Dermody Law’s 8 person team consists of 3 lawyers and 5 support staff with decades of experience serving clients.
Areas of practice include estate planning and administration, estate litigation, wills and powers of attorney, corporate law and civil litigation. We also act as general counsel to several prominent Southern Ontario corporations.
Our firm’s success is based upon being client-focused and always having time to fully address inquiries and concerns. We demand the best from ourselves, regardless of the complexity of the file and are driven to provide our clients with diligent service, sound legal advice and dedication to come up with innovative solutions.
At Dermody Law, we pride ourselves on being honest and clear with all of our clients. Our competitive edge is being Estate Focused, including planning, administration and litigation.
We are proud members of the Law Society of Upper Canada and have a wealth of experience in many different areas of practice law.
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An estate is the net worth of a person at any point in time. It is the sum of a person’s assets – legal rights, interests and entitlements to property of any kind – less all liabilities at that time. Planning you estate and those of your family is very difficult. We have extensive experience implementing family estate planning, from basic to very complex situations.
After death numerous steps must be completed, which vary significantly depending on whether or not the deceased had a will, location of assets, joint ownership and an endless number of other considerations. Dying is complicated. We are experienced in making the process as simple as possible for the family.
We assist clients in both challenging the circumstances of a will and defending against such challenges. These challenges may be made on such grounds as undue influence, lack of capacity, suspicious circumstances, improper acts of a power of attorney or forgery. We regularly assist in Passing of Accounts, challenging joint tenancy property transfers and otherwise advising clients of alternative means of resolution which may be less costly and time consuming in their particular circumstances.
General Counsel & Employment Matters
Our firm has numerous clients for whom we act as general counsel, advising on matters such as employment concerns, liability and contract validity. Any employer, regardless of the size of their staff, must comply with employment legislation. This becomes even more complex when health, benefits, disability insurance and pension contributions are included. Whether it is the general maintenance of staff or the drafting of employment or termination contracts there are many bases to cover to ensure you are not exposed to potential liability. Employees must also be aware of their rights to ensure they are not treated unfairly during or after their employment.
Wills & Power of Attorney
An important part of estate planning is having a valid will and power of attorney. A person’s will is a written document that sets out the person’s wishes concerning how his or her estate will be taken care of and distributed after death. It takes effect when the person dies.
A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone else the right to act on your behalf in the case you are unable due to illness or location. Every adult who owns assets or has a spouse or young children should have a will. When a person dies without a will (intestate) the Court may appoint an administrator to distribute assets.
Legal conflicts, whether involving companies or individuals are often complex and involved. Our litigation approach is focused on helping clients prevent or resolve conflicts in a sensible and effective manner, while minimizing headaches and cost. Lease disputes, wrongful termination and breach of contract disputes are just some of the difficulties people face every day. Advice on options, costs and your legal position can make these situations less stressful