Publications

UPDATE ON THE ONTARIO RETIREMENT PENSION PLAN

by Leanne Standryk and Alexandra Delvecchio   In our March 2016 Corporate Bulletin, we introduced you to the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP), a mandatory pension plan for Ontario resident employees who do not enjoy a comparable plan through their employment. The goal of the ORPP was to ensure that every employee in Ontario will […] Read More

Bill 132: Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan New Employer Responsibilities Effective September 8, 2016

By Leanne Standryk In March 2015, Premier Kathleen Wynne released the report “It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment”.  The Plan was aimed at raising awareness and addressing sexual harassment and violence in the workplace, schools and the community.  The Plan recommended the introduction of a new definition of sexual […] Read More

HOW CAN I PROTECT MY BUSINESS ASSETS IF MY MARRIAGE FAILS

Most young people marry with little or no assets or savings so they don’t worry about protecting something that doesn’t exist yet. Therefore, Marriage Contracts are rarely utilized in most first marriages. The exception is if there is a substantial differences in wealth between the bride and groom, particularly, where one has inherited or expects […] Read More

The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan and Your Workplace

by Leanne Standryk, Partner The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) received Royal Assent on May 5, 2015. The ORPP is a mandatory pension plan for Ontario resident employees who don’t have a “comparable plan”. The stated goal of the ORPP is to ensure that every employee in Ontario will be part of either the ORPP […] Read More

Sole Proprietorship vs. Incorporation – Which one is right for you?

by Jillian Ali, Associate Making the decision to start a business can often be overwhelming amidst the excitement. Following the development of a business endeavor, determining the business structure best suited to help build a successful business will be an important initial consideration for all prospective business proprietors. Specific tax implications and insurance liability coverage […] Read More

Protect your Business for Future Generations

by Kristi Collins   Congratulations! You have built your family business into a great success! In a time when big box businesses reign supreme, this is no easy feat. You have invested all of your energy, time and money into making your business what it is today. Your family has been with you through the […] Read More

Who would guess that your www. could have so many legal considerations?

By Robert Galloway   Domain names are unique identifiers/addresses for a specific websites. In today’s technological age, sole practitioners, partnerships, and corporations must have an online presence to succeed in the corporate world. The easiest way to create an online presence is by creating a website and registering an associated domain name. Unlike trademarks where […] Read More

Family Law 101 – What to expect when you are separating.

by Jean Gaspich-Beaton The Initial Consultation- With Your Lawyer   The initial consultation is much like an interview process in that you will be asked many questions, and you will provide important information needed for your lawyer to formulate and opinion and give you advice. I always tell potential client’s at our first meeting that […] Read More

Have yourself a Merry…

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas Holiday???        By Leanne Standryk, Partner   As we approach the holiday season, many of our employer clients prepare to celebrate achievements of the past year and share festive thanks to employees, clients, suppliers etc. for contributing to the success of their business.  You plan celebrations which often include decorations around […] Read More

Estate Administration Tax Act – The New Reporting Requirements

Estate Administration Tax Act –   The New Reporting Requirements by Dave Thomas A new reporting regime has started for Estate Trustees in Ontario.    Anyone who has, after January 1, 2015, applied for and received a Certificate of Appointment as Estate Trustee from the Superior Court, must file a detailed Estate Information Return with the Ministry […] Read More

Lancaster, Brooks & Welch Logo Contact

St. Catharines Office
PO Box 790,
Ste 800 – 80 King St.
905-641-1551

Welland Office 
PO Box 67,
Ste 202 – 3 Cross St.
905-735-5684