We are going to renovate our home. What steps can we take to find a contractor to complete our project 'without any surprises'?

Selecting a good reputable contactor will be the most important decision you make. You should seek a number of quotes for the work to be performed.

I was injured in a car accident and I need treatment. I have an automobile policy and extended health benefits through work. I have been told I have to use my work benefits first. Is this true?

The law governing accident benefits in Ontario requires you to exhaust any other available insurance prior to accessing the benefits available to you from your auto insurer (statutory accident benefits).

I'm paid a salary. Am I entitled to overtime pay?

Even as a salaried employee, you are likely among the majority of employees, who are entitled to overtime pay if they have more than a 44 hour work week.   These minimum standards are provided to most employees under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”).   

I'm fed up with my employer. Do I get any money if I just quit?

Normally, you get nothing if you quit your job – except wages (broadly defined) and vacation pay you have earned up to your last day.  

I was riding my bicycle on a City street when I was hit by a car. I do not have automobile insurance. Can I receive compensation?

During the summer months, I receive many calls from cyclists who have been struck by automobiles while cycling on City roads.  Many of these individuals use a bicycle as their primary mode of transportation and therefore, do not own cars and do not have automobile insurance. 

What happens if I can't find the original Will?

Generally speaking, an original Will is required for the Court to issue a Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee (formerly called “probate”); and even where probate is not necessarily required, a deceased person’s financial institutions will likely require the original Will or a notarial copy.

Seeking integrity in personal injury advertising

Maintaining professional credibility and integrity in personal injury advertising is essential as lawyers aim to serve individuals undergoing some of the most difficult experiences of their lives, says Hamilton personal injury lawyer Andrew Spurgeon.

An Evening with Ndaba Mandela

Ross & McBride was proud to sponsor  an Evening with Ndaba Mandela, a fundraising event for his Africa Rising Foundation, and the Hamilton charity, Empowerment Squared. 

Some people write protest Wills - Wills where they make a statement to demonstrate their dissatisfaction. Are these Wills valid in Canada?

Mr. McCorkill died in February 2004.  In his Will, after paying his debts and taxes, he left his estate to the “NATIONAL ALLIANCE, a Virginia corporation”, an organization who was described as racist, white supremacist, and hate-inspired.  Isabelle, Mr. McCorkill’s sister, applied to the New Brunswick courts to set her brother’s Will aside.

I was at a public City park with my child when he was attacked by a dog. What are my rights?

As the mother of two young children and a frequent visitor of public parks, I am surprised by the number of dog owners who allow their dogs to run freely and unleashed in public areas which are heavily populated. If you or your child is attacked by a dog, you can sue the dog owner(s) for damages and expenses.