Adoptions

Manitoba’s laws governing adoptions are complex. PKF Lawyers’ adoption lawyers will help your adoption move smoothly. If you put your trust in us, we will:

  • Provide an unbiased explanation of what adoption methods are available.
  • Help develop a legally secure plan tailored to your needs.
  • Ensure you know your rights and the adoption laws that will affect you.
  • Assess risks involved.
  • Review and/or negotiate adoption agency contracts to ensure your interests are served.

Lawyers that practice in Adoptions

Bankruptcy and Insolvency

Practical Solutions to Personal Bankruptcy and Corporate Insolvency Challenges.

PKF Lawyers can help you individually, or your firm, fully manage bankruptcy and insolvency situations. Whether you have personal challenges, or your company needs early- or late-stage restructuring advice, or you are a creditor in need of assistance with respect to an insolvent debtor, we work to resolve issues quickly, pragmatically, and cost-effectively. Our task is to take a complex area of law and make it straight-forward. We expertly represent creditors, debtors, receivers, trustees, monitors, acquirers, suppliers, customers and other restructuring professionals and stakeholders.

Our services include:

  • Bankruptcy and insolvency legal and practical advice
  • Proposals to creditors
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency civil litigation services

Lawyers that practice in Bankruptcy and Insolvency

Business Planning and Corporate Organization Law

Legal Expertise in Business and Corporate Law

PKF Lawyers provides legal counsel to entrepreneurs. We understand business. From high tech start-ups, international franchises, to traditional and transformational businesses in Manitoba and beyond, we have provided sound counsel and advice to numerous business owners. Our focus is always on your needs, and our work establishes the organizational and business structures that are best suited for your current and long term objectives, to help you grow your business in a tax efficient way. We will guide you in equity structure services and the short and long-term choices you must consider regarding employees, principal banking relationships, and business-to business relations.

PKF Lawyers’ corporate lawyers are skilled in all areas of start-up for every entity type, and advise on founder and shareholder agreements, protections for intellectual property, incentives for key employees and contractors, and ongoing business needs. Our goal is to find the most direct, economical route to the outcomes that best suit your needs and objectives.

Civil Litigation

Civil Litigation Lawyers Provide Expertise and Advice

PKF Lawyers’ civil litigation lawyers are skilled negotiators and problem-solvers, with a wealth of experience in the resolution of difficult issues. Our lawyers have extensive knowledge in all areas of civil litigation, including:

  • Breach of contract and contractual disputes
  • Breach of fiduciary duties by brokerage houses, financial planners, and other professionals
  • Construction disputes and lien enforcement
  • Real estate disputes
  • Boundary disputes
  • Insurance disputes as plaintiff’s or defendant’s counsel
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Appearances at all court levels including Manitoba’s and Federal Courts and Courts of Appeal
  • Banking litigation
  • Business torts
  • Deceptive trade practices
  • Debt Collection
  • Professional liability
  • Professional discipline
  • Non-competition agreements
  • Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Defamation litigation
Commercial Real Estate and Construction

Legal Advice for Landowners and those considering Selling or Buying Commercial Property in Manitoba

Commercial real estate lawyers at PKF Lawyers provide legal advice and due diligence for commercial real estate transactions in Manitoba for land owners, investors, lenders, developers, commercial builders and individuals considering or involved in selling or buying commercial property. Some of the services offered in this area of practice are:

  • Commercial leases and subleases review and / or preparation
  • Conveyance of real estate on acquisition or sale
  • Preparation of purchase and sale agreements
  • Joint ownership and forms of shared ownership
  • Review of real estate contracts
  • Mortgages and real estate financing
  • Title examinations (title and lien searches)
  • Mortgage foreclosures
  • Landlord and tenant issues
  • Builders’ liens
  • CCCD Construction Documents
Construction Disputes and Liens

PKF Lawyers’ construction law team has the legal and technical knowledge and experience to handle construction disputes in a timely and pragmatic manner to minimize delays and keep construction projects on track.

We represent general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, owners, developers, design professionals and lenders in construction lien disputes. We act for project owners to manage risk when liens are registered and to ensure timely completion of projects. We assist contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, engineers and architects to collect on outstanding accounts, and prepare, register and enforce lien claims.

Our lawyers also act as named mediators and arbitrators of construction disputes, as and when needed.

Lawyers that practice in Construction Disputes and Liens

Corporate and Commercial Law

Business disputes arise from time to time. Resolving them quickly and effectively is a key to your success in business. Our lawyers understand your business and strategic objectives and develop solutions to prevent or resolve disputes in an effective and cost-effective way. Whether your business is based in Manitoba, is national or international in scope, we know that disputes disrupt your business, divert you away from your core business, and result in unwanted costs. When disputes escalate into litigation or arbitration proceedings, you can count on us to strongly advocate for your interests, protect your position, and pursue all legal remedies available.

Our lawyers are experienced in a broad range of business law, including corporate and commercial law, class actions, shareholders’ disputes, officer and director liability, commercial fraud, banking, securities, bankruptcy and insolvency, real estate, intellectual property, estates and trusts, franchise and distribution disputes, administrative and public law, and international trade.

When advocating for you, our overriding objectives are to:

  • Consider all forms of resolution where appropriate, including negotiated settlement, alternative dispute resolution, or the courts.
  • Advise as to your chances of success, based on past experience and our legal review.
  • Tailor our approach to your specific needs: your issues, urgency, and the financial stakes.
  • Resolve your disputes in the most appropriate, timely, and effective way.
Corporate and Commercial Law, Mergers, and Acquisitions

Legal and Business Advice for a Full Range of Commercial Activity

The lawyers who practice Corporate and Commercial Law, Mergers, and Acquisitions at PKF Lawyers apply their proficiency for clients over a range of regional, national and international sectors including manufacturing, retailing, technology, finance, communications, transportation, franchising, leasing, and other professional services.

The firm represents public and privately held concerns large and small in the areas of:

  • Corporate Tax Planning
  • Creation and Governance of Condominium Corporations
  • Financial Restructuring
  • Corporate Finance
  • Insolvency
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Business Acquisitions
Cottage and Vacation Home Succession and Tax Planning

Our lawyers understand the importance of keeping Cottage and Vacation homes within the family. We work closely with families crafting solutions that best suit our client’s specific needs. PKF Lawyers provide a full range of services.

Our experienced lawyers provide advice for issues concerning:

  • Tax planning
  • Analysis of Cost Base, Gain and where to use the Principal Residence Exemption, including Valuations
  • Cottage Shared Use Agreements and Property Agreements
  • Life Interest/Remainder Interest
  • Establishing a Maintenance Fund during Lifetime or on Death
  • Dispute Resolution and Decision Making Mechanisms
  • Life Insurance
  • Executing Specific Power of Attorneys for the Cottage or planning Wills for Cottage or Vacation Homes
  • Dealing with Cross-Border Issues with properties in Ontario or the United States
  • Establishing Trust Agreements (Joint Spousal or Testamentary)
  • Expectations of Co-OwnersProtecting the Assets from Third Parties
  • Road Access Issues, Easements, and the Ontario Road Access Act
  • Protecting the Cottage with Waivers and/or Homestead Releases or Agreements
  • Subdivision and Planning Issues
  • MB Hydro permit applications (Lee and Winnipeg River)
  • We work closely with your accountant and financial planner
  • Analyzing how to hold your Cottage or Vacation home
Creation and Governance of Condominium Corporations

A solid understanding of condominium law can be invaluable to real estate developers, lenders and unit owners and condo owners’ associations. Our lawyers in condominium law provide strategic solutions to issues involving both the development and operation of new and existing projects in Manitoba. We counsel our clients on land use and planning, zoning restrictions, local ordinances and corporate formation documents related to financing, construction, taxes, and sales.

When it comes to representing condominium homeowner and property owner associations, our lawyers can do it all. We can draft and amend condominium declarations and other constating documents, homeowner association materials, craft or enforce condominium rules and bylaws, deal with developer transition issues, negotiate and review contracts, advise on financing, close or advise on land acquisition transactions, and representing condominium corporation or homeowner associations as plaintiffs and defendants in all manner of legal actions.

Lawyers that practice in Creation and Governance of Condominium Corporations

Criminal Law

Experienced Legal Representation for Criminal Offenses

The criminal defense lawyers at PKF Lawyers represent persons who are charged with criminal offences and appear on behalf of clients at preliminary hearings, bail hearings, trials and appeals.

Domestic and Family Law

Legal Advice and Expertise in All Areas of Family Law

PKF Lawyers has a pool of domestic and family lawyers skilled in this area of practice. All issues are handled with the best interest of the client at the forefront.

  • Child custody and visitation
  • Separation
  • Divorce and annulment
  • Division of marital assets
  • Child support
  • Prenuptial and cohabitation agreements
  • Grandparent visitation
  • Equitable distribution
  • Paternity issues
  • Alimony
  • Property and asset valuation and distribution
  • Debt division
  • Mediation services
  • Domestic violence
Employment Law

Results Oriented Legal Advice on Employment Law

PKF Lawyers’ employment lawyers have experience representing employees and employers in Manitoba employment disputes. This experience in representing either employers or employees better enables us to understand the dynamics and complexities driving each party involved in an employment dispute, increasing the likelihood that we will be able to facilitate a workable solution for you.

Claims before the Workers Compensation Board are becoming increasingly complex. Our lawyers have experience appearing before the Workers Compensation Board, the Appeal Commission and the Court on Judicial Review. They are ready to assess your case and recommend the most efficient way to have it resolved.

We provide straightforward, results-oriented advice, and are ready to provide the knowledgeable and highly qualified representation you need for your employment law matter, including:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Workplace discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Breach of an employment contract
  • Constructive dismissal
  • Employment Standards Code of Manitoba
  • Matters before the Human Rights Tribunal of Manitoba
  • Matters before the Labour Board of Manitoba
  • Consultative services
  • Negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation of employment disputes
Farming and Family Farm Corporations

Our lawyers in Winnipeg and our rural offices are well versed on the multiplicity of legal, taxation and practical issues relating to the acquisition, disposition, inter-generation transfer of family farming properties and businesses. We are experienced in the purchase and sale of assets and shares of agri-business properties. We provide timely legal and practical advice in the areas of:

  • Purchase and sale of farmlands
  • Purchase and sale of shares of farm corporations
  • Financing and refinancing farm debt
  • FLOB applications
  • Credit Mediation
  • Estate freezes
  • Environmental issues
  • Bio-hazards issues and regulations
  • Workplace and Safety issues particular to farming operations
  • Taxation and estate planning for farmers
Franchising and Franchise Law

Franchise Lawyers with Legal Expertise and Experience

PKF Lawyers’ franchise lawyers represent either franchisors or franchisees, applying proven expertise and experience in real estate selection and leasing, franchising, advertising and marketing law, intellectual property protection, acquisitions or sale of franchises or franchised units, litigation, employment law and taxation. We endeavor to understand our client’s business and respond by providing creative solutions and practical legal advice on issues including:

  • Acquisition, financing, planning and municipal issues
  • Preparation of Area Development and Unit Franchise Agreements
  • Franchising disclosure issues and ancillary franchise documentation
  • Negotiation and preparation of leases
  • Negotiation and preparation of licensing and distribution agreements
  • Competition, marketing and advertising advice
  • Tax planning including retail sales tax, goods and services taxes and income taxes
  • Acquisitions and corporate reorganizations
Immigration

Immigration Lawyers Provide Extensive Guidance for Immigration Clients

The services provided by PKF Lawyers’ immigration lawyers cover the full range of immigration needs to facilitate our clients’ quick and efficient entry into Canada or the United States. We advise our clients of their immigration options. We discuss the requirements and provide extensive guidance on the documentation necessary for each step of the process. Applications are carefully prepared and submitted to best represent the merits of the applicant.

Some of the immigration services offered are:

  • Temporary or Visitors Visas for businesspersons, students, investors, exchange visitors, entertainers and athletes and international media
  • NAFTA/USMECAN Work Permits
  • Permanent Visa for skilled professionals, self-employed, entrepreneurs/investors and family class sponsorship applications
  • Canadian Citizenship applications
  • Returning resident permits
  • Immigration and refugee cases
Indigenous Persons Law

Practical, Straight Forward Legal Advice for Indigenous and Non-indigenous peoples

The counsel specializing in Indigenous legal matters emphasizes practical advice and planning to position our clients to minimize their legal costs, avoid delays and expedite non-litigious resolution or requisite litigation whenever possible.

Canada’s Indigenous law traces its origins to before the country was formed, yet it is a body of law that dynamically changes and evolves at an accelerating pace. Our lawyers help to define and interpret old treaties and statutes in order to address modern cultural issues with insightful results for all parties.

We provide our clients with advice in connection with issues including:

  • A wide range of commercial matters, from employment and labour issues to tax and formation and organizational structuring of Indigenous businesses, joint ventures, trusts and negotiation of contracts
  • Indigenous community issues and development
  • Issues arising through the Indian Act and Regulations
  • Land claims, implementation and interpretation of treaties
  • Self government negotiations
  • Indigenous interests specific to forestry, mining and utilities development

Lawyers that practice in Indigenous Persons Law

Insurance & MPI Claims

Our lawyers have extensive insurance defence experience, with involvement of all stages of the insurance process from coverage opinions to appellant advocacy. We have worked with various insurers across Canada to achieve practical and cost-effective solutions to the most complex insurance litigation issues.

Anyone who is injured in a motor vehicle accident in Manitoba can only obtain compensation from Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) pursuant to the terms of their legislation. Those terms and provisions can be quite complex and often confusing and we can assist in pursuing and obtaining all available benefits. We can provide assistance at all levels including Case Management, Review Office, Appeal Commission and Automobile Injury Mediation proceedings.

PKF Lawyers has experience in the following insurance practice areas:

  • First party coverage;
  • Property damage;
  • Professional liability;
  • Construction litigation;
  • Negligence;
  • Personal injury / Occupier’s liability;
  • Product liability;
  • Subrogation;
  • Disability claims; and,
  • Wrongful dismissal.
Mediation and Arbitration

Many legal disputes may be resolved via mediation or arbitration rather than formal court adjudication. Mediation is facilitated negotiation, whereby the parties to the dispute utilize the services of a mediator to help them resolve their dispute. The mediator does not render a decision and cannot force the parties to settle. Arbitration is more similar to litigation, but with a less formal setting and consequent cost savings. The arbitrator generally renders a binding and enforceable decision after the conclusion of an arbitration hearing.

The key to successful alternative dispute resolution is the skill of the professional who conducts it. As your advocates, our lawyers draw upon their depth of experience to provide a coherent, effective, and persuasive representation of your interests, or provide you with the support you need to get the best possible result.

Our lawyers have substantial experience acting as mediators or arbitrators on a diverse matter of disputes. We provide a timelier and more cost-effective dispute resolution that is available through the courts. With our support and involvement, you can take control and resolve matters and quickly and creatively.

Mining and Natural Resource Law

Practical Experience and Legal Expertise in Mining and Natural Resource Law

The depth of the legal expertise of our Mining and Natural Resource legal counsel is coupled with technical and practical experience in the field. We continually monitor new developments in legislation and policy and endeavor to keep our clients well informed. In cases of property or contract disputes we can assist by providing expert mediation or arbitration skills, expert evidence and comprehensive litigation assistance.

Typical transactions for this area of practice include:

  • Acquisitions and dispositions of grassroots and advanced properties
  • Production and Royalty agreements
  • Mine development and construction documentation
  • Operating agreements and joint ventures
  • Smelting and refining documentation and contracts
  • Mining litigation and dispute resolution
  • Expert evidence
  • Property operations advice

Lawyers that practice in Mining and Natural Resource Law

Northern Economic Development

Legal Services and Advice on Northern Economic Development Issues

Our legal counsel for Northern Economic Development issues has expertise and experience in the following areas:

  • Environmental issues
  • Indigenous business transactions
  • Tourism
  • Natural resource exploitation

Lawyers that practice in Northern Economic Development

Personal Injury

Dependable, Aggressive and Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers

In an area that demands both professional and personal acumen, PKF Lawyers’ personal injury lawyers strive for a balance of being approachable, dedicated and dependable in order to create relationships of trust while maintaining an aggressive experienced approach necessary to deliver the optimum solutions.

Experience in personal injury include:

  • Car accidents
  • Injury from falls
  • Workers compensation – unfair treatment
  • Personal or sexual harassment
  • Injury by defective products
Regulatory and Administrative Law

Practical Business and Legal Advice In all Areas for Regulatory and Administrative Law

The lawyers at PKF Lawyers who practice Regulatory and Administrative Law have a thorough understanding of how local, municipal and national governments and public agencies operate. This knowledge is absolutely critical to assist clients in this regard in achieving successful outcomes.

In many cases our expertise lends itself to becoming more of a business advisor to clients, providing practical business and legal advice on policy implications of legislation changes and government regulations.

In the areas of Regulatory and Administrative Law we provide:

  • Representation for Professional Discipline Matters
  • Evaluations and recommendations
  • Preparation and presentation of written submissions
  • Representation at hearings, and before boards and tribunals
  • Advice on matters of procedure and potential politically achievable outcomes
  • Advice on appeal procedures and conduct appeal hearings
  • Winnipeg and Municipal  Realty and Business Taxation applications, hearings and appeals
Residential Real Estate and Resort Properties

Residential Real Estate and Resort Property Lawyers with Negotiations and Closing Experience

PKF Lawyers represent buyers and sellers of newly constructed and existing homes in Manitoba and the buyers and sellers of cottage and resort properties in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario We are experienced in advising on and negotiating purchase and sale agreements home inspection issues, correcting title problems and ensuring your rights are protected at each stage of the real estate transaction. Our objective is to ensure that the process of buying and/or selling a cottage, home or condominium dwellings has no surprises. Services offered in this area of practice are:

  • Residential Real Estate closings
  • Cottage Purchase or Sales closings
  • Mortgage Refinancing
  • Zoning and Land Use
  • Landlord/Tenant Relations
Taxation

Personal and Corporate Taxation Expertise and Experience

PKF Lawyers’ taxation lawyers have a successful track record in dealing with all matters pertaining to taxation for both individuals and corporations. Working with clients’ accounting professionals we help to develop structures that optimize tax benefits. We assist with corporate reorganizations and we represent clients before administrative and judicial tribunals. The taxation lawyers at PKF Lawyers will also participate in negotiating settlements regarding income tax and consumption taxes.

Services offered in Taxation Law include:

  • Tax planning for Canadian residents and non-residents, including the creation and organization of companies, joint ventures, partnerships, or trusts in Canada or internationally
  • Taxation of purchases and sales of enterprises
  • Tax consequences of real estate projects
  • Representation before federal and provincial taxation authorities, administrative tribunals and judicial tribunals
  • Obtaining advance rulings from federal and provincial authorities
  • Interpretation and opinions concerning income tax, Manitoba provincial sales tax, the GST, HST, and QST
  • Fiscal aspects of retirement plans, benefit plans and  tax shelters
  • Year-end tax planning and tax sheltering
  • Tax litigation for income tax or GST at any stage, from the Notice of Objection to Tax Court and the Federal Court of Appeal
Trademarks and Intellectual Property Law

In commerce, brand matters. If people can’t pick you out from the crowd of competitors, your business may fail. In the age of e-commerce and new media, branding is even more critical than ever. Increasingly, your online presence is how you will be known and likely found. Building positive associations, search term ranking, and goodwill are core drivers of success in the electronic age.

PKF Lawyers can help you establish, monitor, and enforce your intellectual property rights that are critical to protecting your company’s most valuable assets. Our team and network of Canadian and international agents can quickly and cost-effectively build and file applications to help build and protect your business, or, if your business in under attack, respond with enforcement action, whether relate to trademark, copyright law, licensing, or industrial design.

We provide a full range of professional legal and agency services relating to trademark law, including preliminary searches, drafting, filing, and prosecution of applications.

Our Trademarks and Intellectual Property Law group provides responsive, flexible and practical support in pertinent areas, including:

  • Trademark Law
  • Industrial Design Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Design Registration
  • Validity and Infringement Searches and Opinions
  • Licensing
  • Trade Secrets

Lawyers that practice in Trademarks and Intellectual Property Law

Transborder Transactions

Legal Advice in International Business and Transborder Transactions

Is your business looking to expand into a new provincial or international market? Do you already do business across border, but need some assistance with a business challenge unique to the transborder transaction? At PKF Lawyers, our transborder transaction lawyers have been providing advice and guidance to significant multinational corporations and start-ups for years. We understand that the laws in other jurisdictions may not always facilitate business and have the knowledge and expertise necessary to efficiently find practical, result-based, and affordable solutions for your business.

Often, the best time to seek our assistance is before the trouble arises. Describe to us your mission and vision. As you set sail in the sometime turbulent waters of international business, we can help plan a course and navigate safely so that your business (and deliveries) arrives safely at the destination you want.

Lawyers that practice in Transborder Transactions

Transportation Law

Manitoba has become a major transportation hub in Canada and North America be it Trucking, Rail, Air or Bus. If you have an interest in these modes of shipping or travel, we have lawyers that are members of the Canadian Transportation Lawyers Association and the American Transportation Lawyers Association. We can look after any aspect of your transportation law needs.

Lawyers that practice in Transportation Law

Wills, Estates, Trusts and Elder Law

Qualified Legal Representation in All Areas of Wills, Estates and Elder Law

Our lawyers involved in Wills, Estates, and Elder Law provide planning, advice and services in the preparation of wills, establishment of trusts and other related issues. We draw upon PKF Lawyers’ experience in these areas and are acutely aware the accumulation of wealth requires a combination of acumen and commerce. The preservation of wealth, including the transfer to family, inter-generation transfers, charities or others, requires vigilant planning, up-to-date taxation knowledge and understanding of suitable structures.

Our knowledge of taxation law, family law, probate and estate law, the law of wills, appointments of Powers of Attorney, division of property principles, trust laws, creditors’ rights, negotiating, and rules of procedure allows us to deliver prompt efficient and cost effective services and provide qualified representation in this area.

Our areas of practice in this field include:

  • Preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Proxies
  • Applications for Probate
  • Committeeship applications
  • Planning trusts, wills and estates to minimize risk and plan for  tax efficiency
  • Development and facilitation of succession plans for family business
  • Estate freezing and income splitting advise
  • Advising executors, trustees and beneficiaries
  • Trust litigation
  • Advice on the appropriate use of insurance
  • Litigating claims related to estate benefits and family business disputes
  • Advice on charitable giving
  • Advice on corporate trust and tax matters