Richmond Hill Law Blog

Benefits of a Co-habitation Agreement

Benefits of a Co-habitation Agreement At Blackburn Lawyers – our law firm has helped prepare many co-habitation agreements for couples. To start with – a co-habitation agreement is a legally binding document that couples enter into when they choose to start living together. There are several benefits to preparing a co-habitation agreement and for your convenience we have listed some of the benefits below. By no means is this list exhaustive – but gives a general overview on the topic. [...]

5 Things To Do Following a Slip and Fall Accident in Ontario

5 Things To Do Following A Slip and Fall Accident in Ontario In Ontario – slip and fall accidents can occur during any season. Most people think that slip and fall accidents only occur in the wintertime – but that’s not always the case. Slip and fall accidents can occur for a variety of reasons including but not limited to uneven floors, cracks in the surface, unsafe premises, improper signage, slippery surfaces and more. Property owners have a responsibility to [...]

What Should I Do If I Have Just Been Fired?

What Should I Do If I Have Just Been Fired? At Blackburn Lawyers – our Richmond Hill employment lawyers have been helping residents in the Greater Toronto Area with employment law matters since the firm’s inception. During this time we have seen many different types of employment terminations occur – and have been able to advise our clients accordingly based on their unique circumstances. In Ontario, the Employment Standards Act (ESA) is an Act of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario [...]

5 Things To Do Following A Car Accident In Ontario

5 Things To Do Following A Car Accident In Ontario If you have been involved in a car accident in Ontario and have been injured – you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Some of the compensation available for accident victims include but are not limited to attendant care costs, medical expenses, house keeping costs, travel costs to attend medical appointments, loss of income or business income, out of pocket expenses and potentially more. If you or a [...]

Things to Consider When Drafting A Child Custody Agreement

Things to Consider When Drafting A Child Custody Agreement At Blackburn Lawyers – our Richmond Hill family lawyers have been assisting families with their divorce and separation legal proceedings since 1975. We have helped thousands of clients move forward confidently after the breakdown of a relationship or marriage. More importantly – we understand how complex child custody disputes can be and have successfully prepared child custody agreements for our clients in Richmond Hill and surrounding areas. Prior to discussing or [...]

What Are The Different Types Of Business Structures Available In Ontario?

What Are The Different Types Of Business Structures Available In Ontario? At Blackburn Lawyers – our Richmond Hill business lawyers have assisted clients with their business goals and legal needs since 1975 including choosing the right business structure. Choosing the right business structure is an important legal question you should discuss with your business lawyer or accountant prior to registering your business in Ontario. Business structures are selected based on your business goals, operations as well as your tax goals. [...]

Larger vehicles make it unsafe for Ontarian pedestrians

According to CBC News, at 38 deaths, more pedestrians died in tragic and preventable accidents in 2018 than the prior year. More than half of the Canadians killed on city-controlled roads in Toronto are pedestrians, while only four cyclists faced fatalities. While the 2018 figures do not represent an all-time high for Ontario’s capital, local authorities warn that drivers and police officers should not become complacent as the numbers still give cause for concern. According to a review published by the Office [...]

Brain injuries are not always detected quickly

Brain injuries are complex injuries. Generally speaking, they occur when the brain hits itself against the walls of the skull during a high-impact situation, such as a car accident. However, because the damage is internal, it is not always easy to spot right away following an accident. A recent article published by the Toronto Star describes the ordeal of a Canadian-born pop singer, Kiesza. The article states that two years ago, Kiesza was in a car accident while in an Uber, and [...]

The dangers of E. coli as a foodborne illness

Early this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control finally announced the end of an E. coli outbreak that affected 62 people in America and 29 in Canada. According to NBC News, the infections were traced back to romaine lettuce farms in California. E. coli with the same DNA strain was found on one farm in particular. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration do not believe one farm alone could be responsible for such a large outbreak. NBC News estimates that [...]

Safety lapses at the heart of deadly train crashes

In 2014, CNN reported on the deadly 2013 train crash in Quebec. From derailment to explosion, the train crash went down in Canadian history as one of the deadliest. A month after the crash already took place, news agencies reported that 2,000 residents had been evacuated, 53 vehicles were totaled, 40 buildings were demolished and 47 people died. After investigations were completed, the Transportation Safety Board found several causes behind the crash. All of them amounted to one primary issue: safety lapses. [...]

Canada investigates GM brake performance problems

In 2016, CBC News reported that GM planned to recall 473,000 trucks and SUVs in North America. Canadians owned more than 46,8000 of these vehicles. GM reported that the brake pedal could loosen and stop working due to a nut coming loose on the pivot mechanism for the brake pedal. Canadian safety regulators also found that this issue could cause brake lights to stay on for longer than usual. At the time of this initial announcement, GM said they had received no [...]

Paralyzed Canadians may soon walk again

Paralysis is one of the most expensive disabilities to live with in Canada. It is also one of the most lifechanging. According to the National Institutes of Health, people suffering from spinal cord injuries paid from $336,000 to $479,600 in medical costs. For people who may lose the ability to work or even care for themselves, the effects are even more catastrophic than mere dollar signs on a balance sheet. It is no wonder then that so many Canadians are excited [...]

Tips for a safer summer road trip

The sun’s out, and beach shores and camping grounds are calling. It’s summer vacation season - a time for families to build fun, long-lasting memories in new and different locations. A summer vacation is only as great as the memories made. And most families don’t want to remember a car collision or visiting the emergency room during a vacation. Unfortunately, the summer can be a prime time for accidents, so it’s important to remember safe summer driving precautions. As posted [...]

New law enforces strict penalties for distracted driving

Distracted driving is a common problem throughout Ontario, and it may lead to serious car accidents and injuries. While many drivers understand that it is not safe to perform other actions while driving, they are often still tempted to text or use their phones. Recent changes to Ontario's road safety laws provide significant penalties for drivers who get convictions for distracted driving. CBC News reports that the new distracted driving penalties come as part of Ontario's legislation to legalize recreational marijuana. [...]

How can a traumatic brain injury impact a person’s life?

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) cause a wide range of effects. A person's physical ability may be limited, while emotional and psychological effects are also quite common. Because TBI can be difficult to manage, for both the patient as well as family and friends, the Mayo Clinic offers the following information. TBI has numerous causes. Car accidents are a common factor in serious head injuries, especially when vehicle occupants aren't wearing their seatbelts. Fall can also cause a great deal of damage, which [...]