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?!
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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
Divorce and separation can be a very stressful time for parents, and for children. It is normal for children to feel grief over the loss of the family unit – this can be exacerbated when there is a high level of parental conflict. In situations of extreme conflict, children can suffer a variety of negative … Continue reading Reducing the effects of conflict on children in high conflict divorces
Litigation is a fancy way of saying taking legal action in Court. The Canadian court system is adversarial, meaning the two parties, or litigants, present their cases in front of an impartial person (a Judge), who attempts to determine the truth of the matter and pass judgment accordingly. In criminal litigation, the prosecutor and defence … Continue reading Litigation: What Do You Have to Prove?
Many legal terms originate from Latin, and we all know the stereotype that lawyers like to use big fancy words. I’ve always thought some terms, such as “per stirpes,” sound like illnesses, and there is a recent trend in legal education which emphasizes the use of (as much as possible) everyday language in legal writing … Continue reading Legalese 101