A Christmas Greeting Card from Kennedy Schofield Lawyers

From Kennedy Schofield Lawyers (hereinafter called the "Wishor") to you (hereinafter called the "Wishee"),  please accept without obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, politically correct, low stress, non- addictive, gender neutral, celebration of summer solstice holiday, practiced with the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your [...]

By |December 19th, 2016|Uncategorised|

When Can I Stop Paying Child Support?

Your obligation to pay child support ends when your child is no longer a dependent child of the marriage as defined by the Divorce Act. The table amount of child support applies until a child reaches the age of majority. In Nova Scotia that age is 19; thus, if your child graduates from high school [...]

By |December 5th, 2016|Uncategorised|

Holiday Event Planning for Businesses: Do you need a special permit to serve alcohol?

Is your company thinking about hosting a holiday event to recognize your wonderful clients? Or maybe you are a non-profit organization planning a festive community fundraising event. Are you considering serving alcohol but wondering what rules apply? Who do you even contact to ask? If your organization is located in Nova Scotia, contact the Alcohol, [...]

By |November 21st, 2016|Uncategorised|

Making a Difference in the Lives of Our Veterans

Remembrance Day in our family is a very poignant day. My father- in- law, Jack, lost both of his brothers, Neil and George, in the Second World War. They were fighter pilots who were shot down, and buried, in Europe. They were both in their early 20s when they died. Jack’s father, Frank, died from [...]

By |November 9th, 2016|News|

My House is Haunted, Can I Sue?

This is a hot topic among real estate lawyers and I want to look at some of the issues with buying a haunted house, in the spirit of the Halloween season. In Nova Scotia, when you are purchasing a home, we say that the law is “Buyer beware”. This means that the Seller is required [...]

By |October 25th, 2016|Civil Litigation, Real Estate|

The Path to Preparing a Will

People are hesitant to prepare their Will for a variety of reasons. Most feel that the process is stressful and unnecessary. The reality is that the majority of people who take the time to prepare their Will feel a great sense of relief and contentment after the process is complete. In terms of being necessary….well, [...]

By |October 12th, 2016|Civil Litigation, Family, News, Wills & Estates|

Privileged Communications

Rules of evidence are developed to assist the judge in his/her attempt to determine the true version of events, and therefore make a fair and responsible ruling. However, there are certain types of communications that are so important that they must be protected, even if this means that the truth may be obscured. These communications [...]

By |September 14th, 2016|Civil Litigation, Criminal, Family|

What are Emergency Protection Orders?

An Emergency Protection Order is a temporary court order made by a Justice of the Peace to help protect victims of family violence, when the situation is serious and urgent. Such orders are made under the Nova Scotia Domestic Violence Intervention Act. A person applying for an Emergency Protection Order (EPO) in Nova Scotia can make the [...]

By |August 30th, 2016|Uncategorised|

Helpful Resources for Children Impacted by Parental Separation and Divorce

Separation and divorce can be emotionally draining on the two adults directly involved. For those who are also parents, the experience can be especially overwhelming as they see the impact on their children. Parents,  when going through their own emotional turmoil, may not know how to address these complicated life issues with their children or [...]

By |August 9th, 2016|Family|

Restrictive Covenants: How will they affect my ownership?

When purchasing a property you will want to know whether there are any covenants attached to your property. Covenants are typically referred to as ‘restrictive covenants.’ A restrictive covenant is normally contained in a deed conveying land. Restrictive covenants are essentially the things you are not permitted to do on, to, over or under land [...]

By |July 19th, 2016|Real Estate|