Our team of civil lawyers has experience arguing motions and litigating cases at many levels of the court system. Throughout the years our team has successfully represented clients in various matters. These include contracts and collections, landlord and tenant disputes, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and more. At Costa Law we are involved in every phase of litigation, from the initial filings of the proceedings to any type of appeals before the higher courts. Our attorneys have appeared before Administrative Tribunals, Small Claims Courts, Motion Courts, the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Courts, the Ontario Court of Appeals, and the Federal Court of Appeals.
What sets us apart is our commitment to client service and our ability to build long-term, partnering relationships with our clients. We are committed to effectively representing our clients’ best interests, and ensuring that our clients get the best legal outcome possible, regardless of how complex the case is. Our team consists of some of the top civil litigation lawyers in Toronto that all have extensive experience arguing questions of fact and law, and handling complex procedural and substantive issues. Over the year we have built a reputation for handling challenging civil issues, often involving substantial sums of money and valuable property.
Civil cases can be complex and usually involve various steps. At its most basic, civil litigation is the area of law that covers private lawsuits – cases in which an individual or a corporation sues another party because of a disagreement over a legal matter. These legal matters can range from contractual disputes to disputes over the ownership of property, and other disputes. Generally, there are three main stages to any civil lawsuit: the pleadings stage, the discovery stage, and the trial stage. During the trial, the party who has initiated the lawsuit or filed a Statement of Claim – also known as the “plaintiff” – presents the facts or evidence to support the case made against the other party – the “defendant”. In a civil suit, the plaintiff must prove that it is probable that the defendant is legally responsible, or “liable” for the damage caused. The most common remedy in a civil suit is monetary in nature and is knows as damages however, sometimes injunctive relief or declarations can be sought. Because civil cases are mostly decided on a balance of probabilities, strategy is an important aspect of civil litigations. This’s why it is so important to obtain legal counsel with many years of experience. At Costa Law we have some of the most experienced civil lawyers in Toronto who can help you achieve the desired result.
Contract law is the branch of jurisprudence that addresses the rights and obligations of parties entering into contracts. Canadian contract law is rooted in the English common law tradition and principles of equity. Parties must have the intention to enter into a legal relationship and be capable to contract with one-another through three main elements – offer, acceptance and consideration. Our attorneys can assist you in drafting and negotiating various contracts, as well as ensuring that your rights and interests are protected.
Landlord and Tenant Disputes (Residential & Commercial)
Our lawyers and paralegals have unmatched expertise in Landlord-Tenant Disputes, and have argued at many Landlord and Tenant Board hearings. Our team can help you understand your rights and responsibilities under the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA), and resolve any landlord-tenant issues such as non-payment of rent, damage to property, and eviction proceedings.
At Costa Law our civil lawyers can assist you in resolving disagreements without going to trial – through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). The increase of the caseload in courts, and the relatively cheap cost of ADR have contributed to its rising popularity. ADR is especially popular if the parties wish to resolve the dispute confidentially, or wish to have greater control over the selection of the individual or individuals who will decide the outcome of the dispute – such as a mediator. Others wish to mend or maintain existing relationships and prefer to negotiate, rather than go to court.