Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah

Evelyn Ackah

Welcome to the Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast. I answer your questions about moving to Canada and the US for work, for family, for life.

Gordon Vanderleek: Wills and Estate Lawyer and Disability Advocate  | Episode 37
02-12-2021
Gordon Vanderleek: Wills and Estate Lawyer and Disability Advocate | Episode 37
Calgary, Alberta lawyer Gordon Vanderleek is the Founder and Chief Strategist of VanderLeek Law (and Evelyn's wills and trusts guru!). His practice focuses on solving problems and educating in the areas of estate planning, estate administration and trust law. Gordon takes pride in being compassionate and empathetic, had making a difference in people's lives during high stress times of their lives. Ackah Law recently expanded our legal services to provide wills and estate planning for newcomers to Canada. From our experience, we see that many temporary and permanent immigrants don’t understand that if they are living in Canada and unexpectedly die, if they don't have a will, the laws in the province or territory you live in will determine how your estate is divided - not necessarily the laws of their home country.  Evelyn and Gordon discuss: Why estate planning is hard for many people - talking about what will happen to their assets - their things - after they are gone, and how to protect their loved ones; and why Gordion decided to practice this area of law. Why wills and estate planning is important to everyone, including immigrants. Life events and milestones that should trigger estate planning, beginning at age 18. How Canada and Alberta laws impact newcomers, and what happens when a person's wishes don't match their legal documents. How to make sure your wishes are carried out. The importance of establishing guardianship for your minor children. How Personal Directives and Power of Attorney plan for incapacitation or disabilities, which have become a more visible issue since Covid. Special trusteeships and adult guardianships that are available for adults with special needs, and how the Britney Spears conservatorship made people aware of the need to do advance planning. Are DIY wills and holographs enforceable? Estate planning for children with special needs: how to gift money and protect their financial future.
Dr Enoch Omololu: Helping Newcomers Transition to Savvy New Canadians | Episode 36
17-11-2021
Dr Enoch Omololu: Helping Newcomers Transition to Savvy New Canadians | Episode 36
November is Financial Literacy Month in Canada. Evelyn spoke to Enoch Omololu, DVM, MSc, whose passion is to help newcomers to Canada with their personal finances. Enoch is a veterinarian and the resident personal finance expert at Savvy New Canadians. He has a master’s degree in Finance and Investment Management from the University of Aberdeen Business School (Scotland) and has completed several courses and certificates in finance, including the Canadian Securities Course. He also has an MSc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Ibadan. Enoch has been helping others win with their personal finances and has been writing about money matters for over a decade. His writing has been featured or quoted in The Globe and Mail, Winnipeg Free Press, Wealthsimple, Financial Post, Toronto Star, Credit Canada, MSN Money, National Post, CIBC, and many other personal finance publications. Evelyn and Enoch cover a range of Canadian personal finance and immigration issues including: You’re a Doctor of Veterinary medicine. What was your journey, and what led you to launch a personal finance website? What are some of the biggest financial frustrations you’ve seen Canadian newcomers experience? What happens after they get here? Building credit. Buying a home. Setting a budget. Saving for retirement. How is personal finance the same for newcomers - and how is it different? How do you make money now, to turn this into a money-making business? You have millions of website visitors each year - that's impressive. They can’t all be immigrants. Why do you think native born Canadians also visit Savvy Canadians? You’ve also authored several personal finance guides and eBooks. Many highly educated immigrants are coming in, business owners from other countries coming in, but yet they're starting all over again. They need to learn how we can create a financial legacy for our children, the next generation. If an immigrant is successful financially, the chances are that their descendants are going to also succeed. How do you see the financial needs of immigrants changing after they’ve lived in Canada 5, 10, 15 years and longer? Immigrants have taken advantage of those opportunities to grow businesses, establish themselves, become employers themselves. If you could share one piece of financial advice with immigrants before they arrive in Canada, what would that be? Developing a money mindset.
AEA030: Calgary Lawyer Charles Fair of Fair Legal - On Your Side When Life Gets Messy
01-07-2021
AEA030: Calgary Lawyer Charles Fair of Fair Legal - On Your Side When Life Gets Messy
Calgary Lawyer Charles Fair and Evelyn Ackah discuss Fair Legal in Calgary and his practice in criminal, civil and family law on the Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah Podcast. Charles Fair has been practicing law for nearly 30 years and founded  (Fair Legal) because he is passionate about how lawyers can help others and ensure their rights are protected and that people are treated fairly. Charles and Evelyn discuss why he founded Fair Legal, why the choice of a lawyer is so important, and the unique legal needs of immigrants facing a family law issue, criminal charges or involvement in a legal dispute: How practicing law became Charles' 2nd career Why Charles chose to run his own law firm, versus joining a law firm How law school can change people's values His biggest business challenges running a solo law practice How did Fair Legal weather the pandemic? Hiring the right legal support team is critical for running a successful firm. Charles' hiring advice to young lawyers or to new firm founders Fair Legal Team 100 Where is Fair Legal heading in the next 3-5 years? Having an impact on someone's life How a legal case in one area leads to help that client with legal cases in other areas, such as when a family law case leads to a business law case Immigration implications of criminal cases. Many Ackah Law immigration clients become permanent residents, but not citizens. If someone in Canada is charged with a crime, what are their rights if they are a temporary resident versus a permanent resident versus a Canadian citizen?
AEA028: Daniel Devis, Founder and President of Immigrowth
19-05-2021
AEA028: Daniel Devis, Founder and President of Immigrowth
Immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah talks to Daniel Devis, the Founder and President of Immigrowth. Immigrowth is a management consultancy that provides business plans for immigration Individuals moving to Canada who want to qualify under the entrepreneur or investor categories, and even under intercompany transfers. Daniel Devis and Immigrowth help immigrants create the documentation to demonstrate they meet the immigration requirements, and how they will implement their business plan once they arrive in Canada. Immigrowth is not immigration lawyers or consultants but works closely with their clients' immigration lawyers to prepare their entrepreneur business plan. Daniel talked about why he started Immigrowth, and how a business plan helps immigrants succeed on their entrepreneurial journey to Canada: How does a business plan help applicants succeed in their immigration applications? Is prior business experience required for a foreigner to start a business in Canada? The 3 ways immigrants can start a business in Canada What are alternatives to the owner-operator LMIA visa? The steps in the 10-15 days required to create the initial business plan Types of new businesses being created by immigrants to Canada Countries of origin for Canadian entrepreneur immigrants How Immigrowth provides personal service to its clients How Immigrowth sets their clients up for success after they land in Canada Startup visa application support 3 core pillars of a successful immigration business plan
AEA023:Expat Entrepreneur Marla Brock on Launching a Business In Canada
22-12-2020
AEA023:Expat Entrepreneur Marla Brock on Launching a Business In Canada
On the Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah Podcast, Canada business immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah talks to American expat Marla Brock, the Founder and CEO of Kidcoover, Vancouver's leading resource for babysitters, nannies and au pairs and Canada's fastest-growing childcare agency. Marla started the company while on maternity leave with her third child. She is a former lawyer and began her legal career in California's Silicon Valley, practiced law in Miami and later worked as a director of strategy at a publicly traded company in Vancouver. In life, I really believe that it's "not what you know, but what you do with what you know." Marla has also founded Cleancoover (an on-demand residential cleaning company), Carecoover (eldercare, home support and respite care) and Coover Immigration, (an immigration firm that specializes in the needs of foreign labourers). Work Permits for Home Caregivers in Canada A live-in caregiver in Canada must be qualified to provide care for the elderly, disabled or children. They work in private homes and do not have direct supervision as they do their jobs. Contact us today at 403-452-9515 or email us directly. As in so many other parts of the world, though, there is a high demand for workers of this kind, and it is not unusual for foreign workers to seek employment as live-in caregivers in all parts of Canada. To accommodate the demand for this huge labour pool, the LCP or Home Caregiver Program was created by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Learn More: New In-Home Caregiver Programs Open For Applications Live-in Caregiver Program Ending November 29, 2019 Program Update: Open Work Permits Under the Interim Pathway for Caregivers Ackah Law Can Help Your Canadian Dream Come True For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, contact Ackah Business Immigration today at (403) 452‑9515 or email us directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.