Should I just plead guilty?


I WANT TO PLEAD GUILTY

Pleading guilty in traffic court is very different from pleading guilty in criminal court. If you are thinking about pleading guilty to a criminal offence contact a criminal lawyer in Burlington today.

DO I NEED A LAWYER TO PLEAD GUILTY?

No, you don’t need a lawyer. However, it could be really, really useful.

WHY SHOULD I HIRE A CRIMINAL LAWYER?

If you are thinking of pleading guilty a good criminal lawyer will review your file. Determine if he or she can get a better deal from the Crown. If you have multiple criminal charges there is a possibility the criminal lawyer may be able to have some dropped. Perhaps, the criminal lawyer can alter the terms that the Crown is asking for a guilty.

However, the biggest benefit of having a criminal lawyer is that he or she will explain the process to you during a guilty plea. Finally, your criminal lawyer can explain the differences between things such as, a conditional discharge, absolute discharge etc., and whether or not you will have a criminal record.

PLEA INQUIRY

Another important reason to hire a criminal lawyer is for what courts refer to as the plea inquiry. When entering a guilty plea, the court must be satisfied that:

  1. The individual is entering the plea voluntarily and informed, and appreciating the risks;
  2. That the judge may decide to impose his or her own sentence despite what the Crown said;
  3. That you are giving up your right to a trial and any legal defence.

An experienced criminal lawyer will help you with this.

 

SENTENCING

Finally, at the last step, a lawyer can be very helpful in convincing a judge to provide for a more reasonable and balanced sentence. This is done through sentencing submissions.

CRIMINAL LAWYER NEAR ME 

Do you need a criminal lawyer in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Hamilton. Give me a call.

PH: 416-505-4901

901 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON?

WHAT IS UFFI – Real Estate Lawyer Burlington


WHAT IS UFFI

In Ontario, the Agreement of Purchase and Sale is used when buying or selling property.

Paragraph 23 of deals with the clause entitled UFFI.

Urea formaldehyde foam insulation also known as UFFI is a standard clause, wherein the seller promises that UFFI was not used in the construction of the home either prior to their possession or after and to the best of their knowledge.

According to the Health Canada website during the 1970’s UFFI was used in the construction of homes for the purposes of insulation. In 1980 UFFI was prohibited as per the Hazardous Products Act.

The concern was that the formaldehyde released harmful gasses. This resulted in many homes that did have UFFI to suffer substantial property losses.

As a result, today UFFI is not used. However, their may be older homes unbeknown to even the seller that could still have urea formaldehyde insulation. Therefore, paragraph 23 is a standard clause, that requires the seller to warrant or in other words promise that UFFI was not used. This also protects the home buyer.

If you have any further questions contact my office to speak with a Real Estate Lawyer in Burlington. 

Also, feel free to review my other articles about the Agreement of Purchase and Sale:

Part 1: Agreement of Purchase and Sale 

Part 2: Agreement of Purchase and Sale 


For many real estate clients this provides peace of mind knowing they can contact me.

IS THERE A REAL ESTATE LAWYER NEAR ME?

If you are buying a home or selling contact our office to speak with a real estate lawyer in Burlington.
I provide legal services in Burlington, Milton, Hamilton and Oakville.

My address is 901 Guelph Line, Burlington.
You can also call or text at 416-505-4901 OR call Toll Free: 1 (800) 939-9211

How to prepare to meet your lawyer


MEETING YOUR LAWYER

It’s important to know what to expect when preparing to meet with your lawyer for the first time. Below are some handy tips to keep in mind when meeting with a lawyer. Regardless, of whether it’s a criminal lawyer, real estate lawyer or a personal injury lawyer.

IS THE LEGAL CONSULTATION FREE?

When scheduling a legal consultation find out whether the initial legal consultation is free or not. If its not free determine the cost and method of payment.

WHAT DOCUMENTS SHOULD I BRING TO THE LAWYER?

Generally, it’s a good idea to bring all relevant documents to the meeting. At my law office I usually ask if possible to scan and email all the documents. That way, I can take a quick look at the documents prior to the meeting. It also saves time in waiting for me to make copies.

PHOTO ID

Every lawyer in Ontario must verify identify. This is a legal requirement for lawyers. In doing so, many will make a photocopy of the drivers license. The photocopy will be kept on file it will not be disclosed to anyone nor can be used for any nefarious purpose. Therefore, no need to be concerned about privacy.

CAN I BRING A FRIEND TO THE LAWYERS OFFICE?

You can, but it really depends upon the lawyer whether they want the actual friend in the consultation. In most situations, private matters will be discussed and you may not want your friend knowing everything. Do you want your friend to know about your finances? Do you want your friend to know if you have ever been charged with a criminal offence?

Many lawyers may request that the accompanying friend sign a waiver of confidentiality, provide their basic details such as, name and address. Also, many lawyers may also request the friend sign a waiver acknowledging they understand the lawyer is only providing advice to the other party.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE MEETING

Remember, you lived it, it’s your story. Whether it’s a bad divorce or a criminal charge the lawyer wasn’t there. Many lawyers may start with, “so start from the top” some may begin the interview with asking questions based on documents. An experienced lawyer can generally figure out most matters within a few minutes. From there the lawyer may provide general advice or suggestions on how to deal with the matter.

Keep in mind most lawyers for most matters will schedule about an hour. If it takes you a long time to figure out the story or you are a chatter box, you may be end up going over the hour. Like any other professional it may be that the lawyer has another scheduled meeting for the next hour. Therefore, when discussing your matter with the lawyer ensure you have your version of events. That you have a basic idea for dates, times and location of events. It’s not a guessing game, just a good idea. The better the lawyer knows your story, the better he or she can prepare to present your case.

THE LAWYER WAS MEAN TO ME

Yes, its true the lawyer you are meeting could come across as asking you many questions. They may question your version of events. They may even make you feel as though you aren’t telling the truth. For the most part, a good lawyer may be doing this to really test your story. A good lawyer will also advise, that they are doing this only for the purposes of testing your story. Not to make you feel terrible about what’s happening.

You can bet when it comes to a personal injury matter the lawyer will ask you a number of questions and at times quite detailed.

Don’t take any of this personally. In most cases, this is done only to ensure

HOW MUCH WILL THE LAWYER CHARGE?

Here’s the big one. How much will the lawyer charge. Ensure you are clear on the terms. Ask the lawyer if you don’t understand the terms. Be clear on what your obligations are. If you can’t afford the immediate financial retainer ask the lawyer if there are options.

MORE TIPS FOR MEETING YOUR LAWYER

You can also check out some of my other articles about working with a lawyer.

Working With A Lawyer

Working With A Lawyer Part 2

How do I find a lawyer?

Trying to find a good lawyer?

 

LAWYER NEAR ME?

If you are looking for a local Burlington lawyer call my office.

 

BURLINGTON LAWYER

Do you need a civil litigation lawyer? Call my office.

You can also call or text at 416-505-4901 OR call Toll Free: 1 (800) 939-9211

I WANT A DIVORCE!


I WANT A DIVORCE!

These are the words that an angry or rationale partner may say to another. Or the words, a partner who is tired of being in a miserable marriage starts to Google, “I want a divorce” only to find millions of google searches.

For what its worth there’s no real way on how to cope with either wanting to obtain a divorce or being on the receiving end. What is important is that you hire a family lawyer who will help ease the emotional and financial stress and provide the best possible guidance.

Most people think a divorce simply requires the filing of standard paperwork the minute they walk out the door. However, its not necessarily as easy as that. The period of separation prior to filing for divorce is one year.

There are good reasons for that, in that many, many couples may attempt to reconcile. It’s also important to keep in mind that during that one year period the law understands couples may reconcile. Therefore, providing for a 90 day grace period.

In any event, simply saying the words you want a divorce isn’t enough. There will often be much more that happens. Especially, if the couple has property and children.

FAMILY LAWYER NEAR ME IN BURLINGTON? 

If you need the legal services of a local family law lawyer please call me direct.

Are you looking for a family law lawyer in Burlington or Oakville? Call my office.

My address is 901 Guelph Line, Burlington.
You can also call or text at 416-505-4901 OR call Toll Free: 1 (800) 939-9211

Lawyers with free consultation


DO LAWYERS CHARGE FOR CONSULTATIONS?

Some lawyers charge for legal consultations and some don’t. Often prospective clients are unaware that a lawyer may charge for a consultation.

At my law office for certain matters such as, civil litigation, family law and employment law I will likely charge a nominal fee.

Generally, for matters such as, personal injury law and criminal law I won’t.

Remember, a lawyer is taking time out to meet you, and to hear your story and to provide some recommendations and advice. Like any other professional the lawyer is entitled to bill for their time.

In all honesty, lawyers aren’t paying their bills through legal consultations. The legal consultation fee is also a way for a lawyer to determine if someone is serious about seeking advice or just shopping for free advice. You will be surprised with the types of people that call us and the types of problems we hear. On some occasions, a lawyer can spend a great deal of their time simply talking to new clients over the phone. That’s a lot of time.

If you are scheduling to meet with a lawyer always ask whether they charge for a legal consultation. If so, find out what the terms are. Many lawyers may charge for a legal consultation but may waive the fee if you retain them. Also, ensure you determine the method of payment. Unfortunately, many law offices are still old fashioned and don’t necessarily have debit and credit card options. If you’re paying by e-mail money transfer when does the transfer have to occur.

I’ve heard from some prospective clients that on scheduling a legal consultation some lawyers ask for a credit to be placed on file. Obviously, for the lawyer that’s peace of mind knowing they can bill for their services. However, what about the prospective client? What if they didn’t receive any helpful information during the session and it was a complete waste of time? Some prospective clients are required to pay immediately after receiving services such as a dentist office.

Whatever the case, always ensure you know the terms.

At my law office in Burlington I will generally request that prospective clients email me their availability. I will usually reply and confirm with the date, time and location and the terms of the legal consultation. Also, normally 24 hours prior to the legal consultation I will follow up with the prospective client to ensure they are still good for the day. I also advise, that if they can’t make it in, to not be shy about emailing me. This avoids me having to wait for a client that isn’t showing up thus, a waste of time.

I NEED TO TALK TO A LAWYER

If you need a local Burlington lawyer or a local Oakville lawyer call my office.

CIVIL LITIGATION LAWYER NEAR ME

Do you need a civil litigation lawyer? Call my office.

You can also call or text at 416-505-4901 OR call Toll Free: 1 (800) 939-9211

WHAT IF I DON’T RESPOND TO A LAWSUIT


WHAT IF I DON’T RESPOND TO A LAWSUIT

If you have been recently served with a lawsuit don’t panic. But whatever you do, don’t just throw it in your drawer.

HOW MANY DAYS DO I HAVE TO RESPOND TO A LAWSUIT?

In Small Claims Court a lawsuit is started by filing a Plaintiff’s Claim. The Defendant must respond with a Defence.

In Superior Court a lawsuit is started by filing a Statement of Claim. The Defendant must respond with a Statement of Defence.

The time period from getting served to respond is twenty days and that includes weekends.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T RESPOND?

If you don’t respond with the appropriate court document the Plaintiff can move for automatic judgement. This is referred to as default judgement. That means you will be responsible for the entire amount of the claim. The process involves noting in default from there the Plaintiff may obtain default judgement.

This has serious consequences. Once a Defendant has been noted in default they are not entitled to any further notice regarding the court action. That means the Plaintiff can simply get the judgement and begin to either garnish your wages or place a lien on your property.

I WAS NOTED IN DEFAULT

If you were noted in default it’s a good idea to contact a civil litigation lawyer immediately.

LAWYER NEAR ME?

Are you looking for a local Burlington lawyer call my office 416-505-4901

 

My address is 901 Guelph Line, Burlington.

You can also call or text at 416-505-4901 OR call Toll Free: 1 (800) 939-9211

What is a court motion?


WHAT IS A MOTION?

A court motion is an application to the court. There are various types of court motions. Common motions in civil litigation may be:

Common motions in family court may be for:

  • Motion to change
  • Motion for a temporary order
  • Motion for disclosure

Generally, motions should be avoided. They are costly and can be very adversarial with uncertain outcomes.

HOW DO I BRING A MOTION?

In both civil litigation and family law court motions require specific procedures for preparing, filing and serving documents. If any of these steps are inadvertently missed the consequences are dire.

In most situations, experienced lawyers will have thorough knowledge of the most up to date procedural aspects regarding motions. Even then, mistakes can be made! Some courts have certain procedures and practices that are not written and are only known by way of regular attendance.

Some civil litigation courts and especially family courts can be very busy and filing these documents can take anywhere between 2 to 6 hours.

HOW DO I FIND A LAWYER NEAR ME?

 Need a civil litigation lawyer in Burlington? Call my office.

Need a family law lawyer in Burlington? Call my office.

My address is 901 Guelph Line, Burlington.
You can also call or text at 416-505-4901 OR call Toll Free: 1 (800) 939-9211

HOW MUCH DOES A WILL COST?


HOW MUCH DOES A WILL COST?

Most people put off getting a Will for the obvious reason. It’s not viewed as something important. However, the other reason is costs. It’s obvious that people are generally afraid to call a lawyer because they think they will end up spending thousands of dollars.

For the most part, the cost of a Will is generally affordable. Most Wills and Estates Lawyers will offer competitive rates and may work on a flat fee basis. Also, if the Will is generally a standard Will, you can expect to find reasonable rates. By standard Will I mean, the typical customer who comes in, such as husband and wife with two or three kids and one home and or a cottage with some minimal savings in their account.

In many situations lawyers will also recommend a power of attorney for care and property. This is not, so that the lawyer can make some extra cash off the customer. This is again done for the purposes of ensuring procedure estate procedure.

NEED A LAWYER FOR A WILL NEAR ME

If you are looking for a lawyer for a Will in Ontario call my office.

A Will is one of the most important documents you will ever have.

Get a Will today.

Call my office I am a Wills Lawyer in Burlington.

My address is 901 Guelph Line, Burlington.

You can also call or text at 416-505-4901 OR call Toll Free: 1 (800) 939-9211

Social Media and Family Court


PARENTAL ALIENATION AND SOCIAL MEDIA

If you are the victim of parental alienation you should consult with a parental alienation lawyer.

Today, many victims of parental alienation are resorting to social media to express outrage and or emotional grief regarding their predicament.

I don’t ever think its good to use social media for something as personal as parental alienation. However, there is a growing community and some find comfort in corresponding with others. If you do plan on using social media consider the following:

USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO:

  • Bring awareness to parental alienation
  • Connect with others
  • Support others
  • Commentary (limited)

DON’T USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO:

  • Disparage your ex-partner
  • Post numerous pictures of your alienated children
  • Derogatory or defamatory commentary about the court system
  • Naming and shaming a judge
  • Derogatory or defamatory commentary about your lawyer
  • Derogatory or defamatory commentary about the other lawyer
  • Videos of your children
  • Argue with others

Also, if you do plan on using social media it may be appropriate to use an anonymous account. You may also consider locking your account and be selective of who you permit access.

While some post pictures of their alienated children in the hopes they will one day connect. This could also backfire. I know of at least one situation where the child on becoming a teenager complained that her father was consistently posting pictures of her without her consent. She also told her father to stop following her account on social media. This was a father who had dealt with over 10 years of parental alienation.

Use caution when discussing any ongoing court case. While its great to receive support from your on-line community you don’t want to say anything incriminating.

Whatever the case you should always use professional judgement when posting on social media regarding parental alienation. Remember the internet is forever. What you post can be used against you in court. It can be used to demonstrate your judgement, frame of mind and character.

NEED MORE INFORMATION ON PARENTAL ALIENATION?

If you need more information about parental alienation check out the following articles:

 

I NEED A PARENTAL ALIENATION LAWYER

If you need a lawyer that understands parental alienation please call my office.

FAMILY LAWYER NEAR ME IN BURLINGTON? 

Are you looking for a family law lawyer in Burlington or Oakville? Call my office.

My address is 901 Guelph Line, Burlington.
You can also call or text at 416-505-4901 OR call Toll Free: 1 (800) 939-9211

I WANT A DIVORCE


MY SPOUSE WANTS A DIVORCE

Divorce and separation is definitely an emotionally traumatic experience. In fact, it probably ranks right up there with death of a loved one. Frequently, I receive calls from people, “my husband wants to leave me” or “my wife just told me she wants a divorce”.

A married couple starts their new life with the simple phrase, “I do”. Similarly, a married couple ends their marriage with the simple phrase, “I want a divorce”. Of course, it doesn’t end there.

If your spouse has just announced they want a divorce. Don’t panic, don’t grovel and don’t try to do something you may regret later. Remember, you will get through this. Often, when a separation or divorce occurs you will be the talk of the town amongst your circle of acquaintances, neighbours, co-workers and friends. Everyone loves a good story right? Therefore, its important to rely only on trusted confidants. Its also wise to seek the assistance of a professional such as, a counsellor, psychologist or psychologist. Its also important to have the right divorce lawyer by your side. One that doesn’t look at you as a pigeon ready for the plucking.

HOW DO I HIRE A FAMILY LAWYER?

Apart from his or her experience its important that you connect on a personal level with your Family lawyer.

Family law lawyer that listens to you

Ensure your family law lawyer listens to you and that their overall plan and strategy is to minimize conflict.

Ensure your Family Law Lawyer cares that you have children

Does your lawyer take into consideration your children? Not from just a child support standpoint but overall? Does your lawyers advice take your children’s well being into consideration?

Does your family lawyer tell you when you’re in the wrong?

So often, it seems lawyers are reluctant to tell their clients they have done something wrong. I believe its important to openly advise a client when they are engaging in behaviour that is detrimental to themselves or their children. For example, if a parent with custody is deliberately withholding access their lawyer should strongly recommend against it.

Is your lawyer only concerned with money?

A lawyer’s services are not free. However, your lawyers approach to your pocketbook and future legal fees is important. Some prospective clients tell me, that their lawyer won’t even speak to them and when they do, they charge them for even the simplest email or phone call.

BURLINGTON FAMILY LAWYER NEAR ME? 

Are you looking for a family law lawyer in Burlington or Oakville? Call my office.

My address is 901 Guelph Line, Burlington.
You can also call or text at 416-505-4901 OR call Toll Free: 1 (800) 939-9211