Other Services

At Nachla Law Office, we provide many other services, including:

Independent legal advice (in various areas of law)

Independent legal advice (“ILA”) relates to a private conversation a client should have with his or her own personally retained lawyer about the nature and effect of entering into certain transactions or contracts.  Examples of when ILA must be offered to a client include:

  1. When an unrepresented person is involved in a legal matter such as the negotiation of a family law or domestic contract.
  2. When a mediator prepares a contract outlining the terms of the domestic contract reached for the partners or spouses to sign.
  3. When a conflict of interest arises, a lawyer has a duty to avoid the conflict by ceasing to act for a client.  However, a client may, with informed consent as a result of receiving ILA, allow the lawyer to continue to act for him or her.

Invitation letters (for visitors’ visa to visit Canada)

If you would like to invite a friend or relative to visit you in Canada, you may need to send them a letter of invitation.  A letter of invitation is only one part of your friend’s or relative’s application. The visa officer will assess the applicant to determine if they meet the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

The Canadian Immigration Centre has specific requirements as to what should be included in the letter. There will be two aspects of the letter: the first will provide details on the person who is being invited to Canada, while the second will provide details on the person writing the Invitation Letter.  Writing a letter of invitation does not mean you are legally responsible for the visitor once he or she gets to Canada. You should still write the letter in good faith. You must tell the truth and plan to keep the promises you make in the letter.

Some visa offices may require that you have your letter notarized by a notary public.

Opinion Letters for Foreign Divorce

If you want to marry in Ontario and were previously divorced outside Canada, you must contact a lawyer for a foreign divorce opinion letter. You must submit a foreign divorce opinion letter along with your application for marriage. It is very important to contact a lawyer before getting remarried in Ontario if you were previously divorced. Failing to submit a foreign divorce opinion letter to the government prior to getting married could jeopardize your application for marriage, leading to a denial of your marriage certificate.

A foreign divorce opinion letter is a letter that a lawyer will draft and sign stating the lawyer’s opinion that the foreign divorce would be recognized in Canada. The lawyer will take into account the jurisdiction where the divorce was granted, where the parties to the divorce resided, the applicable law, and any other factors required to assess the recognition of the foreign divorce in Canada. After assessing all of the relevant factors and applicable law, the lawyer will provide an opinion on the recognition of the foreign divorce in Ontario.

The lawyer will also provide clear reasons as to why he or she believes the foreign divorce would be recognized as valid in Ontario. The foreign divorce opinion letter will make reference to the applicable law in Ontario and the relevant facts that support the opinion of the lawyer. Who can draft and sign off on a foreign divorce opinion letter? Please note that in Ontario only a lawyer who is licensed and authorized to practice law by the Law Society of Upper Canada can draft and sign an opinion letter of a foreign divorce.

Promissory Notes

A promissory note is essentially a written promise to pay someone. This type of document is common in financial services and is something you’ve likely signed in the past if you’ve taken out any kind of loan. If you decide to lend money to someone, you may want to create a promissory note to formalize the loan.

Promissory notes may also be referred to as an IOU, a loan agreement, or just a note. It’s a legal lending document that says the borrower promises to repay to the lender a certain amount of money in a certain time frame. This kind of document is legally enforceable and creates a legal obligation to repay the loan.

A promissory note is used for mortgages, student loans, car loans, business loans, and personal loans between family and friends. If you are lending a large amount of money to someone (or to a business), then you may want to create a promissory note from a promissory note template. This note will be a legal record of the loan and will protect you and help make sure you are repaid.

Call or email us today to learn more about these services.