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COVID-19 and the Law

COVID-19 and the Law

Welcome to the COVID-19 and The Law updates page of Hummingbird Lawyers LLP. Click on one of the yellow links to see the updates of each department.

Where do I submit my Application to be appointed as an Estate Trustee?

In Ontario, pursuant to the Section 7 of the Estates Act R.S.O 1990 c. E.21 the Application for a Certificate of appointment of Estate Trustee with or without a Will must be filed with the Superior Court of Justice in the county or district in which the deceased resided at the time of death. During COVID-19 various Courts have various procedures in place. Please contact our Estates Team to guide you through this process during COVID-19.

April 28, 2020 | Ioulia Vinogradova

Commercial Rent Assistance For Small Business Tenants

While COVID-19 has impacted everyone in one way or another, small businesses on the hook on commercial leases are one of the hardest hit sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Friday April 24, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced a partnership with all provinces and territories to lower rent for small businesses affected by COVID-19 by 75 per cent. This government initiative is being implemented under a program referred to as the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses.

Based on the current information available at this time, it appears commercial landlords have the onus of applying for the CECRA program, which includes a forgivable loan to qualifying commercial landlords to cover 50% of rent payments for the months of April, May and June.

To qualify for CECRA, both commercial landlords and tenants need to meet pre-established conditions as set out by the government. Part of the government’s requirement is the need for a Rent Forgiveness Agreement between the commercial landlord and the small business tenant. More information on the details of the program are available here.

The CECRA program is expected to be operational by mid-May. As with other newly announced COVID-19 programs, there are a number of details that have yet to be addressed by the respective federal and provincial governments. Further details of the CECRA program are expected to be announced soon.

Contact our Business and Corporate lawyers to assist with navigating the new CECRA program or any other commercial landlord and tenant issues during these uncertain times.

April 27, 2020 | Michael Taing

Virtual Witnessing Of Wills And Powers Of Attorney - Counterparts

On April 7, 2020, the Province of Ontario allowed for virtual witnessing of Wills and Powers of Attorney during the COVID-19 emergency as long as one of the two witnesses is a lawyer or a paralegal.

On April 22, 2020, virtual witnessing of Wills and Powers of Attorney can be done in counterparts. This allows each witness and the maker of the Will and Powers of Attorney to sign a separate identical copy of the documents, which together form the complete Will and Power of Attorney.

In response to this news, we are actively working to stay current with the procedural guidelines as part of the Hummingbird Virtual Estate Planning process. To know more about our process, contact a Wills & Estates lawyer today. For your estate planning needs, fill out our Personal Intake Form For Estate Planning to get started today.

April 27, 2020 | Jonathan Kiang

FAQ About Dispute Litigation And COVID-19

With the continuing spread of COVID-19 and the uncertainty surrounding it, you may have questions about your legal rights and your ability to access the courts if you have a dispute that needs to be resolved by way of litigation.

These unprecedented times have disrupted the courts as we know them. Although the regular operation of courts in Ontario has been suspended, your claim is still important and requires attention.

If you are involved in a dispute and looking for a lawyer, Hummingbird Lawyers is here to assist you. Whether it be through litigation in the courts or guiding you through a negotiated dispute settlement, the Hummingbird Litigation team has got you covered.

Please contact our Litigation Department, to arrange a consultation with an experienced Hummingbird Litigator. You can also reach a lawyer in this department by contacting info@hummingbirdlaw.com. Hummingbird Lawyers is committed to serving you during these exceptional circumstances. We look forward to assisting you soon. Together we can get through this.

see FAQ About Dispute Litigation During COVID-19.

April 23, 2020 | Jonathan Barr

Layoff in the times of COVID-19 and what it means for you

The economic impact of COVID-19 has forced many employers in Ontario to temporarily layoff their employees. How will courts treat this situation?

Read the article: Layoff In The Times Of COVID-19 And What It Means For You

April 21, 2020 | Amiri Dear

Applying for a Certificate of Appointment as Estate Trustee during COVID-19

Safety procedures put in place in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 have suspended many of the day-to-day activities. However, the natural order of things, for the most part, remains. Mothers continue to birth children, the days, and with them the seasons, continue to pass, and some die. The death of a loved one is never easy. During the current unprecedented times we live in, restrictions on social interaction may make the loss of a loved additionally hard.

If you are a relative, or a friend, of someone who died and have been named as an Estate Trustee in their Will, or if you wish to be named the Estate Trustee of an Estate, the Courts continue to accept applications for a Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee with or without a Will during COVID-19.

Please contact our Estates Team to guide you through this process during COVID-19.

April 18, 2020 | Ioulia Vinogradova

Ontario government unveils “COVID-19 action Plan for Long-Term Care Homes"

The province’s Minister of Long-Term Care said over the next 48 hours the province will be launching more “aggressive testing, screening and surveillance”. This will include limiting healthcare workers from moving between multiple sites.

April 16, 2020 | Amy MacAlpine

Inform Yourself, Save on Legal Fees

During these unprecedented and difficult times, when resources are limited and stress levels are high, your family law disputes may seem too expensive for your shrinking budget. One of the best ways to reduce the stress and resolve your disputes in a cost-efficient manner is through engaging in reasonable settlement discussions. But in order to successfully resolve your issues through settlement, you have to be prepared to make compromises on some issues and prioritize the issues that are most important to you. The first step to achieving this is educating yourself on the parameters of Ontario’s Family Law. The more you understand your rights and responsibilities in a family law dispute, the better you will be able to focus the discussions with your lawyer and the opposing party on topics that are most important to you.


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The Avanti Foundation and the Law Foundation of Ontario have supported the development of an online information portal, called the Family Law Portal, assisting those who are going separation and divorce in Ontario to better understand their rights and responsibilities, the important decisions they need to make, the documents they need to collect, and how to prepare for the next steps. The Family Law Portal is a free, online, information portal available to any person and a great starting point for you to try to make sense of it all. Once you understand the issues that you are facing in your separation/divorce, then you can have more focused discussions with your lawyer and reach meaningful settlements with the opposing side. More focused discussions means less billable hours for your lawyer, and more money in your pockets.
Remember, there is more than one solution—other than, running to court—to your family law problems. The more informed you are, the more creative solutions will become clear to you. But keep in mind that the Family Law Portal is only an online information centre, and does not amount to legal advice. Each case is specific to its facts and each fact may make a difference. Once informed of your basic rights and obligations, make sure you review your options and creative solutions with a family law lawyer before entering into any agreements that you may regret later.

April 9, 2020 | Ella Aiaseh

Pandemic Practice Interruption Coverage - Non-CDSPI (AVIVA) Insurers

Dentists who have TripleGuard Pandemic Coverage from CDSPI (Aviva) are likely feeling relief after the recent update by Ed Dermit, President of CDSPI on April 2, announcing Aviva Canada will commence pandemic coverage claims in accordance with its TripleGuard insurance policies.
However, Dentists who have individual practice interruption coverage policies with an insurance company other than Aviva Canada may not be as fortunate. Subgroups for these other insurers are being formed to assist with the interpretation of the respective practice insurance coverage policies in an organized fashion, with the support of fellow dentists who may be facing similar challenges. Know that you are not alone.

April 9, 2020 | Michael Taing

Employment FAQ During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges and uncertainties for employers around the globe. To help you navigate through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions concerning the current pandemic and its effect on employment law.

Employment FAQ During COVID-19

April 8, 2020 | Amiri Dear
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Thank you for reading. Your health is important to us. At Hummingbird Lawyers LLP, we are committed to the quarantine and social distancing measures currently in place. We continue to be fully operational during this time as our entire firm is able to work remotely (including phone, fax, and email). Our staff have been working around the clock to ensure Canadians have access to our legal services from the comfort of their own homes. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, or if you need assistance with your legal matter.

Disclaimer - The information provided herein is for general informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The information contained herein may not be applicable in all situations and may not, after the date of its presentation, even reflect the most current authority. Nothing contained herein should be relied or acted upon without the benefit of legal advice based upon the particular facts and circumstances presented, and nothing herein should be construed otherwise.