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Corporate and Financial Planning Law

Course Code: BLAW 3730
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Business Law
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will build upon the business law foundation provided in the pre-requisite course, BLAW 1320 (Introductory Business Law). The areas of law that will be covered in this course include business organizations (sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations), agency, corporate governance, real property mortgages, secured transactions, bankruptcy and insolvency, personal property, insurance, guarantees, trusts, wills and estates, and family law. Students who have already received credit for BUSN 3730 will not get further credit for this course.

Course Content

  1. Business Organizations
    1. structure of business organizations – sole proprietorship, partnership, limited partnership, corporation
    2. features of the various types of business organizations including advantages and disadvantages of each
  2. Law of Agency
    1. creation of the agency relationship
    2. authority of the agent
    3. duties of the agent and the principal
    4. liability of the agent and the principal
    5. termination of the agency relationship
    6. general nature of a franchise relationship including its advantages and disadvantages
  3. Corporate Governance
    1. the role of officers, directors, and shareholders in the corporation
    2. the fiduciary duty and duty of care required by management
    3. situations of conflict of interest between directors/officers and the corporation
      1. competition with the corporation
      2. taking a corporate opportunity
      3. transactions with the corporation
    4. shareholders’ rights and remedies
    5. liability of directors and officers
  4. Real Property Mortgages
    1. nature of real property mortgages
    2. remedies for default
  5. Secured Transactions
    1. nature of a security interest
    2. creation of a security interest
    3. registration of a security interest and the British Columbia Personal Property Security Act
    4. determination of priority of a security interest
    5. enforcement of a security interest
  6. Bankruptcy Law
    1. the role of bankruptcy and insolvency in business
    2. the bankruptcy process under the federal Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act
    3. filing for bankruptcy
      1. bankruptcy by assignment
      2. bankruptcy by petition
    4. creditor rights in a bankruptcy proceeding
    5. proposals in bankruptcy
  7. Law of Personal Property
    1. acquisition and loss of rights
    2. property insurance
    3. business insurance
  8. Law of Trusts
    1. general nature of a trust
    2. relationship of trustee and beneficiary
    3. inter vivos trusts
    4. testamentary trusts
  9. Family Law
    1. marriage
    2. common-law relationships
    3. separation and divorce
    4. child support
    5. spousal/common-law/partner support
  10. Wills and Estates
    1. purpose of a will
    2. types of wills
    3. duties of executor
    4. probate
    5. intestacy
  11. Power of Attorney
    1. purpose of a POA
    2. obligations of the Attorney
    3. risks associated with POAs
    4. attributes
    5. alternatives to POAs
    6. living wills

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, videos, analysis of legal issues, discussion of legal cases, case assignments, and/or group activities.

Means of Assessment

Term examinations (2-3) 55-65%*  
Class participation and/or assignments and/or quizzes     5-10%
Final examination 25-35%
Total 100%

*No one examination may be worth more than 40%

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, successful students will be able to:

  • distinguish between the main forms of business organizations;
  • identify the important legal aspects pertaining to corporate governance including the powers, duties and liabilities of officers and directors and the rights and remedies of shareholders;
  • explain the basic features of the law of real estate mortgages, including the remedies available to a mortgagee in the context of default by the mortgagor;
  • describe the use of security interests to finance personal property and set out the legal mechanisms available to creditors to enforce their rights;
  • recognize the main requirements for a bankruptcy claim and outline the key aspects of a bankruptcy proceeding;
  • identify the main legal principles relating to insurance and guarantees;
  • recount the key features of the law of wills and estates;
  • identify fundamental aspects of family law that are relevant to providing professional financial planning advice, including the economic rights and potential liabilities of parties in the context of marital breakdown;
  • demonstrate a strong understanding of the law of trusts;
  • recognize the primary legal concepts applicable to powers of attorney;
  • apply the legal principles that are contained in this course to real world situations and cases; and
  • state the more significant provincial and federal statutes pertaining to the foregoing areas of law.

course prerequisites

BLAW 1320 (C or higher) or currently enrolled in:

PDD Financial Planning or

PDD Financial Analysis


BUSN 3730

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.