Commercial & Corporate

Amendments to Canada's Trademarks Act are coming - Are you ready?

Effective June 17, 2019, Canada’s Trademarks Act (“Act”) will see some noticeable changes, and these amendments will significantly alter the landscape in Canada regarding filing applications, registrations, and renewals. Owners of Canadian Trademark Registrations, applicants in pending applications, and potential new applicants should carefully assess and review their options going forward.

Is Use no Longer Required for Trademark Protection in Canada?

Use has long been an integral component required to obtain, maintain and enforce registered trademarks in Canada.

Prior to June 17, 2019, applications for registration of a trademark filed in Canada required the identification of one or more basis of registration typically selected from proposed use in Canada, actual use in Canada, or registration and use in a foreign country of origin. If an application was based on proposed use, registration would not be granted until a declaration of use in Canada had been submitted. After June 17, 2019 an applicant no longer needs to identify a basis of registration.

Has Canada done an about face and eliminated use as a requirement for trademark protection in Canada?

Looking to Grow Your Real Estate Portfolio? Explore Opportunities in Multi-Family Real Estate

Carson Law is proud to support this exciting learning opportunity. It’s main focus will be to help individuals learn how multi-family real estate can boost capital and increase wealth. this event has been designed to offer material that can be used by beginners looking to expose themselves to Canadian Real Estate as well as existing investors looking to expand their portfolios into other areas.

Carson Law extends congratulations to Erika Warren

The Carson Law team is excited and proud to announce that Erika Warren has successfully passed her bar exam and will officially be joining the firm as a full-fledged lawyer.

Earning Passive Investment Income Inside Your Company

In 2017, the federal Liberal government sent shock waves rippling through Canada’s small business and corporation owners with the announcement of their intention to make certain changes to how passively held income within a private company is taxed. After their initial proposal faced some harsh feedback and criticism, the government took a period of time to closely examine their desired changes and refine the plan’s focus and scope. These changes will come into affect in 2019, so here is a brief summary of what private corporation owners should be expecting as well as some possible strategies to mitigate the impact.

We're Hiring.... Again!

Carson Law is actively searching for an Assistant Financial Clerk to assist with tasks associated with the financial responsibilities required to complete real estate transactions as well as daily operations.  This is the perfect job for anyone looking to enter a rapidly growing firm or a recent graduate hoping to enter the workforce and continue building their knowledge base.

REITE Place, REITE Time, REITE Club

Carson Law is happy to introduce everyone to our friends at The Real Estate Investing Training & Education (REITE) Club. After taking a short break for the summer, their next event is scheduled for Wednesday Sept 5th at the Holiday Inn Burlington where Ryan, himself, will be a guest speaker and will be open to answering all of your burning questions.

Carson Law Press Release - Staff Announcement and Job Opening

Carson Law Office Professional Corporation is proud and excited to announce that Shannon Hogan, our receptionist and one of our brand ambassadors, has accepted an offer to attend law school at the University of Ottawa, with classes starting September 2018.

While the entire Carson Law family is sad to be losing a very competent and positive staff member, we are very happy that Shannon has accepted this opportunity and will be pursuing one of her life and career goals.

We wish her the best of luck and would love to see her rejoin the firm again in the future, especially as a new lawyer.

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A search for her replacement will commence immediately with an anticipated start date of Tuesday, September 4, 2018.  A job description can be found below.  Any and all interested candidates should provide a resume and cover letter to our Manager of Operations and Business Development, Chad Blundy, at chad@carsonlaw.ca


Job Description:

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This position currently has a working title of Receptionist and Brand Ambassador.  As the title suggests, the incumbent will be called upon to complete tasks associated with that of a traditional receptionist/administrative assistant as well as duties pertaining to marketing and business development.  Carson Law is currently working to develop a reputation in the legal industry as providing exceptional customer service and communication with clients.  Therefore, above all else, there is an expectation that the person acting in this role will maintain a pleasant and positive demeanor at all times.  The incumbent will also be the first employee that the firms’ clients will see upon entering the office and thus will be responsible for providing a first impression on behalf the entire business.  Some specific work tasks will be as follows:

  • Answer phones and direct calls to the appropriate staff member

  • Greet clients and make them feel comfortable and welcome – offer to take visitors coats and offer beverages (if appropriate)

  • Field inquiries about the firms’ notary public services and advise customers of notarization availability

  • Collect payment and issue receipts for notary public services and other legal retainers

  • Be intimately familiar with and able to maintain the firms’ lawyers’ appointment schedules

  • Ensure that client files are organized and ready for their appointments

  • Act as a communication liaison between clients and staff by way of fielding calls for the lawyer(s) and directing to the proper clerk as well as dealing with walk-in customers appropriately

  • Manage files between clerks and lawyers so schedules are managed and inquiries get attended to

  • Understand all of the firms’ services to be able to confidently answer general questions and market to potential new clients

  • Prepare outgoing mail, arrange for courier pick-ups, and collect/sign for deliveries

  • Follow new matter and file opening procedures such as collecting client IDs and intake forms

  • Other duties as assigned

Projected Salary: $29, 200 per year
Projected Start Date: September 4, 2018
Work hours per week: 40 hrs
Annual Holidays: 3 weeks per year
Benefits: Dental/Medical coverage offered following the completion of 3-month probation period

Any and all interested candidates should provide a resume and cover letter to our Manager of Operations and Business Development, Chad Blundy, at chad@carsonlaw.ca

Carson Law welcomes Spencer Cuddy to the firm

Congratulations to Spencer Cuddy on being called to the bar in Ontario. Everyone at Carson Law Office Professional Corporation is very proud of you. Our clients are very lucky to have you working for them.

Spencer M. Cuddy,
Lawyer

Office Phone: (905) 336-8940
spencer@carsonlaw.ca

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Carson Law named the Official Law Partner of the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre and Oakville Rock lacrosse team

Carson Law is very excited to announce that we have become the Official Law Partner of the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) as well as the Oakville Rock lacrosse team.

The TRAC is a beautiful 80,000 square foot, climate-controlled sports facility and event centre located on Invicta Drive in Oakville, Ontario.  Though the facility was primarily designed for use as the National Lacrosse League (NLL) Toronto Rock's practice facility, it also accommodates many other sports such as ball-hockey, rugby, football, soccer, and baseball.  The TRAC is responsible for running popular youth lacrosse development camps and leagues.

The Oakville Rock is a men's Senior "A" box lacrosse team that plays in the 6-team Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) league within the Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA).  This is one of the highest levels of lacrosse available in Ontario, second only to the NLL, as most of the players in the league currently play or have played at the professional level. The Oakville Rock's 2017 season is currently underway.  Contact us to see how you could obtain a complimentary season's pass for home games.

Lacrosse is becoming a popular sport in the Golden Horseshoe area and Carson Law is proud to be supporting its growth at the grassroots level.


Find us on social media

Carson Law is now accessible on Facebook.  Come check us out, see what we are doing in the community, and meet our friends.  Feel free to give us a like, a share, or a review.


2017 Pinnacle Wealth Brokers Investor Forum

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Many thanks goes out to the organizers of the 2017 Pinnacle Wealth Brokers Investor Forum for inviting our founder and president, Ryan Carson, to participate as one of the speakers and workshop mediators for this year's event.  Held on Saturday March 4 and Sunday March 5, 2017 at the award-winning International Centre in Mississauga, ON, this event continued the tradition of being Canada’s leading conference for education in real estate and property investing by providing access to trusted investors and industry leaders.

Complete list of this year's speakers