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Types of Lawyers – Part 1

Michael CarabashTypes of lawyers. There are lots in Toronto (as in every major city across North America). Each has his or her own specialty. The day of the general practitioner is not as it once was (and is slowly fading away). In fact, specialization is a preferred strategy to earn above-average returns in any given industry. Besides, think of how hard it would be for a lawyer who ‘does it all’ to keep up to date with the changing laws in every given legal area. It’s way too difficult and that’s where negligence cases may arise.

In any event, I thought I’d spend some time discussing the various types of lawyers that you can come across on a day-to-day basis. Here’s the first breakdown of types of lawyers in Toronto (please keep in mind that this list of the types of lawyers out there is not exhaustive):

  • Toronto Real Estate Lawyers: help you buy and sell residential, investment, farm, cottage, recreational, condominium, and cooperative properties. They also you get a mortgage financing and refinancing as well.
  • Toronto Personal Injury Lawyers: help you litigate, settle, or otherwise resolve claims arising from:
    • accident benefits claims
    • dog bites
    • disability claims
    • medical malpractice
    • motor vehicle accidents
    • negligence actions
    • personal injury claims
    • product liability
    • slip and falls
  • Toronto Business lawyers: help you to incorporate and organize, merge/amalgamate, and dissolve your business. They can help prepare, review, interpret, revise, negotiate, litigate, and resolve the following business documents:
    • shareholder agreement
    • partnership agreement
    • joint venture agreement
    • franchise agreement
    • commercial leases
    • business acquisitions
    • regulatory compliance
    • constructions contracts
    • employment agreements
  • Toronto Wills and Estates Lawyers: they offer services from a basic will and powers of attorney to more complicated tax-planning structures, such as inter-vivos trusts and estates freezes. They can also help personal representatives in the administration and distribution of estate assets. Finally, they can litigate on behalf of beneficiaries or the estate trustee on issues such as mental capacity of the testator, validity of a will, etc.
  • Toronto Family Lawyers: they can help you with your marriage breakup by drafting a separation agreement. They can also help you with issues such as divorce, spousal and child support, child custody, possession of the matrimonial home, and the equalization of net family property.
  • Toronto Criminal Defense Lawyers: they can help represent you against government bodies that have charged you with criminal or provincial offences (e.g. careless driving), including:
    • DUI (driving under the influence)
    • assault
    • sexual assault
    • fraud
    • theft

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