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I had a potential client call me the other day, looking to recover $5,000 from a commercial tenancy gone bad. I explained to him my rates. I could tell that the cost-benefit analysis did not compute. So, he asked for a lower-priced option: writing a demand letter on our paralegal firm stationary. “Perhaps we can […]

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It’s not often I get to blow my own horn, but I am announcing a new podcast called “The Ontario Small Claims Court Podcast‘.  I’ve recorded this podcast series to help self-represented litigants work their way through the Small Claims Court system.  Just under half of all civil claims in this province are started in the […]

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Whether you are upsizing to a family-sized home, or downsizing from a full family home to an empty-nester, you still have to sell the home that you are currently living in.  It’s a stressful time: planning a move, talking to Realtors, looking for your next home, and sprucing-up your existing home to allow the parade […]

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I’ve had a couple of cases recently that has brought this question to the fore.  When you buy a house and you find out that something is wrong with it, whose to blame?  The seller?  The Realtor®?  The Home Inspector?  All three?  The first question you have to ask is, “Who did the buyer rely […]

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One of the most stressful times in anyone’s life is to be  fired from your employer.  During this time, you will be making one of the most important decisions, from a legal point of view, next to buying a house.  Some employers, instead of asking for “working notice,” where you know well in advance when […]

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In the Province of Ontario, generally speaking, the Limitations Act, 2002, you have 2 years from the date that you were first wronged to bring a claim to the civil court. s. 4         Unless this Act provides otherwise, a proceeding shall not be commenced in respect of a claim after the second anniversary of the […]

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You have endured the crucible of a trial and you’ve won your decision.  Congratulations!  Now what?  Sometimes the trial is the easy part of the court process.  Enforcement is the key; getting the other side to pay what you are owed is seldom talked about. In this phase of the court process, you are now […]

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You have been served a Plaintiff’s Claim in the Small Claims Court.  You admit that you owe the money or part of the amount, but due to the current economy, money is tight right now and you need time to pay it off.  So, what do you do? Get the Defence form from the Rules […]

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