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Joint Tenancy Debt

September 25, 2023 By Mark Mikulasik THE ISSUES You are owed money by someone who owns a home in joint tenancy- how much can you collect from the sale of the home? Or, on the other side, your spouse is a joint tenant with you and cannot pay their debts. Can their creditors seize your […]

How Courts Interpret a Contract

September 15, 2023 By Jonathon Clark Breach of contract cases are common in Ontario courts. Trials are about finding facts from evidence, and the great secret of judging is that applying the law is, then, usually easy. THE ISSUE In a breach of contract case, one of the key factual disputes is usually over what […]

Duties of Good Faith Versus Fiduciary Duties

September 5, 2023 By Brian Babcock We have previously discussed the meaning of “fiduciary” and the duties that a fiduciary may owe to the beneficiary of that duty. A fiduciary duty comes with several responsibilities, which may vary depending on the relationship. Because the law of fiduciary duties is still evolving, no single comprehensive list […]

Why Keeping Corporate Records Up To Date Is Good Business

August 21, 2023 By Mark Mikulasik If you control a small to medium-sized closely held private corporation and keep your corporate records up to date through annual minutes, declaration of dividends, waiver of audit requirements, and all required special resolutions, congratulations. THE ISSUE Unfortunately, at Weilers LLP, we are often retained by corporate clients to […]

It is Your Contract: Arbitration Clauses and Appeal Rights

August 14, 2023 By Nick Melchiorre Arbitration agreements are often overlooked in the drafting and negotiation of contracts. Sure, the agreement may contain an arbitration clause, but frequently, they are added by the lawyers and given little, if any, scrutiny by the parties. THE ISSUE As with any provision in your commercial contract, the arbitration […]

Punitive damages: Bigger is not Always Better

August 11, 2023 By Jonathon Clark We have written before about Punitive Damages. How much are they worth? In Canada, punitive damages are paid to Plaintiffs where the wrongdoer, in addition to causing actual (compensatory) damages, carried on in a way that was callous, highhanded, malicious or vindictive. They are further limited by the requirement […]

“Irrevocable” May Really Mean Irrevocable

June 15, 2023 By Mark Mikulasik If you sign an irrevocable direction to pay money to another person, or are the person subject to the direction to pay, you should take it seriously. THE ISSUE An irrevocable direction may create a contract between the person signing the direction and the beneficiary of the direction, and […]

Is It a Lease or a License?

June 6, 2023 By Mark Mikulasik A license is a form of contractual agreement such as an agreement which allows the use of property or of a portion of a property by the individual or business receiving the license. It differs from a lease in that a license does not give the same exclusivity of […]

More Corporate Fun And Games

May 29, 2023 By Nick Melchiorre If you end up in a dispute with your fellow shareholders in a closely held private corporation, it pays to be well behaved. We looked at that previously in the context of seeking an oppression remedy. THE ISSUE But what about an injunction to compel your fellow shareholder to […]

Taking Shareholder Agreements Seriously

May 19, 2023 By Jonathon Clark If you incorporate your privately held business, your lawyer will probably advise both you and the other shareholders to enter into a unanimous shareholder agreement. This usually includes a buy-sell provision. Typically, our clients file away these documents and forget them, until one day, they pulled it out and […]