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This is when you need to hire a criminal lawyer

May 9, 2019

If you have been charged with a crime, no matter the severity, it is time to hire a criminal lawyer. The consequences of a conviction are for life as you will carry the record with you. 

Despite what you may see in TV shows, criminal cases are often long and complicated processes with pre-trials and trials. A criminal lawyer will help guide you through these stages by providing their expertise, resources and attention to detail. It is important to retain a criminal lawyer as soon as you are arrested or charged so that your lawyer can begin working for you immediately. After an arrest, it is not a given that you will be charged and even after charges are laid, the Crown prosecutor still has the ability to rescind or alter the charges. If you have a criminal lawyer representing you, it will give you the best chance to avoid charges or to have them rescinded before reaching trial.

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Topics: Criminal Law

How to prepare to meet with a St. Catharines personal injury lawyer

May 9, 2019

Succumbing to a personal injury affects you both physically and financially and often emotionally. When the injury that you have sustained is the fault of a separate party and/or if you feel that the compensation offered through insurance is insufficient, you need to hire a personal injury lawyer to fight for the compensation that you deserve.

To prepare to meet with a personal injury lawyer, it is important to collect as much information as possible pertaining to your injury claim and those at fault. In your initial consultation, you will review this information with your lawyer to determine whether you require legal representation.

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Topics: Personal Injury

Employers: This is when you’ll need an employment lawyer

May 9, 2019

The legal landscape for the employer can seem remote. If you are not in a position where you immediately require a lawyer, the thought of how to hire one or when to seek legal advice rarely, if ever, reaches the top of your priority list. In many instances, hiring a lawyer can simplify matters, create clarity for you and your employees and prevent disputes before they happen. Listed below are some common reasons why employers reach out to Niagara employment lawyers.

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Topics: Labour Employment Law

Here's why you need a will

May 9, 2019

Regardless of your stage of life, you should be considering estate planning measures. While planning for your death is an uncomfortable topic, ensuring that your estate is taken care of can relieve potential financial, administrative and legal consequences for your family or loved ones.

A will allows you to control the disposition of your assets. The instructions that you leave in a legally binding will, will ensure that your intentions for your assets are followed.


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Topics: Wills & Estates Law

Should My Business Be a Corporation, Partnership or Sole Proprietorship?

May 9, 2019

If you’re starting or operating a business, it is important to understand the different types of business structures and what each type means for you as an owner. Operating your own business is an exciting enterprise. The information below combined with the legal advisement of your business lawyer can help ensure that legal complications do not ruin that excitement.

This article will look at three of the most common types of business structures and their advantages and disadvantages.

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Topics: Business Law

Here’s what to do after a workplace injury

May 9, 2019

Workplace injuries are often thought to occur on danger of specific occupations that require working with heavy machines or in hazardous situations. However, workplace injuries can occur to any employee. On average, one in 15 Canadian workers will be injured at work. No one is immune to suffering a injury and you should know what to do in case of injury BEFORE an incident.

If you are injured at work, no matter the severity, follow these steps. You may have a right to workers’ compensation, but it is important to fulfill your responsibilities with regards to the injury. [Note: if your injury requires immediate medical attention, call 911].

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Topics: Personal Injury

You’ve Been Charged With a Criminal Offense. Now What?

May 9, 2019

The criminal justice system in Ontario can be complex and confusing, especially for those charged with a criminal offense for the first time. Whether you’re looking to be prepared in case you’re charged or have been charged, this post will help guide you through the initial stages.

For most offenses, especially serious offenses, the police will both arrest and charge you. If you are arrested, the police will read you your rights, and take you to the police station to be fingerprinted and photographed.

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Topics: Criminal Law

You were wrongfully fired in Ontario. Now what?

May 9, 2019

If you have been fired from your job, you are likley entitled to a notice period and/or severance pay. However, if you have been fired for “cause” you are not entitled to notice or severance pay. If you have been denied notice or severance, or disagree that you were fired “with cause,” an employment lawyer can help you examine your options.

Here's what to do if you believe you were wrongfully fired in Ontario.

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Topics: Labour Employment Law

How to minimize your risks as an employer

May 9, 2019

There are many challenges that can arise as an employer and business owner.  Regardless if your business is a startup or is well established, it is essential that you are managing how you minimize your risks as an employer.

Failing to properly protect your business could expose you to the financial risks of disputes including litigation or settlements. In order to protect your business and effectively mitigate your legal risks, the following tools should be applied.

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Topics: Labour Employment Law

What are my alternatives to starting a lawsuit?

May 9, 2019

If you intend to bring a claim against another party, you need to retain a lawyer to advise you on your legal rights. Before you sue, you may want to consider the alternatives to starting a lawsuit.

Going to trial is not only expensive, but time consuming. There are a number of alternative ways to resolve your dispute before you start a court case you may want to consider negotiation, mediation or arbitration.

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Topics: Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation

 

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