Chown Cairns Legal Advice Blog

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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Topics: Business Law

Should I plead guilty?

Mar 23, 2017

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

Mar 21, 2017

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

Your options if you’ve been denied long-term disability claims

Mar 16, 2017

Disability insurance provides coverage if you are injured and suffer a loss of income as a result. The injury can be physical, such as a severe back pain, or psychological, such as depression. Disability benefits are typically based on your income. You can purchase coverage yourself, but some employers provide disability coverage to employees as part of a benefits package.

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Topics: Personal Injury

Answers to common employment law questions

Mar 9, 2017

There are many aspects to employment law and therefore many misconceptions. Each act taken in reference to your employment or resignation has lawful boundaries. Understanding the standard aspects of your employment that are bound by the law, and the contracts or acts that are associated, will ensure that your rights are protected within your employment.

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Topics: Labour Employment Law

Why every parent needs a Will

Mar 7, 2017

A valid Will is a necessity for any parent not just to ensure your estate is divided according to your wishes but also to ensure that the guardianship of your child or children is clearly defined. Within your Will, you can select the person (“guardian”) who will care for your children until they become adults. This guardian can also manage your money until they’re adults or you can appoint a separate trustee for that responsibility.

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Topics: Wills & Estates Law

Alternative dispute resolution and commercial agreements

Feb 23, 2017

There are many types of commercial disputes that companies may be faced with over the course of doing business. When a business is facing a dispute in a commercial context, such as a breach of contract or a disagreement between shareholders, a commercial litigation lawyer will protect your interests and guide you through the resolution process.

Your lawyer, for instance, may advise you to include dispute resolution mechanisms within your commercial agreements. Provisions like mandatory mediation or binding arbitration offer an alternative way to settle business disputes than the pursuit of litigation.

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Topics: Commercial Litigation

Can I avoid a criminal record?

Feb 21, 2017

In Ontario, a criminal record can follow you for life. It may affect your ability to be employed and to travel outside of the country. When a person is convicted of a criminal charge, a criminal record is generated. There are a number of ways in which a lawyer can help an individual avoid a criminal charge, these are discussed below.

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Topics: Criminal Law

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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Topics: Business Law

Understanding conditional offers when purchasing a home

Feb 14, 2017

There are many reasons in which prospective homeowners may submit a conditional offer. The most common reason to do so is to protect the buyers in the case that the home inspection report reveals extensive renovation needs or if their financing does not come through.

Typically a conditional offer is structured with a deadline for expiry of each condition and the purchaser can give notice of either waiver or fulfillment of those conditions. If the conditions are not met the offer to purchase becomes void and the purchaser’s deposit is returned.

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Topics: Real Estate and Land Law