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Biography

Michael is a partner at Carbert Waite and co-chair of the firm’s Condominium Law practice group. Michael’s litigation practice focuses on the following areas: construction, insurance, estates, and condominiums. Michael also has significant experience in oil and gas litigation and commercial landlord and tenant disputes.

Michael has extensive experience representing owners, general contractors and subcontractors in various construction matters including builders’ liens, deficiency claims, and contractual interpretation issues. Michael is well versed in relevant legislation surrounding builders’ liens and regularly teaches courses to the construction industry.

Michael has represented both insurers and insureds in various insurance related claims including fire, flood, product liability, and disability claims. Michael’s experience includes providing coverage opinions to insurers and representing insureds to appeal denials of claims.

Michael also represents clients in disputes over wills, powers of attorney and other estate matters.

Michael has represented clients in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Provincial Court of Alberta, and in mediations and arbitrations. He enjoys appearing in Court when necessary, but focuses on finding economic and sensible solutions for his clients and works tirelessly to pursue their rights.

Michael regularly volunteers his time by providing free legal advice to the local community and is passionate about mentoring junior lawyers. He volunteers for Pro Bono Alberta through the Queen’s Bench Amicus and the Civil Claims Duty Counsel projects and offers mentorship through various mentorship programs, including through the Law Society of Alberta.

Education

  • Carleton University (B.Com., 2006)
  • University of Alberta (J.D., 2011)

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of Alberta (2012)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society

New Partner Announcement – Michael Bokhaut

January 17, 2022

Carbert Waite LLP is pleased to announce that Michael Bokhaut has become a partner in our firm. Michael has been with Carbert Waite since 2018, and is a valued and respected member of our team that has made significant contributions to the firm and its clients.  Michael’s practice focuses on…

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How Can Condominium Corporations Collect and Pursue Delinquent Unit Owners for Their Legal Fees?

September 16, 2021

The law is not yet settled whether condominium corporation can collect legal fees from delinquent unit owners or not. What both the unit owner and the condominium board members should know.

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Hiding your Dirty Laundry: Is Information on the Court Record Always Available to the Public?

July 27, 2021

The Supreme Court of Canada summarized and outlined the rules over how and when court materials can be hidden from the public and kept under seal.

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Construction Progress Billings and Deadlines to Sue

May 18, 2021

In large construction projects, many contractors and sub-contractors issue progress billings over the course of the project. For particularly long and complex projects, a single contractor may issue progress billings for many years.

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Anticipated Changes to the Alberta Construction Industry through Prompt Payment Legislation

November 2, 2020

The Alberta Government is proposing significant changes to the Builders’ Lien Act that will change the Alberta construction industry. On October 21, 2020, the Government introduced Bill 37, the ‘Builders’ Lien (Prompt Payment) Amendment Act, 2020’ designed to speed up the flow of cash on construction projects, extend deadlines for…

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Who Pays For Condominium Unit Damage?

May 5, 2020

Here’s a common event in Alberta condominiums: A water pipe bursts in one unit, causing water to leak into several other units. Each unit suffers significant damage and the Condominium Board becomes involved with the repairs. Who is responsible for the deductible? The condominium as a whole or the owner…

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Builders’ Liens – Not Always the Best Remedy

October 29, 2019

Builder’s Liens are remedies meant to protect the interests of general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, or anyone else who provides goods and services to improve lands (“Contractors”).

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Subcontractor Disputes under $50,000: Should I File a Builders’ Lien or Sue in Small Claims?

April 23, 2019

When it comes to construction projects, things don’t always go according to plan. This is especially true for residential property renovations. Unhappy customers often withhold payment, which is why contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and labourers can file a builders’ lien to get paid for the work they have done. By registering…

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