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January 8, 2018  

Personal Injury Mediation

Mediation is the best trial prep ever. Full stop.

First of all, let's talk about what the process is. In personal injury matters, is really, a professionally guided negotiation between the opposing sides of a case. Typically, there are five players in the room. There is the lawyer for the insurance company, an employee from the insurance company, the plaintiff (also known as you, the client), your lawyer (also known as us), and the mediator. Your mediator will be trained in dispute resolution skills.

The mediator's job is to try to get both parties to resolve the matter and settling without going to trial.

At Hemminger Law Group Westshore, we like this process for two big reasons. First of all, we might end up resolving your case. From the client's (and their lawyer's) perspective, this method is quicker and less stressful than proceeding to trial. Mediation can be over in one day, while a trial easily lasts five to ten days.

January 3, 2018  

Motorcycle Accident Claim

Motorcycle riders understand the importance of defensive riding. Without the protection of a typical vehicle, riders are much more vulnerable, and can also be harder to see. Unfortunately, no matter how skilled a motorcycle rider may be, accidents can be caused by other drivers. Here’s what you need to know as a motorcycle rider.


If you’ve been injured, contact Hemminger Law Group Westshore today.

December 19, 2017  

Avoid These 10 Costly ICBC Claim Mistakes

Accidents can happen to anybody. If you’ve been injured in an accident, or even if you haven’t, it’s good to know the costly mistakes that should be avoided with respect to your ICBC claim.

Something as simple as not seeing your doctor regularly can have a negative effect on your ICBC claim. You’ll also want to hire a lawyer, and right away. We’ve seen countless examples where people who hired and paid a lawyer still pocketed much more money than they would have by accepting the initial ICBC offer.

Val Hemminger of Hemminger Law Group Westshore explains simple but important tips that will keep your injury claim on track.

Questions? Visit http://hemmingerlawgroup

December 15, 2017  

The Best Thing Your ICBC Lawyer Can Do

The job of your motor-vehicle accident lawyer is to get you the most money possible to compensate you for your injuries. This includes pain and suffering, lost wages, medical costs, and out of pocket expenses. Your lawyer will communicate with the ICBC adjuster or another adjuster and tell the story about your injuries and how they’ve impacted your life. If your lawyer is unable to reach an agreement with the adjuster, they must then present your case in court.

Your lawyer’s job goes much beyond simply getting you money. You must feel assured that they are looking after you so you can focus on getting better.

How do you find a lawyer you can trust? Meet with different lawyers, ask friends for referrals, and most importantly, trust your gut feeling after you meet them. More questions? Book your no-obligation consultation with Hemminger Law Group Westshore today.

December 11, 2017  

Your ICBC Claim: 3 Things To Know

Many times, injured people are not sure about whether or not it is worth it to hire a lawyer. They are often concerned about the cost. At Hemminger Law Group Westshore, it is our view that the best thing to do is meet with one of our lawyers and tell them about your claim. You and the lawyer will discuss whether or not it makes sense to hire a lawyer for your claim.

ICBC does not want you to hire a lawyer. At the initial phases of your case, ICBC adjustors may be very friendly and cooperative. They are like this because it is part of their job. They do not work for you. They work for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. * ICBC wants to make sure that you do not seek legal advice. At least, in our experience, if clients have legal representation, they end up getting more money than if they did not hire a lawyer. Such is the case even when they take into account the legal fees they paid. 

Of course, every claim is different. We cannot make any guarantees on your claim. At the same time, we have countless examples of where this has been the case. 

Most injured parties do not have the funds to pay up front for the cost of really great legal representation. Because of this, most ICBC lawyers, including us at Hemminger Law Group Westshore, will act for you and wait until your claim has been resolved to get paid. We can structure our legal fees from the ultimate amount of money you receive on a percentage basis.

We are motivated to get you as much money as possible for your injuries because the more money you get, the more money we make. It is simply good business. It is also good business for us to get as much money as possible for our clients because then they are happy and tell all their friends about how great their Langford ICBC lawyers were on their case. That is also good business. 

Contact Hemminger Law Group Westshore today for help with your ICBC claim.

December 5, 2017  

How Not To Be A Grinch At Christmas When Sharing Custody

Christmas can be a tough time for separated parents sharing custody. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be!
For the sake of your child or children, there are many things you can do to ensure a happy Christmas for them. Conversely, you should be aware of some actions that can make things a whole lot more difficult than they have to be.
How do you handle each parent having different religious beliefs? Should your Christmas gifts be kept at your home only? Can two separated parents even do things together with their children during Christmas?
Val Hemminger of Hemminger Law Group Westshore explains everything you need to know to make the holidays easy for you and your children!
August 2, 2017  

Are the courts against Dads? The truth about child custody for fathers.

When it comes to child custody battles, fathers may feel like the odds are stacked against them. But, in fact, this is not the case.

British Columbia’s Family Law Act ceased using the word “custody” in 2013, favoring terms such as “parenting responsibilities” and “parenting time,” but still relating to what we think of as custody.

The act considers parenting roles of both parents, and courts often start from the place that a child needs both parents. The best interest of the child is different for each unique case. Sometimes that may be 50/50 but can vary. For example, if one parent struggles to get the child to school on time but has lots of fun on weekends, that would be considered when deciding arrangements.

The focus is on what strengths each parent offers, rather than looking at the negatives.

Cases in which a father does not get to see his children are extremely rare, and when they do happen, are for good reason.

More about the BC Family Law Act:

Hemminger Law Group Westshore is based in Langford, British Columbia, Canada. Need legal advice? Visit for a no-obligation consultation.

July 28, 2017  

Here is the best child custody advice for your case (and your kids)

Having dealt with many child custody cases, lawyer Val Hemminger shares the single most important piece of child custody advice.

You’ll hear why it’s important to take the high road in a custody battle, even though it may seem difficult or you may want revenge. With custody comes responsibility. It’s not about winning, it’s about what is best.

Hemminger Law Group Westshore is based in Langford, British Columbia, Canada. Need legal advice? Visit for a no-obligation consultation.

July 21, 2017  

Here is how you choose the right divorce lawyer, because the stakes are high.

Going through a divorce is tough, and then there's the added difficulty and stress of trying to pick the right divorce lawyer to represent you. There's a lot riding on the choice.

In this episode, Val Hamminger shares tips and insight on qualities that you can use to identify a great divorce lawyer. 

July 21, 2017  

Why mediation can be a great idea for your case. Even if you don’t settle.

Successful mediation can help you avoid the stress, wasted time, and expense of going to trial. 

Lawyer Val Hemminger explains the benefits of meditation, the process, and why it's still beneficial even if unsuccessful.