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The criminal justice system and matrimonial disputes

By Ida Mirzadeh The outcome of a criminal prosecution will have a significant, but not always determinative, impact on parallel family law proceedings relating to disputes over child custody and the matrimonial home. Below are three relevant factors that are often overlooked by spouses who are faced with a high-conflict separation. 3 [...]

By | July 19|Family Law|0 Comments

‘Technology can’t solve all the problems of a broken relationship’

By Noel da Silva From someone who does not use social media, a caution about it should be viewed with suspicion.  Despite that, here are some ordinary concerns, in the context of high conflict family law cases. We all know that emails, texts and postings available to the public can come back [...]

By | July 19|Family Law|0 Comments

A Princely Estate

By Howard Simmons Prince died at age 58. He had a net worth when he died of $300 million (US).  Estates of this magnitude usually have sophisticated tax, will, trust and other planning. Prince had none. He even died without a will. Prince had no wife, no children (yet known) and both his [...]

By | July 19|Wills & Estate|0 Comments

Construction Liens: A Primer

By Amrita Mann While a lien action may in many ways resemble any other civil action, there are significant differences. Part IV of the Construction Lien Act (the “Act”) contains rules that govern jurisdiction and procedure. Lien actions are commenced pursuant to Section 53 of the Act. The Threshold Under the Act, [...]

By | July 19|Business Law|0 Comments

SDS in Ontario Reports – April 2013

By | April 24|Wills & Estate|0 Comments

Marriage: A New Form of Elder Abuse?

By Howard Simmons John Jones is 87-years-old, and was married to his wife for 62 years. She died a year ago. John was devastated at her loss. John’s two grown-up children would prefer if he moved to either of their homes, because of John’s failing health. However, John prefers to live alone [...]

By | August 26|Wills & Estate|0 Comments

Power of attorney for property

By Howard S. Simmons The Good, the Bad and the Ugly It is common and useful when doing a will to do a power of attorney for property. If you become mentally incapable because of age and illness, the one you trust can handle all your financial and business affairs. Unfortunately, not everything always ends [...]

By | March 17|Wills & Estate|0 Comments

Pathik Baxi makes Partnership and SDS welcomes Evan Shapiro to the firm

Ontario Reports June 7th edition features the welcoming of Pathik Baxi into partnership and Evan Shapiro to the firm. Pathik Baxi is a Civil Litigation and Family Law Lawyer at Simmons da Silva + Sinton LLP. Evan Shapiro has joined the Business Law Group at Simmons da Silva + Sinton LLP.   [...]

By | June 5|Wills & Estate|0 Comments

Snowbirds – Canadians buying real estate in the U.S.A.

THINKING OF BUYING A HOUSE IN THE STATES? Or do you know someone who is? Canadians that spend extended periods of time in the United States – called “Snowbirds” because they fly south for the winter – are members of a growing demographic. Many of them buy property in Florida or Arizona, or anywhere [...]

By | May 7|Wills & Estate|0 Comments

Wills, Executors, Powers of Attorney and Probate Fees… Answers to Your Questions

HAVE YOU MADE YOUR WILL? “lf a man dies and leaves his estate in an uncertain condition, the lawyers become his heirs.” Edgar Watson Howe An astounding 50% of Canada’s adult population does not have a will.  Those who do not have great wealth believe a will is not necessary.  Others avoid [...]

By | June 5|Wills & Estate|0 Comments