PAYING FOR LONG TERM CARE

Mary Jane Saunders

Moving a loved one into a long term care facility (nursing home or residential care facility) can be a difficult transition and layered on top of the stress of moving into a new environment can be the stress of paying for the new accommodations…Read More

WHAT IS A MATERIAL CHANGE IN CIRCUMSTANCE?

Mallory Arnott

If you already have a court order in place dealing with custody, access or maintenance, you may wish to vary it at some point in the future. However, in order to vary a court order, you must demonstrate a “material change in circumstance” has occurred…Read More

LOVE CONTRACTS: COHABITATION AGREEMENTS AND MARRIAGE CONTRACTS

Mallory Arnott

When two people decide to get married, they intend to stay together, til death do they part. However, the statistics tell us that almost half of all marriages end in divorce. You can save yourself a lot of heartache and costs…Read More

UNDERSTANDING CO-OWNERSHIP IN LAND: IS IT YOURS, MINE, OR OURS?

Naomi Veniot

When two or more parties choose to acquire a property together, how the parties will take title to the property is a critical decision. There are two main classes of co-ownership in Nova Scotia: Joint Tenancy and Tenancy in Common…Read More

EXECUTOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Mary Jane Saunders

If you have been named as the executor/personal representative of an estate you will quickly realize that taking on such a responsibility can involve a great deal of work.   Listed below are some of the general duties and responsibilities of an executor…Read More

CHALLENGING OR CONTESTING A WILL

Jay Matheson

Challenging or contesting a Will can be done a few different ways in Nova Scotia. A Will may not be valid where it fails to meet the standard requirements set out under Nova Scotia law…Read More

HR IN THE AGE OF HR

The recruitment and hiring of new employees is one of the most important activities undertaken by any business or organization. Finding employees who not only have the skills and qualifications required for the job is essential, but so too is finding someone with that “x factor”…Read More

BUSINESSES WITH A SOCIAL PURPOSE

Heather MacDonald

Effective June 15, 2016, Nova Scotia Companies can apply to obtain the designation of “Community Interest Company”.  Companies that hold this designation (“CICs”) are able to carry on a for-profit business, while at the same time having an ingrained, dedicated community purpose…Read More

STEPS OF A LAWSUIT

Adam Harris

Other than watching Suits or The Good Wife on television, most people are not familiar with the steps of a lawsuit. While some lawyers deal with lawsuits and courtrooms on a daily basis, being sued or needing to start a lawsuit ….Read More

REFORM COMING TO GUARDIANSHIP APPLICATIONS

Mary Jane Saunders

My colleague Naomi Veniot wrote an earlier blog regarding the importance of a Power of Attorney.  Within that article she noted that without a Power of Attorney, if a person loses capacity a relative or friend may have to make an application to court ….Read More

USING BUILDERS’ LIENS TO COLLECT MONEY OWED TO YOU

Jay Matheson

A Builders’ Lien is a document filed against a property which claims that a contractor, sub-contractor or supplier has done work or provided materials to the property. The Builders’ Lien generally prevents property owners from selling ….Read More

SHOULD I INCORPORATE MY BUSINESS?

Heather MacDonald

As a lawyer who represents business owners, I am often asked the question, “Should I incorporate my business?”. Sometimes it is a client who is in the process of starting a new business venture and sometimes it is someone who has been operating ….Read More

WHY DO I NEED A POWER OF ATTORNEY?

Naomi Veniot

A Power of Attorney is a legal document that grants a person of your choosing the power to make important legal and financial decisions on your behalf during your lifetime. As the person granting the power of attorney, you are called the Donor. …. Read More

WHY DO I NEED A WILL?

Mary Jane Saunders

People often ask me whether or not it is necessary to go through the formalities and costs of having a will prepared. My answer is always “YES”, and my reasoning is as follows:  ….Read More

CHILD SUPPORT – WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

Mallory Arnott

One of the first things that is usually considered after separation is the issue of child support, or child maintenance. Child support or maintenance is an issue that must be dealt with whether or not the parents were married.  …. Read More