The Right Custody Agreement for Your Child in Canada

The Right Custody Decision for Your Child

The Right Custody Decision for Your Child

When you’re going through a divorce, there are tons of issues to deal with. In addition to the practical issues surrounding the dissolution of marriage, there are emotional considerations that demand your attention. At some point, your mind must clear enough to consider the available custody options for your child and how to obtain the custody option you want. Your best bet for gaining custody of your child is to hire a lawyer who is well-versed in family law. The lawyers at Verhaeghe Law Office have extensive experience in Family Court and welcome you to call 587-410-2500 for a consultation.

How to Decide and How to Follow Through

Regardless of what YOU want, the most important consideration in deciding custody arrangements is the best interests of the child. Shifting gears from the division of assets to custody issues is very important. You know what you want, but what is best for your child? The first step is educating yourself on the types of custody that may be granted.

Types of Custody

  • Sole custody means that the child lives with one parent full time and that parent makes all of the decisions regarding the child’s life.
  • Joint custody is where the child lives primarily with one parent, but both parents cooperate to make major decisions regarding the child.
  • In split custody, one parent has full custody over some of the children, and the other parent has full custody over the other children.
  • In shared custody, both parents retain legal and physical custody of the children. The parents work together in all decision-making, and the children live in equal amounts of time with each parent.

Factors Affecting Custody Decisions

The Canadian courts will decide custody based on the best interest of the children. The judge will consider the parent-child relationships; parenting abilities; each parent’s mental, physical, and emotional health; the parents’ and child’s schedules; support systems; sibling issues; and, if over age 12, the child’s wishes.

For a moment, put aside the emotional factors driving you to seek custody. Think pragmatically about the situation. Do you work full time? Are you busy during non-working hours? Are you willing/able to change your schedule to meet the demands of children, including their sporting events, school extracurriculars, and more? Are you close to your children emotionally? Answer these questions honestly. It’s tough to do. You WANT to be with your child, but realistically, if you can’t/won’t change your lifestyle to allow for their needs to come first, are you really the best choice for sole custody?

Take a look at all of the custody options with your children in mind. Even if your divorce is acrimonious, you both probably want the best for your kids. Seeking custody just to take it from your spouse is not a good reason to do it. You never want your child to feel like they are just one more factor causing trouble between you.

If you’ve decided you want to pursue sole custody, behave appropriately. Build strong relationships with your children. Attend all school events and show interest in their activities. Be respectful of your spouse. Watch your behavior — behave as if the judge is watching you at all times — and be the best person you can be. Pay child support if ordered. Follow all rules set forth during the proceedings. Any evidence, including disparaging remarks on social media, angry phone calls, or inappropriate behavior, will likely come into play during the custody hearings.

Remember to put your children’s best interests first during your quest for custody. Consult one of the lawyers at Verhaeghe Law Office by calling 587-410-2500 today. We’ll help you do the right thing for you, your spouse, and your children.

Trials & Tribulations of Legalized Cannabis

Legalized Cannabis FAQ

Legalized Cannabis FAQ

Do you know all of the facts about legal marijuana ownership, sale, use, and products? Make sure you are sticking to the letter of the law. The legal experts at Verhaeghe Law Blog have put together some frequently asked questions to help you comply if you choose to consume marijuana.

Are the cannabis laws the same throughout the country?

Each province or territory sets their own rules for the sale, possession, cultivation, and areas of use of cannabis. It is your responsibility to know the laws within your province.

Does it matter where I buy marijuana?

Again, this is governed by each province. For example, Ontario only allows sales through its government-operated online store, while in Alberta it is legal to purchase from private-licensed stores or online.

How much weed am I allowed to have with me?

You are allowed to have up to 30g of dried cannabis with you in what is considered a “public space.” This includes on your person, in your vehicle, or as a maximum amount you can purchase and carry with you. Amounts in excess of 30g can result in arrest and a prison sentence.

Is it okay to bake cannabis into cookies?

Yes. You may consume your marijuana in edibles in any way you like but keep it away from children. Providing cannabis in any form to minors is illegal.

I have some marijuana and my friend wants to buy some from me. Is that okay?

No, it is not. You must have a license to sell marijuana. Without a license, you are subject to large fines and up to 14 years in prison.

Can I grow my own cannabis plants?

This question is not as simple as it seems. Canada’s guidelines allow you to grow up to four plants in a household. These plants should not be more than one meter tall and need to be grown out of public view. However, these guidelines are not accepted in all provinces and some landlords will not allow tenants to grow the plants in their properties. More importantly, if your plant is in a public space when it is budding or flowering, you could receive stiff fines and prison time.

What are the rules regarding CBD oils?

Kyla Ford, daughter of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, recently promoted CBD oils on her Instagram feed. Unfortunately, the body builder’s photos and discount codes are for products that are illegal under the federal Cannabis Act. Any product for sale that is derived from cannabis must be from plants grown under a federal license and processed by a licensed provider. If the oil or CBD product is not approved and licensed, it is considered illegal. Ford has removed all of the CBD oil posts from her popular social media account.

CBD oils are legally available for medical patients from licensed producers.

Time Will Tell

As recreational marijuana cultivation, production, distribution, and sales grow, so will more issues surrounding legal matters. If you need to consult with a lawyer about your rights in regards to cannabis, call Verhaeghe Law Office at 587-410-2500.

Harsher Penalties In Effect For Driving Impaired

Harsher Penalties In Effect For Driving Impaired

Harsher Penalties

Driving impaired is never a good idea. Alberta recently updated the sanctions for alcohol and drug-impaired driving offences to align with the latest federal laws. These provisions were put into effect to update the laws after cannabis was legalized throughout the country. Today’s federal levels include 80 milligrams or more (mg) of alcohol per 100 millilitres (ml) of blood for alcohol. For cannabis (THC), between 2 nanograms (ng) and 5 ng is considered a less serious offence, while the more serious crime is to have 5 ng of THC or more per ml of blood. When alcohol and cannabis are found in tandem, 50mg or more of alcohol per 100ml blood and 2.5 ng or more of THC per ml of blood is prohibited to operate a motor vehicle.

What Are The New Laws?

Under Bill C-46, police no longer need to have any reasonable grounds to suspect impairment before demanding a sobriety test. Refusing the test can result in criminal charges. On top of that, if you drank within the past two hours after you’ve stopped driving, but your blood alcohol content (BAC) is over .08, you could get arrested, even though that’s not the intent of the law.

The Bolus Drinking Defence

The harsher laws were designed to help crack down on individuals who consume large quantities of alcohol in a short period of time and then trying to drive home before the alcohol is absorbed. This is called the bolus defence. It’s a defence that is no longer valid under the new laws, but it was one that raised doubt enough that it worked in the past. The Bolus Drinking Defence is defined by The Department of Justice as, “a defence for an individual to raise reasonable doubt that their BAC was over 80 mg at the time of driving by adducing evidence of consumption that is compatible with both the BAC at the time of testing and with a BAC of 80 or less at the time of driving.”

Are The New Laws Working?

Some in the law community have pointed out some of the potential flaws in these new laws. According to a news story from CBC, the law might be a solution to a problem that rarely exists and could punish deeply impact individuals who have done nothing wrong. The Department of Justice notes that in 2017, there were more than 69,000 impaired driving incidents and 3,500 drug-impaired driving incidents. Even with those staggering numbers, some people believe that these laws infringe on their basic rights and leave much of the details and potential evidence up for interpretation.

If you’ve been charged with drunk or impaired driving, give our team at Verhaeghe Law Office a call at 587-410-2500. We can help you.

3 Ways to Get a Divorce

Three ways to divorce

Three ways to divorce

Filing a divorce can be rather stressful for anyone for a number of reasons. Divorce is an emotional and hard decision for any couple who may have envisioned a happy life together. For whatever reason, when things complicated, and divorce is the only way out, many couples are clueless about what should be the right approach.

In Canada, little is discussed about how to find the best civil lawyers for a divorce proceeding and how to proceed correctly. Many couples who come to us don’t know where to start when they want to fill for a divorce.

Filing divorce-Ways & means

Once you and your partner have decided to officially end a marriage, it is time to decide the course of proceedings. If there are no complications like common property, business or co-parented children, the divorce becomes easier. However, in an event of any mutual disagreement concerning matters of property, children or money, couples may have to wait a considerable amount of time before the divorce decree is finally granted by the judge. There are basically three ways to filing a divorce. Depending on your personal condition, you will have to choose the best one for you. Here are the three ways to initiate filing:

Joint Divorce Application

A joint divorce application means that both the parties intend to get a divorce. Corollary issues such as child or spousal support, financial matters, the joint property may be dealt with in this type of application, so long as both the parties are agreeing on all the claims in the application. This option can be used if the parties have entered in a separation agreement pertaining to the other corollary aspects of their relationship or have no corollary issues.

Contested Divorce Application

A contested divorce application is when either of the parties is not in agreement with divorce or any corollary associated with it. In this type of divorce, one party serves notice to the other party to which response should be initiated within 30 days (or 60 outside North America). The divorce becomes contested if the opposing party files their responding documents within the 30 day limit.

Uncontested Divorce Application

An uncontested divorce application is not a separate divorce application per se. When one party files for a divorce and the spouse does not respond or file an answer with documentary evidence within the stipulated 30 day period, the divorce becomes uncontested. Once the time has expired, the court assumes that the opposing spouse does not contest the divorce and the divorce becomes “uncontested.”

Generally, divorce orders become effective 31 days after being granted. In countries worldwide, if you have been married legally, you will have to wait until the divorce certificate is granted to marry a new partner. Though this is just a gist of the divorce process, getting the right documents, finding the best defence attorney and getting things done in an organized and time efficient manner can be daunting.

For more information on how to get your divorce in a stress free, timely and efficient way call us today at Verhaeghe Law Office 587-410-2500 – we are a reputed law firm specializing in divorce and other civil lawsuits. Feel free to visit our homepage by clicking here.

The Legal Paradigm

The Legal Paradigm

Legal Paradigm

Most of us watch television. You’ve probably seen at least one episode of the Law and Order franchise. Law and Order is a popular television show that is police procedural for the first half-hour and the legal process for the second. Granted, it uses the US Court System, but as far as the overall process, just how close is this to real life? Let’s see…

Myths in TV Police Procedure and Law

People go directly to a full-blown trial.

On television, the accused appears to be arrested and questioned one day and involved in a full-blown trial the next. The process in real life is quite different. If you are accused of a crime, you may be arrested. You have a right to a lawyer and should call one as soon as possible. After your arrest, you may be held in custody up to 24 hours. At that point, you will either be released or taken to court for a bail hearing. That hearing will determine whether you will be remanded to pre-trial custody in a provincial correctional centre or released with a bail payment. When all of this is done, if you are going to trial, your case will be placed on a court calendar for a preliminary hearing and/or trial.

If it can work in a half-hour it must be a fast process.

Based on average statistics, from your first appearance to final court decision will take approximately 112 days.

The accused will take the stand.

If you are on trail, it is your right to remain silent, and you should base your decision about whether to take the stand on the advice of your lawyer. Remember, the prosecutor must prove that the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The guilty party will undoubtedly either break into tears or have an angry outburst.

Hopefully, if you are accused, your lawyer will prepare you for what to expect during the trial. It is in your best interests to be calm.

Testimony is always straight to the point.

On TV, testimony has to be interesting and provide information for the audience to guess how it will affect the jury’s decision. In real life, testimony can be very long and not nearly as concise as you see on Law and Order. Each side will have many witnesses and a lot of evidence. There is no hard-and-fast rule or formula for what each witness will be asked or how long they will be on the stand.

The courtroom will be full of spectators.

In most cases, unless it is a very high-profile case, the courtroom will not be full. The public is invited to come and watch proceedings in the Provincial Court. On rare occasions, a judge may order that a hearing is closed to the public, usually to protect the privacy of children or others.

Police hang out in courtrooms to find out how their cases play out.

Police are generally seen in the courtroom if they take the stand to present testimony. Lingering in the courtroom like your favorite cop on Law and Order doesn’t happen often. Once they present their testimony, the police are generally back on the job!

Life doesn’t mirror the police procedural/legal drama paradigm. If you are accused of a crime, it is your right to call a lawyer. Call Verhaeghe Law Office. We’ll take you through the rest of the procedure… and there won’t be any theme music.

Miscarriage of Justice? Let’s Appeal

Miscarriage of Justice? Let’s Appeal

Miscarriage of Justice? Let’s Appeal

Depending on the nature of the sentence or conviction, there might be various appeal paths. However, the purpose of a conviction appeal is not to retry your case. A court will not hear your evidence again to determine if you were guilty or not. That said, an appellate court can only set aside your conviction for one of three reasons:

  • The judge made an error of law
  • There was a miscarriage of justice
  • An unreasonable verdict was rendered and couldn’t be supported by evidence

Error of Law

If you believe errors of law were made at your trial, you may appeal your conviction. Wrongful admission of evidence, a wrong interpretation of a Charter, or a misdirection to the jury on a question of law are all examples of errors of law. However, according to the Criminal Code of Canada, Section 686(1)(bb)(iii) if the court believes that the verdict would still have been the same regardless of the error, the appeal will be dismissed.

Miscarriage of Justice

If there are errors in both law and facts, the appellate court can rule to set your conviction aside. Miscarriage of justice is often synonymous with “wrongful conviction.” Some examples include biased evidence editing, prejudice against the class of people, faulty forensic tests, false confessions due to police pressure, misdirection of a jury by a judge during the trial.

An example of a miscarriage of justice occurred in 1972 when Donald Marshall Jr was convicted of murder and was later acquitted in 1983 after spending 11 years in prison. His conviction resulted in the Canada Evidence Act, which states that any evidence obtained by the prosecution must also be presented to the defence on disclosure.

Unreasonable Verdict

Challenging a conviction through unreasonable verdict focuses primarily on the weakness of the evidence. It must be proven that the evidence was too weak for reasonable jurors to find you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This avenue is often very difficult to prove because arguments about the credibility of witnesses or the importance given to certain pieces of evidence rarely succeed.

What’s The Process?

Through an appeal, it can be asked of the Court of Appeals review decisions rendered by lower courts. The appeal must show that the decision maker made a legal or factual error that impacted the outcome of your case. This isn’t a re-trial, and you do not have the automatic right to appeal. That’s where our team can help. We can determine if you require permission to appeal, obtain that permission, and submit any necessary paperwork to get the process started.

For civil cases, you have one month from the day the judge stated who won the case to file your appeal and pay the $600 fee. For criminal cases, you must file your appeal 30 days from the date of sentencing, and there is no fee. If your case has been accepted for review, the appeal doesn’t stop the enforcement of an order, and you must comply with all judgments and court decisions while the appeal is being reviewed.

If you feel your case is a candidate for appeal, please contact us at (587) 410-2500. We will review your case and determine whether it should be pursued further.

Common Law Marriages: What Are My Property Rights?

Common Law Marriages: What Are My Property Rights?

Common Law

It’s important first to define what a common law marriage is. A common law marriage is when people live together as a couple but are not legally married. When a common law relationship dissolves, the division of debts and property can become a point of contention and is not treated the same as its matrimonial counterpart. Case in point, when married couples separate the Matrimonial Property Act is used. However, when common law couples separate, the Unjust Enrichment or Joint Family Venture principles are applied.

Let’s shine some light on some of Alberta’s common law property principles:

  1. The common law relationship for Unjust Enrichment is a test that analyzes both partners asset-by-asset. This test attempts to prove that you contributed to each specific property and that there is no reason that you shouldn’t receive a portion of the partner’s property due to your contributions. Those contributions may be through cash or in the form of labor.
  2. Joint Family Venture is a test that involves you proving that all your assets are grouped together because you and your partner were marriage-like throughout your relationship. This can be established in one of four ways, economic integration, actual intent, priority of the family unit, or mutual effort of the common law couple.
  3. Common law property is not divided equally because there is no presumption of equal sharing of assets that were accumulated during the common law relationship.
  4. You only have two years for the date of separation to claim against your partner’s assets.
  5. Right now, Alberta doesn’t have legislation governing the division of common law property. This means the division is highly dependent on the facts of each case, and become difficult to predict how a court will divide the property. Current laws regarding this are not legislated by the government but are instead a set of laws stemming from previous court decisions.

Recently, Alberta has aimed to modernize legislation on common law partners by giving increased support to unmarried couples. While the Family Statutes Amendment Act hasn’t been passed just yet, it would make it easier for unmarried partners to divide their property should the relationship dissolve. The legislation would extend property division rules in the Matrimonial Property Act to qualified unmarried couples. These couples need to qualify as “adult interdependent” partners, or common law under Alberta’s Adult Interdependent Relationship Act. This means that any property that was acquired during the relationship is divided equally if that relationship ends.

Couples can also have legally bound agreements of their own for property division. If this legislation passes, changes to property division could start at the beginning of 2020, which also gives time to inform the public. The legislation would also allow applications for child support for adult children with disabilities or illnesses.

For more information about how to protect yourself, your family, and your property in a common law relationship, give our lawyers a call at 587-410-2500. Our team has decades of experience helping individuals through the dissolution of matrimonial and common law relationships.

Probate and Your Will

Probate and Your Will

Probate and Your Will

Have you written your will? Do you understand the complexities of probate and how to avoid it? It’s important to understand what is involved in disbursing the assets to the intended beneficiaries. If you need assistance writing a will that will avoid lengthy probate, call us at 587-410-2500 to find out how we can help.

In Canada, almost all wills are briefly probated to establish validity if there is an estate. For the purposes of this blog, we are discussing the Administration (extended probate) process necessary for those who die without a will.

Probate is the process taken on by the court to manage all of your legal and financial matters after your death if you do not have a will with a designated executor. The main problems associated with probate are time and money.

The Hazards of Probate

People who die without a will are said to have died intestate. Without a will to indicate your preferences for distributing your assets, the court will put your entire estate into Administration (probate). This will tie up all of your assets for an undetermined length of time. This time may be compounded by issues such as mortgages on a home that need to be paid, homeowners insurance for a home that is now vacant, and other expenses. The court-appointed administrator will need to ensure these payments in addition to their distribution responsibilities. During this time, probate fees are applied against the assets and can consume a significant percentage of the estate. In some cases, the estate may become completely drained just paying the expenses and related probate fees. The probate process may take up to a year.

For estates in Adminstration, the court appoints an administrator to manage the funds, pay the bills, and distribute the estate. This may not be your spouse, child, or family member. When distribution is determined, it may not be in a way that you would have preferred. Your spouse or children will not automatically get a certain percentage or an equal amount. In some cases, there are distribution plans from Provincial courts that are not at all what you would have wanted.

You don’t have to be wealthy to run into issues with Adminitration. If you have assets and you want your family to receive them, your best defense is a good offense. Write a will.

The Best Ways to Avoid Probate

Put Assets in Joint Accounts

  • Joint financial accounts are not subject to probate. The right of survivorship applies and the account will automatically go to the joint account holder.
  • Add a joint owner to home and car titles. Keep in mind that this gives the joint owner the ability to take out loans against property. Any decisions you wish to make will require their cooperation.

List Beneficiaries on Applicable Assets

  • Life insurance policies with listed beneficiaries go the person you have named and are not considered part of the estate (unless you have listed “estate” as the beneficiary).
  • Financial accounts with beneficiaries already named are not included in your estate.
  • RRSPs or TFSA with named beneficiaries are not subject to probate fees.

Reduce the Size of Your Estate

  • Put your money into registered accounts, such as RRSPs
  • Change financial accounts to joint accounts with rights to survivorship
  • Gift assets in legally acceptable amounts to your intended beneficiaries while you are alive

Write a Will

  • The best way to avoid probate fees is to write a will with the aid of an experienced wills and estates lawyer. By making your wishes clear in a will prepared by a lawyer, your estate will not be subject to a prolonged probate, especially if no-contest provisions are included.
  • Keep in mind that a will is a legal document and is available to the public during probate. Never include information that would compromise the estate, such as passwords to online accounts.

The key to ensuring that your assets go to whom you wish and that your estate not be tied up in probate is to write a will. Contact Verhaeghe Law Office to write your will today. 587-410-2500

Do’s and Don’ts of Personal Injury Law

Do's and Don'ts of Personal Injury Law

Do's and Don'ts of Personal Injury Law

If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer, then chances are that something bad has happened to you or a loved one and that you need legal representation as a result. While no one hopes to one day gain legal representation due to an injury or illness, it can happen to anyone, and you want to make sure that you make good decisions during this difficult time so that you have the right representation. The team at Verhaeghe Law Office has created a list of dos and don'ts for those searching for a personal injury lawyer.

Don't - Expect U.S. Style Settlements

Due to the pervasiveness of American media, including American style personal injury lawyer advertisements on television, Canadians can have a misguided sense of the outcome of their personal injury settlement. In Alberta, courts tend to be conservative for awarding compensation, even juries, and it needs to be noted that pain and suffering are capped at $330,000 while pain and suffering for strains, sprains, and whiplash-injuries (WAD 1 and WAD 2)are capped at $4,000 ($5,000 with inflation). You can still get a fair settlement for your injuries, but understand that this is not going to be a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

Do - Keep Exchange of Information to a Minimum

It can be tempting to talk about your case to others, especially if you have outwardly visible injuries and people are curious about them. The best thing to do is to limit what you say as much as possible and only speak to insurance companies, your lawyer, and the police. In Canada, a person in a conversation with you, as well as you, can record the conversation, so if you are asked by an insurance provider or another lawyer to talk, they can be recording you, and this can be used as evidence in your case. Always ask to have your lawyer present when discussing your case and if people ask just say that it is a matter before the court and that you cannot discuss it.

Don't - Expect to Have Your Day in Court

Though you may want to have that day in court, chances are, as with most personal injury cases, your case will end in a settlement. For a vast majority of people, this is the best case scenario. Settlements are often quite fair and help speed up the process and get you the money that you need faster. If your lawyer negotiates a settlement for you, this is incredibly common, and they have worked hard to get you compensation similar to what you would get from a judge or jury. If they recommend that you accept it, it is because they do not think you could get a better deal at a trial.

Do - Feel Free to Speak to Multiple Lawyers

Being comfortable with your lawyer is incredibly important, and so if you shop around and meet with multiple lawyers, this is fine. Research their reputations, how long they have been in business, and their standing with their professional association. Finding a lawyer who is the right fit for you is crucial to your comfort for the remainder of the case.

Don't - Expect Quick Results

Personal injury cases tend to take quite a while the more severe your injuries are. This is because part of the compensation that you receive will be determined by whether or not the damage is life-long and what ramifications that has on your wellbeing and lifestyle. For soft tissue injuries and whiplash, your healing time is much shorter, and so your case can be determined in a shorter period of time than someone who has sustained much more severe injuries.

Do - Call Verhaeghe Law Office in Edmonton

If you have suffered an injury or illness due to the negligence of someone else, then you need to contact our law office. Please note you have a two year limitation to file your claim; however, it is better to start gathering the evidence and preparing your case far before the two year deadline. Our Edmonton law firm will help you navigate the world of personal injury and do our best to get you the settlement you deserve. Contact us today.

Common Legal Issues faced by Businesses and Small Business Owners

Common Legal Issues faced by Businesses and Small Business Owners

Common Legal Issues faced by Businesses and Small Business Owners

Owning and operating a business comes with many perks but also some disadvantages - the looming threat of civil litigation being one of them. Lawsuits can cause considerable damage to your business' reputation and finances. Here are some of the most common factors that lead to legal issues for businesses:

Disgruntled Employees

Workers can form unions to increase their bargaining power against their employer to better their working conditions. This power also gives them the ability to come together and prepare a lawsuit if needed. Make sure to have a terminated employee sign documents drafted by a lawyer to ensure the terms of dismissal are clearly stated. It is essential to be familiar with workers rights to avoid inadvertently breaking any laws. Failure to do so leaves the door open for legal action against your company.

Discrimination or Harassment Cases

Whether it be sexual, age, ethnic or otherwise, discrimination in all of its forms can cause serious issues for your business. Ensure legal and human resources departments are well-suited to handle these issues adequately if they arise. When hiring, have all of the applicants' resumes on hand to prove you are making your selection regardless of ethnicity, age, or gender. Hold meetings regularly to oversee relations between employees and ensure discrimination is not occurring on a smaller scale. Office cliques should not be influencing decisions made by lower and middle management.

Sexual, racist or any other type of harassment can quickly turn a workplace toxic. Having periodic meetings to address employee concerns and reiterate company policy helps eliminate the likelihood of these offences occurring. Serious transgressions should be dealt with quickly by terminating offenders. Discrimination and harassment victims garner lots of media attention, which can damage your company's reputation and drain your budget. Be proactive by ridding your business of these problems before they start.

Immigration Audit

Make sure everyone in your company is legally able to work in Canada. Use police background checks to ensure false documents do not get past your management. Businesses found to be using illegal labour face crippling penalties.

Patent and Copyright Issues

Many companies in the tech and creative industries must deal with aggressive patent and copyright lawsuits. Be sure to do thorough research during the development phase of every project, or risk a messy legal battle should cross into a competitor's territory.

Dissatisfied Customers

Upset consumers can file class-action lawsuits by gathering a large group of customers to fight a company over broken promises, misleading services, or faulty products. These lawsuits can break your brand's image beyond repair. Be proactive about issues that arise by having sufficient tech support in place and recalling flawed products. Consumers appreciate companies that are honest about their shortcomings rather than those that try to cover them up.

Other Legal Issues

These are just a handful of the legal problems businesses face today. Several others include tax litigation and disputes with contractors and competitors. A hands-on approach and effective communication goes a long way with both employees and consumers when issues arise. For more information of how a Corporate Lawyer can help you, click here.

Please feel free to call on the Corporate Lawyers at Verhaeghe to help you with your start-up business, small business or medium to large business. We assist corporate businesses across Alberta to help them get in front of situations before they become big problems. As small business owners ourselves, we understand the challenges being faced by business owners in these new uncertain economic times. CONTACT US.