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|

Don’t be a Spammer!

Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into effect on July 1, 2014. It is intended to protect Canadians while ensuring that businesses can continue to compete in the global marketplace. If you use electronic channels to promote or market your products or services, you need to understand and comply with the law. Under the law, in [...]

By |July 5th, 2016|Corporate & Commercial|

To Tweet or not to Tweet – Social Media & Your Divorce

In the past five years I have noticed a significant increase in the amount of evidence collected from social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This information is being used by and against litigants in the settlement negotiation process and at trial. In today’s culture, these and other social media and professional networking [...]

By |June 21st, 2016|Family|

You Say Joint, I Say Shared: Sorting out the Different Types of Custody

There is a lot confusion regarding custody and access of the children when parents separate. The most important thing to remember is that from the court’s perspective there is no such thing as parental rights. Everything is viewed from the best interests of the child/children. It is very important to remember this wording in court [...]

By |June 6th, 2016|Family|

Buying a House – Getting Started

Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog finally retire from the Muppet Show and decide to purchase a small ocean front home in Nova Scotia, where the living is easy and the veterinary care excellent. They hire a local realtor who knows the area and fly up to look at houses. Miss Piggy, who has very [...]

By |June 1st, 2016|Real Estate|

Legal Separation: Fact or Fiction

It is not uncommon for potential clients to tell me at the first consultation that they are looking for assistance in securing a “legal separation”. I have heard this term enough that I have often wondered where it originated. It was also a commonly used term when I was practicing in Ontario. To be clear, [...]

By |May 24th, 2016|Family, Real Estate|

Should We Get Married? Common-Law vs. Marriage

Many people assume that as it is 2016 the rights and obligations associated with marriage are extended to those in common-law relationships. While to a certain extent this is true, it is more complicated than one might expect and it is important that people understand the differences before entering into a relationship. The leading authority [...]

By |May 18th, 2016|Family, Real Estate|