Business

Practice Areas

Start a Business in Ontario, Canada

Every business has a long list of regulatory issues it needs to consider. At the beginning, you must evaluate the organisational structure you want for your business and the relationship between the owners of the business. The choice between a sole proprietorship, a partnership or a corporation has significant tax, legal and commercial consequences for a business.

Once the business is set up, you need to be aware of the various arrangements you can enter into with potential employees. Employment relationships involve a certain number of crucial regulatory issues including regulation of hours of work, minimum wage, overtime, vacation and termination. Let us help you draft employment agreements that suit your needs.

One of the greatest challenges of a young company is the challenge of raising money. What are the advantages and disadvantages of borrowing money versus somehow buying into the business? What are the types of securities or guarantees a lender may require? What special attributes can be given to equity interests issued to investors?

Every company has contractual relationships with its customers and its suppliers. What are the rights and obligations a business needs to be aware of when entering into these agreements? How are customers protected by the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act and the Ontario Consumer Protection Act? When drafting agreements with customers and suppliers, to which aspects of the transactions should attention be paid? Provisions regulating the responsibilities of each party, payment, warranties and termination arrangements are only a few examples of such important issues.

Polten & Associates has substantial experience in helping English-speaking and German-speaking individuals and families with a broad range of business-related issues.

Read our Business Guide (currently under revision) to find out more about establishing and operating a business in Canada.

Administrative Law Representation

In our complex world, administrative law often means dealing with a variety of government regulatory boards, commissions or administrative tribunals - other than the courts - that regulate the lives of people and seek to protect the interests of consumers and the public. At Polten & Associates in Toronto, we have the experience and expertise to provide the proactive and painstaking administrative law services you need.

Our lawyers are well-versed in administrative law, including cases involving:

Government boards and tribunals

Professional discipline

University academic and disciplinary appeals

Click here to read an article entitled “Canadian Administrative Law and German Verwaltungsrecht - An Overview and Comparison”, the writing of which was supervised by Eric P. Polten.

To discuss in English or German how our lawyers can help you to set up and operate your own business or to discuss your unique administrative law needs with a knowledgeable lawyer, contact us by calling form the Toronto area 647-724-4175 or from elsewhere toll free 1-866-322-6521.