One Size Does Not Fit All Organizations When It Comes to Legal Structures

In the business world it is common place for businesses to operate through multiple legal entities.  Interestingly, the non-profit world has not embraced these strategies in the same way.  We represent many established and growing non-profit and charitable organizations and many of them expand into new territories or cross national borders to scale their operations to meet demands. From time to time they will ask how best to structure their organizations to accommodate growth.  The answer, like many, is never straight forward.  One legal size rarely fits all organizations.  Some lawyers or consultants decide upon on the ideal structure for any organization and then they impose that vision on every one of their clients.  This mindset is unfortunately reinforced by model documents that on can find on-line or distributed by government bodies.  Handle these with care. 
 

The Duties of Good Faith and Honesty In Contractual Relationships Have Been Clarified By the Supreme Court

On November 13, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Bhasin v. Hrynew 2014 SCC 71, and clarified and settled  “piecemeal, unsettled and unclear” principles in law.
 

Membership driven organizations vs. a self-perpetuating board

When establishing a charitable or non-profit organization an important decision that needs to be made is whether the organization will be board driven or member driven.  The not-for-profit corporation statutes in this part of the world are all being increasingly modeled on the premise that members will influence the management of the organization.  Recent statutory reforms are designed to enhance membership rights and responsibilities in non-profit organization.  But many organizations have no real active membership at all.  In an organization that is board driven, there are typically no real members at all, or the members that do exist have very limited rights.  Often these are referred to as self-perpetuating boards, where the members and the directors are one and same persons. 
 

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Not Criminally Responsible Defence

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Legal Matters - Personal Injury

Question: I suffer from major depression and cannot work.  My psychiatrist filled out forms for me and my insurer denied my application for disability benefits. Is this common?

Reporting a car accident

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When do I have to report my car accident to the police?

Homeowners Hallowe'en Safety

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What precautions should homeowners take on Halloween night?

Entirely Inconsistent Interpretations: How an Entire Agreement Clause may hold up in Court

Barry Yellin, Partner in the Commercial Litigation Group, delivered a paper that was co-authored by Emily Maw to the Hamilton Law Association, Corporate Commercial Law Seminar.  Here is the content of that paper.

Jeff Manishen talks law on CHML

Jeff Manishen Criminal Defence Lawyer visited CHML to talk law.  Here's what happened next.