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Oshawa / Durham Region Law Firm Handling Your Legal Concerns

At Taafe Law we understand you are going through a transitional time. Our goal is to help you efficiently resolve your legal concerns so you can move forward with your life. With many years of experience representing clients in all legal matters in many areas of practice, including:

Family Law

CUSTODY & ACCESS
When two people have a child together, each parent has an equal right and responsibility to take part in the child’s upbringing. Both parents’ have an equal right to make decisions about their child’s care whether or o not the parents are married.

When parents separate they must arrange how they will divide their respective parenting rights and responsibilities. Separating parents must make arrangements for child custody and access.

When divorcing or separating, you need a skilled lawyer to make sure your custody rights are protected

GRANDPARENTS RIGHTS
In 2016, the passage of Bill 34 (Section 21 (1) of the Children’s Law Reform Act) gave grandparents the right to make an argument for access during custody disputes. The courts must consider grandparents’ rights in these matters, while also considering in the best interests of the child.

If you are a grandparent looking to fight for your right to custody of or access to your grandchild, our lawyers can provide the insight you need to make an informed decision about moving forward with a case.

MOBILITY & CUSTODY & ACCESS
Parental mobility rights, is when a parent wants to relocate or move with a child, which can present numerous complexities. If you are looking to relocate or are an access parent and want to dispute a proposed move by the custodial parent, our lawyers can help you understand your rights and your options.

INHERITANCE PROTECTION

Inheritance protections plans are a forte of our firm. Inheritance plans ensure that a family business or significant asset is protected when it is transferred from a parent to an adult child.

Most families are unaware that a family home or business may be lost due to the breakdown of the adult child’s marriage. A marriage contract can ensure that valuable family assets remain within the family. Marriage contracts assist the client in avoiding stress, time and substantial legal fees in the event of a divorce or separation.

Taafe Law offers a free consultation with one of our lawyers to assist you in learning how to protect your family assets.

Child Support

In addition to a basic amount set out in the Child Support Guidelines, the paying parent may be required to contribute to other ‘extraordinary’ expenses such as:

  • Health Expenses
  • Orthodontic Expenses
  • Daycare Expenses
  • Primary School, Secondary School or Post-Secondary School Education
  • Expenses for Extracurricular Activities

Spousal Support

In a ‘traditional’ legal marriage, you and your partner are responsible for each other’s financial support, regardless of how long you’ve been married. Unmarried spouses have to be living together for a minimum of three years or have a child from the relationship to qualify for support. Support is based on “if there is an ability to pay and a need”. There are several factors used to answer the questions of both need and ability. Contact us to learn more.

Collaborative Law

Not every divorce or family law matter need be resolved in court. Collaborative Practice is the newest approach for resolving separation and family disputes. Both parties must enter into the process voluntarily and act in good faith. Both parties and their lawyers commit themselves to coming to a mutually agreeable resolution.
Collaborative Law is conducive to negotiation and settlement. Total emphasis is on settlement through interest-based negotiations versus the traditional method of using adversarial tactics. Focusing on the clients’ real needs and interests leads to more creative and equitable agreements. However, this method only works if both parties set aside their basic acrimonies and resentment, disclose all relevant information, put the children’s needs first, and look for mutually acceptable solutions.
With the Collaborative Process clients never feel trapped or powerless – they stay in control. The Collaborative Process also permits clients to separate effectively and economically as possible. Our firm will guide you through the process which it is no surprise that our clients are so enthusiastic in recommending us.

Wills & Estates

A Will is an important document and assists those we leave behind with the administration of the deceased’s estate. Wills are also vital when it comes to making your last wishes known. A Will ensures that your property is distributed according to your last wishes. Having a well-drafted and prepared Will reduces family conflict, which certainly can develop when trying to interpret a vague Will.

INHERITANCE PROTECTION

Inheritance protections plans are a forte of our firm. Inheritance plans ensure that a family business or significant asset is protected when it is transferred from a parent to an adult child.

Most families are unaware that a family home or business may be lost due to the breakdown of the adult child’s marriage. A marriage contract can ensure that valuable family assets remain within the family. Marriage contracts assist the client in avoiding stress, time and substantial legal fees in the event of a divorce or separation.

Taafe Law offers a free consultation with one of our lawyers to assist you in learning how to protect your family assets.

Power of Attorney

This is a powerful document and can be used for both property and personal care. A Power of Attorney for Personal Care is sometimes referred to as a “Living Will”. This document can be used for all adults during periods of incapacity.

Estates

Taafe Law Professional Corporation will professionally and compassionately resolve the legal and financial issues associated with settling an estate. Call today.

Estate Litigation

When Trustees or beneficiaries dispute the interpretation of a Will, there may be a need for court intervention.

Wills

Joint Will and Powers of Attorney $950.00 plus HST = $1073.50
Joint Will NO POA’s $850.00 plus HST = $960.50
Single Will and Powers of Attorney $650.00 plus HST = $735.50

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