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Practice Areas

Estate Planning

Wills

The Law Office of Liz McMillan understands that estate planning can be a difficult issue to address. However, we cannot stress how important it is to have a Will and Powers of Attorney.

A properly drafted Will can help ensure that your wishes will be followed upon your death and provide clarity for your Executor or Executrix while administering your estate. A Will can also allow your loved ones to focus on grieving, rather than trying to guess what should be done with your estate.

 

Powers of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives someone else the right to act on your behalf. The person you appoint to act on your behalf is called an “attorney”.

In Ontario, there are three types of Power of Attorney:

  1. A Continuing Power of Attorney for Property which addresses your financial affairs and allows the person(s) you have appointed to act for you even if you become mentally incapable.

  2. A non-Continuing Power of Attorney for Property which addresses your financial affairs and allows the person(s) you have appointed to act on your behalf only when you are mentally capable. A non-Continuing Power of Attorney may be used when you need your attorney to look after your financial affairs while you are away from home or out of the country.

  3. A Power of Attorney for Personal Care which addresses your personal affairs, such as health care or housing decisions, and allows the person(s) you have appointed to act on your behalf to make these decisions if you become mentally incapable.  A Power of Attorney for Personal Care does not allow the person(s) you appoint to make financial decisions on your behalf.

The Law Office of Liz McMillan can assist with your estate planning needs.

 

* You can visit the following web pages for more information about estate planning:

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO): Continuing Power of Attorney for Property

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO): Power of Attorney for Personal Care

Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General: Wills, Estates and Trusts

 

 

 

Landlord & Tenant Law

 

The Law Office of Liz McMillan can assist you with your landlord and tenant issues. Whether you are a private residential landlord or a tenant with a problem, we are available to help.

As a private residential landlord, you may need to seek legal advice if:

  • a tenant is not paying rent;
  • a tenant is interfering with your or another tenant's reasonable enjoyment;
  • a tenant (or their guest) is causing damage to the unit or engaging in illegal activities in the unit;
  • you or a family member want to move into the unit; or
  • you wish to evict a tenant to demolish the unit.

As a tenant, you may need to seek legal advice if your landlord has:

  • entered your unit without providing notice (two exceptions are: in the case of an emergency, or if you consent to the entry at the time of entry);
  • interfered with your reasonable enjoyment;
  • failed to maintain your rental unit and complex in a good state of repair and fit for habitation; or
  • withheld the reasonable supply of any vital service that is the landlord’s obligation under the tenancy agreement.

* You can visit the web pages below for more information about landlord and tenant issues:

Landlord and Tenant Board

Sault Ste. Marie Landlords: Forum

Landlord's Self-Help Centre

Residential Tenancies Act

Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs: Landlord and Tenants Rights and Responsibilities

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO): What tenants need to know about the law

 

 

 

 

 Family Law

 

The Law Office of Liz McMillan can assist you with a variety of family law matters including:

  • Separation and divorce
  • Child custody and access
  • Child and spousal support

* You can visit the following web pages for more information about family law issues:

 Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General: Family Law

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO): An Introduction to Family Law in Ontario

Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General: Family Law Information Centres (FLICs)

Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services: Family Responsibility Office

Legal Aid Ontario: Family Law

 

 Legal Aid Certificates Accepted for Family Law Matters

 

 

*Please note these are external links and the Law Office of Liz McMillan is not responsible for their content.

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