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Elder Financial Abuse

Elder Financial Abuse

Elder Abuse Elder abuse takes many forms. While physical abuse occurs regularly, the criminal code addressees that issue (imperfectly, but addresses nonetheless). Financial abuse, however, is much harder to address. In the case of physical abuse, physical injuries would (in most cases) spark an investigation. […]

Must employers accommodate employees with addictions?

Must employers accommodate employees with addictions?

First, a caveat. I don’t practice in the specific area of labour law. However, I represent many businesses and employment issues are usually the single largest area of potential liability. As a business lawyer, I think its important to understand all of the (legal) factors that can […]

Legal traps in changing real estate markets

Legal traps in changing real estate markets

We sign or enter into contracts regularly.  We all have cell phone contracts, and while many don’t sign one, all employees have an employment contract with their employer.  However, we don’t really experience these contracts in a legal way.  We sign the papers (for the […]

Employer paid $200k to sick employee after termination

Employer paid $200k to sick employee after termination

As previously discussed in the articles on our site, employers have significant obligations to their employees and can be held liable if they do not respect them. However, a review of ongoing cases before the courts demonstrates that employers just don’t seem to get it. […]

Buying a business and employee rights

Buying a business and employee rights

Buying a business can be an exciting and stressful experience.  First new owners must dig deep into their savings and-or remortgage their home.  Then, when they take over the business, they face a steep learning curve.  New owners step into the shoes of the selling […]

Estates and Firearms; Can executors break the law?

Estates and Firearms; Can executors break the law?

According to the 2016 RCMP Commissionner of Firearms Report, at the time, approximately 87 000 Manitobans held firearm licences which works out to about 7.25% of the population. Gun owners must obtain a licence before acquiring a gun.  In order to obtain a licence, a […]

Marijuana and employment – Can employees smoke up at work?

Marijuana and employment – Can employees smoke up at work?

Marijuana and employment – can employees smoke up at work? Starting July 1st, 2018, cannabis will be legal.  What will this mean for employers?  Will employees be able to take marijuana breaks like cigarette smokers?  Will employees be able to smoke a joint during their […]

Title insurance saves couple over $100,000.00

Title insurance saves couple over $100,000.00

We do a lot of real estate conveyance work.  What does that mean?  It means we help people acquire and transfer the title of their home when the buy and sell.  It’s the legal work that’s done prior to, on, and shortly after possession date. […]

Essential elements of a partnership or shareholder agreement

Essential elements of a partnership or shareholder agreement

Essential elements of a partnership or shareholder agreement In my last article about the viability of partnership, I wrote about the difficulties of managing partnerships.  In this article, I will focus more on the legal aspect and how agreements between partners (and shareholders) can help […]

Can you be sued for leaving a negative online review?

Can you be sued for leaving a negative online review?

Can you be sued for leaving a negative online review? The short answer is: yes… a business can sue you under defamation laws. This CBC article covers a story where a renovation contractor sued a disgruntled customer for $3 million after that customer left a negative […]