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Common Wintertime Slip and Fall Injuries

Anyone who has lived through a winter in Richmond Hill or the GTA knows just how easy it is to slip and fall on improperly cleared ice or snow that has been allowed to accumulate. While many accident victims may be able to walk away from the scene of their fall without incident, depending on certain factors, wintertime slip and fall accidents can result in severe, life-altering injuries.

5 Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

Accidents can happen to anyone. In Richmond Hill and the surrounding GTA, countless people are injured in traumatic accidents each year. When accidents occur, their effects can be all-consuming, impacting every aspect of an injured person’s life. And while hiring a personal injury lawyer to handle your claim may seem daunting, working with someone with legal experience can make the entire process much simpler and much more beneficial.

Estate Planning Tips For Blended Families

Estate planning tips for blended families Managing a blended family is complicated enough during your lifetime.  After you pass away, things can get even more complicated.  An effective estate plan can protect your family from financial hardship and the stresses of estate litigation after you are gone. Our Richmond Hill wills and estates lawyers can answer all of your questions about estate planning tips for blended families. The importance of an estate plan for blended families A common estate plan [...]

Things To Consider When You Rent Your Property On Airbnb In Ontario

Things to consider when you rent your property on Airbnb in Ontario We’ve all heard stories of someone who has earned a significant amount of money by renting out their house, apartment or cottage on Airbnb. But before you jump to listing your property on Airbnb or another short-term rental platform, you should know what you’re getting into. Our Richmond Hill real estate lawyers can ensure you understand the most important things to consider when you rent your property on [...]

Things To Consider When Designating Beneficiaries For Your Estate Plan 

Things to consider when designating beneficiaries for your estate plan One of the key considerations to estate planning is designating who will be a beneficiary. Not only do you need to decide who will be a beneficiary under your will, you also need to take into account life insurance policies, pensions and registered investments that permit you to assign a designated beneficiary. Our Richmond Hill wills and estate lawyers will ensure that you understand the most important things to consider [...]

When Is An Ontario Landlord Allowed To Legally Evict A Tenant?

When Is An Ontario Landlord Allowed To Legally Evict A Tenant?  In most circumstances, the Residential Tenancy Act applies to the residential landlord-tenant relationship.  This law requires a landlord to obtain an eviction order from the Landlord and Tenant Board in order to legally evict a tenant. A tenant does not have to move out at the end of a lease.  If a lease ends and the tenant does not sign a new one, the lease renews automatically on either [...]

How To Apply For Child Support Variance In Ontario

How To Apply For Child Support Variance In Ontario Everyone’s circumstances change with time. The amount of child support that you and your ex-spouse agreed to (or the amount that was ordered by a court) at the time of your separation will not necessarily remain appropriate for ever.  Children get older and go away to school, get new hobbies or decide to live primarily with one parent rather than moving back and forth regularly.  Parents may get a higher paying [...]

What Are Some Risks Of Adding Someone To Your Property Title?

What Are Some Risks Of Adding Someone To Your Property Title? Title is a legal term that refers to the rights to a piece of land that are owned by a person or a corporation.  In Ontario, you must register your title in the provincial land registry.  Other documents that must be registered include deeds (which transfer ownership from one person to another) and mortgage documents. When you add someone to your property title, you are giving that person an [...]

Key Differences Between The Classification Of Independent Contractors Vs Employees

Key Differences Between The Classification Of Independent Contractors Vs Employees Knowing for certain whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee is relevant to both the worker and to the employer/person contracting the worker’s services (also known as the payer). Classifying a worker incorrectly carries risks for both parties. Our Richmond Hill employment lawyers can help you minimize the risks by analyzing your situation and providing advice on the key differences between the classification of independent contractors vs [...]

Things To Consider When Buying A Franchise

Things To Consider When Buying A Franchise Buying a franchise can be an appealing method of becoming a business owner.  It allows you to be your own boss while providing certain benefits that are not available when starting a business from scratch, including: an established and proven way of running the business the use of a known brand with trademarks and patents already in place for your protection an estimate of the costs you will have to get the business [...]

Things To Consider Before Buying Farmland In Ontario

Things To Consider Before Buying Farmland In Ontario There are many reasons to buy farmland and Ontario farmland is considered to be some of the most productive in the country. Whether you intend to expand your farming business, live with your family on a hobby farm or be a hands-off investor in the agricultural sector, there are legal issues that you should take into account before making a purchase. Our Richmond Hill real estate lawyers can walk you through the [...]

Blackburn Lawyers is looking to hire an employment law/litigation lawyer and a family law lawyer in Richmond Hill

We have an excellent opportunity for two lawyers with more than 5 years’ experience to join our growing practice: one in the area of family law and the other in employment law/litigation. Blackburn Lawyers is a well-established full service law firm of nine lawyers and twenty support staff located in central Richmond Hill. This is an excellent opportunity for professional and personal growth. We offer a collegial working environment and competitive remuneration. Please respond to our Office Manager, Marilyn Dunleavy:  [email protected]

Can I Get A Divorce in Ontario Even If My Spouse Doesn’t Want To?

Can I Get A Divorce in Ontario Even If My Spouse Doesn’t Want To? Absolutely! Getting a divorce does not have to be a unanimous decision. You can get a divorce whether or not your spouse is ready for that step. The process for doing so is a little different than that of a joint divorce, where both spouses apply together. A divorce is the legal dissolution of your marriage. Unlike most other issues that may need to be resolved at [...]

How Is Land Transfer Tax Calculated in Toronto?

How Is Land Transfer Tax Calculated in Toronto? Anyone who buys property or condos in Ontario is charged a land transfer tax by the government, which must be paid when the interest in land is registered. In Toronto, there are two components to the land transfer tax: the Municipal Land Transfer Tax, which is paid to the City of Toronto and the Provincial Land Transfer Tax, which is paid to the province. There are exemptions and rebates available for each component. Contact us today [...]

Steps to Prevent and Address Sexual Harassment in The Workplace

Steps to Prevent and Address Sexual Harassment in The Workplace While it is clear that today’s society has no tolerance for sexual harassment in the workplace, that does not mean that the problem no longer exists. For a small or medium-sized business, a single complaint can be enough to bring down the entire enterprise or turn it into a toxic workplace. Prevention can, therefore, be just as important as addressing any sexual harassment that does occur. Contact our Richmond Hill [...]