May 2, 2017

If a person becomes mentally incapable of making his/her personal care decisions, someone else must make the decision for him/her. This person is called a “substitute decision-maker”. For some decisions related to medical treatment, the law states that the doctor and o...

May 1, 2017

Anyone who has in his/her possession any property or thing or any proceeds of any property or thing knowing that all or part of the property or thing or the proceeds was obtained by or derived directly or indirectly from the commission of a criminal offence is also cri...

April 28, 2017

The Family Responsibility Office (FRO) helps families in Ontario to get the support they are entitled to by enforcing court-ordered support payments. If the parties enter into a formal written agreement setting out their family law rights and obligations towards each o...

April 27, 2017

Mediation is a process where two parties voluntarily agree to resolve their disputes with the assistance of a mediator. Either party can decide not to proceed with mediation or to withdraw from the mediation in the middle of the mediation if they are not satisfied with...

April 26, 2017

The answer is “No”. If one party is paying child support for the children, he/she might want to consider keeping the insurance policy in place, with the former spouse as the beneficiary in trust for the children, even after the divorce. If something were to happen to t...

April 25, 2017

When a person dies with a Will, the Estate Trustee of the deceased’s estate makes the funeral arrangements. However, when a person dies without a Will, the common law provides that the next of kin has the right to make the funeral arrangements. The spouse (husband or w...

March 20, 2017

A corporation will cease to exist if it is voluntarily dissolved, if it is wound up, or if its certificate of incorporation is cancelled by the Director (appointed by the Minister of Consumer and Business Services). The main distinction between dissolution and winding-...

March 17, 2017

A franchise is an arrangement established by contract whereby one person, the franchisor, grants a right to another person, the franchisee, to use a distinguishing trade-mark or trade name in connection with the supply of goods and services by the franchisee. The arran...

March 16, 2017

Organizations that deal with personal information in the course of their commercial activities must consider the application of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). The term “commercial activity” is defined as “as any particular tr...

March 8, 2017

Section 34.4 of the Family Law Act says that if there is a court order about the support, this is binding on the estate, unless the court orders otherwise. However, the situation is often that there is no court order, but the payments are being made voluntarily. If the...

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