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  • 08/08/2017
    Adoption: A Lifelong Process

    Adoption is a wonderful way to expand your family and help children find a safe sanctuary to call home. Whether you can’t have children due to infertility issues or you have children and you want to offer up your home as a place of love and stability for others, adoption is often the answer.

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  • 08/08/2017
    Collecting Debts in Ontario

    If you are owed a debt, it is important that you understand your rights and responsibilities regarding how to properly collect what you are owed. The legislation governing debt collection contains complex stipulations about the requirements for different types of debt, legal collection efforts by creditors, consumer/debtor rights, and the relevant limitation periods.

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  • 08/08/2017
    The Accused's Right to Appeal in Criminal Law Cases

    If you are found guilty of a criminal offence in Ontario, you may request that a higher court review what happened at your trial. This review process, called an appeal, can be launched against either the conviction itself or the sentence that was imposed. It is important that you know your rights and responsibilities in the appeal process related to offence(s) convicted of. It is recommended that you seek professional legal advice from a criminal law firm to help navigate you through this highly regulated process.

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  • 08/08/2017
    The Right to Counsel in Criminal Law Cases

    Criminal law disallows harmful or undesirable conduct, and it sets out the process involved in responding to crime. Criminal Code offences include assault, impaired driving (including driving under the influence or DUI), break and enter, robbery, uttering threats and failure to comply with bail and/or probation and, in each situation, you have a right to counsel.

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  • 08/08/2017
    Spousal Support During Separation in Ontario

    ASK THE EXPERTS:


    Q: My partner and I are separating, will I have to pay spousal support?


    A: The first determination that must be made is whether your partner is entitled to Spousal Support. If a couple are legally married, then an Application for Divorce and Spousal Support can be brought under the Divorce Act.  Under the Family Law Act, a non-married couple may be entitled to Spousal Support if they cohabited continuously in a conjugal relationship for at least 3 years, or if they are in a relationship of some permanence and are the parents of a child.



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  • 08/08/2017
    What the duty to accommodate means for your business

    The ruling in the 2014 case Attorney General v. Johnstone kicked off a national debate over reasonable accommodation for employees with childcare obligations. Fiona Johnstone was working at the Canada Border Services Agency when they refused to grant her request for a work schedule that would allow her to provide adequate childcare to her two young children. The case resulted in significant changes to Canadian labour laws and employers across the country now have a legal duty to accommodate the familial obligations of working parents. Keep reading to find out more. 

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  • 08/08/2017
    What To Do When CAS (Children's Aid Society) Enters Your Life

    The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) has been in the news lately due to revelations during a coroner’s inquest into the death of a seven-year-old Toronto girl, Katelynn Sampson (Katelynn). The Toronto CAS’ chief operating officer testified during the inquest that CAS failed to intervene in Katelynn’s situation in time to prevent her death. It was only after police advised the CAS of Katelynn’s death that they learned that both guardians who were awarded custody of Katelynn had a history of abuse and a criminal record. 


    While these stories often make the front page of the papers, there are many other cases of wholly or partially unfounded allegations that forever impact the life of a family.

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  • 08/08/2017
    What Happens If I Die Without a Will?

    For most Canadians, having a will is still not the norm. According to a survey by LawPro, the majority of Canadian adults (56 percent) do not have a signed will. The most frequently sited reason for not having a will is not knowing how to get started or believing it is unaffordable, which is not true.

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  • 08/08/2017
    Dealing with Capacity Issues: What to do When the Mental Capacity of a Loved One is in Question

    An American teenager made headlines around the world when he suffered from a soccer related accident that caused a serious brain injury. A novel side effect was when the young man regain consciousness, the unilingual English speaker was suddenly fluent in Spanish.


    Sadly, many family members face serious mental capacity issues as a result of injury, illness or old age and that render the individual unable to make important life decisions for himself or herself. For their family members, it is hard to know where to turn for help.


    In some cases, a valid designated power of attorney gives authority to another person to take over decision-making for the mentally incapacitated individual. This blog post will address what to do when there is no valid power or attorney in place. 

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  • 08/08/2017
    Illegal possession of Firearms in Ontario

    A Calgary police officer made headlines across Canada when it was reported that he had unlawfully purchased a shotgun without a possession and acquisition license and the gun was not stored in his home in a safe manner. The gun was discovered during a domestic incident that involved the accused officer. No charges were laid with respect to the domestic incident, but the incident led to the discovery of the shotgun for which charges were laid.

    Types of Illegal Possession Offences


    Illegal possession of a firearm is a common charge that often occurs at the same time as other charges, such as: the careless storage or use or handling of a firearm, pointing a firearm, possession of a restricted weapon with ammunition, etc.

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  • 08/06/2017
    First Steps to Help Your Children Deal with Your Divorce

    Divorce is a difficult transition for every member of the family. If you have kids, divorce can be even more painful. Now that you've decided it's better for you and your spouse to be apart, you have to work with him or her to maintain stability for your children's sake.


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  • 08/06/2017
    Understanding Grounds for Terminating Parental Rights

    In Canada, parents are legally responsible for supporting their children through age 19. This means making the day-to-day decisions about raising children, including education, supervision, physical care, emotional well-being and other matters.



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  • 08/06/2017
    Tips for Recovering from a Divorce

    Divorce can be devastating. Not only might you miss your former partner and the life you had, but you may also feel anger, resentment, guilt or confusion. You may have even lost hope that you can have a happy future.


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  • 08/06/2017
    Someone Has Stolen Your Identity – What Now?

    We’ve seen terrifying—and sometimes humorous—movies about identity theft. Someone steals the financial, insurance, or citizenship records of another person and assumes their identity, making purchases in their name and often ruins the victim’s life. You don’t want this to happen to you, and you certainly don’t want it to happen to anyone you love, so you defend your information carefully.


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  • 08/06/2017
    Understanding Common Law Relationship

    Some people never want to marry, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to commit themselves to a monogamous, lasting relationship. If you don’t want to marry your significant other, you are not alone.


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  • 08/06/2017
    Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way: Considerations When Writing a Will

    We’ve noticed that there’s a negative stigma surrounding creating wills. No one likes to think about death, but the alternative is even worse for your loved ones and family. You should be the one who decides where your assets and resources go after your death. If you die in Canada without a will, the state will decide who gets what, and your assets won’t always go to your spouse.


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  • 08/06/2017
    Some of the Strangest Laws in Canada

    We depend upon the law to maintain order in our disorderly lives. But did you know there are some crazy laws still in effect in Canada today? We were laughing as we researched these zany Canadian laws you never knew existed (maybe you will, too).


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  • 08/06/2017
    How to Administer an Estate without Causing Conflict

    If you’ve been asked to administer the estate for one or both of your deceased parents, you’re probably a little nervous. After all, Hollywood has painted the situation as one swimming in hostility and jealousy. You’re already upset because you’ve lost your parents, and you don’t want to make the situation worse by upsetting your family members and friends when you administer the will.


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  • 08/06/2017
    How to Become More Aware of Your Own Blood Alcohol Content Levels

    If you were asked to cut a birthday cake into pieces that were exactly three square inches, without using a ruler, could you do it? Without using a scale, could you make up a five-pound bag of potatoes? Could you pour a quarter cup of milk for a recipe using a normal drinking glass? Probably not.


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