Our Practice AreasLegal Services
AC Legal Services can get you a better outcome than you could get on your own. We will present you with the options available for your situation so that you can make a more educated decision.
We Can Do it All
Whether you’re facing a specific legal issue or have questions that only a legal service practitioner can properly answer, AC Legal Services is here to help. At our Southern Ontario firm, we work hard to support our clients no matter the case at hand.
Small Claims Court
Handles claims up to $35,000.00, in areas such as :
- Slip and fall,
- Employment contracts
- Wrongful dismissal
- Contract disputes
- Unpaid invoices / Debt owed
Licensed Paralegals can appear before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) to represent client(s) in an IRB hearing. Legal services for matters relating to an IRB hearing can also be provided by licensed paralegals.
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
ADR typically means: negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Mandatory mediation schemes are being established as a part of the civil litigation process under s. 24.1 and 75.1 of the Rules of Civil Procedure. In each process, paralegals may represent a client and, in mediation and arbitration, paralegals may act as either a mediator or arbitrator.
Criminal Summary Convictions
Criminal offences with a maximum $5,000.00 fine, imprisonment of up to 6 months, or both). Such as:
- Indecent acts, public nudity, prostitution
- Causing disturbance, vagrancy, cruelty to animals assault, possession of a weapon, mischief regarding property
- Theft under $5,000 or possession of stolen property under $5,000
- Fraud, forgery, making false statements
Provincial Offences Act Infractions
- Offences under the Highway Traffic Act. Example: speeding
- Dog Owners Liability and
- Municipal By-law issues
Boards & Tribunals
- Landlord and Tenant Board – issues of rent (Wrongful evictions) and maintenance, etc.
- Workplace Safety and Insurance Board – claims regarding workplace injuries.
- Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
- Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario
- Social Benefits Tribunal
Administrative law is the body of rules and principles that regulate how administrative agencies, boards, and commissions that administer and enforce laws must behave when carrying out their statutory powers. The Ontario Parole and Earned Release Board and Ontario’s Social Benefits Tribunal are two examples of quasi-judicial tribunals.
License Appeal Tribunal of the Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunal Ontario (SLASTO)
A relatively new provincial administrative office, the SLASTO is an amalgamation of several different regulatory bodies that oversees a range of dispute mediation services involving animal welfare, fire safety, licensing, policing, and criminal parole. Paralegals may represent clients in these cases in front of the tribunal independently of a lawyer as their extensive education covers all of these issues in depth. Some examples of the types of cases brought before the SLATSO include disputes over the health and safety of animals, cases relating to fire safety procedures, investigations into licensing and compensation claims, cases against policing services, and prospective parole seekers for sentences for fewer than two years.