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Going to Court – Part III

Going to Court – Part III

Over the past few weeks, I posted my first and second articles on the situation that lead to the first court hearing. This week, I will share more about the court process and how we managed it. First hearing On August 13th, I appeared before […]

Going to court – Part II

Going to court – Part II

In last week’s article, I provided an account of the background information leading us to court. This week, I want to get behind the story and provide you with a glimpse of what our lives were like when all of this was happening. As discussed […]

Going to court is stressful, even for lawyers

Going to court is stressful, even for lawyers

I recently had the “pleasure” of going to court on behalf of our law firm. We had a significant contractual disagreement with our landlord at 247 Provencher, over what amounts were due for rent and whether these amounts could be back dated. I won’t bore […]

Are animals acquiring more rights?

Are animals acquiring more rights?

Times are changing. More and more people own pets. With the increase in pet ownership and popularity, we are seeing an increase in animal related legal issues. But are animals acquiring rights? As most lawyers would say, it depends how you look at the issue. […]

Every business, including small ones, can end up at trial

Every business, including small ones, can end up at trial

Everyone knows that lawsuits are expensive. I’ve written about the costs of lawsuits here. When I meet clients, we often discuss in general terms the costs related to lawsuits and the importance of planning properly to avoid them. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, […]

Employee entitled to 6 months wages after only 6 months of employment!

Employee entitled to 6 months wages after only 6 months of employment!

Wages in lieu of notice continues to be one of the most misunderstood areas of business law. Just last week, a business sale failed because of this issue. I wrote an article on the importance of signing contracts with employees before. In essence, unless otherwise […]

What do you do when your new car turns out to be a lemon?

What do you do when your new car turns out to be a lemon?

A friend of mine recently purchased a new vehicle. She had to return her new car a number of times as the starter and battery kept failing (I believe the dealer replaced the battery twice and the starter three times). She started to worry that […]

Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse

I briefly wrote about elder abuse in the past here, in the context of someone loosing his or her legal capacity. I’ve also discussed the issues around financial abuse here. However, elder abuse is not restricted to seniors who have already lost capacity. Seniors can […]

Intellectual Property; What is it?

Intellectual Property; What is it?

Intellectual property We’ve all heard of intellectual property or IP. We have some vague notion about it, but it seems rather difficult to grasp. And if it’s difficult to grasp as a concept, how do we know if we own any; if we do, how […]

Right to silence : traffic tickets

Right to silence : traffic tickets

Right to silence Have you ever wondered why police officers ask you why they stopped you?  It’s usually pretty obvious.  Is it meant to embarrass you?  Or perhaps the officer is exerting his or her authority? While these questions are rhetorical, the feelings they trigger are simply […]