Information About Small Business Law
- How to Start a Distillery in Ontario
Here’s an article that’s been a long time coming. On top of my law practice, I’m also a founder of Last Straw Distillery, an award-winning micro-distillery near Toronto, Ontario. I started out as the company’s lawyer, and as with any small business, that role has slowly expanded to a litany of other … Read more »
- What happens after we die?
Anyone who’s ever been named the executor or estate trustee for a friend or loved one knows what a confusing world it can be. Even with my legal training, when I found myself in the role, it was almost overwhelming simply trying to figure out where to start. Getting started was important, because fi … Read more »
- When do you give employees time off?
One of the more monumental-seeming tasks for a business owner is learning how to deal with employees. In Ontario, most workers are protected by law – mainly the Employment Standards Act, or ESA for short. The ESA sets out the bare minimum for workers’ rights in the Province, including minimum wage, … Read more »
- Commercial leases: renewal, or extension of term?
Most commercial leases have some sort of clause where the tenant can continue to occupy the space. These clauses can be: an extension of term – which continues the original lease, with a few terms changed; or a renewal – which ends the original lease, and creates a whole new one. The consequences of … Read more »
- What’s a holding company?
Quoth the late, great Notorious B.I.G., “I don’t know what, they want from me / It’s like the more money we come across / The more problems we see.” As an entrepreneur with a thriving business, Biggie waxed poetic on the ever-increasing difficulty of managing one’s affairs as the size and scope of o … Read more »