Do you have any upcoming court date? If so, you may be experiencing some anxiety because you don’t know what to say or do, or how to conduct yourself in court. If you have a lawyer, it will be your lawyer’s job to speak to the judge and present your case (this applies … Continue reading I Have to Go to Court and Don’t Know What to Expect
Many people represent themselves when involved in a civil claim at Provincial Court. The Provincial Court civil process tends to be less complicated and thus easier to navigate without legal counsel. One of the steps in the Provincial Court process that many people are not familiar with is a Pre-Trial Conference. In our … Continue reading Provincial Court Pre-Trial Conferences
Alberta’s current recession has placed a lot of emphasis on one’s employment situation, and I’ve been fielding a lot of questions regarding wrongful dismissal claims as of late. Generally speaking, employers can terminate employees’ positions with or without cause. With cause means that the employee has done something which is considered to end … Continue reading The “Wrong” in Wrongful Dismissal
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 emphasises the use of (as much as possible) everyday language in … Continue reading Legalese 101
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 judgement accordingly. In criminal litigation, the prosecutor … Continue reading Litigation: What Do You Have to Prove?
I have recently fielded a number of questions from clients about what they should do if someone threatens to sue them, and the first thing we’ve needed to clarify is what exactly “I’m going to sue you” means. Suing a person or corporation means starting a civil claim in Court against him/her or … Continue reading Civil Litigation 101
In our litigious North American society, the idea of “sue ‘em and get your cash!” predominates. However, being successful in a lawsuit against a Defendant and actually collecting on the judgment against him or her are two different things. If a Plaintiff is successful in suing a Defendant, the Plaintiff will get a … Continue reading Collections Confusion