Who gets what after Separation?

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Separation and divorce are two of the most complicated processes in a person’s lifetime. After entering into a serious relationship for years in which everything is shared, you end up with a ton of collected stuff. But what are you going to do with all of it? What are you entitled to? There are different laws when it comes to the division of property during separation. It is often hard to figure out who bought every couch, kitchen appliance, television, etc., throughout the course of a relationship. Therefore, in a separation, all these items are grouped together and understood as…

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Cohabitation – A Guide for Forward-Thinking Common Law Couples

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Living with another person constitutes as cohabiting. If involved in a relationship with said person, and you have been living together for 3 years (or 1 year with a child), you are now in a common-law relationship. According to Ontario law, being in a common law relationship, regardless of how long you have been living together, does not guarantee an equal split of assets upon separation. In this case, the division of assets can be messy, especially when there is property purchased in both names and various assets that both parties were involved in purchasing. A cohabitation agreement is an…

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CASL – The New Government Legislation That Will Change the Way Your Business Markets

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What Is the CASL? In 2010, the Canadian Government proposed the CASL (Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation), and as of July 1, 2017, it has been implemented fully. CASL is Canada’s solution to what users can consider ‘spam advertising’. Spam can be defined as the influx of unsolicited promotional messages that fill users’ electronic message boxes, such as email, text messages and other forms of electronic mail, with the purpose of selling or promoting a product or service. With the new legislation in place, Canada is now sheltering Canadians, in an attempt to reduce such unsolicited promotional messages. It is concerned with…

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10 Things To Consider Before Cohabitation

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Should you move in with your partner? One of the major milestones in any relationship is moving in together. Moving in with your partner means a lot of things; trust in the other person, comfort in their company, potential long-term plans. It is a major step that demonstrates how serious the relationship is getting, as there is nothing more personal than sharing everything.  Many couples wait until marriage, while others use living together as a test run to see if marriage is viable, with the option of breaking up without getting a divorce. But is cohabitation really a risk-free trial…

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When Your Union Isn’t Putting ‘U’ First

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Understanding Laws For Unionized Workers *For the purposes of this blog, the terms ‘worker’ and ‘employee’ will be used interchangeably unless otherwise specified.  There’s a common misconception that exists when it comes to workplace law. The terms ‘labour’ and ‘employment’ law are frequently lumped together, and used interchangeably. Lawyers that advise employees and employers from private corporations are frequently referred to as ‘labour lawyers,’ and it is just as often assumed that employment lawyers deal with unionized employees.  This is mostly incorrect. To make the distinction clear, ‘labour’ law involves the 1/3 of workers in Canada who are part of…

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5 Reasons You Need An Employment Lawyer

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Legal Advice For Terminations & New Hires There are times in everyone’s life when they will more than likely find themselves in a lawyer’s office. Whether it’s drafting a will, purchasing a home, ending a marriage, or starting a business, a lawyer can help you provide advice, guidance, and of course legal services.  There are, of course, different types of lawyers who practice in various areas of law. For your will, your first stop will usually be to a lawyer who focuses on wills and estates. For issues involving marriage, children, separation, or divorce, there are family lawyers who can…

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What is a Guardianship Application?

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What is a Guardianship Application? Under the law, no person is recognized as a legal guardian for another unless approved through a Guardianship Application. A Guardianship Application is a process in which a person who is unable to make decisions on their own require a third-party to be authorized to make critical decisions on their behalf. A person deemed incapable of making said decisions may be a minor, mentally ill, someone with a brain injury that impairs them in some way, or a senior with advanced Dementia or Alzheimer’s. A successful guardianship application appoints a third-party or person to become…

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Legal Considerations in Business Financing – Starting a Business

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No matter what type of business you plan on starting, there are many rules and regulations to be wary of. Every sector of business has their own laws surrounding what can/can not be done, what type of research and safety regulations need to be followed, and certain standards that you must follow even before operations commence. In addition, there are different sets of regulations in place depending on federal, provincial and municipal standards, which can often leave business owners in uncompliant spots for laws they were completely unaware of. One of the worst situations a business can find itself in…

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