Author archive: jpm

Remembering Lisa Raganold

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague Lisa Raganold. Lisa was a dedicated legal assistant with us at our Barrhaven office and was very well known in the community as a generous person who was always ready to help anyone in need. We now know she…

Corporate Will

Corporate Wills, or Multiple Wills have been settled law for some time in Ontario. A recent decision, which lawyers are referring to as the Re Milne Estate decision is causing a stir for wills and estates lawyers. The decision is being appealed. Although it isn’t expected that the appeal will be heard for several months,…

Employee Stock Option Plan

Corporations need to consider the benefits of an Employee Stock Option Plan. An Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP) can strengthen employee engagement and encourage employee retention. It can also be an alternate method of providing compensation to valued employees. With an Employee Stock Option Plan, the company would offer to one or more employees the…

Building Wealth Through Real Estate

ConductLaw’s Managing Partner JP McAvoy speaks at Building Wealth Through US Real Estate Meeting at Hellenic Meeting and Reception Centre at 1315 Prince of Wale Drive, Ottawa, Ontario. JP McAvoy practices corporate and commercial law at ConductLaw, a law firm with offices in Ottawa, Barrhaven, Bell’s Corners and Winchester. He was called to the bar…

Landlord Quiet Enjoyment

To determine whether there is Landlord Quiet Enjoyment, the courts have, over the years, taken a broad view. In short, there is an obligation of a landlord not to interfere with the reasonable enjoyment of the tenant. A breach of the covenant may entitle the tenant to damages, injunctive relief, or an order declaring the…

Ontario Cottage Family Trust

Creating an Ontario Cottage Family is common at this time of year. Cottage owners can achieve many benefits by holding their cottage property with a family trust. A trust is, in essence, a relationship. There are three main parties in a trust, (1) the settlor (2) the trustee(s) and (3) the beneficiaries. The settlor “settles”…

Brooke and Brittany Henderson with JP McAvoy

Brooke and Brittany Henderson with JP McAvoy at the Kevin Haime Kids to the Course Classic at Eagle Creek Golf Course on May 8, 2018.

Family Trust Income Tax from the Federal Budget

Here are some of the key features concerning Family Trust Income Tax from the Federal Budget. Family Trust Income Tax. If a trust does not earn income or make distributions in a year it is generally not required to file an annual (T3) return of income. The budget proposes to require that certain trusts provide additional…

Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee

  Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee With a Will, or Probate as we so often say, is a process that involves confirming the validity of a Will.  Of course, it also allows executors to distribute the deceased’s assets pursuant to the terms of the validly proved Will. In order to apply this authority, executors…

Perfecting a Construction Lien

A company in the construction industry faces financial and security risks. In fact, when a construction company makes improvements to a property, their client may be unable or unwilling to pay them, which often leaves the company financially at risk.  However, the Construction Lien Act (CLA) protects contractors by allowing them to file a lien…

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