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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|

Migrating Your Property into the Land Registry System

Effective December 1, 2004, a new land registry system was rolled out in HRM which is electronically based. Traditionally in Nova Scotia if you were going to purchase a property or re-mortgage, your lawyer’s role would be to certify to you, and your bank, that once you bought the property you would have good marketable [...]

By |May 10th, 2016|Real Estate|

I have a Will, so why do I have to Probate?

Having a valid Will when you die does not mean that your estate will not have to be probated. When you draft a Will you will say who you want to inherit your stuff (all of the assets you own) and you appoint someone in your Will (the Executor) who is responsible for paying your [...]

By |April 26th, 2016|Wills & Estates|

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

In today’s global economy people are offered jobs in other provinces and even foreign countries. What happens when your family has gone through a separation and one parent wants to relocate with the children to another province or country? Can the moving parent take the children? What will be his/her chance of success? These are [...]

By |April 12th, 2016|Family|

Sexual Abuse, Legally Speaking

Sexual abuse. It’s not an easy topic to discuss; nor is it an easy crime to disclose. People who have been sexually abused are often afraid and ashamed to admit it. Despite the silence, sexual abuse has occurred and continues to occur in our society. Silence allows it to grow in the shadows of our [...]

By |April 5th, 2016|Civil Litigation, Criminal|