Limited Scope Retainers – A Cost-Effective Alternative to Full Representation

February 01, 2018

The Problem Traditionally, a client retained a lawyer to handle every aspect of their file from beginning to end. This is the best way to be represented by a lawyer.  However, not everyone can afford this, which has resulted in many people representing themselves in Court or preparing unenforceable separation agreements. The Solution A solution to this problem is the “limited-scope retainer” or “LSR” which is an alternative to full-representation by a lawyer. A LSR is a service in which the client retains the lawyer to handle only part of…

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Severing the Joint Tenancy – Separation, Death and Property

January 24, 2018

Severing Joint Tenancy – Real Estate If spouses hold real estate together as joint tenants on title to the property (e.g., the matrimonial home, or any other piece of real estate), then if one of the spouses die, the other spouse gets the property outright. This is known as “right of survivorship.”  When spouses separate, often they do not want the other spouse to get his/her portion of the home upon death.  A good solution to this problem is to sever the joint tenancy.  Severing the joint tenancy is a simple, cost-effective…

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Limitation Periods and Equalization – The Time-Related Expiry of Rights and Obligations

January 18, 2018

In law, a limitation period refers to the amount of time that a claimant has to start a court proceeding for a claim against another person before their rights to start that claim expire. Put another way, a limitation period is the time limit that a person has to start court for a claim.  If the person misses that limitation period, then his/her claim expires under the law.  This is also referred to as a claim being “statute-barred.” Equalization In Ontario equalization cases (property division for married spouses) a limitation…

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Child Support Tables updated as of November 22, 2017

January 02, 2018

The Child Support Tables under the Federal Child Support Guidelines were updated and took effect on November 22, 2017. The Federal Government updated the Tables to reflect more recent tax rules. In Ontario, the amount of child support that a parent pays is largely governed by the Child Support Tables under the Child Support Guidelines – you determine the province the payor is from, the payer’s income, and how many children are entitled to support, and find the corresponding amount under the Tables to arrive at a monthly child support…

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