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Legal matters dealt with & solved quickly. London, Ontario and area.

Adult Guardianship

Affordable Guardianship application service, for your 18+ Adult Child or incapable loved one.

Commissioner & Notary Public

In person or virtual, commissioning & notarizing of your documents.


Private/Voluntary mediation; Elder mediation for family members and caregivers; Employment mediation between co-workers or the employer and employee.

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Welcome to TBH Legal

TBH.... To Be Honest

The name says it all. When you retain TBH legal, you can be assured that the Paralegal Rules of Conduct and Paralegal Professional Conduct Guidelines are followed and taken very seriously.

According to the Paralegal Rules of Conduct, a paralegal shall be honest and candid when advising clients (Rule 3.02(2)). Specifically, according to Guideline 7,

1. A paralegal has a duty of candour with the client on matters relevant to the retainer. A paralegal is required to inform the client of information known to the paralegal that may affect the interests of the client in the matter.

2. A paralegal must honestly and candidly advise the client regarding the law and the client’s options, possible outcomes and risks of his or her matter, so that the client is able to make informed decisions and give the paralegal appropriate instructions regarding the case. Fulfillment of this professional responsibility may require a difficult but necessary conversation with a client and/or delivery of bad news. It can be helpful for advice that is not well-received by the client to be given or con-firmed by the paralegal in writing.

Being honest and candid means that you must be truthful and forthright in advising your client about all matters, including options that may shorten the duration of a legal action or lower its cost, even if it might mean less profit for you in the long run. It is important that clients have a clear under-standing of all possible outcomes.

Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act – (PIPEDA)

TBH Legal collects, uses, discloses, retains, and disposes of your personal information in compliance with federal and provincial privacy legislation and applicable Law Society of Ontario regulations.  Any person in contact with your personal information will have signed a confidentiality form and will have been trained in the appropriate use and protection of your information. 

Your information may be used for the following reasons:

  • To perform the required conflict checks prior to opening a new file
  • In securing a retainer
  • To conduct a credit check
  • upon the request of a government institution with the requisite lawful authority to enforce or administer a law of Canada or of a province
  • as required by law
  • in the course of preparing for the litigation
  • in the drafting and delivery of a pleading
  • in the drafting and delivery of communications with the other involved party(ies)
  • to advise you of new services being offered

PIPEDA provides that, upon written request, an individual shall be informed of the existence, use, and disclosure of his or her personal information and shall be given access to that information. Individuals may also challenge the accuracy and completeness of the information and have it amended as appropriate.

PIPEDA requires organizations to respond to access requests within 30 days at minimal or no cost.

TBH legal pledges to follow the Paralegal’s Rules of Conduct when it comes to being confidential with your information.

The paralegal’s duty of confidentiality is set out in the Paralegal Rules of Conduct- Rule 3.03:

  • A paralegal shall, at all times, hold in strict confidence all information concerning the business and affairs of a client acquired in the course of their professional relationship and shall not disclose any such information unless: (a) expressly or impliedly authorized by the client; (b) required by law or by order of a tribunal of competent jurisdiction to do so; (c) required to provide the information to the Law Society; or (d) otherwise permitted by this rule.

  • The duty of confidentiality commences at the very outset of the paralegal – client
    relationship, even prior to a retainer, and continues indefinitely after the paralegal has ceased acting for the client.

*This means it applies to all stages of the legal action, including ADR (ie: Mediation), and even applies to prospective clients, whether or not a paralegal – client relationship is even entered into. In addition, it applies to all information acquired during the paralegal – client relationship, whether or not the information is relevant to the matter for which the paralegal is retained.

NOTE: Visiting this website does not create a paralegal-client relationship. No duty of confidentiality is owed to you as a result of you having only visited this website.

Practice Areas

Adult Guardianship

For your adult child
Affordable Guardianship application process, so you can continue to parent with peace of mind. This service is offered by TBH legal ONTARIO-wide.

Adult Guardianship

For your incapable adult
Affordable Guardianship application process for incapable adults without a valid Power of Attorney. This service is offered by TBH legal ONTARIO-wide.

Employment Law

Were you wrongfully terminated? Are you being harassed in the workplace? Is your employer breaking the law? Your obligations as an employee and employer... what you need to know.

Small Claims Court

Do you want to sue? or Are you being sued? Let us take you through the Small Claims Court process.

Contract Law

There are certain things the courts look for to make a contract valid and things that make a contract invalid. Has your contract been breached?

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

When you have been discriminated against, we will file a complaint and will find a solution.

Demand Letters

When you have tried to be nice, but have gotten no results. A well written letter from a licensed legal professional can go a long way.

Eviction Letters for Rooming Houses

An official notice letter on your behalf, to be used as a “Notice to Move Out / Terminate the Tenancy” notification is the best way a Rooming House landlord can legally evict a boarder. This service is offered by TBH legal ONTARIO-wide.

Commissioner and Notary Public

In-person and Virtual, Commissioning and Notarizing of your documents. Virtual commissioning and virtual notarizing services by TBH legal are offered ONTARIO-wide.

Private Mediation

Private and Voluntary "OPT-IN" Mediation for those who wish to settle their dispute and salvage their relationship. Virtual mediation services offered by TBH legal ONTARIO-wide.

Elder Mediation

When family members come together to make a plan for the caregiving of their elderly loved ones. Virtual mediation services offered by TBH legal ONTARIO-wide.

Employment Mediation

When a place of employment becomes a toxic environment, we can find a way to make it work. Virtual mediation services offered by TBH legal ONTARIO-wide.

Meet Rachel Merucci

“I want to help, because I know how it feels to be in your shoes.”

The services offered by TBH legal are specifically chosen, and 100% inspired by facets of my life where I have been on my own, figuring out how to make things work. My experiences may not be exactly the same as yours, but I can guarantee that in whatever area you reach out to me for, I have either been there personally or have been holding someone’s hand.

I have been wronged, I have been given the run-around, I have pieced together resources and have advocated for my family, friends, and for myself when no one would help or even listen because I couldn’t afford to pay big retainers.

My personal and professional experiences, and my passion for doing what is right, will be to your advantage.

I am so excited to work with you! Thank you for choosing TBH legal!

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POA-W DAY & $20 NOTARY SERVICES (Monthly Event) is TODAY- Friday, July 19, 2024.POA-W Days are an opportunity for you to complete your Will and Powers of Attorney for only $80 (Currently No HST). What you need to bring for "POA-W" Days:-Your completed original will (can be purchased online, or in store),-Your completed Powers of Attorney (can be downloaded online for free- check our website) -You will need to bring 1 witness with you for the Will-Your completed Affidavit of Execution for the witness you brought (can be downloaded online for free- check our website)...and then visit us on a POA-W day to have your documents commissioned/witnessed. (There will be 2 Notary Publics present on POA-W Days)The "POA-W Package" on these days are only $80.Registration is Required. Learn More, Register, and Pick Your Date HERE: All Notary Public Services are $20 on these dates. (Currently No HST) 👉NEXT "POA-W DAY & $20 NOTARY SERVICES" Event is Friday, August 16, 2024.POA-W Days are In-Person Events. Located in St. Thomas, #TBHlegal #notarypublic #notaryservices #paralegal #paralegalservices #commissioner #stthomasontario #stthomasproud #LondonOntario #ontario #RachelMerucci #POA #powerofattorney #POAofproperty #POAofPersonalCare #diypoa #diywill #truecopyattestation #truecopy #witness ... See MoreSee Less
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A "Guardian" is someone who steps up and asks to be picked for the role... either for Guardian Property, or Guardian of Personal Care, or both (Guardian of the Person, or "Full Guardianship").They ask for this role because their loved one has been proven to be "mentally incapable" to make decisions in one, or both of these categories. (Personal Care and/or Property)Adult Guardianship is a serious role that is a life-long commitment. 1️⃣"Guardianship of Personal Care" when obtained, will remove the "Rights" that are ONLY associated with "Personal Care".Personal Care includes ONLY the following areas: health care, nutrition, shelter, clothing, hygiene, and safety.➡️For MOST, Guardianship of Personal Care is NOT necessary because in Ontario, we all have an AUTOMATIC Substitute Decision Maker in regards to our "Medical Decisions". It is typically discouraged for an "Automatic Substitute Decision Maker" to pursue a Guardianship of "Personal Care" to only obtain the additional "right" to make decisions on "nutrition, shelter, clothing, hygiene, and safety". These rights are not considered "risky" and therefore are almost never challenged by organizations or authorities to produce the legal documentation for these rights.2️⃣ "Guardianship of Property" when obtained, removes the "Rights" that are associated with "Property".Property includes MUCH more than "real estate". It includes banking, signing cheques, paying bills, buying or selling real estate, buying regular goods and services, applying for benefits, filing taxes, lending, selling, storing or disposing of personal belongings... etc.If your adult loved-one is unable to understand, manage, and make their own decisions regarding their own "property", AND they are NOT MENTALLY CAPABLE to create a Power of Attorney for Property, then Adult Guardianship of Property MAY be required.➡️Unlike "Personal Care", there is NO "Automatic" Substitute Decision Maker for ANY areas of "Property".In Ontario, legal authority MUST be designated to someone in order for that individual to "help" or advocate, or make decisions in regards to Property."Supported Decision Making" is NOT a thing in Ontario.➡️Legal Authority means either a Power of Attorney for Property or Guardianship of Property.According to the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) "Duties and Powers of a Guardian of Property":✔️It is the responsibility of the Guardian of Property to inform the incapable person of all their powers and duties, to the extent that the person is able to understand.✔️As the Guardian of Property, you must encourage the incapable person to participate, to the best of their abilities, in your decisions about the property.✔️You must consult from time to time, with supportive family members and friends who are in regular contact with the incapable person and with people providing personal care to the incapable person.✔️The Guardian of Property must foster personal contact between supportive family members, caregivers, and the incapable person. If you obtain Guardianship of Property for your adult loved one- THEY WILL RETAIN THEIR RIGHTS to make decisions regarding their "Personal Care", and they will still have the right to be consulted regarding decisions to made regarding their "Property".The individual will only lose the right to the "final say" in regards to managing their property. ➡️Guardianship of the Person- aka Full Guardianship, would remove all "Final" decision making rights in all aspects of the incapable person's life.This type of Guardianship, like the other two, should absolutely be considered as a "last resort".💙"Adult Guardianship EXPLAINED" Pre-RECORDEDNow Available at YOUR Convenience! This informative FREE 45 minute webinar is geared towards understanding what "Guardianship" really means and which guardianship (if any) is right for you. A MUST WATCH for parents who have a teen/young adult with a developmental disability, or for caregivers of an incapable adult who does not have a POA in place.REQUEST TO VIEW THE VIDEO HERE:*Information applies to residents of Ontario, Canada Only.🇨🇦 #TBHlegal #Ontario #AdultGuardianship #GuardianofProperty #guardianshipofproperty #Guardianofpropertynottheperson #ASD #Autism #developmentaldisabilities #alzheimers #Caregiver #careworker #nurses #PSW #socialworkers #GeriatricCare #retirementhome #longtermcare #longtermcareplanning #dementia #dementiacare #dementiasupport #TransitiontoAdulthood #teenstoadult #RachelMerucci #cerebralpalsy #FASD #fasdawareness #downsyndrome #downsyndromeawareness #adhd #adhdawareness #braininjury #braininjuryawareness #braininjurysupport #neurologicaldisorders #severementalillness #incapacity #incapacityplanning #stroke #parkinsons #parkinsonsdisease #ParkinsonsAwareness #parkinsonsdiseaseawareness ... See MoreSee Less
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