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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (office closure)

Arcus Legal will close its office on Monday, October 2nd in lieu of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation which we celebrate on September 30th.

This federal statutory holiday was created to acknowledge the tragic legacy of residential schools and their impact on the Indigenous peoples of Canada. Please join us in taking the opportunity to reflect on this part of our country’s history.

2023-09-14T12:56:54-03:00September 29th, 2023|Community|

Welcome Cassandra (Cassie) Taylor

We are pleased to welcome our newest lawyer here at Arcus Legal, Cassandra (Cassie) Taylor.

Cassie has joined our Wills & Estates department, bringing over five years of experience in the areas of estate planning and estate administration. She looks forward to working with the Arcus team to assist individuals and families with their wills and estate needs. When she is not in the office, Cassie enjoys spending her time with her Australian Shepherds, Mya and Nora, and her horse, Luna.

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2023-09-21T12:38:41-03:00September 21st, 2023|Our Team|

Erin O’Brien Edmonds recognized as Halifax Lawyer of the Year for Real Estate Law 2024

Arcus Legal is pleased to congratulate Erin O’Brien Edmonds, KC, TEP, on being selected by her peers as the Best Lawyers® 2024 Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax. Having previously won this award in 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2021, this year marks the fifth time Erin has received this honour. Erin is also recognized in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada® for her work in Trusts and Estates.


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2023-09-12T09:21:46-03:00September 12th, 2023|Our Team, Real Estate|

Happy Labour Day

Our office will be closed on Monday, September 4th in honour of Labour Day. On this day we celebrate the achievements and hard work of all our friends and colleagues.

We will be back open as usual on Tuesday, September 5th.


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2023-09-12T08:52:06-03:00September 1st, 2023|Community|

Welcome Dakota MacPherson

Arcus Legal is pleased to welcome our newest member, Dakota MacPherson.

Dakota is a recent graduate from Nova Scotia Community College’s Paralegal Services programme. She is deeply enthusiastic about understanding the intricacies of the legal system, and she is excited to dive headfirst into her role here at Arcus.  When she’s not at work, you can find her spending quality time with her dogs, Arya and Loki.


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2023-09-12T08:53:08-03:00July 31st, 2023|Our Team|

Corporate Series – Part 6 – The importance of Termination Clauses in Commercial Leases

Commercial leases play a crucial role in establishing the relationship between landlords and tenants. However, many tenants in Nova Scotia may not be aware of the potential ramifications of signing a lease agreement without a termination clause. This essay serves as a cautionary tale, highlighting the risks and liabilities commercial tenants may face if their lease agreement lacks a termination clause.

1. Understanding the Termination Clause:

A termination clause in a commercial lease provides tenants with the right to end the lease agreement prematurely, subject to specific conditions or penalties as outlined in the clause. Without a termination clause, tenants may find [read more…]

2023-09-12T08:52:42-03:00July 17th, 2023|Corporate & Commercial|

Corporate Series – Part 5 – What is a Family Trust?

A Family Trust is a legal arrangement in which a person, known as the settlor, transfers assets (such as money, real estate, or investments) to a trust that is managed by one or more trustees for the benefit of designated beneficiaries. The beneficiaries are typically family members, such as a spouse, children, or grandchildren.

In Nova Scotia, Family Trusts can be established as either an Inter Vivos Trust (created during the settlor’s lifetime) or a Testamentary Trust (created upon the settlor’s death through their Will). Family Trusts can offer various benefits, including:

1. Tax planning: A Family Trust can help minimize taxes [read more…]

2023-07-04T11:38:57-03:00July 4th, 2023|Corporate & Commercial|

Corporate Series – Part 4 – How do I sell my company in Nova Scotia?

Selling your company in Nova Scotia involves several steps, and it is highly recommended to seek the guidance of a lawyer, accountant, or business advisor to ensure a smooth and successful transaction. Here is an outline of the process:

1. Prepare your business for sale: Before putting your company on the market, make sure it is in the best possible shape. This may include improving financial records, resolving outstanding legal issues, optimizing operations, and ensuring all necessary licenses and permits are up to date.

2. Get a Valuation: Determine the fair market value of your company. This can be done by consulting [read more…]

2023-07-04T11:01:26-03:00June 26th, 2023|Corporate & Commercial|
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