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There’s lots of misunderstanding out there about “power of attorney” documents: what they do, when they’re effective, and most important, why you should have them in place.

Read more: Your Power of Attorney: What Power Do They Have?

It’s time to sell.  And you want everything to proceed smoothly.  You want to get all your funds from your purchaser on the day of closing: that’s especially important if you need them for the purchase of your next house and you’re buying the same day.  You don’t want last minute attempts to negotiate a price reduction (“abatement”) because the purchaser says there’s something wrong.  You’ve budgeted carefully and are relying upon every dollar you’re supposed to get.      

Read more: Selling a House: To SPIS or Not to SPIS? 

. . . there’s peace of mind.  For you. And for your beneficiaries: your kids and anybody else you want to receive part of your estate.  Of course it’s human nature not to want to think about your own death.  But (as you know, and like taxes) death is inevitable.  You need a will.

Read more: Where There’s a Will . . .

It’s great when you and your spouse can negotiate the terms of a separation agreement together. Especially when there are children involved, you want to maintain a friendly working arrangement with the “other parent”. So the children are comfortable in both your homes. So that you can be pleasant at drop-off and pick-up times. So the kids are not pulled both ways by conflicting loyalties.

Read more: Can You Notarize Our Separation Agreement?

Most people don’t want to have to go to court. A court experience can be costly, adversarial and drawn-out over many months. Win or lose, it can leave a bad taste in your mouth.

Read more: Would Mediation Be Your Best Option?

You’ve found the place. You’ve put in your offer to purchase, and it’s been accepted. You’ve arranged your financing. And now you need a lawyer to close the deal.

Read more: Buying a House

Estate litigation.  Some people call it “family law for dead people”. 

And one thing it has in common with family law: the emotions can run deep. 

We are pretty sure that you don’t want your children to be squabbling over your money after you’re gone.

Read more: Mom Always Loved You Best . . .

We know that if you are ready to separate, you would like to do it right. That you are hoping for finality. That you would like it to be over. And that many of you would like to achieve all of that without taking the matter through court.

So we broke the process down into three steps.

Read more: Three Steps to Separation Success

Maybe not.

The Employment Standards Act certainly does include lay-off provisions. They are complicated to navigate. But they do permit an employer to lay-off an employee for certain periods of time under certain conditions, with the expectation that the employee will be recalled to work.

However, the Employment Standards Act isn’t necessarily the end of the story.

Read more: A lay-off: do you have to take it lying down?

...more than you love your children? That’s a question that collaborative family law lawyers frequently ask their clients.

So: what does it mean to love your children most? It means consistently acting in their best interests, and not necessarily assuming those best interests are the same as your own best interests. It means putting aside your own hurts and rages and fears. It means working together to restructure your family so that your children will have optimal contact with both of you.

Read more: Do You Hate Your Ex . . . .