So Your Business Has a Legal Problem – 8 Useful Tips on What to Expect From Your Lawyer

As a business owner, you are usually run off your feet with the challenges of operating your business. The last thing you need to worry about is a legal problem. Many business people put off dealing with a legal problem because they don’t know where to turn, don’t have the time, or most often, are afraid of how much it will cost and how much time it will take.

Legal issues come in many forms:

· A customer failed to pay an account despite many promises. · You just received a letter from a government agency. · You just found out that your former manager has set up a competing business and has stolen your best customer and one of your key employees. · You have just been sued for $100,000. · Someone told you that one of your standard form contracts won’t stand up in court and you are worried about it. · You have a dispute with your landlord. · You have a problem with a US or European customer. · Your business has been defamed on the internet. · You just found that your warehouse manager has been sexually harassing a female employee. · An employee is damaging your business but threatens to sue if you fire him. You are not sure how to handle it. · You are involved with a Workplace Safety Insurance claim.

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg of the kinds of legal issues business people run into frequently.

Tip #1 – Seek out legal help at the first sign of a problem

Suppose a competitor has been passing off its business under your name and it’s costing you customers and sales but it’s hard to estimate the amount. Unless you act promptly, it may be too late to seek an injunction from the Court. If you think you have a claim against another party under a contract, a limitation period begins to run from the time the contract is breached and usually expires two years later. It’s not a good idea to leave the claim to the last minute.

If you have an issue with an employee who is working unacceptably, it’s important to develop a legal strategy as early as possible. The longer you wait, the more it may cost your business.

The short point here is that it is important to seek advice as soon you detect a problem and before anything has been done to make it worse. Crisis management is always more expensive and time-consuming than early response.

Tip #2 – Have a team of lawyers to call on when you need them.

Every business should have a team of on-call lawyers. This is less expensive or complicated than it sounds. All you need are the telephone numbers and email addresses of trusted corporate, employment law and litigation lawyers. Depending on the nature of your business, you may also need an intellectual property lawyer, who deals with trademarks, patents and copyright. You may even need a tax lawyer because not all tax issues can be solved by an accountant.

If the amount of your legal dispute is very small, such as a claim or complaint by a customer for $1,000 or less, it will be uneconomic to hire a lawyer. Fortunately, there are other helpful resources. The BBB has a dispute resolution process which permits BBB businesses and their customers to resolve disputes by arbitration or mediation. You don’t need a lawyer and the only cost is a small administration fee. More information about this process is available on the BBB website.

If your case is in the Small Claims Court ($10,000 or less), you might need a paralegal who specializes in these kinds of cases. Paralegals are now regulated by the Law Society but they are not lawyers and they are not a substitute for an experienced lawyer.

Tip #3 – Learn what to expect when a dispute arises.

As a business person, you have learned that success is often the result of building relationships. The relationships you build with your lawyers can be just as important to your business success as the ones you have with your customers, suppliers, banker and insurance broker. A relationship with your lawyer built on mutual trust and respect will save you many sleepless nights over the years and probably make or save you a lot of money.

There are several ways to find good lawyers for your business:

Ask business associates or relatives if they have someone to recommend. If you get a recommendation, find out more about the firm and the lawyer by using some of the research methods below. · The internet is a very useful resource for finding a lawyer but you have to be careful. Any lawyer can list with various online legal directories. Anyone can have a flashy website. You have to move past the flash to find the substance.
When looking for a lawyer on the internet, look for someone who has experience in the field you require. The first name on a Google search may not be the best choice. Some lawyers have written extensively about the law. This is a useful indicator of expertise and standing in the legal community.
Some lawyers list cases they have been involved in on their websites. Broad litigation experience in complex business matters over many years is a good indicator of competence.
The Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario, Canada) has a lawyers’ referral service. The service provides a name but you have to check the details out yourself. · The Law Society certifies specialists in several areas of practice. Certification as a specialist signals that the lawyer has achieved a higher standard of experience in his/her area but certification isn’t mandatory. Many competent lawyers have long experience in a field without applying for certification. You have to decide if this is important to you.
· If your problem is outside Ontario, find a local lawyer first. Many firms have networks with lawyers globally and are able to refer to lawyers in the USA or other countries. Refers between colleagues are often more effective.

When you call, don’t expect the lawyer to solve your business problem over the telephone. The first discussion is for the lawyer to identify whether s/he can represent you and for you to assess whether the lawyer appears to have the skills to deal with your problem. If you have a legal problem the lawyer believes his/her firm can resolve, an office meeting will be arranged.

In business matters, lawyers customarily charge a consultation fee for the first office meeting. At the meeting, the lawyer will give preliminary or urgent advice and develop a go-forward strategy. The lawyer may be able to give a partial fee estimate and will ask for a retainer to cover some of the work. No lawyer can guarantee the outcome. At this early stage, there are usually a lot of unknown matters. While the lawyer may be able to give you a partial fee estimate in a litigation matter, it’s impossible to say with accuracy how much it will cost. It depends on too many unknown factors.

It will be then up to you to decide whether or not to hire the lawyer to represent you further. The decision you make will depend on your sense of confidence in the lawyer. Has the lawyer listened to you? Have your questions been answered? Does the lawyer appear to understand your problem? Has the lawyer presented the risks and downsides of your case? Every case has risks and costs. Beware of a lawyer who tells you only what you want to hear without assessing the strengths of the opposing party’s case.

Some lawyers will accept a monthly or annual retainer which entitles the client to telephone advice a few times a month. More complicated issues require separate engagements.

Tip #4 – The least expensive lawyer is unlikely to be the best person to handle your legal problem

Consider this scenario: you are looking for a lawyer for a complicated lawsuit. You call Mr. Jones, who answers on the first ring. You tell your story, which has many facts the opposite party disputes. Mr. Jones says, “You have a great case. I’m sure you’re going to win.” When you ask how much it will cost, Mr. Jones says “Don’t worry, you won’t have to pay me anything unless you win. Just come on down to my office and we’ll get started.”

Beware of any lawyer who tells you this. While Ontario lawyers are permitted to charge their fees based on contingency, i.e. a percentage of the result, this type of fee arrangement is only rarely applicable in business cases. It never occurs when facts are in dispute, recovery is uncertain or if the amount is small.

When you retain a lawyer, you need a trustworthy advisor, who will point out the weaknesses of your case as well as the strengths. A litigation lawyer who is waiting by the phone for your call and tells you exactly what you are hoping to hear may be too hungry or too inexperienced to manage your case. He may be in over his head and will bail out as soon as your case takes a negative turn. By then, your legal situation may have worsened. It will be more expensive and perhaps impossible to repair it.

Even worthwhile cases require careful analysis and risk assessment. An experienced litigation lawyer will typically do his by for fees on an hourly basis plus GST and any out-of-pocket expenses necessary for your case.

Good litigation lawyers are often in court, at mediation or other litigation procedures, at meetings or discovery. However, good litigation lawyers always call or respond by email within 24 hours. In case of urgency or vacation, the lawyer will arrange for someone in the office to contact you.

Tip #5 – Prevention is better and much less expensive than litigation.

Legal problems are like computer crashes — they are bound to occur, it’s just a matter of time. Unlike computer crashes, some lawsuits can be avoided. Often, businesses owners deal with legal matters only when a crisis arises. They look for the least expensive lawyer to draft their leases, contracts, corporate and employment agreements without regard to skill, competence and experience.

Sometimes, business owners avoid legal steps like failing to make a shareholder agreement, failing to file a trademark application or failing to prepare a non-competition and non-solicitation agreement with a key employee. When served with a lawsuit, they ignore or tear the papers up in anger. These business owners will be caught short when the inevitable occurs. While litigation or arbitration may still occur when there are written agreements in place, you will be in a far more secure position if you have taken precautionary steps before the dispute occurs. If you respond to correspondence and legal papers promptly, you will be better protected than if you ignore them.

Competent legal advice is available for matters such as corporate organization, leases, the wording contracts and other documents you use in your business, partnership and shareholder agreements, your relationships with your employees, your company’s trade names, logos and website, your regulatory compliance, your risk management and litigation prevention techniques. It’s all important to arrange legal affairs to ensure that your personal liability is limited in the case of a claim against your business.

Ensure that the legal issues affecting your business are in good order. This is likely to save you a lot of money and grief in the future. You might even consider having a legal audit or a “business legal checkup”. We plan to write about this topic in a future article in this newsletter. Preventative legal advice may be expensive but it is just as important as fire insurance.

Tip #6 — Don’t assume that ‘going to court’ means ‘going to trial’

If you haven’t been involved in litigation before, you may not appreciate that more than 90% of cases settle before trial. While a trial (or even an appeal) is not always avoidable, lawyers use techniques to try to resolve cases at earlier stages. Business people are looking for certainty and to limit expense and exposure.

It’s never a bad idea to negotiate a settlement with the opposing party but the timing and approach will depend on the case. It is best to negotiate from a position of strength. This may mean holding off negotiations until enough facts and documents have been disclosed to favour your position.

Mediation is another technique lawyers use to achieve settlement before trial. Mediation involves a neutral mediator, who is usually an experienced lawyer, acceptable to all parties. The parties and the lawyers prepare briefs to explain their positions to the mediator. On the mediation date, after an opening session, the parties retire to separate rooms. The mediator will “shuttle” between the parties until an agreement is worked out or an impasse is declared. This process produces a high rate of settlement even in very complicated cases.

Tip #7 – Understand the risks of the litigation process: Why do lawyers emphasize settlement?

Even if you have an airtight case, your lawyer will still recommend settlement. Lawyers assess risk every day. Even the most airtight case could have problems at trial. The judge may prefer the evidence of the opposing party over yours. The other party’s expert witness may be more persuasive than yours. These are just two of many possibilities. A trial is always a last resort.

Another good reason to settle is that even if you win at trial, the case may not be over because

The legal costs awarded by the court to a successful party are only a partial recovery of the legal costs payable to your lawyer. · If you lose at trial or if the opposing party does better in court than their settlement offer, you will have to pay a portion of their legal costs. · There may be an appeal which could delay payment for two years or longer.
Until a final judgment is granted, a defendant is rarely prevented from dealing with his property – unless the property is the subject of the lawsuit (or some other exceptional situations).
The judgment may be unenforceable. The opposing party may be insolvent or go bankrupt. You might not collect anything. · The defendant may conceal his assets or transfer them to family members to make the debt difficult to collect. A separate lawsuit may be necessary to find the defendant’s assets or to declare the fraudulent transfer void.
The defendant may have assets outside Ontario. A lawyer in the jurisdiction where defendant’s assets are located may have to be retained to collect the judgment.

A settlement involves a resolution both parties can live with. If the case involves the payment of money, there won’t be a settlement unless payment is made.

Even with these concerns, some cases can’t be settled. The positions of the parties may be so far apart that a trial is necessary. As the case progresses, you and your lawyer will have to revise and update your strategy and estimate the legal cost and risk of each stage of the case. Keep in mind that the opposing party is dealing with similar risk assessment and cost issues as you are.

Tip #8 — Be a good client.

From a lawyer’s perspective, a good client is a business person who does the following:

Presents all the facts of the case fairly without exaggeration or deception. Tell your lawyer everything; not just the facts that help you. The rest of the story always comes out and usually with adverse consequences. · Considers the lawyer as a trusted advisor and advocate.
Has a well-organized set of relevant documents.
Provides other documents and information promptly when requested.
Accepts that every case has weaknesses and works with the lawyer to develop a strategy to minimize the weaknesses.
Recognizes that the lawyer cannot guarantee the outcome but can only provide effective advocacy to produce the best result, often as a result of negotiation or mediation.
If an examination for discovery or trial is required, takes the time to prepare to testify.
Asks for clarification on all matters that are unclear.
Understands that in litigation matters, it is impossible to predict the fees accurately but that the lawyer will gladly provide estimates of imminent steps in the case.
Pays retainers when asked and settles interim accounts promptly when rendered.
Considers the lawyer’s recommendations carefully and provides reasonable instructions.

One of our firm’s clients is a technology business which started as a family operation and has grown to the point that its brand is now accepted and recognized globally. Our client’s president knows hows to get the most out of his professional advisors. He is always respectful, trusting of professionalism, intelligence, experience and competence. He is prompt in responding to requests for information, appreciative of good advice and excellent service. He works hard but he usually has a happy and cheerful attitude.

Our client expects is professional advisors to have the same enthusiasm for their work as he does for the operations of his business. And another small matter: our client pays every professional account within 48 hours of receipt. He believes that if he had to challenge his lawyer or accountant’s bill, the professional relationship is not a healthy as it should be. Our client expects fair treatment, excellent service, sound advice, creative strategy, experienced advocacy and determined, no-nonsense negotiations. And he gets all of them in spades! A lot of business people who are dissatisfied with their professional advisors could learn a lot from him.

These tips offer no assurance that your legal matter will turn out exactly as you expect. However, by following our suggestions, the resolution of your business dispute is likely to be a less expensive, less time-consuming and less stressful experience and possibly more successful. Keeping your business legal affairs in good order permits you more time to focus on making your business flourish.

How Family Law Involving Divorce Is Arranged in Canada

In Canada Family lawyers often have to represent their clients in both federal and provincial court systems. This is the result of the statute based system used to arrange Family law in Canada.

The actual marriage or divorce is handled by the federal government under the Constitution Act of 1867. Marriage and Divorce are legislated under the Divorce Act. In accordance with the Divorce Act the federal government has jurisdiction over custodial and access matters and child support and spousal support during or after a divorce.

The Provincial Government has exclusive jurisdiction over property and civil rights as stated in the Constitution Act, 1867. This includes property division, spousal and child support, custody and access to children, adoption, and child protection. Therefore, each Province has an Act that covers the rules applied to property division.

Canada is very clear on what constitutes grounds for the dissolution of a marriage.

First the spouses must have taken part in a valid marriage. These can be between partners of different sexes or the same sex. A marriage is not valid if one of the partners does not have the capacity to enter into a marriage or to agree, or where a direct familial relationship such a parent/child or sister/brother exists. However, this exclusion may not apply if one or both siblings have been adopted. A valid Canadian marriage must be solemnized within the Province rules where it was preformed; although, this does not have to be the Province where the partners live.

The formal steps that need to be taken for a valid marriage are clearly defined in the Provincial Marriage Acts. They must have obtained a marriage license, they have to be old enough or have parental consent. In many cases, a marital separation may precede a divorce. In these cases a Family Lawyer will draw up a separation contract. A separation agreement generally includes agreements on the separation of property, child support and custody and access. Divorce can only be applied for when, the spouses have been separated and apart for at least one year, if there has been proven adultery, or when spousal cruelty is involved.

Family Lawyers in Canada help people to negotiate the convoluted process of marriage, separation, and divorce. They are also taxed with the mandate that they attempt to help couples work out their differences before taking steps to file for a divorce. This could entail having the couples involved speak with a marriage counselor or simply verifying that the grounds they are seeking the divorce for are valid. For instance in the case of spousal cruelty, if there is documentation of the cruelty then the Family Lawyer would be remiss in suggesting that one of the spouses place themselves in danger by continuing the marriage.

Best and Worst Paying Jobs in Canada

The decline in the number of people looking for jobs was attributed to discouragement of job seekers, especially the youth who rarely get new jobs because the elderly are occupying them. However, as an incentive to increase employees’ output, salary or how much one is paid for the work they do is very important. Below, we are going to explore some of the worst and best jobs in Canada depending on how much they are paid.

BEST JOBS

Being the eleventh-largest economy in the world, Canada is a service industry dominated economy with logging and oil industries as the country’s most important sectors. Most of the jobs in the category of the best paying jobs in Canada are attributed to the most important sectors in the country. They range from engineering jobs to teaching jobs like school administrators. Below are some of Canada’s best jobs depending on how much they pay at the job.

Senior government managers; working in any government is a bonus, it usually smells more money, better bonuses, and the like, this is no different. With a salary of above $95, 000, senior government managers have to have a university degree; it is a bonus if one is bilingual. These usually include directors, deputy ministers and managers.

A Petroleum engineer earning above $92,000 is one of the best paying jobs in Canada. Petroleum engineers are into drilling, production and reservoir engineering which require one to have an understanding of chemical systems, geological formations and computer modeling. To qualify, one has to have an engineering degree and add several skills like technical and soft-skills training among others.

School principal & administrator with a little over #89,000 is also one of the best paid jobs in Canada, a career that many shy away from. Inclusive in this category are school principals, vice-principals, deans and senior administrators of the universities. To qualify for this job, one has to have a masters’ degree in education or an additional specialist in addition to having held an administration position before, to mention but a few.

Real estate & financial managers with a salary of $79,800 are a force to contend with. These encompass real estate agents, underwriters and bond traders among others. With the booming of the housing and commodities sectors, real estate and financial managers have come in high demand. To qualify, one has to have an understanding of finance, have a business degree, having an MBA helps to improve one’s chances of climbing up the career ladder.

Lawyers in every country are becoming a sensation. With a median salary of just over $79,000, lawyers have also landed on the best paying jobs in Canada list. With different specifications like criminal, corporate, tax, pensions and property law, lawyers are becoming some of the most paid corporate people in the country and world at large. Today, most law students or graduates are adding a specialization on their law degree to make them stand out more.

To be a chemical engineer, one has to have a bachelor of applied science or a chemical engineer degree, four years of engineering experience among others. With a salary of $78,000, this job is attractive in every aspect.

Aerospace engineers with $75,000 are also some of the best paid jobs in Canada. To qualify, you need an engineering degree, nothing less. To make your CV more appealing, go for specialist aerospace degrees.

With a salary of more than $73,000, oil & gas drilling supervisors are some of the best paying jobs in Canada. The oil and gas industry in the country is growing steadily increasing the demand for oil and gas drilling supervisors who oversee between four to six people while operating oil drilling rigs. To qualify for the job, one must have above all experience in the job.

Head nurse & health-care manager earning also more than $73,000. To qualify for this job, one has to have a four year nursing degree, experience in clinics and management training which puts one at a better pedestal. With the increasing number of the elderly in the country, this job is becoming a hot job in Canada.

Last on the list and earning $72,000, the electrical & telecommunications contractor comes in as the fourth paid job in Canada. To qualify for this position, one must be a certified electrician, have strong math skills, among others.

WORST JOBS

Most of the jobs landing on the worst jobs list are being affected by the growing technology sector which sees many things changing in the different job markets. Find out which are the worst jobs in Canada here.

With a little lower than $23,000, harvesting laborers are some of the worst paid jobs in Canada. Some of those who fall under this category are fruit pickers, harvest hands and vegetable packers.

Photographic and film processors with a salary just below $24,000 whose duty is to process film are some of the worst paid in Canada. Some of the job categories here are negative cutters, x-ray developers and dark room technicians among others. Their roles are increasingly becoming useless due to the rise and surge of the digital technology.

Weaver or knitter; people who knit sweaters, blankets are on the worst paid jobs list in Canada. With a salary of $29,000, knitters’ jobs include crochet machine operator, hosiery knitter and textile rope makers.

Plastics processing machine operators earning a little below $34,000 occupying jobs such as bag machine operator, injection molder, sheeter operators are also some of the worst paid in Canada. Their jobs are affected by the slowing down of the plastics industry over the years.

General office clerks occupying jobs of braille volumes transcriber, gas meter reader and typists earn $35,000 landing them on the list of the worst paid in Canada. This category however excludes receptionists.

Earning $37,000, printing machine operators who occupy the job types of balloon printers, color copier operators and screen print operators are some of the worst paid in Canada. These are affected by the improvement of technology over the years as well.

Rubber processing machine operators earn $38,000. Rubber goods assemblers, foam rubber mixers and padded products repairers fall under this category. These are usually employed by tire manufacturers and other rubber products manufacturing companies.

Laborer, wood, pulp and paper processing earn approximately$39,000. Sawmill bolt loaders, dry chainmen/women and thrasher feeders fall here.

Foundry workers earning $43,000 are also some of the worst paid in Canada. These include casting machine operators, induction furnace operators and wax-pattern molders.

Last on the list is the pulp mill operator earning $56,000. Bleach boiler tenders, chemi-wash operators and wood pulp caustic liquor makers fall under this category being employed by pulp and paper companies.

Although salary is a big determinant of worker’s output and productivity, jobs are also determined by several other factors including the freedom at home, pressure, bonuses, and vacations, among others. Most of the most paying jobs are dependent on the amount of work put in contrary to the worst paying jobs although some beg to differ.

The Different Options in Immigrating to Canada

Canada is a thriving nation today and it is welcoming tens of thousands of talented people to add to its pool of efficient human resources. This ever-increasing demand comes from the fact that Canada’s economy is growing and 100% of its baby boomers generation, who is currently handling nearly all of the important jobs in the country, are about to retire. If you think you possess the talent that Canada needs, then you could apply for the skilled worker category (among dozens of their immigration categories), and if you qualify you might even become a Canadian citizen after years of service. Here are the different immigration categories and programs for Canada:

The Skilled Workers and Professionals Category

Like already mentioned above if you possess certain skills that is fit for Canada’s needs or already an experienced professional in your field of expertise, then you can apply for this category. Canada is expecting to bring in more than 10,000 people for this category by 2012 in order to replenish the jobs that are about to be vacant by that time. In about 6 months time of work in the country you can then apply for permanent residence status, however, you will need to have an invitation from a Canadian employer to work for them as a requirement. For this we advise that you seek the guidance of an immigration lawyer.

Canadian Experience Class

This category is somewhat similar to the skilled workers and professionals category, except for two things, and they are:

1.) If you are a foreign worker with at least 1 year of work experience in a managerial, professional or technical positions.

2.) If you are a foreigner that graduated from a Canadian college or university and have had at least 1 year work experience in a managerial, professional and technical occupations.

Students and professionals can leverage their credentials against this chance to become a Canadian citizen. That’s because it is for this reason that this category was formulated in the first place. In addition to these requirements, your ability to speak English and/or French will be subject for evaluation and will also count towards the approval or rejection of your application. Although this category may seem too easy to come by, you may still require the services of an immigration lawyer to help you with your immigration needs, because there is still a chance that you could get rejected.

Provincial Nominees

You will need to have an invitation to work for a certain employer from Canada to be able to qualify for this category. Also you are required to live in the selected provinces in Canada and you will need to possess the right skills and profession in order to be considered for this program. But your stay in Canada is still conditional upon the satisfaction of the said requirements; therefore you will need to have an immigration lawyer to represent you in processing your immigration application. You may think that it’s a waste of time and money, but when you’ll get lost in the maze of immigration law, and then you will realize just how important an immigration lawyer is in this matter.

Investors, Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed People

Of course if your net worth is at least $800,000 CD, then you automatically qualify for this category, and the Canadian government is attempting to make changes on this particular category. They plan to fast-track the applications under this program as this will help boost the economy. Canada is bolstering both fronts of its economy which is manpower and potential investors.

Retaining a Canadian Immigration Lawyer Eases the Process

Most people never think they are going to need an immigration lawyer or that any good can come of being involved with a lawyer. However, a lot of negativity surrounds the thought of moving to another country for a permanent change in residence. An individual can also reap many positive benefits of hiring a Canadian immigration lawyer as well. Especially if you are someone who is not a Canadian, but lives in Canada or would like to move to Canada. This is because it is at their job is to know all of the latest changes in rules, laws, procedures, forms, and policies. Having the current information is vital when it comes to filing a successful visa application. This individual would be able to tell you the rules for acquiring a visa application, a work permit, or even a study permit. The easiest way to make sure that you can legally move to Canada (either temporarily or permanently) is to hire a Canadian immigration lawyer.

A Canadian immigration lawyer can be hired to represent an individual (or individuals) in a number of situations. Some of these situations include:

• An individual who wants to make positive contributions to the Canadian community.

• Family members who are looking to be reunited with old relatives.

• Anyone who needs to change or regulate their immigration status.

• Anyone who runs the risk of being deported.

A skilled lawyer is going to be able to create an impressive presentation that highlights all of your positive qualities to present to Canadian officials. Whether you are someone who is interested in moving to Canada or you are just someone who is looking to stay, hiring an immigration lawyer is the best chance that you have. This is an individual who is going to know a lot more about what the officials are looking for than you do. They are going to be able to present a more persuasive case on your behalf. Lawyers know what the CIC is looking for, and how to persuade a decision change based on answers to questions they government will ask during an appeal hearing.

Government officials need to concentrate on what is best for the population growth of the country. Citizenship is meant for those who offer ways to increase the economy and benefit everyone in the country. If anything is filled out incorrectly, or presented in a false manner, then immigrating may become impossible.

It is important to realize that there are a number of immigration statuses depending on your personal situation. With so many applications and statuses to go the simple process of moving can quickly turn into a stressful, overwhelming, and confusing one. A Canadian immigration lawyer can take all of the stress and confusion out of immigrating. They will consult with you in order to determine what approach is going to best suit your situation and your needs.

The Top Ontario Lawyers

In Canada, top lawyers seem keen to boast about their community service, perhaps in an attempt to be seen as other than parasites which is what many people think lawyers are. For example the firm that is ranked number 5 in Canada in some lists, Aird and Bayliss LLP based in Toronto, partner Nick Torchetti recently received the Villa Charities Heart and Hand Award, for embodying the true spirit of volunteerism. The firm he works for specializes in business law, and real estate, with its emphasis on cross-border issues (the US border) technology and Mergers and Acquisitions. Aird and Bayliss organize a Law Firm Challenge for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s annual Ride for Research.

Goodman and Carr is also a business law firm which also advises on personal planning, and they are also ranked in Canada’s top 10 with its lawyers commanding fees of around $700 an hour, which is a large fee for Canadian lawyers.

One of Ontario’s lawyers not based in Toronto is Greg Montforton, of Montforton and Partners, based in Windsor, Ontario. His firm specializes in personal injury cases and takes on class actions, notably against the pharmaceutical industry. He writes a legal advice column for the person in the street which is published in newspapers in the state of Ontario, called “You and the Law.” He is regularly in the newspapers for championing the rights of innocent victims and has established a reputation for winning cases for those who may not have once been able to afford legal representation.

His company is dedicated to providing legal services to those who do not have a lot of disposable income, and the firm of Montforton and Partners attempts to uphold the rights of the individual in court. The firm was the first to advertise its services on television when the ban on law firms advertising their services was lifted in Canada in 1987. It is one of the examples of Canadian law firms with a heart.

Another firm in Toronto is Cassels Brock and Blackwell which is ranked as the number 2 law firm in Canada (the one in number one position is based in Quebec). This is another law firm which specializes in business law and one which has also contributed to community service in Canada. Two of their most well-known clients are Manulife Financial Corporation, and the University of Toronto.

If you live in Ontario then it must be good to know that your state lawyers are not just taking what they can get, but are contributing to the whole community.

Canada Immigration Lawyers: Aiding Potential Immigrants

An attorney provides legal advice and directions for support to clients, prepares legal documentations, and advises on both commercial and legal basis. They also educate their clients on legal rights and represent them in court as needed.

On April 13, 2004, for the benefit of immigrants, new migration rules have been implemented. Applications to be submitted are only accepted if they come from lawyers, representatives, and consultants who are members of the Canadian Law Society. Only authorized applications coming from firms and representatives will be recognized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

As a licensed firm, Illuminate Canada houses the best and authorized Canadian immigration lawyers and ensures that applicants will be catered, along with their legal concerns. They are committed to providing clients with the most comprehensive and highest quality legal services based on their rights and responsibilities and in light of the practical realities of the situation. Their quality legal assistance is vital to ensuring that people who want to migrate are aided.

Individuals rely on attorneys’ advice to understand and secure legal rights and requirements. Canadian immigration lawyers, on the other hand, help their clients with the process of migration, legalities, and transactions. With good legal advice, clients are better prepared to comply with and navigate through the complex mazes of the Canadian government’s rules and regulations.

Why need a legal representative?

Migrating to Canada may be one of the biggest decisions you will ever do in your life. We know that it will take a lot of process and series of actions must be taken. Investment will also be part of the process. You will need money, time, effort, and willingness.

Illuminate Canada provides assistance through their legal representatives to potential immigrants who want to be successful in their migration. They are very reliable because of their wide knowledge about legislation’s. Your concerns are guaranteed to be on top of their list, so there’s nothing for you to worry about. Moreover, they also cater those who need counseling regarding the policies of the Canadian legislation.

How to Choose the Best Immigration Attorney?

Following are some guidelines to help you in your selection:

· Ask for educational records or qualifications from potential lawyers.

· Choose someone who is duly certified and is a licenced member of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants or CSIC.

· Pick an attorney who is recommended by trustworthy people. Meet with at least two to three potential contacts before hiring one.

· Have knowledge about your potential lawyer’s legal training and experience, as well as his/her expertise.

· Collect all the information about the services he/she offers, as well as how the terms of payment. You must request for these details by writing a letter or sending an e-mail.

· Do not hire someone who cannot answer your questions or does not give fitting answers.

· Before signing a written contract, read it carefully. It must contain all the pledged services and the terms of payment.

· Do not let your original documents remain with your attorney.

· Before placing your signature on the application form, make sure that required information is written. Keep copies of each completed paper for future use.

How Immigration Lawyers Help Immigrate to Canada

Thinking about moving to Canada? Maybe you have family there already and want to be closer to them. Canadian immigration is different from most places. They have their federal government, and government of each province. It is important to know all information on each type of immigration status. Immigration lawyers are going to be your best friend. They know all information necessary, and if you happen to get denied they know how to handle that too. While immigrating can be a very complicated procedure, people can become immigrants to the country.

There are three main areas of immigration for the typical family. The first one is the family class sponsorship. This program is for someone who has a relative living in Canada or a citizen there. They must also be willing to sponsor you and be part of this process. You must follow the appropriate application process for this, and can vary on how long it takes to get accepted. The second type is the Provincial Nomination Program. This program is for someone who wants to live in a specific province and one territory. Not all providences are required to accept an immigrant even if they are seeking employment, so make sure you ask a lawyer to check prior to enrollment. The last main type status is the Skilled Worker program. This program offers you several options to choose from such as a Federal skilled worker, Quebec skilled worker, and Provincial Nomination program skilled worker. Each has its own benefits, and want to be chosen carefully to make sure it fits your needs and wants.

Using an immigration lawyer to assist in moving to Canada is extremely important. Lawyers stay on top of any changes made to their policies. They will help fill out all the paperwork needed for immigration, as well as make sure they are filed correctly. One of the added benefits of these lawyers, besides your paper work properly being done, is assisting you if you are denied. They will determine if you should put in a complaint or an appeal based on why you were denied. One of the most valuable benefits of an immigration lawyer is they will get your application turned in, in a timely manner.

Immigrating to Canada is not an easy task, as there are many different categories, programs, and very important information and documentation you need to have the application be accepted for review. Immigration lawyers will make sure all information is correct, for the proper category, and get it in faster than anyone.

You want to make sure everything goes as smooth as possible. Always be prepared ahead of time, have a lawyer and you will be living in Canada sooner than you think.

Immigration to Canada: Visa Types You Should Be Aware Of

To immigrate and live in Canada permanently, you need to obtain the Canada Immigration Visa for permanent residents or the Canada Green Card as it is commonly known. To qualify, you may choose one of the many programs that allow non-Canadian citizens to immigrate. Depending on your situation and requirements, your immigration lawyer or the registered immigration agent can help you get a Canada immigration visa, through the following available options.

Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)

The Provincial Nomination Program or PNP is a program that is designed by the various provinces of Canada to attract potential foreigners to their regions. The rules and regulations of this program vary for each province and are designed according to the particular province’s requirement and the suitability of the immigrant to live and work in that particular region.

Business or investor immigration visa

A Canada business or investor immigration visa can be apt for you, if you are a business person. Individuals with relevant business experience or managerial experience, and a potential to boost the country’s economy can apply for this visa. Whether it is to make an investment or acquire a business, you can apply for a permanent immigration visa through the federal or the provincial nomination business programs to reside and develop your business in any one of the Canadian provinces.

Skilled worker immigration visa

As there is a great demand for foreign skilled workers in Canada, skilled workers and professionals like qualified doctors, hospitality managers, scientists, management graduates, social workers, engineers, chefs etc can immigrate to Canada by acquiring the immigration visa through this program. You can apply online through one of the three skilled worker programs for a Canada immigration visa. Or if you have a job offer from a Canadian employer, you can contact an immigration lawyer for a speedier processing of your visa.

Family class sponsorship

To be eligible under the Family Class Sponsorship, you must have a relative or a family member who is a Canadian citizen and is prepared to sponsor your immigration. You can apply for a Family Class Sponsorship visa if –

• Your spouse or partner, parent, grandparent, dependent child, an orphaned sibling, nephew, niece or grandchild, intended adopted child who is less than 18 years old, is sponsoring you. Also, if the relative sponsoring you is your sole and remaining family member, you can apply for this visa.
• The relative who is sponsoring you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent visa holder, and must meet certain Family Class Sponsorship requirements.

To be clear about the criteria for your sponsorship and avoid any glitches in visa processing, it is better to consult an immigration lawyer through Family Class Sponsorship program.

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Under this program international graduates with two academic years at Canadian university and temporary foreign workers are eligible to apply for an immigration visa. The basic requirements for these individuals are – basic language skills (English and/or French) and two years of skilled or professional work experience in Canada within 24 months from the date of the visa application. If you satisfy the above requirements and wish to live in Canada permanently, it is time to contact an immigration lawyer to initiate the process.

How Immigration Lawyers Help Immigrate to Canada

Thinking about moving to Canada? Maybe you have family there already and want to be closer to them. Canadian immigration is different from most places. They have their federal government, and government of each province. It is important to know all information on each type of immigration status. Immigration lawyers are going to be your best friend. They know all information necessary, and if you happen to get denied they know how to handle that too. While immigrating can be a very complicated procedure, people can become immigrants to the country.

There are three main areas of immigration for the typical family. The first one is the family class sponsorship. This program is for someone who has a relative living in Canada or a citizen there. They must also be willing to sponsor you and be part of this process. You must follow the appropriate application process for this, and can vary on how long it takes to get accepted. The second type is the Provincial Nomination Program. This program is for someone who wants to live in a specific province and one territory. Not all providences are required to accept an immigrant even if they are seeking employment, so make sure you ask a lawyer to check prior to enrollment. The last main type status is the Skilled Worker program. This program offers you several options to choose from such as a Federal skilled worker, Quebec skilled worker, and Provincial Nomination program skilled worker. Each has its own benefits, and want to be chosen carefully to make sure it fits your needs and wants.

Using an immigration lawyer to assist in moving to Canada is extremely important. Lawyers stay on top of any changes made to their policies. They will help fill out all the paperwork needed for immigration, as well as make sure they are filed correctly. One of the added benefits of these lawyers, besides your paper work properly being done, is assisting you if you are denied. They will determine if you should put in a complaint or an appeal based on why you were denied. One of the most valuable benefits of an immigration lawyer is they will get your application turned in, in a timely manner.

Immigrating to Canada is not an easy task, as there are many different categories, programs, and very important information and documentation you need to have the application be accepted for review. Immigration lawyers will make sure all information is correct, for the proper category, and get it in faster than anyone.

You want to make sure everything goes as smooth as possible. Always be prepared ahead of time, have a lawyer and you will be living in Canada sooner than you think.