Legal Assistance Program

Legal Assistance Program

MLT Aikins LLP is pleased to provide legal services to all members in good standing with Pharmacists Manitoba, whether practising or retired, and their immediate family members.  
 
MLT Aikins and Pharmacists Manitoba have collaborated to develop a legal assistance program to best serve Manitoba’s pharmacists – allowing you and your immediate family access to high-quality legal services at a reduced cost. 
About the Firm MLT Aikins is a full-service law firm with approximately 240 lawyers across Western Canada. We have a thorough understanding of Western Canada’s unique legal and business landscapes.  
 
How to Participate

To participate in the program, contact Grant Stefanson or Ian Scarth and let them know you’re interested in the Pharmacists Manitoba Legal Assistance Program. 
 
Based on the nature of your inquiry, MLT Aikins will either provide a free consultation over the phone or will  schedule an in-person meeting. You’ll be assigned a lawyer to best address your specific needs. All discussions with MLT Aikins lawyers are confidential.  
 
Questions?  If you have any questions about the Legal Assistance Program, please contact Pharmacists Manitoba or MLT Aikins. 
 
Grant Stefanson, MLT Aikins LLP (204) 957-4614 gstefanson@mltaikins.com 
Ian Scarth, MLT Aikins LLP (204) 957-4886 iscarth@mltaikins.com 
Jill Ell, Pharmacists Manitoba Inc.  (204) 956-6680 jell@pharmacistsmb.ca 


Legal Advice & Services

MLT Aikins lawyers have industry knowledge and experience working with Manitoba’s pharmacists, and can help you with a wide range of legal services. 
 
Professional Incorporations  

We help pharmacists set up and organize your professional corporations, advising you throughout the incorporation process to ensure you comply with legislation, while also being mindful of tax efficiencies and opportunities. 
 
Practice Purchases and Sales

If you decide to buy or sell a practice, we can assist at each stage of the process. We draft and negotiate letters of intent, purchase agreements or noncompete agreements and conduct due diligence. We keep your long-term goals in mind to facilitate a smooth transition for you and your team. 
 
Leasing Matters

Our lawyers help pharmacists establish successful tenant-landlord relationships. We negotiate, draft and review commercial leases on your behalf, identifying unfavourable terms and suggesting modifications to better protect your interests. 
 
Labour and Employment

We can help you structure and negotiate employment agreements or independent contractor agreements. We advise on other union and non-union employment matters such as wrongful dismissals. 
 

Tax Planning

Our lawyers work with you to integrate tax advice into your plan for personal and business success. We provide tax planning guidance for pharmacists, developing tax-saving strategies and maximizing  your returns.  
 
Estate Planning  

Whether you’d like advice on succession planning for your practice or want to leave a legacy for loved ones or a charity, we can help you plan for the future. We prepare Last Wills and Testaments, Powers of Attorney, Pre-nuptial Agreements, Guardianship documents, Health-Care Directives, Trusts, estate freezes, Income Splitting Arrangements and  Business Reorganizations. 
 
College of Pharmacists of Manitoba Hearings

Under The Pharmaceutical Act, one of several committees including the Discipline Committee may require a pharmacist to respond to certain allegations at a hearing. In these instances, you may wish to attend the hearing with a lawyer or consult a lawyer to discuss the allegations


Fees 
 
Pharmacist Malpractice Insurance

Your Malpractice Insurance Policy covers certain legal fees. Once your insurer confirms that your matter is covered by your policy, if you wish to retain one of our lawyers to act on your behalf in a professional disciplinary matter, your insurer will pay the legal fees to advance your defence or to negotiate a satisfactory resolution. MLT Aikins has extensive experience with the regulation of professionals, including pharmacists. 
 
Legal Fees

MLT Aikins lawyers will provide your initial 30-minute consultation free of charge. After the initial consultation, you may decide whether to retain the firm. If you choose to participate in the program, you are entitled to certain legal services at guaranteed rates as follows: 
 

Type of Legal Service Legal Fees
Simple Will ( No Trust Provisions )    $225.00
Power of Attorney    $125.00
Health Care Directive/Living Will    $125.00
Basic Home Purchase or Sale*    $550.00
Basic Home Purchase with Mortgage*            $750.00
Basic Home Mortgage Refinance*    $550.00
Incorporation    $825.00
Business Name Registration    $175.00
Annual Returns for Corporation    $125.00
Uncontested Divorce $1,000.00
Estates  15% discount off the required fee tarriff**

 

For other legal services, MLT Aikins will discount the assigned lawyer’s hourly rate by 15%. In addition to legal fees, you are responsible to pay disbursements and taxes. Disbursements are costs which  a law firm incurs on your behalf, such as court filing fees, postage, courier, photocopying and fax charges.  GST is chargeable on legal fees and most disbursements. RST is chargeable on legal fees