Keep Detailed Records

This tip truly applies to any interaction you make when acting in a professional capacity (whatever your profession may be) or when discussing anything that may result in a legally binding contract.

Agreements can be entered into in two ways, either by a written agreement or an oral agreement

When commencing any type of negotiation or entering into an agreement for anything, the most important advice I can provide is to keep detailed notes. Try to communicate with one another electronically, whether through email or text, to maintain a record of your discussions. If you opt to write personal notes, it is just as sufficient. Just remember to date them and include as much detail as possible.

Keeping detailed records can help refresh your memory and also assist you if your interaction results in litigation.

Helpful resources for self-represented litigants

Helpful resources for self-represented litigants

Most people are unaware of the countless resources available online to assist individuals, families and business's self-represent their legal matters. I've listed a few government links that include information and forms to assist you in getting started. Landlord and Tenant Board, Small Claims Court and Family Law matters (amongst others) are all designed to be accessible to anyone. However, if you are uncomfortable preparing or presenting your own case, please contact us to set up a consultation.

Landlord and tenant board

http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/ltb/

Small claims court

http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/courts/scc/

http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/courts/guides/

Family law rule forms

http://ontariocourtforms.on.ca/en/family-law-rules-forms/

https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/