Day: March 25, 2020

Mazzeo Law Barristers & Solicitors Offers Assistance With Legal Separation

Mazzeo Law Barristers & Solicitors Offers Assistance With Legal Separation

Mazzeo Law Barristers & Solicitors Offers Assistance With Legal Separation

Mazzeo Law Barristers & Solicitors, a Vaughan, ON based law firm, would like to announce the availability of their legal services for those looking for assistance with legal separation or other aspects of divorce. The attorneys at Mazzeo Law are all highly qualified and prepared to deal with all kinds of issues. They make it a point to ensure that every client is treated fairly during a legal separation and that they get everything they can rightfully claim out of a separation.

Separation agreements can be incredibly difficult and stressful for everyone involved, not to mention expensive. This is all made a lot easier to handle if one has a good attorney, and the lawyers at Mazzeo Law have a great deal of knowledge and experience on various legal issues, focusing mainly on family matters including family law, real estate and will or estate law.

“Every family has had to deal with one more of these issues, and they can be both emotionally and mentally taxing on the parties involved,” says the firm in a statement that is echoed on their website. “Oftentimes, some areas of law do overlap, and this is when we can bring even more value to the clients we serve since we are well versed in those as well. Attempting to navigate any legal issues on your own and interpret how to best deal with them according to federal and provincial legislation just adds an increased element of unnecessary stress to the equation. Here is where we can help carry the weight and relieve some of the stress surrounding these issues. Our job and priority are to handle all parts of the process pertaining to the law and advocate for your rights on your behalf to ensure that your voice is heard.”

The firm helps with spousal maintenance law, a field of law that is meant to ensure that a spouse does not suffer any undue hardship or a marked change in lifestyle as a result of a separation or divorce. There are no federal or provincial guidelines, unlike with child support, so it is very important to have a good lawyer to help one navigate through spousal support law. Fortunately, the firm provides clients with expert guidance whenever they have questions about their spousal support options. Whether one is being asked to provide support or wishes to make a support claim, Mazzeo Law’s lawyers are there to help.

The firm was founded by Paul Mazzeo, a lawyer with a great deal of experience and knowledge spanning multiple fields. Mazzeo has stood before courts at every level, including the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal. He has, over the years, developed an innate ability to communicate issues and advocate on behalf of his clients. He obtained a bachelor of Law from the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. He and the rest of the Mazzeo Law team are always ready and willing to help with any and all family law related issues.

“Paul Mazzeo has been easy to work with. Professional, reliable and, above all, he is a very knowledgeable family lawyer,” says a review of Paul’s services on the firm’s site. “My family law case has become rather complicated, yet Paul has been prepared every step of the way. With his expertise and experience, he has been successful in all family court appearances. Paul is always well prepared and organized, which I believe is the key to his success. Although this process is highly stressful, Paul is always available to respond to all my concerns. I highly recommend Paul Mazzeo and the staff at Mazzeo Law for any family law issue.”

Another highly positive review of the firm states, “I was referred to Paul Mazzeo by the Lawyer Society of Ontario for consultation in family law. His team accommodated me very quickly, then Paul met me at the scheduled time and was very helpful and knowledgeable in my issue. His advice was correct and finally resolved my issue. Thank you.”

Vaughan residents in need of a separation lawyer or an estate planning lawyer are encouraged to get in touch with Mazzeo Law Barristers & Solicitors today. More information regarding their services can be found on their website.

Family Lawyer Vaughan Divorce Law Office

3300 Hwy 7 Suite 904
Vaughan, Ontario L4K 4M3

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (905) 851-5909
Fax: (905) 851-3514
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Coronavirus strands Florida woman in Peru

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — March has not always boded well for Jessica Brar. It’s the month her father died, the month that she divorced. The days are a seasonal reminder of life’s regrets.

This March brought coronavirus. And new woes for Brar.

Monday was her seventh day stranded in Peru after the government there enforced a mandatory country-wide quarantine to help stave the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Peruvians are only allowed to leave their homes for essentials like food, medicine and doctor visits. Curfew begins every night at 8.

The U.S. Embassy has shuttered and Brar feels abandoned by her country. American officials, she said, failed to come through in her hour of need.

“All of our lives we are told if you are in trouble, contact the U.S. Embassy,” she said. “Yet truthfully, they left us stranded with no information.”

Brar’s life is now relegated to a room on the 13th floor of the Selina Miraflores hostel in Lima. It has two beds. One she sleeps in. One she uses as a closet. She does her laundry in the bathtub. The hostel closed all its public places so she uses an electric kettle to boil gluten-free pasta and keeps other food items in a mini fridge. To keep calm, she bought a glass mason jar cup decorated with animals and topped with a bright green lid and straw. She picked up a patterned mug for tea and sometimes wine, too.

“I learned this a long time ago from travelling – when you’re in a place and you’re homesick or if you’re stuck like I am now, it’s important to have a few things that make you just feel better, ,” she said.

Brar, a 34-year-old Gainesville yoga instructor, flew to Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 9, when the United States was still just waking up to the seriousness of COVID-19. It was supposed to be another adventure for Brar, who loves to travel and keeps track of her adventures on a map of the world at her home. She had scratched off the 56 countries she has already visited. This trip was going to help her inch closer to her goal of 100.

Everything seemed fine on her first day in Argentina. But by March 12, when drinking with friends, the State Department had raised its warning to Level 3: reconsider travelling abroad.

“I fly to Argentina,” Brar said. “A day or two later, Argentina starts shutting down everything.”

In retrospect, she said, “I probably should have acted sooner on that.”

But she laughed thinking about what she might have possibly done. She was already abroad.

She travelled to the famed Iguazu Falls on March 14. That’s where the seriousness of the situation began to set in. After several attempts at leaving, she booked a ticket to Miami that went through Lima. But the flight to Miami never took off. It was cancelled. Armored police descended on the Lima airport to guard every check-in line. Crowds pushed. Chaos ensued.

Brar isn’t concerned, she said, for her safety. What she worries about now is: When will she be able to get out?

On the second day of her quarantine, Brar met other international travellers in the hostel who told her they had heard from their governments about relief. But she never did.

“The hardest part of the whole ordeal is remaining in the dark,” Brar said.

And that has compounded the uncertainty of the outbreak for Brar.

“I have no problem with leaving us here,” she said. “Just inform us each step of the way.”

She began asking friends to contact lawmakers – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sens. Rock Scott and Marco Rubio and Ted Yoho, her congressman. She hoped for power in numbers.

When, she wondered, would America come for her?

She was “stuck in a bureaucratic loop” as she called one number and then the next, ending with her being directed to contact the U.S. Embassy in Lima.

“I still have no information on when a plane is coming for me,” a frustrated Brar wrote on Facebook. “I come back to my room and half pack my bag. My signal to the universe. I’m ready to go home.”

On Saturday, Brar finally received an alert from the U.S. Embassy in Lima:: 264 Americans had been able to fly to Washington. The embassy said it was working to get others out.

“Mark the calendar. Our first helpful notification from the U.S. Embassy, a historic day indeed,” Brar posted on Facebook.

The next day, she received an email from the embassy: 500 Americans had been able to leave over the weekend. The embassy, it said, was working on “all options.”

As of Sunday, Peru was reporting 318 cases of COVID-19 and the Peruvian defence minister announced Peru was closing its borders. No flights would be let in or out.

Brar prepared herself. She knew her wait could be long. She has her yoga mat, her books and her friend’s Netflix password.

She had planned to add Argentina to her world map at home in Gainesville. Inadvertently, she will now also add Peru. She’s glad to be closer to her goal of 100 countries. But for now, she just wants to get home.


This story was produced by Fresh Take Florida, a news service of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. The reporter can be reached at [email protected]

Angela Dimichele Of Fresh Take Florida News Service, The Associated Press

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India’s 1.3 billion locked down as virus surges elsewhere

NEW DELHI — The world’s largest democracy went under the world’s biggest lockdown Wednesday, with India’s 1.3 billion people ordered to stay home in a bid to stop the coronavirus pandemic from spreading and overwhelming its fragile health care system as it has done elsewhere.

The unprecedented move came as infections surged in Europe, New York scrambled to set up thousands of new hospital beds, and organizers delayed this summer’s Tokyo Olympics until next year. Financial markets continued their wild swings, with Wall Street posting its best day since 1933 as U.S. Congress and the White House neared a nearly $2 trillion aid deal.

In India, everything but essential services like supermarkets were shuttered. Normally bustling railway stations in New Delhi were deserted and streets that just hours before were jumbled with honking cars were eerily silent with just a trickle of pedestrians.

“Delhi looks like a ghost town,” said Nishank Gupta, a lawyer. “I have never seen the city so quiet before.”

India has about 450 cases of the virus, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that if he didn’t take action now it could set the country back decades.

More than 422,000 people worldwide have been infected and nearly 19,000 have died, according to a running count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

A flicker of hope that Italy, which has seen the most deaths in the world, might be turning the corner faded Tuesday after officials reported an increase in both new cases and fatalities. Spain had so many bodies it commandeered an ice rink to store them.

There are signs, however, that drastic measures to keep people away from one another can push back the spread of the illness. In China, the province where the outbreak was first spotted late last year started lifting its lockdown.

Some train stations and bus services reopened in Hubei on Wednesday and people who passed health check would finally be allowed to travel for the first time since January. A similar easing in the hard-hit epicenter of Wuhan is planned for April 8, though buses and subways could start sooner.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

It is the latter cases — often requiring ventilators and specialized care — that threaten to overwhelm hospitals, which in several countries are already running short of critical equipment needed to treat patients and keep doctors and nurses safe.

In New York, the number of cases is doubling every three days, threatening to swamp the city’s intensive care units in the weeks ahead, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. The state has recorded more than 200 deaths, or one-third of the U.S. total.

“One of the forecasters said to me: ‘We were looking at a freight train coming across the country,’” the governor said. “We’re now looking at a bullet train.”

Cuomo proposed the country send thousands of ventilators to New York City — the metropolitan area needs 30,000 of them, he said — and demanded that President Donald Trump use wartime authority to force manufacturers to produce them.

Trump has invoked the Korean War-era Defence Production Act to deter hoarding but has been reluctant to use it to force companies to produce medical supplies. Vice-President Mike Pence said on Fox News that 2,000 ventilators have been shipped to New York and 2,000 more will be sent Wednesday.

In Washington, top congressional and White House officials said they expected to reach a deal soon on a package to shore up businesses and send relief checks to ordinary Americans of $1,200 per person or $3,000 for a family of four.

Stocks rallied around the world on the news. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged more than 2,100 points, or 11.4%,.

With Americans’ lives and livelihoods hanging in the balance, Trump said he hoped to reopen the country in less than three weeks.

“I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” he said during a Fox News virtual town hall.

With infections in the U.S. exceeding 50,000, including more than 690 deaths, public health experts have warned that failing to maintain social distancing would balloon infections to the point the health care system would be overwhelmed and many more people would die.

Spain, meanwhile, registered a record one-day increase of nearly 6,600 new infections and a leap of more than 500 deaths, to almost 2,700.

The country started storing bodies in an ice rink converted to a morgue until they could be buried or cremated. Also, army troops disinfecting nursing homes discovered elderly people living amid the corpses of suspected coronavirus victims. Prosecutors opened an investigation.

In Italy, a jump in the number of new deaths and cases dashed hopes fed by two days of declines. The 743 deaths reported Tuesday pushed Italy’s toll past 6,800, by far the highest of any country.

“Woe to whoever lets down the guard,” Health Minister Roberto Speranza said.

World Health Organization spokeswoman Margaret Harris said cases around the world are expected to increase “considerably.”

With no end to the crisis in sight, the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday postponed the 2020 Tokyo Olympics until the summer of 2021 at the latest, acting on the recommendation of Japan’s prime minister.

In New Zealand, the government declared a state of emergency as it prepared to go into an unprecedented lockdown late Wednesday for about a month.

“I have one simple message for New Zealanders today as we head into the next four weeks: Stay at home,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “It will break the chain of transmission and it will save lives.”

In Brazil, which has seen about 2,200 cases, President Jair Bolsonaro was taking a different approach, sticking with his contention that virus concerns were overblown.

“The virus arrived, we are confronting it, and it will pass shortly,” he said in a nationwide address Tuesday. “Our lives have to continue, jobs should be maintained.”

He said certain Brazilian states should abandon their “scorched earth” policy of prohibiting public transport, closing business and schools, and urging people to stay home.


Blake reported from Bangkok. Associated Press reporters around the world contributed to this report.


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Filipino shares his experiences as coronavirus survivor

BANGKOK — When Carlo Navarro, his wife and 15-year-old daughter visited Japan from the Philippines in February, they knew they were taking a chance with the coronavirus, but thought they would be spared if they took precautions. They wore masks and gloves and always had alcohol handy to sanitize their hands.

But Navarro, a 48-year-old tax lawyer, began showing symptoms after they returned home. He became the first Filipino to be officially confirmed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. There are now 552 confirmed cases and 35 deaths in the country.

He has since recovered, and as someone who felt he had been close to death, vowed to spread awareness. The Associated Press asked Navarro five questions about his experience in a Skype video interview as he continues his self-quarantine on his farm in Lipa, Philippines.


Q: Where do you suspect you got the virus?

A: “The entire time that we were in in Japan, there was really no contact with anyone that had a cough or cold. But on our way back … I was seated in front of a person, a Filipino person who was coughing vigorously. My daughter told me, ‘Dad, I think it’s dangerous to sit there. You need to move right now.’ I couldn’t move because the plane was about to take off. So it took me another 20 minutes before I could transfer to another seat. And true enough, seven days after we arrived back in the Philippines, I started to develop chills and my temperature was fluctuating. And that night of March 3, I started coughing vigorously. So the following morning, I decided to go to St. Luke’s (hospital) … to have myself tested. That’s the start of my journey as a COVID-19 patient.”


Q: What does it feel like to be a patient?

A: “In the hospital, the coughing persisted. The chills were still there. And then there were muscle pains. My entire body was aching. On the third day, it started to disappear. Like the muscle pains are gone. The chills … they came and went. But my cough was still there. It was on the fifth or sixth day that I started to have diarrhea. And the doctor got scared. … That evening, they X-rayed me and they were able to confirm that pneumonia was beginning to develop in my lungs. By then, the chills were back. And then, that evening of the sixth day, I got a fever. … Those were the symptoms that I was experiencing.”


Q: How were you able to cope?

A: “I was alone in the hospital room because nobody can visit you, not even your family members. So we are really in isolation. It’s a negative pressure room. My wife and I had video calls almost every hour. She was checking on me to make sure that I’ve eaten, that I drank enough water. … And every time I felt fear, I would immediately call my wife and my daughter just to suspend the reality that I was in a hospital.”

___ Q: What was the scariest moment for you?

A: “The scariest moment was maybe starting on the fourth day when people who got admitted at the same time as me started dying early in the morning. You know, you would hear people crying or wailing because they had lost their loved ones.. … I could hear the running of the nurses and doctors outside of my room. And that really scared me. When I asked the nurses,‘’How are the other patients doing?” one of them said, ‘Sir, number 5. number 6, they died already.’ And they were just beside me. That was the most frightening moment of my life.”


Q. What’s the message you want to share with the public about your experience?

A: “I want you to know that once you have symptoms, you need to immediately isolate yourself. There’s no way you can take the risk that the elderly or high-risk groups in your family will get contaminated or will get the virus. You need to go to the hospital to get yourself tested. If they don’t have the testing kits, you just need to stay home and isolate yourself. It’s important that people know that they should not fear going to the hospital and that’s the only way you can protect your loved ones.”

Kiko Rosario, The Associated Press

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