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Incorporation – Advantages & Disadvantages

Limitation of Liability One of the biggest advantages to incorporating your business is that the shareholders of the company limit their liability for the debts of the business. If a creditor is seeking to recover for a company debt, they can only seek to acquire company assets and not the personal assets of the shareholders. [...]

By |December 6th, 2018|Civil Litigation, Corporate & Commercial, News, Uncategorised|

Trick or Treating Routes

Halloween is a little over a week away and I am sure you and your family are choosing what costumes to wear and planning both activities and trick or treating routes. During your preparations, it is important to consider some of the laws that may apply to the festivities. Before crossing the street to find [...]

By |October 23rd, 2018|Civil Litigation, Criminal, News, Uncategorised|

What Do I Need to Consider If My Marriage is Ending?

The divorce rate in Canada is over 50%, which means that many families are deciding that they would be happier living separately than together. When a couple decides to separate there are decisions that need to be made so that the family can move on in the best possible way financially and emotionally.  Here are [...]

By |May 18th, 2018|Civil Litigation, Family, Real Estate, Wills & Estates|

Should I Add my Child to my Deed to Avoid Probate?

Often we see clients who instruct us to add their adult children to their deed in an attempt to avoid probate.  When you die and property is in your name alone, that property passes to your estate.  A will contains your instructions on what you want to happen to the stuff that passes to your [...]

By |May 4th, 2018|Civil Litigation, Family, Wills & Estates|

Limitation Periods: When does the clock start?

Did you know there are time restrictions to commence a lawsuit? In 2015, the Limitation of Actions Act, SNS 2014, c 35, was introduced that reduced the amount of time a person has to file a lawsuit. What is a limitation period?  A limitation period is the amount of time a person has to file [...]

By |April 20th, 2018|Civil Litigation|

It’s a New Year!  What’s on Your “TO DO” List?

I have to admit I love the New Year.   It feels to me like a fresh start, and it motivates me to start taking care of some of those things that have been taking up space in my head; my mental “to do” list.  In January I clean out closets, make appointments for medical checkups [...]

The Salem Witch Trials

In 1692 a group of young girls became sick in Salem Village, Massachusetts, suffering from vomiting, delusions and muscle spasms.  At that time life in New England was harsh.  The recent war between the British and France, a smallpox epidemic, and fears of attack from Native American tribes caused paranoia among the villagers, and as [...]

By |October 30th, 2017|Civil Litigation, Criminal|

Help Yourself While You Can – Appoint a Personal Directive

What is a Personal Directive? In Nova Scotia, the Personal Directives Act allows an individual to legally create a personal directive. This would be a legal document authorizing an individual to act on a person’s behalf when they no longer have capacity and are therefore unable to make decisions concerning their own personal care, including [...]

By |October 20th, 2017|Civil Litigation, Family, News, Uncategorised, Wills & Estates|

Commercial Leases – Protecting Yourself & Your Business

So you are starting your business and you decide you need a place to sell your products. You look for the perfect location and find a great rental opportunity, but is it? This opportunity is a commercial opportunity and means you would be signing a commercial lease and there are big differences between a commercial [...]

By |October 5th, 2017|Civil Litigation, Corporate & Commercial, News, Real Estate|

What’s the Story on Will Kits?

Almost every time I present a seminar on estate planning, the question comes up – can I just use a Will kit? This is not something I recommend, so my answer is usually the same, you shouldn’t. Unfortunately, many people still use will kits because they appear economical, but the result of using one can [...]

By |March 7th, 2017|Civil Litigation, Family, News, Wills & Estates|