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Truth In Legal Advertising – Cutting Through The Confusion To Find A Good Lawyer

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In a world of increasing information and decreasing trust it is more important than ever to be critical when confronted with advertising in any industry - law is no different. Stricter government legislation and more stringent insurance industry policies, has made personal injury law practice an increasingly competitive market. As a result, many law firms use a variety of means to promote themselves to prospective clients. While there has been a lot of discussion in the media about legal advertising, and the Law Society has recently announced they will be introducing new advertising rules for lawyers, we thought a few useful tips...

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What You Need To Know About Personal Injury Retainers

Although most people have heard the “No Fee Unless We Win” mantra that is regularly promoted in personal injury advertising, the details of how personal injury retainers usually work, are not well known. These retainers, usually referred to as “contingency fee retainers”, govern the fee arrangement between clients and their lawyers who decide to take the case on at no upfront hourly fees, but who are instead compensated by taking a percentage of any successful damage award or settlement obtained in the case on the client’s behalf. There are important details that everyone should understand about personal injury retainers and how they...

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Kelly + Singh Win Precedent Court of Appeal Ruling Affirming Parties Obligations in Summary Judgment Proceedings

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Many people believe that if they have a legal case, they are entitled to their “day in court” with a full trial and a chance to tell their story in front of a judge and/or a jury.  They may find out however that their case will be decided based on documents, and lawyers making arguments on a “summary judgment motion”.  The Supreme Court of Canada recently decided that to save time and expense, this process should be used more, and as lawyers we’re seeing more and more cases being dealt with in this way.  If a case or issue really...

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How to Protect Yourself From a Home Renovation Disaster

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With a heated real estate market in Toronto and surrounding regions like Hamilton and Burlington, a lot of homeowners decide it’s a wise investment to undertake renovations to their property for the promise of a higher selling price. Unfortunately a lot of things can go wrong when hiring a contractor, and contractors can have special rights and interests in your property if they are not paid, depending on the scope of the project. Here are a few tips on how to take the appropriate precautions when hiring someone to renovate your property and avoiding contractor disputes. 1) Determine what exactly it is that...

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Busting Five Common Myths About Making a Claim After a Car Accident

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In Ontario, we all know that driving a car without automobile insurance is against the law. The penalty for driving uninsured is hefty and the insurance slip is one of the very first things a police officer asks for if a motorist is ever pulled over.  Consequently, most Ontario drivers have insurance, but premiums in Ontario, and particularly in the GTA, are extremely high. Most people spend significant time annually rate shopping for the best price to be able to afford insurance. If you are a young driver under the age of 25, or live in a high risk area...

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How Social Media Can Impact Your Case

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Interacting with friends and family through social media has become a normal part of everyday life for most people. People usually post pictures, comments, and videos – without realizing that everything that is posted could possibly become relevant and be used in a lawsuit, and ultimately harm your case. Below are three things you need to know about how social media can impact your claim: How do my social media postings get used in the lawsuit? Before the advent of social media, insurance companies who are defending against a personal injury claim would often hire a private investigator to conduct surveillance...

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Why Should Home Buyers Get a Home Inspection?

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Right now the Toronto and GTA real estate markets are hot, and the effect that this has on the atmosphere for buyers is apparent. Often buyers are unavoidably participating in bidding wars against many other buyers for one property, and houses are selling for over the asking price with no conditions. Unfortunately, this type of a market creates a risky environment for prospective buyers, since they begin to curtail their rights and remedies in a real estate transaction in order to put forward a more appealing offer to the seller and hope to clinch the deal over the competition. Often times one...

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5 Things You Need To Know About Employee Disability Benefits Plans

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In our practice, one of the early questions we ask of our personal injury clients is whether they are covered by an employee benefit plan at work, specifically, one that includes disability insurance. It is surprising how many people do not even know if they have this coverage. 1)    If you have employment benefits, you should be provided with an information package explaining your benefits to you While employers are not legally obligated to provide such plans, many businesses do have them, and if they decide to have one, they are required to ensure that their employees have been given information about...

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Understanding CPP Disability

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As an employee in the Canadian job market, every time your employer cuts you a pay cheque, certain deductions contribute towards the Canadian Pension Plan. The contributions made to this plan do not just provide a retirement pension. The plan offers a “disability benefit” for those who have not yet reached retirement age, if they suffer a severe and prolonged disability through injury or disease. This protection is called "CPP Disability". It is only available to those who have paid into the plan for the prescribed number of years. Someone who just entered the workforce a couple of years before the injury,...

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Litigation Financing

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If you are involved in a lawsuit, or are contemplating pursuing a case, you may have come across advertisements for "litigation financing" or "litigation loans". What are they? This is a relatively new phenomena. There are a number of companies - some in Canada, others in the U.S. that may be willing to advance money to a person who has a lawsuit pending in court. This can be very enticing to people such as plaintiffs in personal injury cases who are struggling financially while they wait for their case to work through the system. A lot of these companies offer "non-recourse" loans,...

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