Fazel Bakhsheshi Law Firm is Now Closed

As of September 1st, 2014, I have joined the law firm of Lacroix Mathers in Langley, British Columbia.  After three years and two months in sole practice, my sole practice is closed.  My practice in my new firm is solely focused in helping victims of car accidents to recover the compensation they deserve from the insurance companies.  My practice is exclusive to representing victims of accidents; I do not represent and have never represented insurance companies.  If you are injured in a car accident, you can contact me at:

Reference Power of the Supreme Court of Canada: A Constitutional Absurdity Unique to Canada

Sections 53 and 54 of the Supreme Court Act authorize the Federal Government of Canada and the governments of the provinces to ask the Supreme Court of Canada for advisory opinions.  The federal and provincial governments usually use this power on matters that may be challenged in future on constitutional grounds.  This power is a flaw in our laws and can be solved by an act of Parliament.  A guiding principle of democratic societies is separation of powers, especially a separate judiciary branch independent from politics and political influences.  The reference

“A Gem of a Lawsuit”

Making a living is a stressful activity and much of life can be nasty and brutish.  Tort law does not provide compensation for all stress-causing and nasty conduct that individuals may suffer at the hands of another.  A court cannot order people to be nice to each other.  Yes, a judge had to rule so.  The fight of two neighbors caused one of the most pleasant-to-read judgments ever issued by a court.  Here is the judgment.  Enjoy!  

Iran is the Least Anti-Semitic Country in the Middle East!

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is an international Jewish non-governmental organization based in the United States.  Describing itself as America’s “premier civil rights/human relations agency,” the ADL states that it “fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all,” doing so through “information, education, legislation, and advocacy.”  

Protect Your Social Insurance Number

If your Social Insurance Number (“SIN”) falls into the wrong hands, you are in trouble.  Only losing cash or your bank card along with your PIN can be worse than losing your SIN card or giving your SIN to the wrong person.  A SIN with another piece of identification is usually enough to open credit accounts!  

New Proposed Changes to Becoming a Canadian Citizen

The Conservative Government of Canada has proposed some changes to the current citizenship laws.  The government clearly wants to make becoming a Canadian citizen more difficult.  The changes are still being debated, but considering the solid Conservative majority in the Canadian Parliament, these changes will probably become law in near future.  These changes will affect many current permanent residents, so those eligible to apply for citizenship are better to apply before these proposed changes become law.  

Can a Judge be Your Friend on Facebook?

In Florida, an appellate court removed a trial judge from a divorce case because the judge sent a Facebook friend request to a party in the proceeding while she presided over it.  The judge sent a friend request to the wife in an ongoing divorce proceeding, which she rejected following her lawyer’s advice.  

The European Union Eases Its Sanctions on Iran

The European Union (the “EU”) announced that it is easing its sanctions on Iran.  Trade with Iran is still very difficult because the financial sanctions targeting Iranians’ ability to transfer their funds out of Iran are still in full force and effect.  However, further talks between the P5+1 nations and Iran over the coming months are very likely to result in some improvements, including a softening of sanctions on banking transactions and a swift opening up of the Iranian market for exporters.