There is a stereotype in our North American Society that everyone should be happy and joyous during the Holiday Season. Unfortunately, this is often not the case for many people. The extra stresses during this time of year can often bring negative emotions to the forefront. If you are feeling extra stressed or depressed during this holiday season; step back and ask yourself why. Are the stresses coming from inside you, or are they external to you and beyond your control. The Public Health Agency of Canada has published a helpful article entitled Managing Holiday Stress http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/stress-eng.php which lists signs of depression and suggestions to cope with these holiday stresses.Read More
Remembrance Day is almost upon us. The “We Remember” ads are on the radio and tv. It occurred to me that in a small way, my work as a lawyer continues to carry on the work of our veterans by standing up for and enforcing Canadian’s rights that they sacrificed so much to protect.Read More
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Tired of the “land of the free and the home of the brave” and more interested in “Peace, Order and Good Government”? Bonus points if you know the significance of that second phrase (hint: we had a somewhat easier time leaving British rule). Canada may be the place for you and many of you have recently expressed a desire to move here. Although your passport provides you with a relatively easy means to visit us, you are generally not allowed to stay for more than 6 months and you are certainly not allowed to work here during that time. With a Trump presidency lasting at least 4 years, this may not be enough.Read More
Contrary to popular belief, trademark registration is not exclusively the realm of huge corporations and is more affordable than you might think. Many small but growing businesses have registered trademarks. In fact, many marks are registered based on “proposed use” in association with products or services that are not yet even available on the market. While trademark registration tends to be an after thought, it would be advisable for many new business to think about trademark registration as part of their overall intellectual property strategy sooner rather than later.Read More
The firm has also recently expanded its service offering to include contested family matters. It’s a sad reality that when relationships break down professional assistance is often beneficial in resolving the situation, particularly when children are involved. Joseph Cuffari joined Highlander this summer to fill this need. As a senior practitioner, he brings 35 years’ experience to the firm. He also has experience in the areas of probate, real estate and corporate planning.Read More
Last month, the offices of Highlander Law Group got a little brighter when they turned part of their office into an art gallery. Local children were given an opportunity to not only showcase their artistic talents, but also to raise money for Fort McMurray. (50% of the proceeded from each piece of art sold was donated to an art center that was impacted by the wildfires)
The theme of the show was ‘Looking for Beauty in the Strength of Nature.’ We received almost 40 original submissions including paintings, drawings and multi-media pieces. The youngest artist was only 16 months old and the oldest was 12 years old.Read More
With school now officially out for the summer, seasonal jobs are in full swing. For many, particularly in the hospitality/tourism industry this means lots of overtime. Everyone understands the concept of overtime – working more than the standard 40 hours a week, or is it 35 hours, or does it depend on the job? The NS Labour Standards Code outlines the rules that pertain to overtime and holiday wages for most hourly employees.Read More
Why do you allow customers to keep your hard earned money? CBC News recently reported ‘Industry estimates put the cost of unpaid wages and materials for the construction trades at $300 million a year in Canada’. I quote this statistic because a common answer is the contractor is essentially embarrassed that they aren’t getting paid. In my experience, it isn’t typically the contractor who’s at fault – the customer has ‘invented’ reasons why they won’t pay. So, what can you do about it?Read More
It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a month since we had our Grand Opening party here at our new offices. They say time flies when you’re having fun!
While the snowy weather attempted to put a damper on things, it didn’t stop us from celebrating in style. A big thank you to all our clients, business associates, friends and community members who came out to enjoy the evening with us.Read More
Today is International Women’s Day. I’ve never considered myself a feminist – I’ve honestly always thought that as a female, if you want something, you can work hard and achieve it, just like your male counterpart. I reflected on what today means to me, particularly as a female litigation lawyer who has had children in recent years. It occurred to me that there are certainly some challenges that female lawyers face that simply aren’t an issue for the men.Read More
Allow us to Introduce Ourselves
We are Highlander Law Group, your new friendly yet knowledgeable neighbour, in Upper Tantallon.
Why start up a Law Firm in Tantallon?
Because this is home. Our goal is to support the community we live in while offering our neighbours effective legal services without having the hassle of travelling downtown. We know you want to get in, get it done and get out, spending as little of your valuable time and money as possible.Read More