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Eligible Dependent Claims and The Shared Custody Situation

Topic: Blog
April 19, 2017 by Carol Cochrane

A parent is able to claim the eligible dependent credit when they complete their Income Tax Return if the parent is single, divorced, separated and not supporting his/her spouse, and has a dependent child under the age of 19 who the parent is supporting. The ability to make that claim can allow the parent to realize some considerable tax savings. So if you are a separated parent with one or more children living under a shared custody arrangement, are you eligible to claim this credit? The answer is maybe…and only if you’re careful how you address your support payment obligations! The… Continue Reading >>

The Secret to Settling Legal Disputes

Topic: Blog, Family Law
March 20, 2017 by Jim Jeffcott

I read this article recently regarding the settlement of family law disputes.  I completely agree with the sentiment.  It is equally applicable in the Collaborative Process context as well. (click to read) If you have a family law dispute or know someone that does, please contact any one of the members of our Family Law Group. We will be happy to discuss all process options for resolving your dispute.

Some Clarity on Termination Clauses…

Topic: Blog, Employment and Labour Law
March 17, 2017 by Tess Brown

  For a number of years, the courts in Ontario have been divided on the enforceability of termination clauses that did not specifically provide for the continuation of an employee’s benefits during the notice period. The continuation of benefits is a legislated minimum requirement under the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”).  Some trial judges were of the view that a termination clause that did not explicitly provide for the continuation of benefits was in clear breach of the ESA and was thus void and unenforceable, while others disagreed. Recently, however, the issue has made its way to the Ontario Court of… Continue Reading >>

Tax Tip: Reporting the Sale of Your Principal Residence is Now a Must

Topic: Blog, Income Tax
February 17, 2017 by Carol Cochrane

On October 3, 2016, the government announced a change to the reporting requirements when a person sells their principal residence.  In past, when your principal residence was sold, you did not have to report the sale on your Income Tax Return.  This was because the full amount of any capital gain realized was tax exempt. Starting in the 2016 taxation year, all individuals will be required to report basic information on their Tax Return when there is a sale of the principal residence, even though the sale will continue to receive the full principal residence exemption. The information that will… Continue Reading >>

Legal Aid Certificates & Family Law

Topic: Blog, Family Law
February 7, 2017 by Erika Young

Access to justice has been a growing problem in Canada for many years. The legal system has seen an increasing number of individuals representing themselves either because they simply cannot afford legal services or have exhausted all of their financial resources. It is estimated that around 65% of litigants in Family Court in Ontario are self-represented; in Toronto, the numbers are as high as 75%. Many consider these to be conservative estimates. Many justice organizations and legal professionals describe the current situation in Ontario as an “access to justice” crisis. The growing crisis poses many challenges to the legal system… Continue Reading >>