All Practice Areas
Mackesy Smye Law Firm focuses primarily on Personal Injury Law, where we have successfully helped thousands of clients by negotiating large settlements resulting from a variety of personal injury cases.
In addition to personal injury law, Mackesy Smye has a proven track record of success in other areas of practice, including real estate, corporate law, litigation, estate planning & wills.
With over 185 years of combined experience, our expertise allows us to give our clients the right advice and high-level representation they need to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Cycling has become an increasingly popular mode of transportation for commuting, exercise, recreation, for both casual and formal competition and even for running errands. Unfortunately, Ontario’s cycling infrastructure is struggling to keep pace, and drivers are often unfamiliar with the challenges faced by cyclists in the urban and rural settings throughout the Greater Hamilton and Southwestern Ontario region.
Ontarians own more pleasure craft than residents of any other province. Mishaps on the water can seriously affect the lives and livelihoods of boating enthusiasts. Many of these unfortunate incidents occur in Greater Hamilton and South Western Ontario area, thanks to their proximity to the many lakes throughout these areas.
A car accident can change one’s life forever. Here in Ontario, thousands of motorists suffer car accident-related injuries every year. Many of these car accidents affect residents of Hamilton, Burlington, Brantford and Niagara.
It is always a crushing experience to lose a loved one, but when that death comes as the result of a fatal accident, its impact can be doubly devastating to the grieving parties.
Whether you have been injured in a collision with a car, lost control of your bike or suffered a fall on a dangerous stretch of road, a motorcycle accident can wreak havoc upon your life and livelihood. Here in Ontario, more than a thousand motorcycle riders are injured in accidents every year.
The simple act of crossing the street can become a nightmare for pedestrians hit by cars. More than 4000 Ontario pedestrians are injured by cars in a typical year, and there are more than 100 pedestrian deaths in the province during that same span.
In an ideal world, our workplaces, stores and business that we frequent would always provide us a safe environment. Generally, this is the case. Unfortunately, every year, thousands of Ontario residents are injured due to unsafe or poorly maintained conditions on a property that they do not own.
Trucks make up a significant percentage of the traffic on Ontario highways and because of their size, accidents involving these vehicles can cause serious injuries.
Canada Pension Appeals
The Canada Pension Plan Act was established to protect the quality of life of retirees, survivors of deceased spouses, people coping with disabilities and their children. Every year, many Greater Hamilton and South Western Ontario Area residents are denied access to CPP benefits without proper cause. Citizen who object to the denial need to move quickly as there are strict time lines.
Your disability insurance policy was designed to protect you and your family against any unforeseen circumstances that might prevent you from earning income and taking care of your financial responsibilities.
Ontario consumers have the right to expect safe and reliable results from the products or services that they purchase. In order to conduct business in this province, manufacturers and retailers are required to take all reasonable precautions against the distribution and sale of defective, inadequate or otherwise dangerous merchandise.
Slips, Trips & Falls
Even the simple and seemingly automatic act of walking outside of your home can become hazardous when conditions are unsafe or property is improperly maintained. Every year, thousands of Ontario residents are injured in slip, trip and fall accidents – and a large percentage of these mishaps occur in the Greater Hamilton, South Western Ontario Area.
Whether your business is involved in a shareholder dispute, is being sued by a disgruntled employee, or experiencing contract or collection issues, litigation can cause your business turmoil. A law suit can seriously affect your organization’s reputation, and alter your bottom line.
Real Estate Law
Whether you are buying, selling or mortgaging a home, or are involved with more complicated joint ventures, commercial leasing, or land development, real estate transactions are rife with potential pitfalls. In Ontario, more than 70 percent of Ontario residents were homeowners by 2006. This means that the majority of the population is affected by real estate in some way.
Estates & Trusts
Whether we like to think about it or not, effective estate planning is essential to protecting those you love, and is critical to your peace of mind. An estate plan will ensure that your assets are protected and transferred correctly to your beneficiaries, and that your wishes are carried out. However, only 30% of Canadians have a current will. Without an estate plan in place, your family could suffer serious financial consequences if you die.
A corporation is a separate legal entity, with its own unique legal requirements and taxation obligations and benefits. If you are incorporating your business, drafting shareholder agreements, or undergoing a corporate restructuring, handling your corporation’s legal issues improperly can mean disaster for your business.
Having a current will is critical to protecting your family’s future. Despite this, more than 70% of Canadians don’t have one. It may be unpleasant to think about, but if you don’t have a will, there can be serious and expensive consequences.