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Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Divorce Lawyer

By - 2017-03-28

When you are having a free consultation with a divorce lawyer, it is important that you get as much information from him or her as possible. Get the most out of your time with the lawyer; this means writing down a list of questions to ask before you go. Here are just some of the questions you might want to ask.

  1. Do you specialize in divorces? You want to know if the lawyer has a lot of experience in handling divorces, or if divorces are just a fraction of his or her practice. You also want to know how long the attorney has been practicing family law, and how many family law cases he or she has handled.
  2. What’s your fee structure? This is the second question you should ask during the consultation. You want to know if the lawyer will bill you for each hour spent on your case, including the time spent answering your questions, or if he charges a mixed fee. Divorce proceedings can take years to finalize, so you need to be aware of the fee structure in order to prepare for the potential financial drain.
  3. What are the divorce procedures in Ontario? Every province has different procedures you or your lawyer have to follow in order to file for divorce. The length of time needed to complete your divorce will depend on its complexity, but your lawyer should be ale to give you an estimated timeline.
  4. What issues should I be aware of when it comes to alimony? The alimony one spouse can seek from another depends on the length of marriage, whether one spouse stays home to raise the kids, and/or the discrepancy in earnings between the two spouses.
  5. How do we split marital assets? There’s a lot of complicated issues that can come up during equalization of marital assets. It’s important to talk to the lawyer about how joint assets are allocated.
  6. What are my chances of winning custody of my child(ren)? When you and your spouse have children together, and can’t agree as to who will have custody, you need to know from the beginning what factors are important to family court judges when it comes to deciding which parent will be awarded custody. Ask the lawyer what your chances are of getting custody of your kids. Child custody issues can prolong divorce proceedings, so it’s best to know what issues you should challenge and what issues you can afford to concede. You can also ask about alternative dispute resolution options like mediation or arbitration if you would like to avoid going to trial.
  7. What is your estimate of the total cost of this divorce? Don’t be surprised if the lawyer hesitates to answer this question. The cost of your divorce will depend on the level of conflict involved. The way the lawyer answers this question, however, might help you get an impression; does he or she appear honest and say it’s hard to estimate the costs ahead of time, or does she look like she’s just trying to get your business and gives you an unrealistically low amount?
  8. Based on what we’ve discussed, how would you predict a judge would rule on my case? A good family lawyer will be able to give his or her opinion on matters related to alimony, child custody, the division of marital assets, and more.
  9. If I hire you, will I be permitted to negotiate with my spouse directly? Ask if there are any tasks you can carry out to try to keep your costs down.

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Before Your First Court Appearance: 5 Criminal Law Tips

By Nathan Maxwell - 2016-12-14

You have been charged with a crime. This is the first time in your life that you have ever been alleged to commit a crime. With the evidence in hand, you will have to make your first court appearance. Indeed, it can seem intimidating, but it is simply formulaic and part of the system.

When you have been charged with a crime, you must not cave into one important thing: panic.

A criminal lawyer will provide you with a wide variety of suggestions, information, tips and details pertaining to your case. They will tell you aspects of the case, the criminal code and the court system that you will need to know before you step foot inside a courthouse.

The right criminal attorney will ensure that you are fully prepared for the next little while. If you know you are innocent then the scales of justice will tip in your favour.

Here are five things your criminal lawyer wants you to know about your first court appearance:

You Don't Have to Appear if You Don't Want to

You may not want to bother attending the courthouse or you may have a great overwhelming feeling. If you don't want to appear at the courthouse then you don't have to.

If you retain a criminal lawyer and sign a "designation pursuant" then you don't have to personally appear. Your attorney will appear on your behalf just so as long as you hire an attorney as soon as possible. You can't tap the services of one a day before the appearance.

Always Show Respect at the Courthouse

The one thing that you should always do at a courthouse is to show respect, even if you feel the charges brought against you are incorrect. You must constantly be respectful to the institution.

What does this entail? Well, you must not be on your cellphone, you must not be chewing gum, you must not wear a hat, you must wear professional attire and you always refer to the Justice of the Peace as "your Worship." By doing this, everything will run as smoothly as possible. Thistoo has written an interesting guide on courtroom etiquette, which you might be interested in reading on their website.

Be Sure to Arrive to the Courthouse Early

You may have learned that the court system is a slow process because it handles hundreds of cases every single week. If you are late to your court date then it will be delayed to another time.

It's simple: leave your home early enough so you have plenty of time to find parking, find the courtroom, speak to counsel and so on. You should refrain from being late, even by two minutes.

The Trial Date Will be Announced

Here is one thing that you may not be aware of: your first court appearance is not the start of your trial date. Your first court appearance is simply an administrative step and part of the pre-trial process. By the end of this instance, the official trial date will be announced.

Ensure You Have a Lawyer with Court Experience

Lastly, you must ensure that you have a criminal lawyer with court experience. Sure, you may want to give a novice a shot at your case, but your life, livelihood and future are at stake. Therefore, it is best to hire an attorney who has appeared in court at least three times. If you are looking for an experienced criminal defence lawyer near Mississauga, you may want to contact Aswani K. Datt for more information.

Otherwise, you wisk putting your life at jeopardy with someone who doesn't know how to work the court system. Just be selfish one time in your life and get a lawyer with court experience.

Canada's justice system is a long, strenuous and complicated process. It's like this for a reason: to protect the innocent. But this fact shouldn't frustrate you or prompt you to shake your fist at the legal system. Indeed, you may have children, you may have work, you may have obligations and so on, but you still have to participate in your case and cooperate with your criminal attorney.

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A Rookie's Guide to Settlement Loans

By Karl Crest - 2016-10-27

If you have an active legal claim and you currently have a lawyer, you might be eligible for a settlement loan. You’ve probably seen or heard commercials discussing these kinds of loans: “Don’t wait! Get your settlement money today!” While they can really be helpful to some people, settlement loans need to be carefully considered. Here are some questions you should ask before signing on the dotted line.

How Do These Loans Work?

Typically, someone who was involved in some kind of accident or injury, someone with a pending legal claim, needs some cash. He or she contacts a lawsuit loan company and that company figures out how likely it will be for the client to win, and how much. Only those with promising cases are considered for loans. If the company decides to offer the loan, the client’s attorney and the loan company will negotiate the terms of the advance. This will include the amount and the amount of interest to be paid.

The client will then sign a contract. If the client wins, the loan company gets paid out of the proceeds, plus fees and interest. If the client loses his lawsuit, he has to repay the loan himself.

How Much Are the Interest Rates and Fees?

The main downsides of the industry are high interest rates and fees. It’s not unusual for people to pay between 30 and 120 percent in fees and interest on the amount borrowed over the life of the settlement loan. Companies may charge a flat yearly rate or compounding interest, so it is important to find out ahead of time what kind of interest they will charge, and how often.

How Long Will You Have to Wait for the Settlement?

The longer it will be before you receive the settlement, the more expensive your loan will become since the interest charges will accumulate.

Do You Have Any Other Options?

Think about if you have any other options for coming up with the needed money, maybe friends or relatives. Can you get a second job or more hours at your current one? If you’re unemployed, what are your chances for getting a job?

If you decide your best option is to get a settlement loan, look around for best practices, rates, terms, and fees. Consider consulting with a professional, such as Lifeline Litigation Loans, for more options and information.

Once you choose the company you want to deal with, it’s quite a quick process to obtain a loan because you don’t have to go through all the regular credit checks. The company invests in your lawsuit, not you, so your income, work situation, credit report, and money you have in the bank have nothing to do with the decision. The only thing that matters is if your lawsuit has a good chance of success.

Tips

  • Ask about application fees. Most companies do not charge you to apply but if so, ask if it can be waived.
  • Ask about interest rates and compounding interest. Find out how often the interest is compounded. This can make a big difference in the final amount you have to repay.
  • Ask your lawyer when trying to decide which company to go with for the loan. The lawyer can help you negotiate the terms.
  • Check for any conflicts of interest: make sure the lender doesn’t have financial ties to a lawyer or medical provider involved in your lawsuit.
  • Ask if there is a cap. Some companies will stop adding interest or fees after a certain length of time.

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After a Slip & Fall Incident: 5 Tips Your Lawyers Will Give You

By Nathan Maxwell - 2016-10-07

It is winter so do you know what that means? Sidewalks and roads covered in ice and snow.

At the same time, it is also means that you are a lot more prone to suffering from a slip and fall. Whether you are just walking by a retail outlet or you're walking into a convenience store, you could fall victim to an injury by slipping on some ice that was not taken care of by the business owner.

Experts warn everyone each year how dangerous it is to neglect the ice and snow in front of your business, store or even house. Daily Mail Online has written an interesting article about about how to avoid slipping up in the snow. But even with the proper shoes, you could still slip and fall any day.

Of course, when such incidents happen, you must perform a series of steps in order to protect yourself if you are the victim of a slip and fall accident. It is the law for property owners to always keep the sidewalks and entrances unobstructed and cleared from the heavy ice and snow. If they don't then they could easily be threatened with a lawsuit because of your injuries.

Here are five tips lawyers will give you to protect yourself after a slip and fall incident:

Do Not Utter a Word

As everyone has a camera in their pockets these days, you have to be careful not to say anything that can be interpreted as an admission of guilt. Whether it's to a witness or the property owner, you should never utter a word that can be suggested that it was your fault in the first place.

Never Sign Any Documents

Do you know how many slip and fall cases have been lost because the victim signed a document that essentially voided their case? There are plenty of instances of this happening. Therefore, the best thing to do is never sign any documents at the scene and wait until you speak with an attorney before you proceed with giving your John Hancock on the dotted line.

Immediately See Out Medical Attention

It can seem rather suspicious if you file a slip and fall lawsuit and it takes you days to seek out medical attention following your accident. It is imperative to immediately go to the hospital or visit your general physician upon suffering an injury.

Should you decide to wait a minimum of three days then the court system and defendant will ask the obvious question: why didn't you seek out medical attention earlier? It may not have been so serious if it took you 72 hours to receive medical care.

And, no, the defense that the wait times are too long isn't a viable option.

Make a Record of Time, Dates and Names

The best way to win any case in Canada's legal system is keeping a detailed record. This record should consist of times, dates, names and what exactly transpired. With this in hand, there is no other way that somebody else can dispute it.

Moreover, your records should also include how much you have had to spend on medical care, how much wages you have lost due to your injury and how much time you've missed work.

Record keeping is essential in any slip and fall case.

Take Photos of the Area

Lastly, in order to prove just how dangerous the area was, you should take photos of the scene. By doing this, you can show to the court that the individual neglected to clear the ice and snow from the sidewalk in front of their premises or the entrance into their premises.

Pictures can say a thousand words, but do refrain from taking a selfie of the slip and fall.

Winter can be a dangerous time for pedestrians. As we have seen over the past month, dozens of pedestrians have been injured or have passed away because of the late autumn and early winter.

Although it is important to be extra vigilant and extra careful as you walk down the street, there is only so much you can do, and if the property owner fails to clear the ice and throw salt on the sidewalk then it isn't your fault.

By following the aforementioned tips, you have a better chance of winning your slip and fall case. 

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6 Ways to Find A Good Disability Lawyer

By Clay Well - 2016-09-18

If you are disabled and unable to go to work, you may be entitled to receive some disability benefits. Unfortunately, this is not always as easy as it may sound. Making a disability claim can be complex, and insurance companies often deny claims or decide to suddenly cancel benefits.

If you need help to make sure you will receive the benefits you are owed, here is how you can find and hire a good disability lawyer.

[1] Make a list of prospective lawyers

To find the right disability lawyer for you, you will first have to make a list of prospective lawyers. If you have already worked with a lawyer specializing in a different field, ask if they could recommend you a good disability lawyer.

If you have never worked with a lawyer before, ask everyone you know if they have already used the services of a disability lawyer, and if they were satisfied. You could also decide to use an online directory such as HG.org to find disability lawyers offering their services in your area. Add any name you find and any name you are being recommended to your list.

[2] Make some research

The second thing to do is to make some research about each disability lawyer on your list. Just because someone you know has recommended a lawyer does not mean it’s the right lawyer for you, so you will have to learn more about each name on your list.

Go online and learn more about each disability lawyer’s education, experience, awards, and membership of any organization. Lawyers who are appreciated by their clients and recognized by their peers should be at the top of your list. To help you get started, you can find more information about the lawyers working at Preszler Law Firm.

[3] Contact law firms and ask questions

After you have made thorough online researches about the disability lawyers on your list, you should be able to choose 2 or 3 lawyers that seem like they would be a good match for your case. Don’t hesitate to contact the office of these lawyers and to ask a few questions.

Even if you can’t speak to the disability lawyer directly, you should be able to find answers to your questions and to decide if you would like to meet with this lawyer. Pay attention to how the staff of the lawyer’s office reply to you, and notice if they seem kind and knowledgeable about disability law.

[4] Schedule free consultations

Most law firms offer free initial consultations, so the next step on your search for the right disability lawyer would be to meet with the lawyers you are the most interested in. Schedule a consultation with each of them, tell them about your disability and your needs, and ask them a few questions about their experience with handling cases similar to yours.

Pay attention to the personality of each disability lawyer you meet, to their work philosophy and to their approach in resolving issues with insurance companies. Check if the lawyer is easy to contact if you ever have additional questions or if you need updates on your case.

[5] Make your choice

After meeting the top lawyers on your list, it will be time to make your choice. You will want to hire the lawyer with the most experience and the best reputation, but these are not the only things you should consider.

The right disability lawyer will have a personality that matches well with yours, and will be ready to listen to you, to advise you and to work with you to find solutions to your problems. Choose a lawyer who will always have your best interests in mind.

 

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Family Law: A Beginner's Guide

By Jillian Troy - 2016-08-28

If you’re interested in family law, here are some insights into what it’s like to be a family lawyer!

What is family law?

It’s a practice area that covers the many legal issues that families can face. These include divorce, child support, spousal support, custody, termination of parental rights, division of assets and liabilities due to divorce, paternity, adoption, dependency and child neglect, and protection from abuse.

What is nice about family law?

You can be more than just a lawyer telling a client his or her legal rights. You have the ability to help people through one of the most stressful experiences they can have in life. It’s very rewarding to know that you’ve helped someone in a hard time.

What are some challenges?

While quite rewarding, it can also be difficult to experience these kinds of events with clients. It’s especially challenging when one or both parties decide to make the whole process as difficult as possible in order to hurt the other party.

What does a typical day look like for a family law attorney?

There aren’t any typical tasks: every day will bring a new issue from a client that has to be resolved ranging from one party taking money out of a joint account to a fight over how to handle custody to a missed custody exchange. New issues come up every day. On top of that, you have a to-do list: returning phone calls, drafting correspondence, negotiating small issues, going to court for motions and hearings, and preparing for court. You can learn more about family law attorneys at Walker Head, a Pickering law firm with years of experience in this practice area.

How often is a family law lawyer in court?

It depends on your caseload. You tend to spend a lot of time in court for short hearings that range anywhere from a few minutes to two hours long. Once in a while you will have a trial that can run several days.

What kind of situations do you tend to handle the most?

The majority of family law proceedings come as a result of the termination of a romantic relationship or marriage. As a family law attorney you would help clients file for divorce or separation, child support, child custody, spousal support, and visitation. The division of property at the dissolution of a marriage is also a common issue. These cases can be simple and straightforward, with all parties agreeing to all issues, or a long, drawn-out, acrimonious affair.

What skills are needed to practice family law?

Family law attorneys have to be skilled both at negotiating and litigating. They must all have good time management skills, counselling skills, and a basic understanding of financial and accounting matters. You also have to have good people skills because there is always someone with whom you need to communicate, whether it is court personnel, your client, opposing counsel, or someone else.

Are employment opportunities growing in the field of family law?

Unfortunately, yes, because for one, more people are getting divorced. Another reason is that it’s hard to stay in this field due to the stress involved. There’s a reasonable amount of turnover. It takes a special type of personality to practice family law as a specialty.

How can a person break into the area of family law?

Take family law courses at Seneca College in family law and intern at organizations that specialize in taking care of family law and children’s matters. Be persistent. Take courses on mediation and family counselling. Take some basic accounting and finances classes and learn about trusts, off-shore assets, pensions, and tax law. Stay on top of family law issues.

 

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Do You Need A Corporate Lawyer? 6 Possible Scenarios When You May Need One

By Karl Crest - 2016-08-17

Corporate law is quite complex, and while not all business transactions require you to hire a lawyer, there are situations where a corporate lawyer will be your best ally.

Here are a few examples of situations where the skills and the advice of a corporate lawyer can be required, to help you decide if you need to hire a corporate law expert.

(1) You want to start a new business

If you are setting up a new business, you need to make sure you are complying with the rules and regulations of corporate law. Making mistakes is easy, and can end up costing you a lot of money.

A corporate lawyer can help you making sure you are doing everything right while protecting your interests and giving you some valuable corporate law advice. If you are thinking about starting a business, don’t wait until you are facing a problem to contact a corporate lawyer. Try talking at an expert lawyer at SBMB Law to learn more about the legal processes of starting a new business.

(2) You want to incorporate your business

If you want to incorporate your business, or if you have recently incorporated it, you might be uncertain what your new legal responsibilities are. You might try to figure them out on your own, but this will surely prove difficult if you have no knowledge of corporate law.

Consulting with a corporate lawyer is the best way to make sure you know exactly what you are doing. Your lawyer will advise you and help you learn more about business incorporation.

(3) Your company is going through important changes

Whether you have been owning a business for some time or you are a brand new entrepreneur, you can expect your business to go through different changes through the years. Reorganization, downsizing and mergers are all easier to handle when you have a corporate lawyer on your side.

A lawyer can also give you some advice if you are thinking about developing a new project, about exporting goods or services, or if you feel like you are ready to close or to sell your company.

(4) You want to avoid tax penalties

Filing taxes is never simple, and it can be even more complicated when you own a business. If you fail to file your taxes properly and to meet your other governmental obligations, you might find yourself struggling with different penalties.

The best way to make sure you understand your obligations and to be able to file your taxes properly is to speak with a corporate lawyer. You will be glad you did, when you see that everything is going smoothly.

(5) You want to register a trade-mark

While it’s possible to register a trade-mark for your business name, slogan or logo on your own, hiring a corporate lawyer should help simplify the process.

A corporate lawyer will help you making sure your trade-mark registration application has been submitted properly, and that your business name, slogan or logo will be well protected. You could also simply ask for advice on how to prepare your registration application and submit it.

You can learn more about registering trademarks at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.

(6) You need a business litigator

If you think you might need to take someone to court to resolve a corporate law issue, hiring a corporate lawyer might be a good idea. However, not all corporate lawyers offer litigation services, so keep this in mind while searching for a corporate lawyer.

A corporate lawyer who specializes in business litigation will help you fight to protect your interests and resolve the issues and disputes you are facing. They might even be able to help you resolve your problems without the need to go to court.

 

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5 Tips to Fully Maximize Your Paralegal Courses

By Adrian Moore - 2016-08-07

Paralegals play a vital role in the legal services industry. They are the backbone of law firms.

As other industries have negative outlooks, paralegals remain one of the most consistent career choices that are in demand. It only makes sense since public officials keep adding new laws, rules and regulations (don't forget revisions and updates) to the Canadian justice system.

Depending on the jurisdiction in Canada, paralegals will often perform much of the same work that attorneys do. Some of the regular duties of legal assistants consist of filing cases, producing trial notes and legal briefs, conducting legal research and drafting paperwork. The list of daily tasks never diminishes. There is always something for paralegals to do every single day.

So, if you're looking to either enter the paralegal profession or upgrade your human capital then perhaps it's time to take several paralegal courses. There are plenty of choices available for you, including the paralegal courses available at Canadian Business College. Regardless of the school that you choose, you have to be sure you take full advantage of these paralegal courses.

With that being said, here are five tips to fully maximize your paralegal courses:

Start Developing the Right Qualities

Indeed, some of us are just born with some of the right qualities. However, you can take comfort in the fact that you can still learn to adopt certain traits to improve your career path.

When you're a paralegal, you have to have certain characteristics that can contribute to your job. As a paralegal, you have to have to pay attention to deal, be a team player, be articulate, be ethical, be a multi-tasker and, most important of all, be a hard worker.

Once you're a paralegal, you could be spending long days at the office, and you may even bring that work home to complete.

Try to Get Some Experience

Although it may be difficult to attain, it can be a good idea to try to get some experience in the paralegal world as you take your courses. You don't have to command payment, but you can volunteer to work at an office a few hours per week just to see what it's like. Who knows? Perhaps you could even land a position at the law office once you get your certification.

Visit Courts During Your Studies

Time is always a factor. On top of your paralegal studies, you're working a full-time job and you might also be volunteering at a law office. If possible, you should also visit courts during your studies. This will help you see how the court system operates, how critical of a role paralegals play and what work you will have to perform each day to get lawyers ready for that day in court.

Grasp the Canadian Legal System

If you haven't already, you should start to grasp the Canadian legal system.

No, you won't have to study every single law book that has been published since the founding the country, but you should have a rudimentary understanding of law and how our justice system works. Moreover, it would be a wise step to take a deep look inside the specific law that you want to get involved in, whether it's corporate, criminal or small claims.

Remain Up-to-Date About the Industry

Finally, and this could be the easiest one of all, you should remain up-to-date about the industry. This consists of reading daily newspapers such as The Globe and Mail, perusing blogs that focus on paralegal and browsing publications that concentrate on law and paralegal. The industry is constant changing and evolving and you don't want to get left behind. Once you have determined that paralegal is the career you want to have then you have to dedicate your days to learning about the industry.

Becoming a paralegal is no easy feat. It takes a lot of hard work, studying and effort to succeed in not only becoming a paralegal but also maintaining a career in this realm. There are plenty of courses that can teach you, and there are an array of resources that help guide you. But, ultimately, it will be up to you to advance or stutter in this goal of becoming a paralegal.

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5 Trademark Law Tips for Your Startup Brand

By Owen Bernard - 2016-07-31

You have launched your own small business and now you're interested in trademarking your brand. The name, the products, the slogans. These are all aspects of your company that you're interested in gathering trademarks for. Unfortunately, it isn't as easy as you may imagine.

Trademark law is very tricky. Since this area of the law often involves corporations that spend vast sums of money on their legal teams, your company could get into serious trouble. That's just the way it is. This is why so many startups and small businesses hire attorneys: for protection.

It takes more than just walking into your local civil office, applying for a trademark, filling in paperwork and then waiting two days for approval. You have to perform an array of tasks in order to ensure you are legally allowed to apply for such a trademark and you'll be shielded from legal recourse by another company, even if they are located in East Asia or the United States.

Here are five trademark law tips for your startup brand:

What is Your Primary Purpose?

As you pick and choose your trademark, you have to know what your ultimate objective is. Will the trademark inform consumers what you specialize within the company name? Is the trademark meant to differentiate yourself from others in the crowd? Before diving head first into the intricate world of trademarks, you have to establish an aim, which will differentiate yourself in the ocean of brands and businesses.

 Is it Really Yours?

Now that you have a goal, you have to determine if the trademark is really yours or if it belongs to someone else. Remember, you can only utilize a trademark if it isn't similar to another trademark on the market and you can't claim ignorance to a potential trademark infringement. Simply put: you must perform an extensive, thorough and diligent scan of the trademark arena. By doing this, you avoid financial and legal troubles down the road and you know your rights ahead of time.

 Little Icons Matter

Sometimes, it's the little things that really matter in life. The same can be said about those little icons that you often see for trademarks. The ™ and ® symbols that you regularly see next to a company name, a marketing gimmick or a product are identifiers. They reflect the business's reputation, identity and immense investment. Not only must you browse the market for these little icons, you will also need to implement these icons for your own personal trademarks.

 Choose a Trademark You Can Protect

Another important step to consider is picking a trademark that you can really protect. You should realize that not every single word or name can be trademarked. Something generic and something descriptive will not be subjected to a trademark. However, something suggestive, arbitrary and fanciful will certainly be trademarks that you can protect in the future.

Moreover, trademarks are a territorial function. Just because you're registered in Canada, it doesn't automatically mean that you're registered in the U.S., Mexico or Australia. You can learn more about international trademark laws at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

In addition, just because you find someone else using your trademarked name elsewhere, it doesn't mean you can send cease-and-desist letters. If they're sellling vastly different products or services then they are within their legal rights to use that same name.

 Hire an Attorney

If you can afford it, it's best to hire an attorney who specializes in this kind of corporate law right from the start. The lawyer you possibly hire will have the know-how, the resources, the connections and time to assist you in your trademark endeavours. Law firms such as Hoffer Adler LLP have worked in this niche for years now, so their trademark lawyers can guide you to the right people, the right documents and  the right resources.

Trademark law can be very complicated. This is why you should never go it alone. It's always best to have a professional who has been involved in trademark law for years. Otherwise, you could face pecuniary and legal woes down the line if you have been in violation of a trademark. Essentially, you'll need to select trademarks that are protectable, available and unique. You wouldn't want to

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Canadian Immigration Law: 6 Ways to Find An Immigration Lawyer

By Charles Donovan - 2016-07-12

If you are considering immigrating to Canada with your family, finding the right immigration lawyer is a good way to simplify your immigration process. Canadian immigration law is complex, and a knowledgeable immigration lawyer will be able to answer your questions and to help you solve any issues you might have with your application.

Here are a few tips to help you find the right immigration lawyer while you are getting ready to start a new life in Canada.

1. Start your research

There are different ways to search for the right immigration lawyer. If you know some people who have successfully immigrated to Canada, or who are in the middle of their immigration process, ask them which immigration lawyer they hired.

If you have already consulted a lawyer in another field, ask them if they have an immigration lawyer to refer you to. You could also use a search engine to search for the names of different immigration lawyers who could help you.

You can also learn more about Canadian immigration at Settlement.org.

 2. Look for lawyers who specialize in Canadian immigration law

Immigrating to another country is a major decision, and you want to make sure you are doing everything right. Search for a lawyer who specializes in Canadian immigration law, and can keep up with the changes and developments of this law.

A lawyer who works in different areas of practice might not be able to correctly answer your questions about the Canadian immigration law, and might not have a lot of experience handling cases similar to yours.

 3. Make some research online

The internet is the perfect place to learn more about a prospective lawyer. Visit an immigration lawyer’s website to learn about their qualifications and their experience, and to make sure they specialize in Canadian immigration law.

You should also search for online reviews to see what people are saying about the services they received from that lawyer. Joining a lawyer’s social media pages will also give you a better idea of their personality and work ethics.

 4. Choose an immigration lawyer who is easy to communicate with

You will certainly need to communicate with your immigration lawyer more than once during your immigration process. Make sure the lawyer you choose is easy to reach online or on the phone, and can answer your questions quickly.

It’s important to choose a lawyer who is a good communicator. Even if a lawyer has years of experience with handling cases like yours, working with them will not be easy if they are not able to clearly answer your questions and to explain you what is going on with your immigration process.

 5. Try to choose a lawyer who is involved in their community

Try to find out if the immigration lawyer you are about to hire is involved in their local community. Are they a member of a local business group, or have they found a way to give back to their community?

While this is not essential, it will show you that the immigration lawyer you choose has a good knowledge of the community you might want to immigrate to.

 6. Interview your prospective lawyer

Before hiring an immigration lawyer, you will need to interview them to see if they are a good match for you. Schedule a consultation, and ask them some questions about the Canadian immigration law, about how they work, and about what they can do to help you.

If the lawyer listens to you and is ready to answer your questions, and if you feel comfortable with them, you have found the right immigration lawyer to help you immigrate to Canada. To help you get started, you may want to ask for the services at Bellissimo Law Group to help with your Canadian immigration.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Constructive Dismissal

By Meryl Maple - 2016-07-09

For working professionals, many office environments can be stressful places, engulfed with inept management, a hostile workforce and indifferent supervisors. Because they types of office landscapes can be rather infuriating and an immense strain on your mental health, even after constant discussions with the executive leadership, employees resigns, but it's not really a resignation on the part of the employee.

When it comes to employment law in the province of Ontario, constructive dismissal, otherwise known as constructive termination, takes place when an employee submits their letter of resignation because the employer maintained a hostile work environment. Due to the fact that the resignation wasn't actually voluntary, it actually becomes a termination.

Under the present terms of the province's employment law, you have the option to file a claim for constructive dismissal and take your employer to court. This is a very trying process, especially if you worked for a large corporation that had an immense legal team just waiting for a case.

Here are five things you need to know about constructive dismissal:

The Very Basics of Constructive Dismissal

First, there are two aspects that every professionals needs to know about constructive dismissal, you can make a claim when you feel the employer has violated an important term of your employment contract. And, once that breach of contract happened, you felt like you had to leave the business.

Second, some examples of constructive dismissal can often include harassment from staff, particularly those in senior staff roles; relocating the employee without any notice; constant demotions; changing the employee's job terms without any discussion; and falsely accusing the employee of misconduct (theft or unprofessional demeanour).

If any of these happened then you are perfectly within your rights to file for constructive dismissal.

 Filing a Claim

Now that you have parted ways with the company and fears of reprisals have diminished, you can move forward with a claim of constructive dismissal. There are a few things you need to be aware of in advance.

You will need to have had been employed by the company for at least two years without any breaks. You will also need detailed records of what exactly happened from the moment you became frustrated to the moment you stepped down from your position. By doing this, you can provide in-depth accounts with both your legal team, the defendants and the court system.

 Minimizing the Effect of Demotions

Although a demotion may make you feel like your terms of employment have been violated, employees may actually be required to take the demotions in stride. Even if you may believe that a demotion constitutes as a constructive dismissal, they are perfectly permissible as long as they are not humiliating or significantly different from your current role.

The only factor that you need to consider is time. It is up to the employer to ensure that they have provided employees with ample notice about the demotion. If the worker was given very short notice then this could be classified as constructive dismissal. Warnings are required.

 Does Being Redundant Count?

In today's economy, many employers have to go through corporate restructuring. This is meant to tighten the belt, change priorities and cut down on labour costs. What this also means is that some positions will be eliminated and disappear, which is classified as being redundant.

Now, this isn't the same as constructive dismissal. Businesses are perfectly within their rights. However, if the position deletion is based on race, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy or disability then you may have grounds for unfair dismissal.

 Finding an Employment Lawyer

As soon as you conclude that you are filing a claim of constructive dismissal, you will need to find the right employment lawyer. An employment lawyer pecializes in these kinds of cases will be of great assistance in going through the proper legal procedures, settling with the defendant and ensuring that the client is protected and rewarded at all costs. You can find an experienced Toronto employment lawyer team at Whitten and Lublin LLP.

Poor management and leadership skills can often lead to a hazardous working environment. An office that was once the beacon of productivity and teamwork suddenly metastasized into a dreaded workspace consumed by unfair working practices and uncouth staff members.

Constructive dismissal is a very common trend in today's economy. Whether it's because the wrong people were promoted or the executives are indifferent to the daily experiences at the office, some businesses just can't handle the inner workings of human resources. Unfortunately for them, this can lead to a lawsuit, which then leads to a poor reputation in the labour market.

Learn more about constructive dismissal in the below YouTube video by Whitten and Lublin LLP:

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