Chown Cairns Legal Advice Blog

Ways to reduce probate fees and taxes

Jan 16, 2018

Many people do not find out about the hidden costs that come with the death of a loved one until it’s too late. There are taxes and fees associated with many aspects, from the funeral to the will itself.

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Topics: Wills & Estates Law

How to determine who should hold the title of your home

Dec 15, 2017

Many first time home buyers do not understand that they have options in assigning their property ownership, or that it is important to be strategic about who holds the title of a home.

Ownership over the title of a property means that the homeowner(s) have rights to the property and have the right to pass on ownership after their passing.

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Topics: Real Estate and Land Law

Estate planning: What happens when you die without a will?

Dec 12, 2017

If you do not have a will, and believe that you do not need a will, you are leaving your assets, money, and your family’s security on the table. You may believe that a will is unnecessary to your situation because your family will fairly distribute your assets, or that your assets aren’t large enough to warrant a will.

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Topics: Wills & Estates Law

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