Understanding Wrongful Resignation in Ontario

The current employment and labour landscape have been complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. While many businesses are allowed to resume normal (or near-normal) operations, some are struggling to staff these operations.  Employers are finding that laid-off employees are declining to return to work for a number of reasons. This has left employers short and scrambling to fill necessary positions.  Failure to inform an employer of an intent to resign, and failure to give what is known as reasonable notice, can result in a claim against the employee for wrongful resignation.  The unfortunate reality is that the pandemic is likely to give [...]

Understanding Wrongful Resignation in Ontario2022-04-20T18:58:44-04:00

Frustration of Contracts Ontario: What You Should Know

Frustration of contracts is a legal doctrine used most commonly in the area of employment law. While employment lawyers are quite familiar with its meanings and intricacies, most of the people impacted by the doctrine, namely employers and employees are not nearly as clear.  The COVID-19 pandemic has created complicated contractual relationships for many, raising many questions about frustration of contracts in Ontario.  To help employers and employees properly navigate this legal landscape, we are answering some common questions about the doctrine of frustration and what it could mean for you. What is Frustration of Contract? Some contracts contain what is [...]

Frustration of Contracts Ontario: What You Should Know2022-01-31T12:20:13-05:00

How to Adopt a Stepchild in Ontario

Blended families are a beautiful thing. And depending on the dynamics of your family, you may be looking to legally adopt your stepchild.  The process of stepparent adoption in Ontario is fairly straightforward but it is likely that you have a number of questions at the outset.  To help you understand the basics and prepare for the process, we’ve put together this list of frequently asked questions around the adoption of a stepchild in Ontario.  While each situation, and each family, is unique and will have its own circumstances to consider, the following information should be helpful to you in deciding [...]

How to Adopt a Stepchild in Ontario2022-01-04T15:07:45-05:00

Ontario Land Titles Act & Registry Act Explained

In the province of Ontario, there have long been two systems of property registration: the Registry System and The Land Titles System. However, for decades now, the province has been working towards merging these two into a single system of land registration called the land titles systems.  Land registration is intended to provide a uniform system under which documents (or instruments) can be registered that establish or transfer interests in a particular portion of land. And as these two registration systems start to merge, they will have effects on property owners.  What do these land registration systems mean for you, your [...]

Ontario Land Titles Act & Registry Act Explained2021-12-09T16:12:27-05:00

When Should You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

Suffering a personal injury, no matter the cause, can be a truly daunting and confusing time. Not only do you need to heal and recover physically and emotionally, but you also need to figure out if you should hire a personal injury lawyer.  There are many instances in Ontario where a personal injury lawyer can greatly benefit your recovery process.  If you are wondering if, and when, you need to hire a personal injury lawyer, this post will help you identify the opportunities available to you, enabling you to truly begin your journey to recovery.  When Do You Need a Personal [...]

When Should You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer2021-11-25T10:11:54-05:00

Can a Surviving Spouse Change a Mutual Will?

Most people are aware of the importance of a will yet do not understand that there are different types of wills. Complicating the matter all the more is the potential for a surviving spouse to potentially alter a mutual will that was initially created by both spouses under the guidance of an estate planning attorney. Let’s take a look at the different types of wills in the context of estate planning and whether spouses are legally empowered to amend mutual wills. What is a Mutual Will? It is quite common for spouses to create wills that are similar. Some spouses have [...]

Can a Surviving Spouse Change a Mutual Will?2021-11-18T20:14:01-05:00

What Does a Real Estate Lawyer Do?

Buying or selling a home is the largest business transaction most people will ever make. You probably have a good idea of what part your realtor plays in the real estate process, but your lawyer’s role may not be so clear. This is not unusual, as people usually know that they need a lawyer as part of the home buying or selling process, but are not always sure why. Not many people know what goes on behind the scenes, and further, what a real estate lawyer does in addition to assisting with home purchases and sales. Below is a short attempt [...]

What Does a Real Estate Lawyer Do?2021-09-28T21:00:33-04:00

What Assets are Subject to Probate in Ontario?

If you have a will and have appointed an executor, you may have the idea that when you pass away, all your assets will need to go through probate before they are distributed to your beneficiaries. This isn’t always exactly what happens. In some cases, only certain assets need probate and in others, probate is not even necessary. There are many misconceptions about probate floating around, and it is hard to know which information is correct. Small details and differences can have a large effect on the probate process, and often, well-meaning friends and family will give advice based on their [...]

What Assets are Subject to Probate in Ontario?2021-09-21T18:39:56-04:00

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 Canada2022-04-20T18:52:47-04:00

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 Accident2021-12-06T11:12:33-05:00
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