International Wills

September 29, 2017

In today’s highly interconnected world where people and capital move freely, it is very common for people to have lived in more than one country, and for people to own assets outside of their home province or outside of Canada. What happens with your Will if you own property outside of Ontario? Or outside of Canada?

The Financial Impacts of Bill 148: Looking Beyond Minimum Wage

September 27, 2017

As even the most casual observer of current events is aware, the Ontario Government introduced legislation that will increase minimum wage from $11.40 to $15.00 an hour by January 1, 2019. Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (“Bill 148”) was introduced and referred to committee on June 1, 2017, just days before the provincial legislature rose for the summer.

Courts show growing willingness to award damages when Charter rights are violated

September 18, 2017

This article originally appeared in The Lawyers Daily on September 11, 2017, published by LexisNexis Canada Inc. The Supreme Court of Canada opened the door in 2010 for plaintiffs to seek damages from the government based on breaches of their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (“the Charter“). In Ward v. Vancouver (City), 2010 SCC… Read more »

Ottawa lawyers scuttle attempted condo board takeover

July 19, 2017

Three individuals tried to gain control of a Toronto condo board and its multimillion-dollar budget by manipulating the director election process, an investigation by Ottawa law firm Nelligan O’Brien Payne has found.

Powers of Attorney Abuse – Make sure they are acting in your best interest

June 1, 2017

Canadians are now more than ever realizing the benefits of having Powers of Attorney (“POA”). We are living longer into old age, and planning for the future has become a necessity. POAs are useful planning tools for ensuring your health and financial interests are legally protected if you become incapable of decision-making.

Understanding Estate, Attorney and Trustee Accounting

March 27, 2017

Over my years of practice, I have not been able to get used to the startled look that an executor, attorney or trustee gives me when I advise them of their duty to account. Questions such as: “Really?” “Why?” and “To whom?” then follow.

Draft covenants with care

March 17, 2017

The case of Donaldson Travel has been added to the long list of cautionary tales for employers who are drafting restrictive covenants in employment contracts.