"CONTRACTS, LAW & MORE" FOCUSES ON PROVIDING EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT REVIEWS FOR FLAT FEES AND PROFESSIONAL LEGAL ADVICE TO EMPLOYEES AT AFFORDABLE PRICES.
Smart, practical client-focused employment law advice employees can trust.
Before accepting any termination pay or severance pay from your employer when you are fired or laid-off or your employment is terminated, read the termination provision of your employment contract carefully. There is a possibility that it does not comply with the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”) and it is, therefore, void and unenforceable. In which case, we will likely be able to negotiate a larger termination or severance payment for you than your contract states, since the more generous “common law” will apply instead of your contract.Review my termination case
Many non-compete clauses in employment agreements, and in many commercial agreements, are void and cannot be enforced. We can review your employment agreement and let you know whether an employer would likely be successful if they try to enforce it.
Not all non-solicitation clauses are enforceable, especially in employment contracts. We can review your contract and let you know if it is enforceable at all, or whether only particular aspects of the non-solicit clause is likely to be seen as valid by a court.
Many confidentiality clauses are enforceable. Courts are likely to enforce confidentiality clauses. However, it does not mean that a former employee cannot use the skills and general knowledge acquired during their employment to compete with their prior employer. We can help you determine what you can use and what you cannot use.
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I highly recommend using Contracts Law & More. I needed to find a lawyer for a contract review. Not only did he do an amazing job reviewing the contract, offering advice, and negotiating through a difficult situation, but he also did a lot more. He is very efficient, fast and honest. He made our lives so much easier and helped us make sense of a very complex and negative situation.
An "employment contract review" means making notes on your contract to indicate where there are issues, or where issues might arise, and suggesting how you might deal with it if you have some room to negotiate; indicating what terms would be beneficial for you to have in the employment agreement. We might suggest some alternate clauses if we feel we can do so with a reasonable time commitment - completely at our discretion. We will not re-draft every clause that we would normally write differently if we were drafting a contract from scratch.
Depending on the circumstances and your particular concerns, we typically review the entire employment contract and then focus on the employment clauses at issue such as termination provisions, non-solicitation clauses, non-compete clauses and confidentiality clauses.
An "employment termination review" means reviewing the circumstances of your employment termination to determine if your legal rights as an employee have been violated. This includes reviewing your employment contract, reviewing the relevant termination clauses and determining if you are owed more money and benefits than your employer wants to pay you as stated in your termination letter.
There is a good chance that the termination clause and corresponding termination and severance payments do not comply with the Employment Standards Act (ESA) and it is, therefore, void and unenforceable. In which case, we will likely be able to negotiate a larger termination payment than your employer is offering you, since the more generous “common law” will apply to termination payments instead of your contract.
We will explain your employee rights clearly so that you will understand what the law states about what you are owed by your employer.
You would be wise to speak with a lawyer before accepting any termination agreement, termination pay or severance pay from your employer when you are fired or laid-off or your employment is terminated.
Contracts, Law & More has more than enough experience resolving employment contact issues and providing legal advice on employment issues. We often find issues with employment contracts that favour the employee.
Contracts, Law & more also offers some of the most affordable rates in Canada for quality employee legal advice provided by knowledgeable, experienced lawyers. You don't need to pay hundreds of dollars an hour where a significant portion of the lawyer's hourly rate is due to the expensive overhead of extravagant offices, a bloated support staff and fifteen years' experience working at a Bay Street firm. What most employees need is quality legal advice from a smart, capable lawyer with a few years' experience dealing with the matters that employees encounter.
We help employees by identifying potential issues with their employment contracts, explaining the legal ramifications of various employment clauses (including termination provisions, non-solicitation clauses, non-compete clauses and confidentiality clauses), scrutinizing their contracts and prioritizing needs based on their situation and the costs involved.
"It depends", as most lawyers love to say.
If you hire us to review a contract at a fixed price, payment is usually processed once the engagement agreement is signed and the work begins. If you would prefer an alternative payment arrangement, feel free to get in touch with us to discuss options.
If you hire us for General Legal Advice on an hourly basis, once the engagement agreement is signed and the work begins we usually ask that you pay for at least part of work in advance. We will send you an invoice periodically as services are rendered.
Since we prefer happy clients, we also offer a pretty solid Refund Policy should our services not meet reasonable expectations.
Please use the Contact form to explain the situation or email us at email@example.com. We typically respond within a few hours, unless it is after-hours. Or call us at 647.560.1001. After we begin the engagement, you also will be able to securely upload files, download the completed work, and pay online using a credit card, Interac or Paypal.
For convenience sake, and to keep fees as low as possible, we try to maintain a 'virtual' practice, doing as much as is practical online using secure, well-regarded applications such as Box, Skype, Google Apps, Stripe and others.
1. You email us your contract along with your concerns about the contract and the important facts you think we should know about the situation. We have a cursory look at the contract to make sure we can provide legal advice.
2. Typically within 24 hours we respond to your email to let you know whether we can honour the flat fees published on our website, or whether it is an unusual legal agreement requiring a different fee.
3. If you agree to the fee, we ask you to sign our standard engagement agreement online. We use a secure signing app called SignNow so you do not have to print it. It is very easy and we can walk you through it on the phone if necessary.
4. Once the our engagement agreement is signed it typically takes about three days to review your contract and return the completed contract review to you. On the contract itself, or in the margins, we note areas of concern or potential legal issues and make some suggestions on what you might want to change where appropriate and where reasonable to do so.
5. When completed, we email the contract to you with our notes and suggestions and we schedule a 30-minute follow-up phone call with you to discuss any questions you have regarding our review.
Typically, we help employees and independent contractors with their employment agreements and commercial contracts. If you have something else in mind, please Contact us to explain your situation. If we do not feel it is within our area of expertise, we might be able to recommend another firm that would be more suitable.
It depends on the particulars of the circumstance. Sometimes it is possible and sometimes it is not. A lawyer is available for a free initial phone conversation or email exchange about your situation to determine if "Contracts, Law & More" can help you, whether we are the right fit for you and to discuss our services in more detail. Please contact us by using the Contact form to explain the situation or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 647.560.1001. We typically respond within a few hours, unless it is after-hours.
You can pay either by credit card, Interac or Paypal through a secure payment website provided by LawPay or Paypal. For any other form of payment, please Contact us to discuss a possible arrangement.
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By using online solutions and cloud-based practice management systems, we have been able to reduce costs significantly for our clients and deliver better, more efficient service. It also means more freedom and mobility for you and your company.
All legal services are offered online using secure, well-regarded applications for exchanging documents, virtual meetings with clients, invoicing and processing payment.
You do not have to waste your time driving to a lawyer's office to get quality legal advice...nor pay a lawyer for spending time in a car driving to you.