ASSISTANCE ON LEGAL SITUATIONS

DIVORCE, REAL ESTATE LAW, WILLS AND MORE

Do you need help in filing divorce papers? Or perhaps you require assistance in setting up optimal child support arrangements. Whatever the case, Nextstep Law Office in Calgary, Alberta is at your service. We can assist you in finding a workable solution to your family law issues. We also provide legal services for matters concerning real estate law as well as wills and estates. Please read through this page today for a quick overview of the different legal situations wherein we can guide you in taking the best legal step tailored to your unique situation.

PROVIDING LEGAL SERVICES IN THE AREAS OF:


Family Law

FAMILY LAW AT NEXTSTEP LAW OFFICE

Happy family smilingAt Nextstep Law Office, we believe in preserving the family unit and if possible, both parties should participate in raising their child or children in the same home and under one roof. However where the circumstances are different, we work with our client to reach an amicable resolution for all parties concerned while making sure that we put the best interests of the child or children ahead of all other interests. It is that simple! We are always here to assist you to answer those difficult questions, providing you with practical and fair options while respecting your wishes.

We encourage our clients to seek legal advice early before the marriage or common-law relationship breaks down. The benefit of seeking early legal advice when you suspect trouble in your relationship is to protect you, help identify your legal rights and obligations, and help you to avoid unnecessary costs and stress later.

CHEERFUL SEPARATION AND HAPPY DIVORCE? YES, WE CAN!!!

At Nextstep Law Office we understand that separation and divorce are stressful and expensive, and the process can often leave all parties disappointed. Worry no more because there are other ways to resolve a difficult family law conflict situation.

  • Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR)
    This is another way parties can resolve family law related issues such as spousal support, child support, parenting rights, and property rights matters with the assistance of a lawyer or lawyers and without the need to go to court. We vigorously promote ADR because it can be cheaper, less stressful, and the process encourages negotiation and communication between the parties. ADR can be archived through:

  • Family Law Mediation
    Family Law Mediation is another cost-effective way of assisting our clients to reach an amicable resolution to their family law problems with the assistance of a neutral mediator without going to court.
  • Collaborative Family Law
    Collaborative family law is a situation where the parties and their lawyers work together in a collaborative way, rather than working against each other as opposing parties. Collaborative family law helps parents to have control over their own decisions, encourages parents to agree, in advance, to work towards a settlement and most importantly, lawyers decide not to go to court throughout the process. The downside to this method of resolution is if all attempts fail and parents choose to go to court, they will have to begin the process allover with different lawyers.

  • Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR)
    This process is often used when negotiations stall and all the parties cannot agree on a critical point(s); a judge then meets with the different parties and their lawyers to discuss issues that are not resolved. The purpose of a JDR is to resolve disagreements so you don’t have to go to trial. A JDR is a pre-trial settlement meeting, mediated by a judge, confidential, run informally in a conference room, is a voluntary process and an opportunity for parties to discuss possible solutions. If a settlement is reached, the judge can grant an order. In some cases, the JDR will be a ‘Binding JDR’. In a Binding JDR, the judge can decide and grant an order based on that decision. The downside to a JDR is the length of time it may take to schedule an appointment and the associated costs. As much as possible, we will help in preserving the relationships on both sides while ensuring the best interests of the child or children are at the forefront of all negotiations.

At Nextstep Law Office, we help you with all your legal family situations and so much more. We assist you with the following and a whole lot more:

  • Prenuptial Agreement
  • Property Agreement
  • Matrimonial Property Rights
  • Contested Divorce
  • Spousal Support
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Parenting Rights to Child
  • Grandparents Rights to a Child
  • Adult Interdependent Partnerships
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emergency Protection Order
  • Cohabitation Agreement
  • Separation Agreement
  • Common Law Property Rights
  • Uncontested Divorce
  • Partner Support
  • Child Maintenance Support
  • Travel Consent & Separation
  • Access Rights to Child
  • Voice of a Child Matters
  • Common-Law Relationships
  • Court of Queens Bench Order
  • Restraining Order

MISSING OR RUN-AWAY HUSBAND OR WIFE?

Don’t worry, at Nextstep Law Office we can assist you to file your divorce even though your husband or wife may be missing. This process can be complicated, but we promise to do our best!

CHILDREN

At Nextstep Law Office, the welfare and comfort of children are important to us. Children have rights and privileges, and these rights and privileges must continue even after a relationship has broken down.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic and family violence should not be tolerated under any circumstances. Are you being abused? Then do not suffer in silence because the law is here to protect you.

APPOINTMENT

For an appointment or a 30-minute free consultation: Call your lawyer at Nextstep Law Office on (403) 931-1412 or email us at lawyer@nextsteplawoffice.com and we will help you take the best next step in your family law matters.

Real Estate Law

REAL ESTATE LAW AT NEXTSTEP LAW OFFICE

Couple in front of their homeFor many people, the thought of buying or selling a home can be exciting and stressful at the same time because it is one of the most capital-intensive projects you will ever have to embark upon in your lifetime

At Nextstep Law Office, we know and appreciate the challenges in real estate transactions and we can help you through the challenges ahead of time to minimize cost, time and stress. We will work with you and your realtor, broker, lender and any other third party to facilitate a smoother real estate experience; and if we anticipate any problem, we will communicate this to you and provide you with viable, practical options to help you resolve the issue(s).

At Nextstep Law Office, we will:

  • Help you understand legal fees and disbursements.
  • Ensure that you understand the real estate contract you signed.
  • Carry out necessary due diligence checks to ensure that the required legal documents are correctly prepared and registered so that the property can be correctly transferred into your name.
  • Ensure that you clearly understand the terms of any mortgage loan agreement or another financing.
  • Ensure that any adjustments are correctly computed.

At Nextstep Law Office, we can assist you with the following and so much more:

  • Residential Purchases
  • Mobile Home Purchases
  • Home Purchase from a Builder
  • Private Lender Loans
  • Residential Cash Purchases
  • Land Title Transfers
  • Discharge of Mortgages
  • Dower Rights Issues
  • Out-of-Province Transactions & Signings
  • Real Property Report & Compliance Matters
  • Residential Sales
  • Mobile Home Sales
  • Builder’s Mortgage
  • Family-Related Loans
  • Remortgages / Refinancing
  • Mortgage Transfers
  • Liens & Caveats Issues
  • Title Insurance

APPOINTMENT

For an appointment or a 30-minute free consultation: Call your lawyer at Nextstep Law Office on, (403) 931-1412 or email us at lawyer@nextsteplawoffice.com and we will help you take the best next step in your real estate matters.

Wills and Testaments; Personal Directive; Enduring Power of Attorney and Estate Matters

WILLS AND ESTATES AT NEXTSTEP LAW OFFICE

Last will and testamentWills and Testaments; Personal Directive; Enduring Power of Attorney and Estate Matters

One thing remains the hard truth: someday we will die.

Sometimes when this event happens, we will never know. Therefore, it is wise to put all our personal, legal and financial affairs in order so that our loved ones are not left scrambling when it happens. We are here to help answer those difficult questions, providing you with practical and fair options while respecting your wishes. Call us for help with preparing your Will, Personal Directive, Enduring Power of Attorney and Estate matters.

THE PURPOSE OF WRITING A WILL

The purpose of writing up your Will is to make sure that all your real and personal property pass on to your loved ones according to your wishes, and with as few problems as possible. It is that simple!

THERE ARE THREE SCENARIOS CONCERNING DEATH

  1. INTESTATE: If you die without a Will, you die intestate. It is often more costly, complicated, and time-consuming to settle your estate.
  2. TESTATE: If you die having written your will, you die testate. When you die, your nominated executor or executrix presents his or her lawyer with the Will, and the process of Probate begins if instructed.
  3. PROBATE: Whether you die having written a Will or not, and you have debts, assets, land, investments, money in the bank etc., before your loved one(s) can sell, pay off debts, deal with real estate, and distribute your properties, your loved one(s) must first apply to the Surrogate Court for a Grant of Probate, in the case of a person who dies with a will, or Grant of Administration, in the case of a person who dies without a Will. This process can be very long and complicated.

At Nextstep Law Office, we can assist and guide you in taking steps to draft your:

  • Will Preparation
  • Enduring Power of Attorney
  • Estate Planning
  • Grant of Administration Applications
  • Adult Guardianship Applications
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Personal Directives
  • Grant of Probate Applications
  • Trusteeship Act Applications

A PERSONAL DIRECTIVE is a written document in which a person (the Maker) provides clear instructions/directives to be followed by the nominated Agent if the Maker suffers incapacity and is unable to make decisions or appreciate the consequences of such decisions affecting the Maker’s healthcare and other personal care matters.

An ENDURING POWERS OF ATTORNEY is a written document in which a person (the donor) provides clear instructions/ directives to be followed by the nominated Attorney if the Donor suffers incapacity and is unable to make decisions or appreciate the consequences of such choices affecting the Donor’s health care and other personal care matters.

APPOINTMENT

For an appointment or a 30-minute free consultation: Call your lawyer at Nextstep Law Office on (403) 931-1412 or email us at lawyer@nextsteplawoffice.com and we will help you take the best next step in your estate matters.

Business & Corporate Law

Business and corporate lawWhether you are a small, medium-size or big business, buying, selling or transferring a company is so much easier than you think. However, you will need help navigating all the business law and regulations and including what you can and cannot do as a business owner. We strive to assist our clients to build their business within the parameters of the law.

At Nextstep Law Office we can assist you with the following:

  • NUANCE SEARCHES: checking the availability of your proposed business name to make sure that the name is not in use by another business.
  • BUSINESS NAME REGISTRATIONS: registering your chosen business name and business formation or incorporations.

UNLIMITED LIABILITY BUSINESS

  • Sole Proprietorships
  • Trade Name Business

These are the simplest ways to set up a business. In this type of business, you are entirely responsible for all debts and obligations related to the business. A creditor with a claim against an unlimited liability business would have the right against all your assets, whether business or personal.

LIMITED COMPANY BUSINESS

CORPORATIONS:

A corporation, also known as a Limited Company. This means that the corporation is a separate and distinct legal entity from its members who are known as the Shareholders. Each shareholder has limited liability, and this generally means that members cannot be held personally liable for the debts, obligations or acts of the corporation beyond the amount of share capital the member has subscribed. A creditor with a claim against the assets of the company would typically have no rights against its shareholders; although, in certain circumstances, shareholders may be held liable. This type of business can be incorporated at either the federal or provincial level.

There are extensive, continual annual filling and reporting required for this type of business.

PARTNERSHIP BUSINESS

A partnership business is where two or more persons join their resources, financial and otherwise, with the intention of making a profit. This type of business idea is usually created with a Partnership Agreement which clearly defines the terms of the partnership and to protect partners in the event of a disagreement or dissolution or death of a partner or the partnership.

DRAFTING OF BUSINESS AGREEMENTS

At Nextstep Law Office, we can assist you in the creating and drafting of your unique business agreements tailored to your specific needs and wants, agreements such as:

  • Assets Purchase and Sale Agreement
  • Business Transfer and Release of Obligations Agreement
  • Franchise Agreement
  • Partnership Agreement
  • Service Level Agreement
  • Shareholders Agreement

APPOINTMENT

For an appointment or 30-minute free consultation: Call your lawyer at Nextstep Law Office on (403) 931-1412 or email us at lawyer@nextsteplawoffice.com and we will help you take the best next step in your business law matters.

Notary and Commissioning

Notary public ink stampAt Nextstep Law Office, we can help you with all your document commissioning needs: Preparing Affidavits, Notarization, Swearing, Affirming, Witnessing, Statutory Declaration and much more. Some of the services we offer include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Notarization of Documents
  • Commissioning of Documents
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Witnessing Signatures on Documents
  • Certified True Copies of Documents
  • Drafting & Swearing Affidavits of such documents as:
  • Change of Name
  • Immigration Invitation Letters
  • Travel Consent Letters
  • Errors on Legal Identity Documents

OUT-OF-PROVINCE SIGNING OR SIGNING AGENT

We can assist you with the signing of documentation that is required in another city, province or foreign jurisdiction. We act as your Signing Agent. So, if you are physically not able to be present and seating in front of your lawyer where the document is needed, we can help.

We can help with any of the documents listed below:

  • Guarantees Acknowledgement Certificates
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Life Certificates
  • University and College Transcripts
  • Passports
  • Permanent Residence Cards
  • Parental Consent to Travel with a Minor
  • Lost, Stolen, Damaged Passports
  • Passports and Immigration Purposes
  • Proof of Identity and Verification
  • Identity Verification and Confirmation Documents
  • Immigration Invitation Letters
  • Separation Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Contract Agreements
  • Incorporation Documents
  • Certificate of Life - For Old Age Foreign Pensions
  • Power of Attorney
  • Birth Certificates
  • Death Certificates
  • University Degrees
  • Work Permits
  • Visitor Visa Permits
  • Lost Birth Certificates
  • Medical Insurance Declarations
  • Professional Qualifications
  • Loan and Debt Documents
  • Travel Consent Letters
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Custody Agreements
  • Divorce Documents
  • Lease Documentation

APPOINTMENT

For an appointment or 30-minute free consultation: Call your lawyer at Nextstep Law Office on (403) 931-1412 or email us at lawyer@nextsteplawoffice.com and we will help you take the best next step in notary & commissioning matters.


BOOK A LEGAL CONSULTATION TODAY

For advice and assistance on family law, real estate law and estate planning matters, please do not hesitate to consult our team. Call us today.

We look forward to hearing from you.