What is a Paralegal?

To become a Paralegal, a person has to complete numerous courses at an accredited college. Upon receiving the college diploma, the graduate must pass a licensing exam. The Law Society of Ontario governs both lawyers and paralegals and both professions must serve the public in a professional standard of conduct. Both professions pays annual dues, complete annual continuing education and carry liability insurance.

Why hire a Paralegal?

Hiring a Paralegal is more cost effective and they are knowledgeable in their field. They can help with many of your legal needs in small claims court, various tribunals and provincial offense court.

What are small claims court matter?

In Ontario, the Small Claims court is a branch of the superior court of justice which handles action for payment of money or recovery of possession of personal property not exceeding $35,000 excluding interest and cost. Some examples of claims that can be filed in Small claims court are unpaid accounts, loans, property damage, and breach of contract. In most cases, a claim cannot be filed if more than two years has passed since the incident.

What are unpaid receivables?

Sums of money owed to an individual or business for services or goods provided. In simpler terms, a receivable is an agreement made by a customer to pay a person or company in a timely fashion for goods or services rendered. A common payment term is Net 30 days, which means that payment is due at the end of 30 days from the date of invoice.

What is a Summary Conviction Offence?

The main categories of Criminal offences in Canada are summary conviction offences and indictable offences. The Crown Prosecutor decides if the offence should be summary or indictable. A summary offence is a less serious. A judge hears summary conviction cases in Provincial Court, and the accused does not have a right to a jury trial. Usually, the accused is not arrested, but is given notice to appear in court on a certain date and time.

What are some examples of Summary Convictions?

A few charges that usually fall under Summary Conviction Offences are:

Possession of a weapon in public, Disorderly conduct, Indecent acts, Public exposure, Public nudity, Causing disturbance, trespassing at night, Soliciting Prostitution, Theft under $5000.

What are some examples of demerit points?

Seven demerit points will be added if you are convicted of, failing to remain at the scene of a collision and failing to stop when signaled or asked by a police officer. Six points for careless driving, racing, exceeding speed limit by 50 km/hr or more. Four points for exceeding the speed limit by 30 to 49 km/hr. Three points for driving while holding or using a handheld wireless communication or entertainment device, exceeding the speed limit by 16 to 29 km/hr, failing to obey stop sign. Two points for improper right or left turn, driver failing to wear a seat belt.

What is considered distracted driving?

Using your phone to talk, text, check maps or select a playlist while you are behind the wheel all counts as distracted driving. Other activities such as eating, reading or typing a destination into a GPS can be distracted driving and it doesn’t matter if you’re on a highway or stopped at a red light.

What can be expected if convicted of distracted driving?

If convicted you could face a fine of up to $1,000.00, three demerit points and a 3 day suspension.