Do I need a Living Will

The term “Living Will” is often confused, or used interchangeably, with a Power of Attorney for Personal Care.  The two documents are not the same.  Another question often asked is: what is the difference between a Living Will, and a Last Will and Testament?  Think of it in these terms: when you are alive, powers … Read more

What is a Will?

A Will, also known as a “Last Will and Testament” is a written, legal document prepared and  signed by a person – called a testator if male, or testatrix if female – stating what happens to their   property, and who manages it, upon their death.  The person managing the property is called the   executor if … Read more

Types of Personal Injury

The list is endless. Perhaps the most common is from a car accident. Of course, there are numerous other motorized vehicles speeding around that get into accidents, either on their own, through the negligence of their driver, or the negligence of a driver in another such vehicle: trucks, motorcycles, boats, snowmobiles, to name a few. … Read more

What Is A Personal Injury Lawyer?

Well, you have undoubtedly seen the ads! Personal injury lawyers are, by far, the ones who advertise the most. Just have a look at the overwhelming array and number of billboards as you cruise though the USA. The reins have been loosened on Canadian lawyers in recent years, allowing them to advertise their services much … Read more

Legally Separated?

This question is often posed: “We aren’t living together anymore; are we legally separated?” Well, there is no such thing as being illegally separated! “Living separate and apart” does have certain legal connotations in Canadian law. Interestingly, it is possible, and legally recognized, in certain cases, to be “living separate and apart” under the same … Read more

What is a Separation Agreement?

Often calls are received from people inquiring about getting, or filing for, a “legal separation“. There is really no such thing in Canadian law as a legal separation. Instead, what people have heard about is actually called a “Separation Agreement”. This is a private contract dealing with all of the important issues between separating married … Read more

Is Getting Laid Off Like Being Fired?

No. But most people use the terms interchangeably, without knowing the difference, and that includes employers. In fact, to allegedly soften the blow, some employers even tell their employees that they are being laid off, perhaps thinking that this phrase is less harsh than hearing, as Trump used to say: “you’re fired”. Under Ontario law, … Read more

What Is An Employment Lawyer?

Employment lawyers fall into two broad categories: those who represent employers, and those who represent employees. If employees in the workplace are members of a union, the lawyers involved on either side practice in the related, but distinct, area of labour law. The rights and obligations of employees and employers in that context will be … Read more

Types of Civil Litigation Claims

As stated elsewhere, civil litigation involves someone suing someone else for anything. It is the legal process that most people think of when the word “lawsuit” is used. In broad strokes, the majority of civil claims can be broken down into two categories: contract, and tort. Contract claims flow from the allegation that one party … Read more

What Is Civil Litigation?

In our legal system, there are only two courts: the criminal court, and the civil court. Most people have a pretty good idea what criminal court is. The police charge a citizen with a crime; the accused person hires a defence lawyer; the crown attorney prosecutes; the judge (or judge and jury) decides if the … Read more