I was fired without cause. What happened to my company shares or stock options? Justin A. Villeneuve Lawyer – Litigation Your job was just terminated “without cause” and as if it’s not bad enough that you just lost your job, you also find out that your shares in the company are no longer yours. Just…

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Employer’s Resource | Are contracts necessary? Reasonable Notice and Bonus Requirements Justin A. Villeneuve Lawyer – Employment Law I’m always surprised to see how many employers still adopt the “handshake” method when hiring employees. I can understand the temptation to be nostalgic, but these types of employment agreements can leave employers at loss. Especially when…

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Somatic Symptom Disorder – What is it and how can we prove it? Justin A. Villeneuve Lawyer – Personal Injury The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) recently crystallised the importance of considering how psychiatric injuries accompany physical ones. In Saadati v. Moorhead, Saadati was in a car accident and suffered psychological and emotional trauma. He…

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Should I wave my right to a home inspection? Vlado Hajtol Partner – Solicitor We placed an offer on a house, which was accepted by the sellers. The agreement is conditional upon a satisfactory home inspection. The house was built only a few years ago and we are considering waiving our right to a home…

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Ottawa CA business lawyers

I run a small business and I am currently in the process of looking for commercial space. Do I need a lawyer to review the lease? J. Robert Allan Partner – Solicitor A commercial lease is a complex legal document. In addition to the usual but important commercial provisions such as the term of the…

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Duty to accommodate – Where do employers draw the line? Justin A. Villeneuve Lawyer – Litigation Answer: Employers should do what they can to accommodate their employee’s disability, but there’s a line to be drawn between accommodation and frustration of the employment contract. If the contract is in fact “frustrated”, the employer can end the…

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I was fired without cause. My employer has given me an offer. Should I take it? Justin A. Villeneuve Lawyer – Litigation Answer: Employers aren’t handcuffed to their employees. If they act in accordance with their statutory and common law obligations, employers are free to part ways with employees without cause. Typically, the employer is…

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What does “no fee unless you win” actually mean and how do most personal injury lawyers get paid?   Answer: Taken literally and with knowledge of what goes into every account “no win, no fee” is a legitimate statement. That means: Yes, the lawyer will not get a fee if you don’t receive compensation. However,…

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