Within our new office space in Langley, we are proud to have carried with us several pieces of memorabilia from the Fort law office.
We have the solid wood antique boardroom table along with the matching leather upholstered chairs in our Johnstone boardroom. We also have the exterior wooden sign from the previous Fort Langley law firm – Cherrington, Easingwood Kearl as well as an antique sideboard.
On the walls of this boardroom we are displaying original artwork of the historical Fort Langley site painted by local Langley artist, Barbara Boldt.
On the shelf (below) are two newspaper clippings from a landmark case decided in March 2003. This case was argued by Robert Kearl and another lawyer from the previous Fort law firm. Below you will find a brief synopsis of the case.
A family physician who injected himself with a lethal dose of Demerol died accidentally, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in an insurance decision that substantially expands the ambit of accidental death coverage across Canada. The 9-0 decision upheld a 2001 B.C. Court of Appeal ruling that the doctor died by “accidental means” in 1996 after he injected demerol to ease pain in an injured leg. As a result, his ex-wife collected a $250,000.00 accidental death benefit under his policy with American International Assurance Life Company Ltd. Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin’s judgment, which held that the litmus test for accidental death coverage is whether an insured subjectively “expected to die,” represented the high court’s first examination of the issue in 25 years, and brings clarity and uniformity to an area muddied by conflicting case law in the various provinces. Also found on the shelves above are numerous corporate seals for various Langley businesses and as well as a cheque writer (used to fight against cheque fraud in the pre-computer era – see definition below). Definition (provided by Wikipedia):
A check writer (also known as a “ribbon writer”, “check signer”, “check protector” or “check embosser”), is a physical device for protecting a check from unauthorized alteration of either the amount or the authorizing signature.
Devices of this type that use various technologies are also known as check protectors, check punches, and check perforators. A check punch punches holes in the shapes of numerals. A check perforator punches small round holes that form numerals.
A check writer, or ribbon writer, leaves a numerical or written value impression in the payment amount field of a check that is very difficult to alter. This is accomplished by the machine applying downward force on the check and leaving very small inked shreds in the paper.