What happens when you have a live-in partner but are still married?
  “I’m still married, but now I have a live-in girlfriend. We both have kids. What does this mean, legally speaking?” Whenever a married couple separates – especially if there [...]
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Wills: Not just for people with large estates
by Timothy Sullivan, Principal  We hear it all the time: “I don’t have much, so I don’t need a Will.” Preparing a Will is a conscious effort. From deciding to [...]
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Independent legal advice: Everyone needs it
  Even highly-educated professionals should see independent legal advice In some ways, getting a divorce is a pretty straightforward proposition: There’s well-established case law, mostly-clear standards, and generally accepted principles [...]
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Joint tenancy: It sounds simple, but is often a double-edged sword
by Timothy Sullivan What is joint tenancy? Generally speaking, property can be owned either personally or jointly. Joint tenancy is when people own a property together and the right to [...]
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ASK A LAWYER: What does ‘without prejudice’ mean, anyway?
Sure, ‘without prejudice’ seems like a real legal term. But what is it, exactly? The traditional meaning of ‘without prejudice’ it is to allow communications between parties without worrying that [...]
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Supporting SafePet through the holidays
Our ongoing commitment As you probably know, at the beginning of November we were proud to support SafePet Ottawa’s Shine Through the Night Gala. We think SafePet is doing important [...]
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Common law vs marriage: Legal relationships that sneak up on you
by Timothy Sullivan, lawyer “Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage…” When’s the last time you’ve seen a horse or been in a carriage? You meet, date, [...]
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Leash the hounds: Liability for your dog
What you need to know about your responsibilities by Emily Murray, Litigation Associate As part of SullivanLaw’s love of family pets, including our support of SafePet Ottawa, we have written [...]
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Avoiding probate just got a little harder. But don’t panic.
by Timothy Sullivan, Lawyer What is probate? Canadians are in the fortunate position that there are no succession duties or death taxes. However, some institutions or agencies require authentication of [...]
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Pet custody continues to be a growing area of Canadian law
When fighting over furry friends, consider what it’s (really) worth by Timothy Sullivan, Lawyer We’re talking about pets more than usual this month because of our support for SafePet Ottawa [...]
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