Small Business Lawyer

We are lawyers who focus on contract drafting. Contracts are the backbone of commerce. They provide certainty and evidence the intentions of parties. Running a business requires constant creation and execution of multiple types of contracts and other documentation.  We review and advise clients with respect to a wide range of business contracts and agreements. We also develop custom agreements tailored to meet your needs emphasizing clarity and certainty. Every business has different needs and will require different agreements between customers, vendors, suppliers, employees, and contractors. Being located in Ontario, we can ensure any agreement you enter is compliant with our laws. Pawlina Law can assist you in negotiating, drafting, and implementing legal contracts and agreements in areas such as:

Partnership Agreement

Pawlina Law can assist you with drafting and reviewing a partnership agreement. By assisting you with making informed business decisions and by having things done properly from the outset, we can save you time and money in the long run. We can advise you in a wide rage of services, including completing a partnership agreements. There are three types of partnerships in Ontario, a general partnership, a limited partnership, and a limited liability partnership. More information is available here.

Licensing Agreement

Intellectual property licensing is extremely important in today’s business world. Each licence agreements is unique. Some are as brief as two pages while others are 40 pages. License agreements can cover software, art, patents, trademarks and a wide variety of other items. Some are written in non-technical language while others are filled with legal terminology. Being also a Trademark Agent, Karol Pawlina can ensure your rights are properly represented in a licensing agreement.

Independent Contractor Agreement

Independent Contractor Agreement is an agreement is an agreement between an individual independent contractor and a client. Workers who operate as independent contractors are their own employer and have greater control of the work they perform for pay. Independent contractor agreements are complex. It is important to ensure liability is properly apportioned in an independent contractor agreement. Also, tax and indemnity issues and important considerations in independent contractor agreements. It is also important to distinguish between the difference between an independent contractor and an employee is:

  • An independent contractor is a self-employed worker who serves clients while operating their own business. 
  • An employee works as part of the business of an employer. 

This distinction is important for a few reasons, including liability and tax. To determine if a relationship is that of an independent contractor or employee, courts will consider the following items:

  • Whether the person provides their own equipment; an independent contractor provides their own tools and equipment.
    Contract Drafting Lawyer
    Pawlina Law can assist you with reviewing and drafting custom contracts.
  • The level of control the client company has over the person’s activities; an independent contractor has a higher level of control.
  • The degree of financial risk taken by the person; an independent contractor takes some risk.
  • Whether the person hires their own helpers; an independent can hire their own helpers.
  • The degree of responsibility for investment and management held by the person;  an independent contractor has some responsibility.
  • The person’s opportunity for profit in the performance of their tasks; an independent contractor takes this risk.
  • How the parties list their relationship.

It is important to note that no single factor is determinative. Pawlina Law can ensure your rights are properly represented in any independent contractor agreement.