Do I Have a Criminal Record if Charges are Dropped in Canada

According to the Canadian Department of Public Safety, approximately 3.8 million Canadians have a criminal record. This number includes people who have been convicted of criminal acts, but you may be surprised to learn it also includes those whose charges were later dropped or dismissed, because those charges remain on your record as “non-conviction information”. Having a record can be an obstacle to work and travel, and may affect you in ways that may not immediately occur to you. It is possible to discover you have a record you didn’t even know about for something that happened years ago. Once you [...]

Do I Have a Criminal Record if Charges are Dropped in Canada2021-08-17T15:01:20-04:00

What is the Typical Settlement for an Auto Accident

In Canada, we watch the court drama of our neighbours to the south and wonder if we are eligible for the same type of “court lottery” paydays. The Canadian legal system is quite different from that of the States, and there is a cap, or upper limit, of what settlement you can receive for an injury due to a motor vehicle accident. Usually, higher settlements or awards for damages are reserved for those who have suffered serious injuries. Having said that, most people who are injured in a motor vehicle accident are entitled to some compensation. In Ontario, regardless of who [...]

What is the Typical Settlement for an Auto Accident2021-08-27T10:36:40-04:00

What’s the difference between Dangerous and Careless Driving in Ontario

There are situations where exact wording matters, and being charged with dangerous driving or careless driving is such a situation. In the legal world, words and phrases are often given specific definitions. Dangerous driving sounds very  similar to careless driving, and sometimes people confuse the two, but there is a difference. If you are charged with either, understanding that difference becomes more important. Both dangerous driving and careless driving are serious charges with potential long-term consequences. The major difference between them is that dangerous driving, also known as dangerous operation, is a criminal charge under the Criminal Code of Canada, while [...]

What’s the difference between Dangerous and Careless Driving in Ontario2021-07-14T11:30:54-04:00

How Does Child Support Work in Ontario

There is a lot of misinformation floating around about child support. This includes questions around who pays the child support, how much, and what the consequences may be for not paying it. It is normal to have questions and feel a bit lost when figuring out the child support system. You want to do the right thing, but you might not be sure what the “right thing” to do is. The truth is that everyone’s situation may be slightly different. Although they mean well, relying on the advice of friends or family may not be your best option. What worked for [...]

How Does Child Support Work in Ontario2021-06-29T09:31:21-04:00

What are your legal rights as a renter in Ontario

Knowing your legal rights as a renter is often difficult. You may be getting different stories from different people.. Figuring out where to get solid information is the first step in learning about your rights, and this article sets out to point you in the right direction and answer some of the most common questions about Ontario tenants’ legal rights. Rent Increases and Ontario Tenant Rights in 2021 In 2021, your renters rights in regard to rent increases are a little different from usual. Due to Covid-19, the government of Ontario has passed legislation to freeze rents at 2020 levels. There [...]

What are your legal rights as a renter in Ontario2021-06-21T14:55:08-04:00

What Can a Real Estate Lawyer Do For You

There are many misconceptions out there about what real estate lawyers actually do and for many people, what happens behind the scenes in a real estate practice is a mystery. Probably the two most frequently asked questions about real estate lawyers are: Do you need a lawyer when buying a home; and do you need a lawyer to sell your house? The answer to both of these questions is, yes. You need a lawyer to either buy or sell a property. However, a real estate lawyer can do so much more than just helping you to buy or sell a house. [...]

What Can a Real Estate Lawyer Do For You2021-06-21T14:55:40-04:00

What is the Legal Temperature for Tenants in Ontario

What is the perfect indoor temperature for some, may be too hot or too cold for others. In Ontario’s “cold in winter hot in summer” climate, maintaining a livable indoor temperature can become a necessity rather than just a preference. Heating or cooling a home is expensive. For these reasons, controlling the temperature in a residential rental can become a touchy subject. Control or restriction of heat often becomes a bargaining chip in landlord and tenant disputes. If you are a tenant, you may have a different opinion of what is an acceptable temperature versus what your landlord thinks is reasonable. [...]

What is the Legal Temperature for Tenants in Ontario2021-06-21T14:56:47-04:00

Is Estate Planning the Same as A Will?

If you are reading this, you have probably decided that it is finally time to cross “getting a will” off your list of things to do. Before you get started, you may have questions. For instance, what is the difference between having a will and estate planning? Are they the same thing? What is an estate planning lawyer? What is a Will? A will is simply a legal document that sets out a person’s wishes about what will happen to their assets at the end of their life. There are formal legal requirements to formatting a will, and these requirements can [...]

Is Estate Planning the Same as A Will?2021-06-21T14:57:17-04:00

Can I Rent my Apartment as a Short-Term Rental?

December 18, 2020 by: Michael Conway The common practice in Ontario is that a residential lease begins with a term of one-year. While that can offer stability and certainty to renters, it can also make things difficult for people who need a place to stay for less than a year. Short-term rentals have emerged as a way for people to rent out their property that they are not using and give renters a more flexible option to suit how long they need to rent for. Websites like Airbnb and Vrbo have made that process incredibly easy for renters and people looking [...]

Can I Rent my Apartment as a Short-Term Rental?2021-06-21T15:01:07-04:00

Courts in Ontario Interpret Meaning of Force Majeure During COVID-19

November 4, 2020 By: Michael Conway Businesses faced a novel challenge in Ontario when due to the COVID-19 pandemic, non-essential businesses were forced to close for an extended period of time to protect Ontario's public health. All businesses faced the challenge of how to respond to these unexpected closures which in some cases put a complete stop on operations and revenues for up to months. Faced with a lack of revenue, businesses became unable to pay bills necessary to keep them in business. A common example of this are rent payments. Organizations turned to the provisions of their contracts and many [...]

Courts in Ontario Interpret Meaning of Force Majeure During COVID-192021-06-21T15:10:18-04:00
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