Toronto Lawyers for COVID-19 / Coronavirus Urgent Legal Services

David Alderson, LL.B, LL.M (Commercial and Corporate), Q.Arb, Lawyer and ArbitratorAlternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Arbitration, Business Disputes, Business Interruption, Civil Litigation, Commercial, Commercial and Contract Litigation, Condo Litigation, Construction Litigation, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Debt and Enforcing Judgments, Estates Litigation, Family Law, Franchise Law, Wills and Estates0 Comments

See our information and resources regarding legal services during COVID-19 through these links to the Gilbertson Davis LLP website: Arbitration During the Pandemic Remote Arbitration Hearings – Emerging Protocols Arbitration & Court Closure  Contract Arbitrator Event Cancellation Arbitrator Contract Termination Arbitrator Moving Litigation to Arbitration | Arbitration Options Business and COVID-19 Ontario Allows More Businesses To Reopen Soon Ontario to Permit Some Businesses to Reopen on May 4 Small Business Relief Resources Ontario Extends Mandatory Closure of Non-Essential Businesses Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program Construction and COVID-19 Are Closing Dates Extended Due to Construction Sites Closing? Urgent Hearings for Real Estate Closings Contracts and COVID-19 Pandemic Closures: Considerations For Commercial Tenants And Landlords How to Schedule an Urgent Civil or Commercial List Hearing Comments on Frustration and Force Majeure Clauses in The Huffington Post Legal Consequences on Commercial Contracts Distribution Agreements Manufacturing Contracts Shopping Mall Lease Deferral Contract Disputes … Read More

Ontario Allows Virtual Witnessing of Wills and Powers of Attorney During COVID-19 Pandemic

Nick P. Poon, B.Sc. (Hons.), B.A., J.D.Coronavirus, COVID-19, Trust Litigation, Trusts and Trust Law, Wills and Estates0 Comments

Since April 7, 2020, the Ontario government has permitted the virtual witnessing of Wills and Powers of Attorney pursuant to an Emergency Order made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. In Ontario, a valid Will or Power of Attorney must be signed in the presence of two witnesses under the Succession Law Reform Act and the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992, respectively.  (Note – holograph wills that are wholly handwritten by the testator and signed by the testator are exempt from the statutory witness requirement).  Wills and Estates lawyers were experiencing difficulties complying with the statutory witness requirements due to physical distancing rules and the increased risk from COVID-19 to the elderly and persons with certain medical conditions.  Accordingly, the Emergency Order was welcome relief to Wills and Estates lawyers and their clients. Under the Emergency Order, a Will or Power of Attorney can be signed in the presence … Read More

COVID-19 – Why You Should Update Your Will

Elisha Hale, LL.B (Hons) Dip.Divorce, Separation Agreements, Wills and Estates0 Comments

During the COVID-19 crisis, individuals should take the time to review their affairs to ensure that their Wills accurately represent their current personal circumstances and wishes. When a marriage or common law relationship breaks down, parties often assume that this breakdown automatically results in the nullification of any relevant clause in their Will, however, this is simply not the case. Married Couples Where a former spouse of a divorced couple dies, leaving part or all of their estate to their former spouse, the Succession Law Reform Act automatically comes into force upon divorce to sever clauses in relation to the former spouse; the Will shall operate as if the former spouse predeceased the testator, unless a contrary intention is shown. If the spouses have separated, but not divorced, the separation has no impact on the Will and any of the estate left to such an individual will be inherited. Unless … Read More