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MHA HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Christmas Gifts

2018 has flown by and it is already December! Whether or not you have started (or finished?!) your holiday shopping, we hope this gift guide can help you find something for that difficult-to-buy-for person in your life.

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THE HAZARDS OF WINTER

Multple car accident on the highway in the snow.

Annually, we Canadians gear up for our winter experiences, many of which are fraught with danger.  It seems in many years winter is upon us in a flash and we’re just not ready or prepared for what winter has to

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Tourist Claims for Vacation Injuries

Tropical beach with palm trees and ocean.

With the warm and sunny days of summer behind us, many Canadians are planning tropical vacations to get a break from the impending harsh winter weather.  Many of these trips will go off without a hitch but, for some, things

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CAR SEAT CLINIC SUCCESS!

Lawyers Making a Difference

It was a chilly morning outside yesterday for Martin & Hillyer’s first Free Car Seat Clinic but everyone kept warm with hot coffee and some delicious home baked treats.  (Thank you Mrs. Abraham!) Almost every car seat that was inspected required some

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CHOOSING AN ESTATE TRUSTEE

Last Will Testament

When planning your will, one of the most important decisions you will make is who to appoint as your estate trustee (commonly referred to as the “Executor” of the estate). Many testators select a trusted family member or friend to

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READERS’ CHOICE NOMINATIONS 2018

Spectator Reader's Choice Logo

Martin & Hillyer Associates is honoured to have been nominated in 3 categories in the Hamilton Spectator’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards! If you appreciate the local legal expertise we provide, you can show your support for Martin & Hillyer by

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BRUCE HILLYER ON SUMMER RISKS

3 Muskoka Chairs on the Dock

As I sit quietly by the lake watching the comings and goings of families enjoying their summer holidays I cringe at the risks many will take some with tragic consequences. MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS Every fall I get calls from desperate family

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UNDERINSURED BENEFITS

Driver behind the wheel

WHAT IS THE OPCF 44R, AND WHY DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT? When you purchase an automobile insurance policy, you are protecting yourself in the event that you cause a car crash, and need to pay compensation to

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PIGGY BANKS, MONEY TREES & THE RDSP

Piggy Bank

I represent people who have been injured in accidents as a result of other peoples’ carelessness. I’m not an accountant. I’m not a financial planner.   I’m a lawyer.   I don’t have the expertise to give financial advice. But not uncommonly,

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BENEFICIARY DESIGNATIONS AND YOUR ESTATE

Life Insurance Documents

WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN YOUR BENEFICIARY DESIGNATIONS AND THE REST OF YOUR ESTATE? There are certain financial assets – ie. registered plans such as RRSPs, RRIFs etc., and life insurance – which allow for one or more beneficiaries to

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UNDERSTANDING LEGAL MARKETING MUMBO-JUMBO

Word Bubble containing marketing phrases

Are you the “best personal injury lawyers in Burlington”? Are you “award-winning”? Are you the “top lawyers in Halton”? Of course we’re not – nobody is! What do these labels even mean?? Problematic marketing of legal services in Ontario –

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I’M AN EXECUTOR – NOW WHAT DO I DO?

Signing Legal Documents

After the funeral, you may find yourself wondering where to start. You will want to get your hands on as much information as possible regarding the deceased’s assets and liabilities. This probably means you will have to search through their

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READERS’ CHOICE NOMINATIONS 2017

Readers Choice Nominations 2017

Martin & Hillyer Associates is honoured to have been nominated in 3 categories in the Hamilton Spectator’s 2017/18 Readers’ Choice Awards! If you appreciate the local legal expertise we provide, you can show your support for Martin & Hillyer by

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CREEPING IS REAL

Person on cell phone

“Creeping” or “Internet Creeping” refers to “stalking” someone on social media, which typically means checking them out or following what’s going on in their life on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google+, Youtube and other social media accounts. If you’re in

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WHEN IS PERSONAL AUTO INSURANCE TOO PERSONAL?

Credit Score with Excellent Rating

The Personal Insurance Company was recently rebuked by the federal Privacy Commissioner for accessing a claimant’s credit history without a valid reason. The Personal claimed that it needed to access the claimant’s credit rating to help assess whether the claim

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STRUCTURED SETTLEMENTS

Cheque Settlement

Are you considering a full and final settlement of your personal injury claim or Accident Benefit claim? A structured settlement may be a viable investment option for you so that you do not have to worry about how to manage

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Signing legal documents

LTD & CPP DISABILITY BENEFITS If you are receiving Long Term Disability (LTD) benefits most likely you have received a letter from your insurer requesting that you apply for CPP disability benefits. Your insurer has also likely informed you that

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HOW TO PREVENT SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS

doctor taping up knee

In Canada, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and hospitalizations.[i] It can be very beneficial to take preventable measures that help avoid slips and falls from happening and resulting in a lawsuit. The lawyers at Martin and Hillyer Associates

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WHAT IS A MEDIATION?

Man holding Pen Reading a Legal Document

Very few lawsuits in Ontario go all the way through a trial – most will settle well before that, because trials involve costs, delays and risks that all parties in a lawsuit would generally prefer to avoid if a reasonable settlement can be reached. Settlement

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READERS’ CHOICE NOMINATIONS 2016

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Martin & Hillyer Associates is honoured to have been nominated in 3 categories in the Hamilton Spectator’s 2015/16 Readers’ Choice Awards! If you appreciate the local legal expertise we provide, you can show your support for Martin & Hillyer by

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ONTARIO CAR INSURANCE CUTBACKS

Man leaning on a car with the hood up

Recent car insurance cutbacks are greatly going to affect the amount of coverage Ontario drivers will receive. Effective June 1st, the cutbacks will affect the benefits a driver would receive in the event of a motor vehicle collision. ACCIDENT BENEFITS

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BE UBER AWARE!

Cars stuck in rush hour

Uber is once again making the news due to concerns about proper insurance coverage – both for Uber operators AND Uber passengers. New facts uncovered by BuzzFeedfocus on a California investigation, but may cause Ontario Uber users to question the company’s commitment to

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JUDICIAL VACANCIES PILE UP

BRUCE HILLYER

LAWYERS CONCERNED ABOUT DELAYS AS 29 SUPERIOR COURT POSTS LEFT UNFILLED Despite Superior Court Chief Justice Heather Smith’s call for prompt judicial appointments, Ontario is approaching the end of the year with nearly 30 vacancies for federally appointed judges across

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THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF SWIMMING POOL ENTRAPMENT

A pool ring float in the water

Most parents are familiar with the usual dangers associated with swimming. However, little is known of the potentially very serious hazards associated with “swimming pool entrapment”. Children are particularly vulnerable to entrapment which occurs when swimmers become trapped at or

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