Employment Law/Business Law
Immigration and Refugee Law
Landlord and Tenant Matters
Mental Health Law
Criminal Defence Work
Corporate Commercial Law
Wills, Estate Administration, and Powers of Attorney
EMPLOYMENT LAW/ BUSINESS LAW
We regularly act for EMPLOYERS in Employment law related matters from drafting their employment contracts, to reviewing and amending their employment policies, to drafting discipline letters and termination letters on their behalf.
We assist in all Employment related matters both provincially governed Employers governed by the Employment Standard Act 2000 (ESA 2000) and Federally governed Employers governed by the Canada Labour Code such as First Nations.
We also provide workplace investigations for JUST CAUSE terminations and Human Rights complaint and Employment policies violations. In the alternative we provide guidance to Employers in workplace investigation in the steps to follow for an effective workplace Investigation.
Also we provide Power Point training seminars to EMPLOYERS in Employment law related matters such as:
Effective steps to proceed with a workplace termination;
Human Rights issues to consider
Canada Labour Code
The training can be custom made to fit the needs of your specific organization.
Employment is closely related to business law as when you wish to buy a business or sell a business one needs to be knowledgeable in the area of Employment Law as failing to address this important issue can be the downfall of the business for both the vendor and the purchaser.
If you are considering purchasing a business or selling your business we can provide you with valuable advice before you even commence negotiations be it that you are considering an asset purchase or sale, or a share purchase or sale.
We also offer DEFENCE type of work to Employers where they are alleged to have wrongfully dismissed an Employee or have been alleged to have Constructively Dismissed an Employee.
REPRESENTING EMPLOYEES in a Wrongful or a Constructive Dismissal Claim
We also offer representation to Employees who have been wrongfully terminated, or who were forced to leave their Employment because the Employer has changed an important part of the terms of the employment agreement without the consent of the Employee. In such cases you may be considered to have been constructively dismissed and you may be entitled to a similar severance as if you were wrongfully dismissed.
HUMAN RIGHTS CLAIMS AND DEFENCE
If you are alleged to have discriminated against an Employee and a claim has been filed against you, we can help you in the defence of such claim.
If you are an Employee and you were the subject of discrimination in the workplace by reason of your age, your religion, your ethnic background, your sexual orientation, your family obligations, your race, your sex, your criminal record or you’re a disability or in other area of your life you may have a valid claim under the Human Rights Code under the Provincial legislation or the Human Rights Act under the federal legislation.
NEGLIGENCE TYPE CASES
We would be happy to assist you in determining if you have a good claim in negligence and advancing this type of claim if the same is warranted.
We are happy to be able to serve you in all areas of family law issues including:
Custody disputes; and,
Spousal support litigation.
We understand that marriage and relationship breakdown are two of the most stressful experiences an individual can go through. We are prepared to go to Court on your behalf but also aware of the importance of negotiation and mediation in resolving family law disputes and will work for out of court settlements if that is your choice.
WE CAN ASSIST YOU:
- On all issues related to a martial breakdown;
- On all issues related to child protection (CAS);
- Negotiating separation and parenting agreements;
- Negotiating co-habitation agreement and marriage contracts;
- Divorce, support and property division litigation for married and common law spouses.
IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE LAW
We are pleased to be able to provide legal advice on the following subjects;
INVESTOR AND ENTERPREUR CLASS
If you are a qualified investor, we have the banking and business contacts in Canada to make your transition to Canada seamless. Establish a business, invest in a Canadian business or educate your children at one of Canada’s finest universities. We can help make it happen.
Canada needs your skills. There is no doubt that Canada’s skilled workforce must be augmented with applicants from all over the world. Let us assist you with your application and placement in Canada in your personal skill set.
FAMILY CLASS (Spousal or Family Sponsorship, Grandparent Super- Visa)
Let us assist in arranging your application and arranging your reunion with loved ones already in Canada. We are dedicated to your success in Canada. Allow us to assist you in compiling the Application, to an ongoing professional relationship in Canada to ensure that you and your family have access to the best in real estate, business opportunities, investment, education and all other aspects unique to you.
OTHER TYPE OF SERVICES FOR IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES CLIENTS
Provincial Nominee Process
Permanent Resident Applications
Temporary Resident Applications (Work/Study/Visit Permits)
We also can assist with Refugee Appeals on Humanitarian & Compassionate Grounds.
We are able to provide a variety of services as it relates to the advancement of a claim and the defence of a claim before the Court.
We can advance or defend your LEGAL DISPUTES at all levels of Court from:
SMALL CLAIMS COURT; to
THE SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE; to
THE ONTARIO COURT OF APPEAL; and
THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA.
We would be pleased to assist you in the following type of legal matters:
PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS
Slip and Fall Injuries
Concussions and Fractures
Dog Bite Injuries
DISABILITY INSURANCE APPEAL: When your long term disability claim has been denied we can provide you with legal advice in the merits of pursing an Appeal.
VICTIM OF CRIME
We also offer legal representation at the:
- Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
- Seek Medical, rehabilitation and treatment expenses
- Seek Loss of Income if you are unable to work due to your injury
- Seek Funeral Expenses
- Seek Pain and Suffering
- Seek Counselling expenses
- Seek Loss of Care and Guidance and Financial Support, if the injured or deceased victim had financially dependent family members
LANDLORD AND TENANT MATTERS
We can also provide residential landlords with legal advice in landlord and tenant matters.
We also provide similar services to tenants that wish to know their rights and/or commence a claim against their Landlord with the Board. We can assist tenants in enforcing their rights related to property standards, such as those tenants who live in housing in need of repair.
We can assist LANDLORDS and TENANTS in the various areas such as:
- Eviction for personal use or quiet enjoyment
- Illegal Acts
- Landlord and Tenant Board disputes
- Rent Increases
- Persistent Late Payment of Rent
- Assistance understanding your rights under the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA)
- Human Rights claims
- Rental Arrears
- All other legal matters relating to Landlord & Tenant Law
MENTAL HEALTH LAW
Issues involving mental health can impact a person’s life in many ways. These types of issues are dealt with in a sensitive and compassionate way. Mental health can become an issue in a legal context in various ways, including:
- Being involuntarily admitted to a mental health unit;
- Is your loved one involuntarily admitted to a mental health unit;
- Have your capacity to make health care or property related decisions questioned;
- Have been accused of a criminal offence for which your mental health issue has played a role;
- And others
We are prepared to confidently represent your interests in the following service areas:
Mental Health Diversion from the Criminal Justice System
Appearances before the Consent and Capacity Board, Superior Court of Justice, and Court of Appeal
Health Care Consent Act
Substitute Decisions Act to appoint a guardian for property and personal care when someone has been declared mentally incompetent and there are no power of attorneys in place
CRIMINAL DEFENCE WORK
We also offer legal representation in matters dealing with a criminal or quasi-criminal charge. We appreciate the importance of when appearing before an administrative tribunal, it is important to have an effective counsel to protect your rights.
We can assist you in all areas of criminal law, from property, drug and driving offences through to offences such as income tax evasion and fraud allegations.
We also offer advice to employers and others concerning criminal-law related issues in the workplace, from sexual harassment and workplace violence, to employee surveillance and breach of trust situations.
We can represent you in the defence of:
- DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUCENCE (DUI) and IMPAIRED DRIVING
Those accused of impaired driving ought to consult with a lawyer to defend this type of complex and specialized type of offences.
The words "domestic assault" do not appear in the Criminal Code. That has not stopped the Crowns from forming a special group of prosecutors and the police from assembling a special group of investigators to deal with these types of offences. Any allegation of assault in the context of a domestic relationship, whether marriage or dating, is subject to special protocols and policies from the time a complaint is made all the way through to trial.
SEXUAL ASSAULT TYPE OF OFFENCES
Sexual assault charges bring immediate and serious consequences. A mere allegation can ruin your reputation, and these cases are eagerly followed by the media. We immediately commence a detailed investigation of the background of the case, soliciting documents from third parties where appropriate, and using computer and cell phone records to discover the motive behind sometimes a false complaint.
DRUG RELATED OFFENCES
The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act is the legislation that governs drug prosecutions in Canada. The Crowns who prosecute drug offences are specialists in that area of the law.
You deserve to have a counsel who can spend as much time and energy focusing on the same issues. We can challenge search warrants if necessary. We can bring an application using the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to ensure that your rights are fully protected. What is the point of having a right protected by the Charter if you don't have counsel who is skilled to defend that right? We will work to ensure that the Crown is not allowed to use improperly-seized evidence in the court.
Generally, bail is the first interaction with the Court that an accused person will have. A bail hearing determines whether the accused person waits for trial in or out of jail. Everyone knows that you are presumed innocent, but not everyone realizes that you can still be kept in jail waiting for your trial. That can last months and even years if you don't get out on bail.
We know that the only way to do a bail hearing is to do it right the first time. We know what kind of plan will be required to convince a court to release an accused even on the most serious charges,
We know how to assemble that plan, and we know how to present it
When a person under the age of 18 is charged with a criminal or drug offence special rules apply. This starts as early as the investigation and the bail hearing, and continues all the way through to the trial, and often even to sentencing where necessary. We are well versed in the details of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and the special considerations that the justice system affords young persons.
Robbery is when a person intends to commit a theft while using violence, or the threat of violence. It is a serious charge that can carry serious punishment. It is important to have a lawyer to assess the case and the evidence to ensure the best possible defence
FRAUD AND WHITE COLLAR CRIME
Fraud is when one uses deceit to try and take something that it not rightfully theirs. These types of cases usually have voluminous disclosure and involve many hours of review of material due to their complexity. Ensuring a skillful eye examines the disclosure is key to a successful outcome in the defence of such type of offence
We can offer you legal representation at all stages of the Appeal process from Summary Conviction appeals to appeals before the Ontario Court of Appeal. When our clients choose to challenge their convictions, we will prepare the best arguments in anticipation of a successful appeal.
PROVINCIAL OFFENCES TYPE OF CHARGES
Provincial offences involve a person being charged under Provincial Legislation such as the Highway Traffic Act, or the Municipal By-Law Act. Provincial Offences matters are dealt with in the Provincial Offences Court.
CORPORATE COMMERCIAL LAW
We are a small business and understand the challenges that you will face in your own business, including:
- Customers who pay late, or don’t pay at all
- Employee relations, including terminations
- Dealing with banks and creditors
- Government regulation
- Problems with landlords
- Corporate governance
We can also help with government requirements to start a business, and other considerations including:
Pros and cons of incorporation
Maintaining corporate records
Landlord tenant problems
Consumer Protection Act Liens
WILLS, ESTATE ADMINISTRATION, AND POWERS OF ATTORNEYS
Did you know that you SHOULD have a Will and a Power of Attorney for Property and a Power of Attorney for Personal Care? Did you also know that it is often recommended to have a different person acting within both respective areas on your behalf? Contact us to help you discuss your needs in the following areas:
- Will and Power of Attorney Preparation
- Estate and Probate Planning
- Trust will when one of your beneficiaries is under disability;
- Estate Administration
The administration of an estate can be very stressful, due to the emotions associated with death and the degree of attention that is required to put a deceased’s affairs in order. We can help with those roles that specifically require a lawyer’s involvement and with respect to providing administrative support as requested.
Did you know that it is a common misconception that the lawyer who prepared the will must also be the lawyer who advises the estate trustee (formerly known as “the executor”)? In fact, the lawyer who advises the estate trustee is as chosen by the estate trustee, unless there is a provision of the will by which a particular lawyer is appointed.
The Role of the Lawyer is to provide general advice to an estate trustee with respect to estate administration. The lawyer will also prepare the application to the court to obtain the Certificate of Appointment, as well as any documents necessary to transfer assets and settle the estate with the beneficiaries.
We notarize and commission documents for an affordable flat fee.
The notaries and commissioners of oaths at our office can witness oaths, solemn affirmations, the signing of affidavits or statutory declarations. We can also certify documents to be true copies of the original.
The most common documents we can assist with are the following:
- Drafting and Notarization of Consent for Children Travelling Abroad
- Certification of Applicant’s Photograph (if client is known to us)
- Statutory Declarations Confirming Identity (if client is known to us)
- Statutory Declaration of Marital Status
- Statutory Declaration re: Ownership of Property or Vehicle Transfer
- Other types of Statutory Declarations
Please note that we cannot witness cohabitation agreements, separation agreements, or other Family Law documents, or Wills or Powers of Attorney that we have not ourselves prepared.