In order to sue my employer, do I have to pay money (or a �retainer�) upfront, or pay for legal work by the hour?

No, often you don’t have to pay legal fees upfront.  I recognize that money is tight when you’ve been laid off, or you’ve been let go, and sometimes it's better to not worry about every penny at the outset when you’re up against a well-funded employer and their lawyer. 

Changes to insurance benefits in Ontario warrant a conversation with your broker.

For all auto policies that are renewed after June 1, 2016, there will be significant decreases in your access to benefits. For this reason, you should contact your broker or adjuster and consider purchasing optional benefits including the following:


I just got fired from a good job. Can I sue to get my job back?

Yes, sometimes you can get your job back but it’s difficult, especially for employees in non-unionized jobs.   Get legal advice to see if it’s a good option.  

I'm a unionized worker. Does that mean I cannot file my own human rights claim?

No, you can and should file your own human rights claim, to protect yourself, because your union might drop that part of its grievance against the employer and leave you high and dry.  Ontario’s Human Rights Code does not prevent you from acting yourself.

Can I be disinherited by a Will on the basis of discrimination?

Generally speaking, a person has the “testamentary freedom” to do what he wants with his Estate upon death, though there are some limits on that freedom owing to public policy concerns, and potentially including blatant discrimination.

My teenage grandson was injured in a car accident. I have a very close relationship with my grandson. Can I sue the at fault party for my damages?

The Family Law Act recognizes that family members can be affected and suffer losses and damages as a result of the injury or death of a loved one.  Certain family members including, children, parents, spouses, siblings and grandparents may be entitled to recover damages in addition to the injured or deceased person.  The family member can only sue if the injured person is hurt due to the negligence of another and is or would be entitled to recover damages for that injury.

What should I do before buying a franchise?

Buying a franchise is an attractive way of starting a business, as the franchisee is able to utilize the business methods and support offered by the franchisor, including trademarks, marketing strategies, accounting systems, procurement channels, etc.

I was struck by an automobile while riding my bicycle.

I was struck by an automobile while riding my bicycle.  Can I receive compensation?

If I am involved in a corporation with other shareholders, should we have a Shareholders' Agreement?

If I am involved in a corporation with other shareholders, should we have a Shareholders’ Agreement?

Jeffrey Manishen - a dedicated advocate in criminal law

Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeffrey Manishen has dedicated more than 30 years of his career to defending people charged with murder and other offences, working as a strong advocate for his clients.