The Pandemic and Criminal Trial Delays: What about my Charter right to be tried within a reasonable time?

May 20, 2020 - Every person who has been charged with a criminal offence has a Charter right to have their case dealt with by the courts within a “reasonable time”. If you’ve been charged with a criminal offence, you may be concerned about how the pandemic might affect your right to be tried within a reasonable time. MORE INFORMATION HERE

COVID-19 and Occupational Health and Safety

May 11, 2020 - COVID-19 raises concerns for both employers and employees over their shared duty to maintain a safe workplace. We’ve prepared some general legal information, but encourage you to obtain legal advice tailored to your situation. MORE INFORMATION HERE

Child/Spousal Support & COVID-19: Understanding your Obligations During a Pandemic

May 1, 2020 - For parents and individuals who either receive or pay child or spousal support under the terms of an agreement or court order, these sudden changes create even more stress and uncertainty. MORE INFORMATION HERE

Crowdfunding: Some Things to Consider

April 27, 2020 - In recent years, GoFundMe and other forms of informal fundraising platforms have risen in popularity. These platforms offer a simple and user-friendly way to raise funds for yourself or to assist others in need. With the impact of COVID-19 forcing many businesses to close, you may be considering turning to platforms like GoFundMe for financial assistance. MORE INFORMATION HERE

Buying and Selling a Home During a Pandemic

April 24, 2020 - Buying and selling a home can be a daunting process in the best of circumstances. In the grip of a pandemic, this process becomes all the more challenging. With the use of technology, and a bit of extra planning, we can ensure your journey to closing is both safe and successful. MORE INFORMATION HERE

A Constantly Changing Tax Landscape: A Summary of Deadlines and Programs related to COVID-19

April 23, 2020 - As Canadians, we are all experiencing a massive series of changes due to Canada’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We know that it can be confusing to keep track of all the announcements and deferrals relating to income tax and HST/GST payments. We have, therefore, prepared a summary to help you understand the tax implications for yourselves, your trusts, and your business for the 2019 tax year and moving into the future. MORE INFORMATION HERE

Tax Litigation in the Time of COVID-19: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Filing Deadlines

April 23, 2020 - With all the sudden changes to tax filings and delays in non-essential services it may be easy to just assume that everything in the world of tax is put off a few months. However, it is important to be attentive when the Government says you owe taxes, or else you may end up losing your opportunity to fight those claims. We at Patterson Law put together a quick summary of the current state of tax litigation, so you can be on top of the important dates that may affect your matters. FIND MORE INFORMATION HERE

Will Signing during COVID-19

April 17, 2020 - With the ongoing pandemic, many Canadians are concerned about updating their will to ensure that their families are looked after. There are several elements a will must have in order to be valid under Nova Scotian law. FIND MORE INFORMATION HERE

Federal Support Package - Links and Resources

Last Update April 15, 2020 - We will make best efforts to keep this document updated with the most current information, but are not responsible for any incorrect or changing information. We recommend that you use this document as one tool to help you locate the official government information.  FIND MORE INFORMATION HERE

Commercial Leases in the Time of COVID-19

April 14, 2020 - Nova Scotia’s business community is grappling with how to meet commercial lease obligations in the face of the state of emergency. FIND MORE INFORMATION HERE

Covid-19: Business Disruption and Legal Implications to Keep in Mind

April 14, 2020 - With businesses facing unknown disruption as a result of Covid-19, the business law team at Patterson Law wishes to provide these businesses some certainty around the legal implications. FIND MORE INFORMATION HERE

Applying for Small Business Impact Grant and Worker Emergency Bridge Fund

April 9, 2020 - For Nova Scotia small businesses and individuals, the government is opening applications for the Small Business Impact Grant and the Worker Emergency Bridge Fund tomorrow, Friday April 10, 2020 at 8:00 am. FIND MORE INFORMATION HERE

Federal Government Proposes New Eligibility Requirements for Wage Subsidy

April 8, 2020 -  The Federal Government announced new proposed eligibility criteria for its wage subsidy program. Prior to the announcement, an eligible employer was required to show a 30% drop in revenue from March, April, or May of the previous year. This requirement would have restricted many businesses, including new businesses, from accessing the subsidy. FIND MORE INFORMATION HERE

COVID-19 and Paying Your Rent: What Nova Scotia's Announced Relief Measures mean for Tenants and Landlords

April 7, 2020 - COVID-19 and Nova Scotia’s state of emergency will continue to cause significant changes to people’s employment and income, and with those changes, to people’s ability to pay their rent. In an effort to help Nova Scotians struggling with job loss or reduced income, the provincial government has announced measures they hope will help tenants through what will no doubt be a very difficult time, notably announcing on March 19, 2020 that tenants can’t be evicted for the next three months for failure to pay rent if their income has been impacted by COVID-19. But what does this measure actually mean for tenants? And beyond that, what does it mean for landlords?  FIND MORE INFORMATION HERE

Parenting Arrangements during COVID-19

March 27, 2020 - We are living in extraordinary times, and most aspects of our daily routines and activities have been impacted by COVID-19. None of us know how long this will last, and this is an extremely difficult and stressful time for everyone. Understandably, many parents are confused and worried as even the most carefully crafted parenting agreement or court order could not have contemplated a global pandemic. FIND MORE INFORMATION HERE

Employer FAQs

March 23, 2020 - We understand that the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 presents a challenging situation for many employers. We have prepared some general legal information based on what we know about the situation as of March 23, 2020. However, each workplace is different and can be impacted differently in this time, and we encourage you to obtain legal advice that is tailored to your particular situation.  FIND MORE INFORMATION HERE

Patterson Law moves to Remote Work Environment

March 19, 2020 - As of March 19, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. and in response to Covid 19, our entire workspace will be virtual. Patterson Law lawyers and staff are committed to serving your needs. With secure, trusted and tested technology in place, we remain fully operational on a remote-work basis and will be able to ensure the continuity of our services to our current and future clients. You can continue to use the same email and phone numbers that you always use. FIND MORE INFORMATION HERE