Employment Law

Temporary Layoffs

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Work at my business has slowed down quite a bit this year. I currently have 11 employees but there is not enough work to go around. I should be getting a set of new contracts that will keep everyone busy this spring, but I’d like to make some temporary layoffs in the meantime to avoid…

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Prenuptial Agreements: What are they and when do you need one?

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I’m a young professional and I am currently engaged to be married. I’ve heard of people signing prenuptial agreements. What is a pre-nup and do I need one? What people call a pre-nuptial agreement, or a “pre-nup” is called actually called a marriage contract in Ontario. If a marriage meets an unfortunate demise, the marriage…

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Understanding the Ontario Land Transfer Tax

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I want to transfer my house to my son. Do we have to pay Land Transfer Tax on such a transfer? As long as there is no consideration passing between you and your son, and the transfer is a gift to your son, there is no Land Transfer Tax payable. What is Land Transfer Tax? Land Transfer Tax…

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Do you need a Will?

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We have been married for the last 25 years but don’t have any children. Do we need a will, or would everything just go to the surviving spouse anyway? Yes, you do need a will. Whenever you don’t have any children, under the statutory distribution scheme for individuals that die without a will, your spouse…

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Family Law: Who Pays for Back to School?

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My spouse and I are separated with children. Who pays for back to school expenses? Parents often like to joke that back-to-school is “the most wonderful time of the year.” Covering the costs of sending the kids back into the classroom also makes it quite an expensive time of year. For parents who are separated or divorced, figuring out…

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Leasing Commercial Space

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Q: 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? A commercial lease is a complex legal document. In addition to the usual but important commercial provisions such as the term of the lease and monthly rentals, there are numerous other commercial…

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Settling Claims Informally: Possible Issues

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I was at a party out in cottage country and I collided with a parked car while leaving. There was some damage. I thought it looked pretty serious, but the owner said if I paid $500 cash, it would be no problem. Is there any down side to this? Yes. It is risky to settle…

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Employees, Managing and Overtime Pay

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Question: I recently changed roles at work. My new title is “Accounts Manager” and I am responsible for all the company’s accounts payable and receivable. I also help other staff price our products and develop new accounts. I am very happy about my new role but my job used to be “9 to 5” and now I have…

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Power of Attorney for Property

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Do I need a Power of Attorney for someone to manage my assets if I am unable? In most cases, people should have a Power of Attorney as part of their estate plan. A Power of Attorney for Property allows you to appoint someone to act on your behalf with regards to your assets in…

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Title Insurance and Protecting Your Real Estate Investment

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I am purchasing a new home. I heard from my real estate agent that I would have to get title insurance. Is this necessary? Title insurance has been around for the last 15 years and is used in almost all residential real estate purchases, especially those involving mortgages. What is title insurance and how much does it cost?…

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