law Firm” 2 out of the last 3 years as tabulated and ranked by Prestigious Top Choice Awards. Our lawyers are passionate about helping our client’s surmount challenging life experiences and particularly when they urgently need relationship exit strategies. We have offices in Surrey, Vancouver, Kelowna and downtown Vancouver and we act in Manitoba and Alberta on select cases.
Our family lawyers are practical in our approach, earnest in our work, and we enable our medium to high net worth professionals, business owners and their hard working spouses to make good decisions and reach positive outcomes to move forward in their lives. The lawyers at Vancouver’s best* family law firm work as a collaborative team to ensure you have the best resources for your unique legal issue.
Diversity Matters At MacLean Law and We Are Fluent In Multiple languages
Half of the population of Vancouver has a primary language other than English. Our law firm has a huge commitment to diversity and we have lawyers who are fluent in Mandarin, Punjabi, Hindi, Cantonese, Farsi, Russian and French as well as English.
Giving Back Is Crucial at MacLean Law
MacLean Law is passionate about giving back to the community.
Our lawyers volunteer at pro bono clinics, write hundreds of free articles, volunteer at homeless shelters, and Lorne N. MacLean, QC sits on the Provincial Judicial Council helping to select the best judges possible for our Provincial Court. Our lawyers work tirelessly for our clients and also know the importance of giving back. We live by the motto “to whom much is given much is expected.”
Free Property Division Tips From Vancouver’s Best* Family Law Firm
In Kumagai v. Campbell Estate Mr. Justice G.C. Weatherill made a neat summary of who bears the onus on different issues in a property division case with the person seeking to exclude property from sharing bearing the onus on identifying and proving the value of the exclusion wheras the person claiming a share of the gain on this property bearing the onus of proving what the increase was.
1. Excluded Property
 Property acquired by a spouse before the relationship between the spouses began is excluded from family property. The party claiming that property is excluded has the onus of establishing, on the balance of probabilities, the basis for and extent of the exclusion “with precision”: FLA s. 85(2); Shih v. Shih, 2015 BCSC 2108 at paras. 64 and 155.
 However, to the extent that the claimant seeks to have any increase in the value of the excluded property included in family property, it is the claimant who has the onus of establishing what the increase was: J.S.F. v. W.W.F, 2015 BCSC 2375 at para. 161.
We Are BC’s Biggest Family Law Firm
We are British Columbia’s largest family law firm and are proud to have been a repeat winner of Top Choice Awards “Vancouver’s best* family law firm”.
If you need skilled and compassionate help or have a “bet the bank” complex high net worth case involving your professional practice, business or partnership pick up the phone before it is too late to develop a proper relationship exit strategy. Call us toll free across North America at 1-877-602-9900