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How To Prevent Bicycle Accident Injuries

How to Prevent Bicycle Accident Injuries Cycling is becoming more popular both as a method of transportation and for recreation. However, cycling does come with the risk of injury. Statistics Canada has released statistics that an average of 74 deaths per year in Canada are caused by bicycle accidents, and 73% of those accidents are caused by a collision with a motor vehicle. Cycling accidents also account for an average of 3,690 hospitalizations per year across the country. If you [...]

Executor Fees In Ontario: Expenses And Compensation

Executor Fees in Ontario: Expenses and Compensation Acting as the executor of an estate can take a significant amount of time and energy. It is a serious responsibility that can expose the executor to liability. In recognition of these facts, the executor of an estate is entitled to compensation. Our Richmond Hill wills and estates lawyer may be able to help you determine the amount of executor fees to which you may be entitled. Contact us with any questions you [...]

Filing Annual Returns in Ontario for Corporations

Filing Annual Returns in Ontario for Corporations Every corporation incorporated, amalgamated or continued in Ontario is required to file an annual return with Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (“Ministry”) within six months after the end of its tax year (“Annual Return”). The Annual Return discloses certain basic information about the corporation, such as its legal name, mailing address and information about its directors and officers.  The obligation to file an Annual Return is in addition to the existing corporate requirement to [...]

Things to Consider When Buying Real Estate With a Business Partner in Ontario

Things to Consider When Buying Real Estate With a Business Partner in Ontario Maybe you have a contact who has offered you an ideal real estate investment opportunity, but you do not currently have the financial ability to take advantage. Or maybe you have some money to invest, but do not have the time necessary to manage or oversee your real estate investment. Investing with a business partner can allow you to jump into the real estate investment business now, [...]

What Happens if a Person Has Multiple Wills in Ontario?

What Happens if a Person Has Multiple Wills in Ontario?  If you have multiple wills that purport to deal with the same asset in different ways, only one will be found valid and given effect after your death. Generally, when you prepare a second will, it replaces the first (older) will. If your will is prepared by a lawyer, it will contain words to the effect that it replaces any previous wills. However, if done properly, multiple wills may be [...]

What is a Shareholder Resolution in Ontario?

What is a Shareholder Resolution in Ontario? Some decisions can be made by the director or directors of a corporation, without consulting with the shareholders. Other decisions require the approval of a majority of a corporation’s shareholders. A shareholder resolution is the way in which the shareholders show approval for a particular decision. Our Richmond Hill business lawyers may be able to provide you with more information on what constitutes a shareholder resolution in Ontario. For What is a Shareholder [...]

Pedestrian Accident Injuries in Ontario

Pedestrian Accident Injuries in Ontario Even a slow-moving vehicle can do a lot of damage to a pedestrian. If you have been injured by a motor vehicle or have injured yourself walking as a pedestrian, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Alternatively, you may be able to sue the driver of the vehicle or the entity/person responsible for your injuries. Our Richmond Hill personal injury lawyers can walk you through the process of dealing with pedestrian accident injuries in [...]

Registering A Trademark – What You Need To Know

Registering a Trademark – What You Need to Know A trademark is a unique combination of elements that you use to distinguish your business’s goods or services from the goods and services of others. The more you use your trademark in conjunction with your business, the more the trademark comes to represent your company, your product, and your reputation in the public eye. Registering your trademark lets you protect the time and effort you put into developing your reputation by [...]

Things a Buyer Should Know About Home Inspections

Things a Buyer Should Know About Home Inspections A home inspection enables a potential home buyer to have a knowledgeable professional inspect the property prior to purchase. A home inspection report can help you decide on an appropriate purchase price, understand whether a property has more potential problems than you want to take on, and make plans for future repairs. Our Richmond Hill real estate lawyers may help to ensure that you understand everything a buyer should know about home [...]

Benefits Of Domestic Contracts In Ontario

Benefits of Domestic Contracts in Ontario A domestic contract is an agreement between domestic partners that can set out how they plan to deal with property and money both during and at the end of the relationship. You can enter into a domestic contract whether or not you are married. It is never too late to consider a domestic contract, even if your relationship is in the process of ending. One of our Richmond Hill family and divorce lawyers may [...]

What is Constructive Dismissal in Ontario? 

What is Constructive Dismissal in Ontario?  Constructive dismissal occurs when an employer makes a significant change to a fundamental term or condition of an employee’s job and the employee does not consent to the change. There are a number of different situations that may be considered constructive dismissal and constructive dismissal can affect an employee’s rights in a variety of ways. Our Richmond Hill employment lawyers may be able to provide you with further information about constructive dismissal in Ontario [...]

What is Intestate Succession in Ontario?

What is intestate succession in Ontario?  Intestate succession is the process by which your estate is distributed if you die without leaving a will. In Ontario, intestate succession is governed by the Succession Law Reform Act, which sets out the rules by which an intestate’s estate is distributed in various situations. Our Richmond Hill Wills and Estates Lawyer can provide you with further information regarding what is intestate succession in Ontario as it applies to your situation. Who Inherits in [...]

Why You Should Speak To A Lawyer Before Signing Your Severance Package in Ontario

Why you should speak to a lawyer before signing your severance package in Ontario Severance pay is mandated by Ontario’s Employment Standards Act. It is designed to compensate a long-term employee who loses their job. “Severance pay” as described in the Employment Standards Act is different than “termination pay,” which is paid to an employee in lieu of the statutorily required notice period. The notice period is designed to provide an employee with fair warning that their employment is coming [...]

An Overview Of Cohabitation Agreements In Ontario

An Overview of Cohabitation Agreements in Ontario A cohabitation agreement is a written agreement between two people in a common law relationship to protect their respective rights within the context of their relationship.  It is important to note that couples who are married can sign a similar agreement, but it is called a marriage agreement. Similarly, if you sign a cohabitation agreement and then get married, your cohabitation agreement automatically becomes your marriage agreement. Our Richmond Hill Family and Divorce [...]

Psychological Injuries In Personal Injury Claims

Psychological Injuries in Personal Injury Claims With the ongoing campaign by the healthcare community regarding the importance of mental health, it is no surprise that psychological injuries have been recognized by Ontario courts as an important aspect of personal injury claims. In the context of a personal injury claim, a psychological injury could be any type of mental disorder or suffering caused by someone else’s negligence. Our Richmond Hill personal injury lawyers are available to address your questions about psychological [...]