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Brain Injury Association | Kanata Community Involvement

FLEMING FITNESS GOLF TOURNAMENT Supporting The Brain Injury Association of The Ottawa Valley Allan, Snelling LLP was in attendance at this year’s annual golf tournament hosted by Fleming Fitness at the Loch March Golf & Country Club here in Kanata. It was a great day and event to supplement an excellent cause. All proceeds from…

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Somatic Symptom Disorder – What it is and how can you prove it?

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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Ottawa Personal Injury | How Lawyers Get Paid

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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De-Criminalization and the Law

Kanata CA personal injury, family, and real estate law firm

What Does De-Criminalization Mean? A good question. It is not a legal term. It is a political phrase which is at best ambiguous, and perhaps dangerous in so far as it invites assumptions which are not accurate. We have all heard the term used in the context of a debate currently in vogue with the coming federal election. If…

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Joint Tenancy v Tenancy in Common

Kanata CA personal injury, family, and real estate law firm

We are buying our first home. The bank insists that we add my father as a co-owner of the home in order to qualify for the mortgage amount we need. The entire down payment is coming from our savings and we will be making all the mortgage payments. I would rather not include my father…

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Dividend Sprinkling Shares

My neighbor tells me that he pays his adult children out of his business corporation to fund their costs and expenses while they attend university, and saves a lot on tax compared to what he would pay if he personally funded their expenses. How do I set up my business corporation to do this? The…

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Custody and Access

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Q: My wife and I are separating. We have two sons, 11 and 8 years old. Things are reasonably amicable between us, especially regarding the children, and we are trying to figure out custody and access. We both work full time and will be living near each other. What does custody mean, and what sort…

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Separation and its Impact on the Matrimonial Home

Kanata CA personal injury, family, and real estate law firm

My husband and I are separating after three years of marriage. The home we have lived in was mine prior to our marriage and it remains in my name alone. There is significant equity in the home. I understand that our assets will generally be divided equally, but does he have any claim on the…

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Are Family Trusts Useful for Businesses?

Kanata CA personal injury, family, and real estate law firm

A friend tells me that he used a family trust to multiply the use of the lifetime capital gains exemption and saved a lot of tax on the sale of his business. Is a family trust useful for my business? There are many types and uses of trusts. In essence, a trust is a contractual…

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