Buyer Beware: A Guide, not a Warning

Blog Post
June 26, 2018
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“Buyer beware” is a term more formally known as caveat emptor. The principle isn’t unique to real estate law, but when it comes to investing in something as significant as a home, it is particularly important for buyers to take notice of. There are two types of defects that buyers need to be wary of: patent defects and latent defects.

Am I Eligible for EI Sickness Benefits?

Blog Post
June 25, 2018
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Canada’s Employment Insurance program provides individuals with temporary financial assistance when they are out of work. This assistance includes “sickness benefits” to support individuals who would otherwise be able to work were it not for an illness or injury. Our latest Employment Law blog post looks at eligibility for EI Sickness Benefits.

Opening a restaurant in Ottawa: How to cut through the red tape

Blog Post
June 18, 2018
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If you plan to open your own restaurant, bakery or café – or purchase an existing establishment – navigating the labyrinth of required permits, licenses and bylaw obligations can be confusing. The City of Ottawa offers a Business Ambassador Service with a Business Information Officer (BIO) to assist and guide entrepreneurs in starting their enterprise.

Elder Abuse – What Should I Be Looking Out For?

Blog Post
June 15, 2018
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A growing senior population also means a growing number of vulnerable people. It’s an unfortunate reality that the elderly are often the victims of abuse. This can range from emotional abuse and manipulation, to financial abuse and sometimes even physical abuse. It is up to family members and friends to be on the lookout for any kind of elder abuse. Here are some red flags you should be aware of.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Blog Post
June 15, 2018
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Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), a time to recognize a global social issue that affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world. Communities around the world use this day to raise the visibility of elder abuse, by sharing information about abuse and neglect and promoting the resources and services that increase seniors’ safety and well-being. Lawyers and staff at Nelligan O’Brien Payne wore purple today in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

I’m An Estate Trustee – Do I Get Paid?

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June 12, 2018
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Anyone who has acted as an estate trustee will testify that it is quite an involved process, and can take a great deal of time. Fortunately, estate trustees are entitled to compensation for administering an estate. But how much can you be paid? In our latest Wills and Estates blog post, Marcia Green looks at whether you are entitled to be paid, and how this pay is calculated.

Marijuana In First Nations Communities – What Law Will Apply?

Blog Post
June 7, 2018
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The Federal Government in on track to legalize marijuana later this year, with Bill C-45 making its way through the Senate. However, there are many questions still unanswered as to the implementation of this piece of legislation, not least of which is how the sale of marijuana will operate in First Nations communities. Will provincial law apply, or can Indigenous people take full responsibility for its management?