Do you really need a will? Do you really need a lawyer?

Why Make a Will? Preparing a will is one of the most important tasks you will do in your lifetime. A will is essential in order to simplify matters following your death and allows you to plan a sensible, cost effective and satisfying transfer of wealth. It provides you with the opportunity to prepare for the future in a manner that protects you and your loved ones. A carefully planned will is also imperative if you are responsible for the care and su

Readers’ Choice 2020

It's that time again... Vote for your favourite local businesses in the Hamilton Spectator's 2020 Readers' Choice awards! This is a great way to show support for local businesses, and to encourage raging intra-office debates about whether or not ROMA Pizza belongs in the best pizza category. (Editor's note: obviously yes.) We're honoured to have been nominated in 3 categories again this year. Get your votes in by September 27th! Personal I...

Wrongful Dismissal Claims: What is the Duty to Mitigate?

When you lose your job and are pursuing a claim for wrongful dismissal, you will hear reference to your duty to mitigate. It often comes as a complete surprise to employees that their former employer is entitled to know about – and entitled to a credit for – an employee’s post-dismissal employment income. But this is a very important concept for dismissed employees to understand. Mitigating your damages (or failing to do so) can easily be the differenc

Understanding Your Rights in the Workplace: Dismissal With Cause

Of all the ways in which an employment relationship can terminate, there is likely none more detrimental to an employee than the dreaded dismissal for cause or for "just cause." A dismissal for cause occurs when an employer claims that they have no obligation to provide an employee with reasonable notice of their dismissal (or pay in lieu of reasonable notice) because the employee has engaged in some form of wrongful conduct causing an irreparable breac

COVID-19: Protecting our clients and staff

Our office location is open and operating with enhanced safety measures at this time. COVID‑19 PROCEDURES & PRECAUTIONS 🛑 Visiting the office - by appointment only Most meetings are being conducted remotely at this time. If you need to visit the office, please phone us first to make an appointment and to confirm our procedures. 🤒 Feeling sick? Please do not visit the office if you are feeling even slightly unwell or have

No more trials? What would Cicero Say?

By Dermot Nolan There is nothing virtual about real justice. But virtual justice may be the new reality. And we should be worried. The digital trap had already been set before COVID-19 tripped it. Suddenly, everything is remote. Personal contact is out; distancing is in. We have the technology. Who needs real people? We’ve got screens. Convenient, to be sure. But dangerous. A recent internal report by two members of the powerful and little-know

How to Sign an Emailed PDF

With many law firms operating remotely these days, one issue that keeps coming up for lawyers is: how do we get documents signed? Jump to step-by-step instructions → The simplest option, of course, is to mail a paper copy of the document to the signor and have them sign it and mail it back.  While it works, this method is very slow and inconvenient. Another option is to email the document to the signor to have them print it, sign it, scan it and then

COVID-19: Temporary office closure

To help minimize opportunities for the spread of COVID-19, please be advised that we have temporarily closed our office location effective March 16, 2020 until further notice. HOW TO REACH US DURING THE COVID‑19 EMERGENCY ⚖️ New client? Need to speak to a lawyer? Please fill out our contact form or email us at and one of our lawyers will get back to you shortly. 👤 Need to reach a specific member of ou

Bad Faith in the Manner of Dismissal

  Bad Faith in the Manner of Dismissal 16th Annual Hamilton Law Association Employment Law Seminar November 14, 2019   Nolan, Ciarlo LLP 1 King Street West, Suite 700 Hamilton, ON L8P 1A4   Introduction Recently, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a $100,000 bad faith damages award in a wrongful dismissal case and commented that such an amount was well within the range of recent awards where employees were mistrea

The Law At Work: Bad Faith in Employment Dismissals

The Law At Work September, 2019 (Published in the Hamilton Law Association Journal) With the recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Colistro v. Tbaytel 2019 ONCA 197, it is becoming increasingly apparent that damages for bad faith dismissals may be on an upward trajectory. This important doctrine continues to evolve and is a powerful and uniquely flexible tool to use when advocating on behalf of employees. With these damages on the rise, it is


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