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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 [...]

What is Parental Alienation?

What is Parental Alienation? Parental alienation is used to describe a situation in which one parent manipulates a child into rejecting their relationship with the other parent. In May of 2019, parental alienation was a candidate for inclusion on the World Health Organization’s 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) but was ultimately rejected as it was deemed “a judicial term and issue” rather than a medical one. If you have questions about parental alienation or concerns about [...]

What is The Difference Between Child Support and Spousal Support in Ontario?

What is The Difference Between Child Support and Spousal Support in Ontario? Child support is based on the premise that both parents remain financially responsible for the support of their children after the breakdown of their relationship. Spousal support is money that is owed to one spouse to either compensate the spouse for something they gave up or to meet a financial need caused by the breakdown of the relationship. While there is some interplay between the two, it is [...]

Wills, Powers of Attorney and Other Things to Consider When Getting A Divorce

Wills, Powers of Attorney and Other Things To Consider When Getting A Divorce Most people who are considering divorcing their spouse have given some thought to the obvious issues arising from divorce, such as what will be done with the family home or how they will continue to financially support their children. Unfortunately, there are some less obvious considerations that many people fail to consider until it is too late. It is vital that you consult a family law and [...]

How to dispute a Power of Attorney in Ontario

How to Dispute a Power of Attorney in Ontario A Power of Attorney is a legal document that one person (the grantor) uses to give another person (the attorney) the ability to make decisions on their behalf.  When disputes arise respecting a power of attorney, they can be resolved in court. Many people consider a Power of Attorney to be something that only older people need to worry about, but younger people can benefit from them as well.  A Power [...]

Tax considerations for the purchase or sale of a business in Ontario

Tax Considerations For The Purchase Or Sale Of A Business in Ontario Whether you are thinking about retirement or you are simply ready to move on to something new, selling a business that you have spent years building is not something to undertake lightly. There are many considerations to think of before making the decision to sell, for example: How much is your business worth? Who will you sell it to? What will happen to your employees if you sell [...]

Who gets the dog (pets) during a divorce in Ontario?

Who gets the dog (or pets) during a divorce? While we may think of our dogs as children and treat our cats like members of the family, the law continues to treat pets like any other personal property.  That means that after a divorce or separation, the animals often end up living with the person who bought them. If you and your spouse were married and the pet is particularly valuable, the value of the pet may be included in [...]

How does division of property work in common law separations in Ontario?

How does division of property work in common law separations in Ontario? The legislation that governs the equal division of property that spouses accumulate during a marriage does not apply to common law partners.  In general, when a common law relationship breaks down, each spouse retains the property they owned when the relationship began, including any increases to the value of that property that has accrued during the relationship.  Similarly, each spouse keeps any property that they bought with their [...]