Our Practice Areas
We serve Southwestern Ontario in the following practice areas:
corporate & commercial
Dunphy Burdett is experienced with the corporate transactions being completed by small and big businesses in Ontario. Corporate & Commercial law is a complex area of law that touches every area of your business. Dunphy Burdett is positioned to ensure that the legal needs of your business are being met in strategic and efficient ways. Whether you are a small business, an entrepreneur or a large corporation, we have the knowledge and expertise to advise you and your business in any of the following:
Share or Asset Transactions
Commercial real estate and other property matters
The lawyers at Dunphy Burdett will provide efficient and effective advice on your real estate transactions, from drafting and reviewing an Agreement of Purchase through to overseeing complex financings. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or you have substantial commercial holdings, we have extensive experience and can assist you as your navigate your purchase, sale, or financing.
We can help you with:
Residential real estate purchases and sales
Commercial real estate purchases and sales
Farm purchases and sales
Mortgages and other financings
Land development and planning matters, including severances, variances, and zoning changes
Family matters are almost always difficult, whether it be navigating a separation or divorce, fighting to protect your children and your access to them, or even drafting a cohabitation or prenuptial agreement. It’s difficult because there is a lot at stake. With our experience we can help you reduce some of the difficulty by helping you manage some of the complexity of the legal processes you have to go through. We will give you the advice and recommendation you need to protect your interests, your children, and to help you move on to new beginnings.
We can help you with:
Divorce and separation
Children, including custody and access, guardianship, child support
Finances and property, including division of property, child support, spousal support
Agreements, including separation agreements, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements
WILLS, POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION
Proper estate planning will help to ensure that your trustees have clear instructions for how to oversee the distribution of the property you have worked hard to build over the course of a lifetime. This gives you the security of knowing that things will be as you want them to be, and it gives your trustees the comfort of knowing they are doing what you wanted to have done.
Dunphy Burdett lawyers have the experience to help you prepare your estate, and the experience to help your trustees administer your estate efficiently. We will work with you so you can focus on what is most important to you at a time that is often already difficult.
We can help you with:
Preparation of Wills
Preparation of Powers of Attorney for property and for personal care
Preparation of Codicils
From time to time disputes arise between individuals or corporations. When those disputes cannot be resolved easily or amicably, the parties may have to resort to litigation – suing for loss, damage, or injury. Litigation is a series of complex legal steps that are governed by specific rules, are heavily impacted by pre-existing precedent, and involve the court system. Civil litigation includes breach of contract claims, insurance claims, personal injury claims, property claims and debt collection.
If you have been sued or are contemplating suing someone, we can help you review the claim and make recommendations for how to proceed in a way that meets your needs efficiently and that helps you navigate the complexities of the court system and its processes.
EMPLOYMENT AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Employment is profoundly important. As an individual, your job is often how you define a large part of yourself. It’s how you spend your days, it’s how you feed your kids and pay your mortgage. As an employer, your employees are the people who ensure the smooth and successful operation of your business. As an individual, the loss of employment can have profound implications. As an employer, having to end a worker’s employment can be difficult and can carry tremendous risk. The key to having a successful employment relationship starts with having a good employment agreement, it’s a relationship that is protected by having good workplace policies and dispute resolution mechanisms, and it has a process in place for how the relationship ends. Dunphy Burdett can help you work towards developing long-term sustainable employment relationships, whether you are an employee or an employer. And, if you’re facing the end of an employment relationship, Dunphy Burdett will help see you through that, too.
We can help with:
Employment contracts and agreements
Independent contractor agreements
Planning for termination of employment
Hiring and firing of employees
Human Rights issues