The New Standard Lease, a solution in search of a problem, came into being April 30, 2018. For most folk in the industry, Landlords and Tenants alike, this was not an issue. It wasn’t a pressing issue, it just wasn’t an issue at all. Industry players and pundits alike were take aback by the introduction of a new industry wide lease.
That is because any lease or tenancy is, and was, subject to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and the rules therein. In practical terms, every tenancy within the RTA was subject to the same rules, regardless of the language in the individual lease agreements. The RTA is the one ring that rules them all.
Sample Additional Terms for potential use in Section 15 of the Standard Lease, Residential Landlord and Tenant issues in Ontario
PLEASE NOTE – legal disclaimer, these are sample clauses designed to demonstrate the types of clauses that can be used to upgrade and personalize the Standard Lease. The sample clauses do not and are not meant to capture every possibility or to be an exhaustive list. The sample clauses are not intended for use by any party and not designed for any particular situation or any landlord or tenant. No liability can attach to the author for any use of these clauses.
If you are reading this, you might be wondering if what you are experiencing can be considered “workplace harassment” or “workplace bullying”. Most of us heard about it discussed in the news, reports of people getting charged with harassing somebody they worked with, or heard others complain about getting “harassed” at work. Maybe you are experiencing something at work or in your workplace that is bothering you, worrying you or creating a major sense of tension. First, let’s review what workplace harassment is.
or Why you want to hire Invictus Legal LLP to draft your claim/defence/motion!
Pleadings are often mentioned in legal proceedings, mostly giving rise to a perplexed look from the individuals involved in pursuing the legal action. What is a “pleading” and why does it matter? Do you want one, and what type of pleading works best? What do you want to say to the Court and how do you say it? Read more… “The Art of Written Communications with the Court”→
At Invictus Legal Services in St. Catharines,our Paralegals pay close attention to your legal issues and desired outcomes and we focus our years of legal and practical experience on resolving your matter(s). We offer a broad range of paralegal services to residents of our practice areas.
You need results. We deliver!
We begin by listening and understanding what you wish to achieve. Then we craft our advice to your needs and your fact scenario. For you, results matter and the same is true for us. Results for us are happy clients. Or maybe we should say satisfied clients who have achieved their anticipated results. Because we take on the matters that matter to you, results matter.
At the present time, paralegals are not involved in Family Law matters. However, an ongoing crisis has been noted in Family Law, approximately 60% of people in family court have no legal representation. At their most vulnerable, the legal system is failing the average person in Ontario. In response, the Attorney General and the Law Society of Upper Canada sought assistance from Madame Justice Bonkalo in considering whether persons other than Lawyers, i.e. Paralegals, should be providing legal services in Family Law. Justice Bonkalo’s report has caused a stir in the legal community, consisting of 21 recommendations including the recommendation that Paralegals, properly trained, be permitted to provide some services in Family Law. A link to that report is here.
Attached is a brief video clip from Bruce Parson’s recent appearance on Get Legal Milton Cogeco, where I discussed the issue with gracious host Samantha Glass, special nod to technical wizard Anthony Luongo. He did what he could to make me look good, no easy task!
How Do You Find Information About a Lawyer or Paralegal?
Is Your Advocate a Regulated Professional?
So, you decided to hire a legal professional. This is a daunting task.
First, check to see that your legal professional is listed in the Law Society of Ontario directory. If their name is in the directory, they are licensed with the Law Society of Ontario and are able to provide you with legal advice or legal services. Members in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario are insured for errors and omissions, as well as bound to a Code of Ethics. If their name is not listed, they are not licensed and likely not authorized to provide the services you are seeking. Read more… “Choosing the Advocate that is Right for You”→
There are many times in our lives when we experience problems that are beyond our grasp, where we need to speak to a professional.
If your car breaks down, you want a mechanic. If furnace dies, you need an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) technician. If you develop health issues, you turn to your Family Doctor. In the legal system, you have a broader choice of legal representation for many matters in Ontario. In Ontario, you can choose to hire a Lawyer or a Paralegal.
As technology advances and we become more and more specialized in what we do, it becomes easier for each of us to understand the value of knowledge. Like your auto mechanic, your family doctor or your HVAC technician, lawyers and paralegals offer specialized knowledge that can help you resolve your legal problems. Invictus Legal LLP is owned and operated by experienced paralegals that have practiced in the province of Ontario. We also connect to lawyers that may be able to assist you in resolving legal issues that as paralegals, we cannot become directly involved in.
Statutory Accident Benefits (or SABS) provides “no fault” insurance coverage to accident victims after a motor vehicle accident. You do not have to be a driver of a motor vehicle to receive it. You can also be a passenger, a pedestrian or using public transit at the time. The benefits are set out to pay for medical, financial and certain other costs related to your injuries.
SABS is part of a mixed no fault/tort liability system, whereby SABS is the ‘no fault’ benefit. For those more seriously injured, there is the tort system. Under tort, an accident victim sues the other driver to augment SABS and to receive other “damages” in tort. In order to sue, you must meet what the courts call “threshold”, which is beyond the discussion here. Read more… “Statutory Accident Benefits: After the Accident”→