Chown Cairns Legal Advice Blog

Five things to know before starting a business in Ontario

Posted by Business Law Practice on Aug 10, 2017 11:17:27 AM

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

Posted by Labour and Employment Law Practice on Aug 2, 2017 9:37:46 AM


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

Posted by Personal Injury Law Practice on Jul 17, 2017 1:30:39 PM

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?

Posted by Estates & Wills Practice on Jun 1, 2017 1:24:27 PM

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?

Posted by Real Estate Law Practice on May 25, 2017 10:43:00 AM

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

Posted by Real Estate Law Practice on May 4, 2017 4:09:00 PM

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

Posted by Real Estate Law Practice on Apr 27, 2017 1:16:47 PM

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

What is a trademark and why should I trademark?

Posted by Business Law Practice on Mar 30, 2017 12:48:28 PM

Building a successful business and brand takes money and a tireless commitment. Over the course of doing business, you may put in place many protections for company, this may include registering a trademark for your business's name or markings.

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Topics: Business Law

Should I plead guilty?

Posted by Criminal Law Practice on Mar 23, 2017 9:47:35 AM

If you have just been charged with a criminal offense in Ontario, it is important that you take the time to understand your legal options before entering a plea in court. The first step is to determine what plea to enter in court is to read and understand your disclosure, a criminal lawyer can provide further guidance at this stage.

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Topics: Criminal Law

What to expect on closing day of real estate purchases

Posted by Real Estate Law Practice on Mar 21, 2017 11:53:38 AM

Purchasing a home is an incredibly exciting time, but it is also a complicated process. You are likely familiar with the basic steps of this process. You must search for a home, secure a mortgage and make an offer to purchase. When you lay out your Agreement of Purchase and Sale contract with your realtor and then review with your lawyer, there are a number of clauses that must be negotiated, including your closing date.

Your closing date will determine the date of the transfer of property ownership and requires preparation on your own behalf, as well as, your lawyers.  

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Topics: Real Estate and Land Law