Spousal support waivers: Time limits allow for changes in circumstances
A twenty-year-old cohabitation agreement could be problematic (and risky) A guy has an acrimonious split from a former partner and wants to ensure he doesn’t have to go through it [...]
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Disinheriting a child: It shouldn’t take the family by surprise
  Avoid family conflict over disinheritance by being upfront There are circumstances in which disinheriting a child may be reasonable, and something that the other family members may support. However, [...]
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SafePet Gala 2019: Save the date!
Continuing to support women in crisis SafePet Ottawa helps women who are leaving domestic violence for a shelter by taking care of their pets. Some women may not leave an abusive [...]
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Not being ‘married’ doesn’t mean you don’t need a lawyer
Common-law relationship splits have unique challenges. In the past 10 years, the number of common-law couples (non-married couples who have a household together) in Canada has continued to grow, and [...]
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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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