Proactive legal services to protect you, your business, and your family
BUSINESS LEGAL SERVICES
Proactive legal services to protect your business and mitigate conflict.
Business Purchase & Sale
When it comes to buying, selling or expanding a business, there are a number of legal risks involved. This is why it's so important to seek out professional legal advice and assistance. Our team can help you minimize risk by providing advice with respect to all aspects of the purchase and sale of a business.
We'll prepare all the necessary documents and attend to the closing of the transaction. Our legal services are comprehensive, and include drafting a letter of intent, negotiating and preparing share purchase agreements and asset purchase agreements, performing various searches and conducting statutory filings.
Our wealth of experience in facilitating successful business agreements, including shareholder and partnership agreements, can help ensure that your purchase or sale goes smoothly.
Real Estate Law
Real Estate Purchase and Sales Agreements
Real estate transactions can be complicated, and it is important to have a clear understanding of the process before committing to anything. A purchase and sale agreement is a legally binding contract that outlines the terms of a real estate transaction. This agreement secures an agreed upon price, and provides deadlines that need to be met by both the buyer and the seller. This can help to alleviate some of the stress around real estate transactions, and provides clarity on what is expected of each party involved. It is important to consult with legal counsel when creating a purchase and sale agreement, to ensure that all parties are protected and that their interests are represented. Our team can provide you with the legal advice you need to navigate the real estate process, and help to ease your stress along the way.
Private lending is a form of investing in real estate whereby the lender’s lawyer secures their client’s interest by registering a mortgage on the borrower’s property. We have the expertise and experience to help both our lender and borrower clients successfully close private mortgage transactions diligently, in a timely manner. Our team will work with you to ensure that all paperwork is completed accurately and efficiently, so you can focus on your investment goals.
Our team diligently assists in drafting, analyzing, and advising you about lease agreements. Our team can also serve as a mediator between a landlord and tenant to help make sure the agreement made between the parties is mutually beneficial. We understand that leases can be complex documents, and our team is here to help you every step of the way. We will work with you to ensure that your interests are protected and that you are getting the most favourable terms possible.
Corporate Business Law
A shareholder agreement is a vital tool for any corporation. It can help to protect the interests of the shareholders and the corporation itself by setting out specific rules and regulations regarding share transfer, dispute resolution, and shareholder loans. It can also prescribe which instances require unanimous shareholder approval. This can be extremely helpful in ensuring that the corporation runs smoothly and that long-term issues are anticipated and dealt with in an efficient manner. Our team has extensive experience drafting shareholder agreements that can withstand the test of time. We will carefully evaluate the ownership structure of your corporation and then draft an agreement that will protect your interests and allow your business to flourish.
A partnership agreement is a contract between two or more partners that sets out the terms of their business relationship. The agreement should specify the roles and responsibilities of each partner, the ownership structure of the business, and how profits and losses will be distributed. A well-drafted partnership agreement can help to avoid disputes that may arise in the future. Our team has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting partnership agreements. After evaluating your partnership structure, we will help you negotiate a partnership agreement by presenting issues that are likely to arise in the future. This will ensure that the agreement is tailored to the specific needs of the partners and their business.
The decision to incorporate your business is a complex one that will be influenced by a variety of factors. Our team is here to help you navigate the process and make the best decision for your business. Incorporation offers a number of advantages, including limited liability for shareholders, tax benefits, and increased credibility with customers and suppliers. We will work with you to understand your particular needs and present the various options available to you. With our help, you can make an informed decision about whether or not incorporation is right for your business. To learn if incorporating is right for your business, schedule a consultation with our Partner and Senior Tax Manager, Tyler Powers.
Businesses are constantly evolving and growing, which can sometimes mean that their structures need to change in order to stay efficient and profitable. This can be a daunting task for any business owner, but our team is here to help. We have extensive experience in corporate restructuring and can work with you to develop a strategic plan that will preserve the value of your business. We understand that this can be a difficult process, but we’re here to support you every step of the way. Together, we can ensure that your business is protected and positioned for success. To learn if a corporate restructure is right for your business, schedule a consultation with our Partner and Senior Tax Manager, Tyler Powers.
Minute Book Updates
A corporate minute book contains details of your business as a corporate entity and is a compilation of your corporation’s by-laws, Meeting of Shareholders or Directors resolutions, and other important documents. It is important to keep this book up to date and in a safe place because it will be used to show your banks, credit unions or other lenders that you are organized and creditworthy. Lenders will want to see accurate notes of what was discussed and resolutions that were made before they provide your corporation with any financing.
Our team of professional lawyers will diligently prepare, maintain and keep your corporations pertinent documents up to date. When there is a change in its structure, location, directors or shareholdings, it should be updated. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your corporation is compliant with the law and that you have everything you need to show potential lenders.
Estate Administration & Probate
Losing a loved one is hard enough without the added stresses of navigating the probate of an estate. Our compassionate team of legal professionals is highly adept in managing the administrative and logistic details of submitting court papers and obtaining court approvals to administer an Ontario estate. Our team will diligently assist you in the application to probate a deceased’s last Will and Testament, and provide guidance to the executors and the beneficiaries to settle any and all affairs.
Estate Planning & Wills
A will can be defined as a legal declaration instructing how a person wants their estate distributed after death. The process of creating a will can be simple or complex, depending on the size and nature of the person's estate which is why it's well advised to have a will prepared by an experienced lawyer. Our team has experience drafting complex wills and will assist you in understanding the associated legal and formal requirements.
For many families, a family trust is an essential part of their business succession planning. A family trust can help to defer tax on your estate and ensure that your family business is passed on to your heirs in a way that meets your objectives. We can help you to structure your family trust so it complements your future goals and helps to protect your estate and assets. We will work with you to understand your unique needs and objectives and create a custom plan that meets those needs.