People often ask why they need to come in for an initial consultation. They just have a question that will take “30 seconds” of my time to answer. I often hear frustration on the other end of the phone when they are advised that they need to come in for a consultation to … Continue reading The importance of an initial consultation
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When you get divorced, your spousal relationship ends but your parental relationship will continue forever. Once the dust settles after you have finalized your parenting plan, you will likely be required to interact with your ex because of the children more than you would have thought. For the kids’ sake, try to be a good … Continue reading How Can I Be a Successful Co-Parent?
The issue of where a child should live following a divorce or separation is a common one. Parents constantly tell me that their child is telling them which parent they want to live with. The question often becomes how to ensure that the child’s voice is heard and given proper attention, without allowing them to … Continue reading When Can A Child Legally Decide Where They Want to Live?
The short answer to this question is yes! Children who are the subjects of family law proceedings can have their own lawyers. The purpose of hiring a lawyer for a child is to give that child a voice in the proceedings. Most judges will not interview children or allow them to testify in … Continue reading Wait….. My kids Can Have a Lawyer too?!
I have been retained as defence counsel on a number of robbery cases recently, and these files involve discussions with my clients about the jail risk they are facing. In most cases, my clients are surprised to learn that they are at risk of a lengthy jail sentence. Robbery, like a number of other offences … Continue reading Starting Point Sentences
I cannot say how many times a client has told me they paid the opposing party using cash. In family law scenarios, this can lead to a huge can of worms. Where both parties get along and acknowledge the cash payments, there’s no issue. On the flip side, where the parties don’t always see … Continue reading Support Payments – MAKE THEM TRACEABLE!!
American legal shows pervade our television – I’m a huge fan of Suits and Boston Legal – and I frequently notice people referring to Canadian lawyers and judges by American terminology. American lawyers are called attorneys, but we do not use this term in Canada. I generally refer to myself as a “lawyer” when … Continue reading Canadian Court Conversation 101
Many people – for whatever reason – do not attend their Court dates during criminal proceedings. In these instances, the Judge usually issues a warrant for the absent person’s arrest. In certain circumstances, an Accused must personally attend Court, and in others, the Accused can have someone, such as a lawyer or family member, appear … Continue reading Attending Court for a Criminal Charge
Access to justice is a live issue for many people, particularly in light of the recent economic recession. How can people who need criminal defence legal services access a lawyer if they can’t afford private legal fees? One option is to hire a private lawyer on a limited scope basis. This means the lawyer will … Continue reading Access to Justice and Affordability
I recently saw a meme on Facebook that said “how to talk to the police – don’t”. While the meme was meant to be humorous, it provided a piece of legal advice all criminal defence lawyers give to their clients. I receive many calls from individuals who have been arrested and are being held in … Continue reading Silence is Golden