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Construction Law In Ontario – Construction lawyer

Given that the construction industry is leading the Canadian economy, special considerations must be made with respect to construction contracts. Construction contracts govern the legal obligations and rights between contractors. There are standard forms of contracts that can be found with the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (the "CCDC"). The CCDC provides contract forms for a variety of construction projects.The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (the "RAIC") also provides some forms, which we have discussed in an earlier published article in our blog. The Canadian Construction Association (the "CCA") also provides a variety of standard forms. The three levels...

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Buying a Dental Practice: Dentist Business Lawyers – What we do greatly

Although medical and dental fields may have some specifications when it comes to business acquisitions, the legal foundation and steps are the same as other business acquisitions.Stage 1: Letter Of IntentA letter of intent is a letter that outlines key terms and conditions of the purchase of the dental clinic. It is not the Agreement of Purchase and Sale itself. It is, as explained in our article for the purchase of medical practices, an agreement to agree. It must be drafted by a lawyer because it can be legally binding, which means that it will impose legal obligations on...

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Design Law – Lawyer for Architects and Interior Designers

Rules Governing Architects and Interior DesignersArchitectsThe Ontario Association of Architects (the "OAA") governs services between architects and users. The OAA's Code of Ethics establishes guidelines that Architects must follow when providing services. These should be reflected in Architects' service agreements, which we can assist in drafting as business lawyers. Typically, architectural services include:the preparation or provision of a design to govern the construction, enlargement, or alteration of a building;evaluating, advising on or reporting on the construction, enlargement, or alteration of a building;a general review of the construction, enlargement, or alteration of a building;planning, urban design, and land-use planning;creating preliminary studies,...

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Buying a Medical Practice In Ontario

Only licensed physicians can purchase a medical practice.Although buying a medical practice may be a safer financial decision, there may be some major adaptations required to continue the process successfully. Buyers are likely required to adapt to current practices and cultures or risk losing patients and staff.From a legal perspective, purchasing a medical practice requires fundamentally the same core steps as other business purchases: Due diligence is the rule of thumb.First Things First: Confidentiality & Non-Disclosure AgreementAlthough some practitioners may wish to shortcut the sale and purchase process and rely solely on a written agreement to complete...

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You can claim civil damages for torts, harm and loss between spouses in Ontario family law.

Introduction: Requesting Compensation for Spousal HarmMore often than not, divorcing spouses tend to inflict harm on each other in one way or another. When a spouse especially chooses to divorce due to cruelty, as a family lawyer, I often receive questions from clients such as "can I be compensated for all the economic, physical or emotional harm that I suffered?". Although it seems that divorce lawyers and family lawyers give contradictory answers in Ontario, my legal research points to the brief answer of: yes, it is possible. Intersecting practice areas is nothing new to family law. Domestic violence for example...

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Partnership Agreements: What You Need To Know

BASICSA Partnership Agreement is an agreement between parties to provide for the terms of a business partnership between partners. Could be more than two. The agreement would typically govern capital contributions, management of the business venture, distribution of profits between partners and loss.NECESSITYI ALWAYS recommend and encourage clients to put any commitment in writing. Colloquially, "talk is cheap". However, when parties put commitments and promises in writing, then sign it, you have your evidence at the tip of your fingers. Although a valid contract may be oral, it is very challenging to prove. As a lawyer, I would happily...

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Family Law Contracts (Domestic Contracts) Explained In a Nutshell

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In Family Law, the courts recognize and consider valid only a few domestic contracts if formed in a specific way as governed by the Law, which in our case, for Ontario, would be the Family Law Act, RSO 1990, c F3. The Family Law Act (the "FLA") governs everything from marriage contracts, to separations, decision-making responsibilities, parenting time or access, child support, spousal support, all division of property all the way to family arbitrations. Domestic contracts are the main way to protect a couple's assets upon separation.Family Law contracts, also called Domestic Contracts as governed by Part 4...

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What happens when an employment contract gives less than ESA minimums and violates the Law?

Employment Lawyer Toronto Rana Charif

When an employment is terminated, employees should be given a notice period that should follow guidelines in the Employment Standards Act of Ontario, or payment in lieu of notice that would be the equivalent of what would be paid under the notice period. Notice periods vary and they may be found in Part 15 of the Act.Under section 60 of that Act, the employer is mandated to continue paying the employee their normal wage rate as well as making any other benefit contributions until the end of the notice period. In other words, the terms or conditions of the...

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Can Ontario Courts force the sale of a matrimonial home without a spouse’s consent?

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When spouses separate, a major source of conflict is the matrimonial home. Separated spouses commonly disagree on what to do with the matrimonial home upon separation. Most of the time, one spouse wishes to continue residing in it whereas the other prefers to sell it.What determines the result in cases like these varies depending on who owns the home, the reason behind the conflict that caused the separation, the reason behind the refusal of the sale, financial means...

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When should you incorporate? Why? And How?

As a business lawyer and an immigration lawyer, we do a significant amount of incorporations for businesses across Canada. Have you been doing business lately without incorporating? This is how most small business owners start: they register a business name, apply for a Master Business License and start working on getting their names out there to start selling and doing business. Entrepreneurs are resourceful, and that also applies to the legal steps that they favor in certain stages.However, once your business begins to generate a certain amount of revenue, it is important to start considering an incorporation. Here are a...

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