Whether you are seeking legal advice about a marriage contract or settling a divorce family law matters can be confusing and stressful. I aim to provide effective legal advice that allows you to resolve your family matter in an efficient way.
Marriage Contracts/Cohabitation Agreements: Whatever living arrangements suits you and your family best you may want to consider discussing with your partner the benefits of entering into an marriage or cohabitation agreement.
While nobody likes to contemplates the desolation of a relationship right at its commencement however there is a significant value to having these agreements in place. It gives the parties an opportunity to protect their interests and allow for a more amicable parting-of-the-ways in the event you do make the decision to end the relationship. This is particularly important if there are children involved.
It is important to note that with these agreements each party should have independent legal advice prior to signing the contract. For a flat fee I will draft an agreement and/or provide a legal opinion on an agreement already drafted.
Separation Agreements: The decision to end a relationship is a complicated and emotional decision. It may seem possible initially that you will be able to come to an agreement. In these circumstances it could be helpful to have a representative negotiate on your behalf and advise you on your legal rights. As with marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements it is important that each party gets independent legal advice on the proposed agreement before signing it, and often these agreements will have a disclaimer saying that each party had this opportunity. For a flat fee I will assist in negotiating, drafting and/or give independent legal advice on a separation agreement.
Divorce (Uncontested): Even when all the parties agree there is a significant amount of paperwork that needs to be drawn up and filed with the court prior to the finalization of any divorce. For a flat fee I will complete and file your court documents for you.
Divorce (Contested): There are situations where despite the parties best efforts an agreement cannot be reached and the matter has to be referred to court. I understand that there is a lot at stake and will diligently represent clients in all stages of the proceedings.
Custody and Access Matters: There are times when custody and access to a child are at issue outside of separation and divorce proceedings. In all matters relating to a parent's custody and access to a chid the court's paramount concern is the best interests of the child. This is a fact driven inquiry guided by evidence. I will work to give you the best opportunity I can to achieve your desired outcome through research, advocacy and evidence collection.
If you are thinking about whether or not you need a will, you likely need a will. If you have real property (a home or land) or if want to ensure your assets are divided fairly amongst your kin you should have a will. Many people trust, and rightfully so, that their family will divide their property as they would want but unless it is written down in a will the provisions of the Succession Law Reform Act govern.
Even if you have no assets to dispose of or dependents to think about you should still get a power of Attorney for Personal Care and a Power of Attorney for Property done. First, it ensures that should you become incapacitated whomever you have chosen is making the decisions for you and empowers them to execute your wishes. It is also important to note that institutions, like banks, require a Power of Attorney for Property before they will allow anyone access to your accounts/records.
While it may be hard to think about, these are important documents that once they are needed it is often too late to do anything about them. These are flat fee items which will give you peace of mind once they are finished.
Civil claims come in many shapes and sizes and can be heard on very different platforms. It is important to know, whether you are plaintiff or defence, that there are critical deadlines regardless of jurisdiction. I will be predominately helping with human rights and employment matters I welcome inquiries regarding all civil matters. I will give you a 30 minute free consultation to get the information needed to determine how I can help. If I referral is needed I will do my best go facilitate a warm handoff to another firm.