Woynarski Szymura Kelly LLP offers a wide range of services tailored to meet your needs.
If you require a particular service that is not referred to on our website, please inquire as this list is by no means exhaustive. If we are unable to provide that service to you, we will be happy to refer you to a lawyer who can.
Business law includes the regulation of almost every aspect of commerce. While not as personal as family or criminal law, business law can have far reaching consequences on our success and prosperity.
At Woynarski Szymura Kelly LLP, we strive to provide you with practical legal advice that you can rely on. We can assist you in the incorporation of your business, the termination of your business and everything in between. Some examples of the areas of our experience include:
While the decisions you make in Business Law may ultimately rest upon a non-legal issue, no decision should be made without full knowledge of all of the legal consequences. An uninformed decision is akin to stepping into a legal minefield, where every move you make is fraught with risk. Let us help you navigate through these difficult issues so that you can prosper.
Employment law deals with the legal regulation of employees and employers. At Woynarski Szymura Kelly LLP, our comprehensive employment law practice allows us to offer a full slate of employment related legal services to both employees and employers. We have extensive experience in helping both understand their legal rights and obligations arising out of Ontario's employment and human rights legislation.
One of the most complex areas of employment law is the termination of employment, including wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal and dismissal for cause. When an employee is terminated, the law prescribes that employees and employers have various rights and obligations. By working closely with our clients, we are able to guide them through this difficult and complex process. For example, we work with employers to ensure that their termination and severance packages comply with their relevant legal obligations. We also work with terminated employees to ensure that they receive appropriate termination and severance packages.
In addition to dealing with the termination of employment, we also have experience:
Our extensive experience allows us to assist our clients in all of their employment law needs.
Family Health Teams
Family Health Teams are health care organizations that include a team of family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, dietitians, and other professionals who work together to provide health care for their community. Family Health Teams provide more service and a wide range of health options, especially for people who don't have a doctor.
Family Health Teams ensure that people receive the care they need in their communities, as each team is set-up based on local health and community needs.
Woynarski Szymura Kelly LLP and its predecessor, Woynarski Law Office, has worked with Family Health Teams from their inception. The services provided include incorporation, preparation of by-laws, governance guidance, drafting and negotiating contracts with the Ministry and providers, landlord and tenant law and employment law.
There is nothing in the world more precious than family, and there is nothing more integral to our lives than family issues. It comes as little surprise that when family issues become legal issues, emotions may affect our judgment. This makes having competent and experienced legal advisors crucial.
At Woynarski Szymura Kelly LLP, we have extensive experience in family law, and we have navigated our clients through all forms of dispute resolution. Whether it is through negotiation, mediation, or before the Superior or Provincial Courts, our focus is to ensure that your rights are protected.
We are trained in collaborative family law, an innovative new approach to resolving family law disputes without the cost of going to court, and are members of the Collaborative Family Law Association of Waterloo-Wellington. In this way, lengthy and expensive litigation can be avoided while allowing the client to have meaningful participation in settlement discussions.
If you are involved in or about to become involved in a legal dispute with a family member, let us guide you through the process. We can provide you with practical legal advice to help you fully understand your potential risks and benefits as we move towards a resolution. Since dealing with family issues is difficult, make it easier by understanding all of your options.
Commercial and Residential Real Estate Transactions
Real estate law deals with land and anything permanently attached to it. Whether it involves a vacant lot, a residential dwelling, a condominium, or a multi-million dollar commercial complex, real estate law has a profound and significant impact on the use and enjoyment of all property.
We have extensive experience in both commercial and residential real estate transactions, including the purchase, sale, financing and leasing of property. The transfer of property upon death or separation also arises in this area of law.
At Woynarski Szymura Kelly LLP, we would be pleased to help you complete any of these transactions.
It has sometimes been said that civil litigation is the field of law that attempts to right the wrongs that have occurred. If there is a victim, civil litigation seeks compensation. If there is a financial dispute over limited resources, civil litigation seeks the fairest settlement possible.
While the principles of civil litigation are high-minded and egalitarian, the reality is that civil litigation is often an unwanted intrusion upon our everyday lives. Participants are caught up in complex rules that can drag out disputes, require the disclosure of sensitive and private documents, and impose arbitrary deadlines fixed to serious consequences. Unrepresented litigants are at a severe disadvantage.
At Woynarski Szymura Kelly LLP, we try to level the playing field. We have experience acting for both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of areas, including contracts, construction liens, employment, landlord and tenant disputes, and small claims court matters. Our knowledge of the law, combined with our experience in legal procedures, is at your disposal, and we ensure that every available option is made known to you.
While you may not always want to engage in civil litigation, you may still find yourself mired in it. Let us help you by giving you solid, practical advice to help you better navigate the perils of a civil lawsuit.
Estate Planning: Wills and Powers of Attorney
There is one simple question at the heart of estate planning - how will decisions be made when you are no longer able to make such decisions? Estate planning addresses this question both for when you are alive and incapable, and when you have passed away.
No matter what your financial means, it is important that you plan for what will happen to your estate. A poorly planned estate can divide families during an already difficult time.Proper estate planning involves two types of documents: Powers of Attorney and Wills.
Powers of Attorney
Under normal circumstances, we make our own decisions and the question of what our wishes are is not an issue. Unfortunately, accidents, illness, or disease may render us incapable of making these decisions for ourselves. A Power of Attorney is a means by which we can ensure that our wishes are met in such a situation.A Power of Attorney is a contract which appoints or authorizes the person named therein (your attorney) to act on your behalf and with your full authority when you may be unable to do so, such as during a time of legal incapacity. A Power of Attorney is valid only during your lifetime and ceases to be valid upon your death.The Substitute Decisions Act recognizes two different Continuing Powers of Attorney:
Power of Attorney for Property (finances); and
Power of Attorney for Personal Care.
The person making a Continuing Power of Attorney for Property may give his or her attorney the authority to make any type of decision related to the person's property (finances) that the person can make themselves, except to make a Will. Conditions or limits can be imposed or it can be all encompassing.
This power includes the right of the attorney to give or refuse consent to medical treatment on the person's behalf.Powers of Attorney are important legal documents and should be prepared after careful consideration and legal advice. The cost of preparing Powers of Attorney are greatly exceeded by the peace of mind knowing that someone you trust will make decisions for you and be able to deal with your business affairs during a period of incapacity.
The other half of estate law addresses the issue of making our wishes known once we have passed away. When that inevitable day happens, we all leave behind an estate. A Will is a written document which provides for the disposition of your estate. It allows you to determine how your estate will be divided upon your death. This ensures that the people you love will be able to benefit from your estate.
Good estate planning, however, is more than just writing a Will. It requires careful thought about who will execute the Will, what decisions you will ask your executor to make and how to deal with events you may not have anticipated would arise. A well planned estate ensures that once we pass away, the difficult decisions will have already been made.In the absence of a Will, your property will be divided amongst immediate family members in specified proportions as set out by law. These proportions are subject to the claims of dependents who may not be adequately provided for in the statutory scheme and subject to the claim of a surviving spouse under the Family Law Act. The division and method of distribution may not be what you intended and may not meet the needs of your family. Without a Will, minor children will receive their share of your estate at the age of eighteen, whereas many people provide in their Will that their children or grandchildren should not receive their share until a later age, such as twenty-one or twenty-five. In addition, distribution of your estate is likely to be slower and more expensive if there is no Will.
Wills are important legal documents and should be prepared after careful consideration and legal advice.
General Legal Services
Sometimes, you may simply need a document notarized or commissioned, a travel consent prepared, a statutory declaration drafted, or independent legal advice before signing a contract or agreement. Woynarski Szymura Kelly LLP is pleased to provide these services to you.
The simplicity and straightforward nature of these services means that we can always make time for you.
Simply contact our offices for an appointment or for more information.