Chown Cairns Legal Advice Blog

What not to do when you terminate an employee

Nov 9, 2017

 

For many managers and employers, terminating an employee is one of the most difficult decisions to make in the process of doing business. Dismissal is often a last resort, however there may be various factors that render termination as the only option.

In Ontario, it is very important that employers act in accordance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), and any other applicable provincial or federal legislation or common law when dismissing an employee. If you fire an employee improperly, you or your business could be subject to a lawsuit and may be required to pay damages and the reasonable legal costs of the employee.

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Topics: Labour Employment Law

Protect your assets. Improve your business structure.

Nov 7, 2017

Entrepreneurs are an incredible asset to our economy. Their businesses drive local employment and provide income to our Region’s families. However, the reality of doing business is that as an owner you are exposed to liability.

Without proper legal protections, you may be unknowingly exposing both your business and your personal assets. There are many common situations that put your assets at risk like having many assets tied to one business or an agreement gone poorly.

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Topics: Business Law

Drafting a will? Here are the details you should know.

Nov 2, 2017

 

There is no right age to have your will drafted and though it may feel awkward to think about your own mortality, a will is an important document.

Think of your will as a common sense document that every adult with assets should have, one that will impose your wishes and ensure that the people you want to benefit, do.

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Topics: Wills & Estates Law

Five things to know before starting a business in Ontario

Aug 10, 2017

There are incredible benefits to entrepreneurship, but becoming a success story takes a combination of risk, planning, hard work and a great business idea.

If you’re considering starting a business in Ontario, it is important that you have a solid business plan and consider and understand the elements of owning a business.

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Topics: Business Law

How workplace laws are changing in Ontario

Aug 2, 2017

 

Over the past two years a provincially commissioned research study referred to as the Changing Workplaces Review was conducted on Ontario labour and employment standards. The purpose of the review was to “better protect workers while supporting businesses”. This research study culminated in a final report which proposed over 173 amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (LRA).

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Topics: Labour Employment Law

Distracted Driving Ontario: What you should know

Jul 17, 2017

Put down the phone is a distracted driving movement in Ontario, that aims to reduce the amount of accidents caused by drivers using their cell phones while driving. Cell phone related accidents are the most common distracted driving charge and are the primary reason distracted driving collisions have doubled in the last decade, they are not the only illegal distraction.

Distracted driving can also happen when drivers are using their GPS, scrolling through playlists, eating or checking maps. If your distraction endangers other drivers or pedestrians you could face charges for careless driving.

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Topics: Personal Injury

Do I need a new will if I’m getting married?

Jun 1, 2017

A new marriage is an exciting time in your life and includes a number of legal changes and obligations. 

While establishing your will is an important thing to do, marriage may not be a time when you’re thinking about your will. However, with any major change that happens in your life, your will needs to be changed to address the new circumstances. Marriage certainly qualifies.

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Topics: Wills & Estates Law

Should you use your realtor’s real estate lawyer referral?

May 25, 2017

Many clients do not realize the value of their real estate lawyer until they are well into the transaction process and their lawyer has uncovered an issue or a clause that could affect the transaction agreement.

Your real estate lawyer’s sole obligation is to protect your rights within the confines of the law. Thus, they are valuable to you throughout the real estate estate transaction and we’d recommend engaging an experienced lawyer at the beginning of the process.

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Topics: Real Estate and Land Law

How to choose the right Niagara real estate lawyer

May 4, 2017

A real estate lawyer is an essential part of the process of buying or selling a home. In a hot market, like the one Niagara is currently experiencing, hiring the right lawyer is essential. Your real estate lawyer’s role is to represent your interests and to ensure that you and your asset are legally protected throughout the transaction process.

Buying and selling real estate involves a number of legally binding tasks including the preparation or review of an agreement of purchase and sale and the transfer of title insurance. Where your realtor can help you market your home or find the one of your dreams, your lawyer will ensure that your interests are protected.

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Topics: Real Estate and Land Law

Common legal mistakes to avoid when selling your home

Apr 27, 2017

Selling your home is a complicated process that involves navigating many legal issues and requirements. These legalities may seem overwhelming, but working with the right Niagara real estate lawyer should make this process simple and easy for you.

There are certain legal tasks that are commonly done wrong, which have the potential to result in serious complications for homebuyers or sellers. During the real estate transaction, it’s very important to ensure that both you and your real estate lawyer keep these common mistakes in mind so that they are not replicated in your transaction, and you finish the purchase or sale of your home without any unforseen consequences.

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Topics: Real Estate and Land Law