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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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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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What is a trademark and why should I trademark?

Mar 30, 2017

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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When does a business need a shareholder agreement?

Feb 16, 2017

When multiple people own a company, they often have their business lawyer draft a contract, known as a  shareholder agreement, to establish a set of rules and assign obligations to each individual. A shareholder agreement allows a company to establish a legal relationship between the owners of the corporation and creates a legal agreement for how business is conducted.

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The Issues With Standard Clauses and Commercial Contracts

Jan 19, 2017


Most commercial contracts and commercial agreements come with “standard clauses”. These are necessary portions of the agreement that carry specific meaning and serve the purpose of providing rights and obligations on the parties entering into the commercial contract.

However, while these clauses are standard, they can have significant effects. And often, these effects may produce unforeseen or unwanted results from the contract. It is important that each commercial contract or commercial agreement you enter to has its standard clauses reviewed for impact on the specifics of the transaction taking place.

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What you need to know about buying a business in Ontario

Dec 20, 2016

Whether you're looking to become a partner in an established business or you’ve decided to purchase a franchise or acquire an independent business, one of the key ways to ensure the process is a success, is to rely on advice from your business lawyer.

An experienced business lawyer will guide you through the process of due diligence, drafting the agreement of purchase and sale and will advise you on tax strategies in regards to the sale and your new business.

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Considerations to make before signing a commercial lease

Nov 15, 2016

When you find the perfect location for your business, you’ll have found a place to collaborate and grow. It’s an exciting time whether you’re a startup or simply expanding. If you are not in the position to purchase a building or space, you will need to sign a commercial lease with a landlord. Your commercial lease is a legally binding contract and a large expense for your business, you will want to have your business lawyer review and advise before signing a commercial lease.

To begin to understand the legal terms and conditions of your commercial lease,  consider the following below.

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How can I ensure my business contracts are legally binding?

Oct 13, 2016

Contracts are an essential tool for businesses. They are documents that will protect your business and reduce your legal risk. There are many types of contracts you may use over the course of doing business with both employees, clients and contractors.

Through the protection of a legally binding contract, you can be at ease knowing your business and its assets are protected. How do ensure that your business contracts are legally binding?

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How to know what contracts your business will need

Sep 8, 2016

If you’re operating your own business, or are a partner in a business, you will need contracts to protect both you and the business. Below are a summary of some of the common types of legal contracts that a business needs. All of these contracts should be reviewed by a business lawyer with experience in contracts and, specifically, commercial contracts.

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

Aug 16, 2016

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