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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response from Deliscar Professional Corporation

Posted on: March 17th, 2020 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

Deliscar Professional Corporation is committed to our clients’ health and safety in light of the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), while continuing to provide legal and language services to our clients.

In light of the steps taken by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Guelph and the City of Brampton, as well as the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, and the Ontario Court of Justice, the following changes to our operations are effective immediately until April 5, 2020:

1. Family Litigation and Civil Litigation Matters

As of today, March 17, 2020, both the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice have suspended regular operations by adjourning all current matters until further notice/for 8 to 12 weeks, respectively, and will only be hearing urgent matters that fall within specific narrow categories.

Clients with matters that are currently in litigation or have matters to be commenced in court will be receiving a separate, customized email setting out next steps by Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Please see the following links for more details:

Superior Court of Justice:

Ontario Court of Justice:

2. Wills & Powers of Attorney

Intake meetings for Wills & Powers of Attorney will now be conducted by phone or by Skype. Signing of documents will be scheduled for after April 5, 2020 as these documents require additional witnesses.

3. All Other Matters

Matters that are or were to be set for mediation or any other kind of out-of-court settlement will continue to be processed and sent for client review by email. Any documents requiring original signatures will be signed after April 5, 2020.

4. Notarizations

UPDATED MARCH 20, 2020  – Downtown Notary is offering virtual notarization during COVID-19. Please see to book your
virtual commissioning appointment. Downtown Notary will not be taking in-person appointments until April 3, 2020.

Deliscar Professional Corporation provides all notarial services through Downtown Notary. Effective immediately until April 5, 2020, walk-in appointments will no longer be offered. Appointments must be booked online at In addition to the COVID-19 restrictions set at each office building, we ask that only those requiring services attend at the appointment.

4. Translations

It has been our ongoing policy to mail our notarized, certified Spanish and French translations to our clients, and this will continue to be the standard. It is unclear as to if and when our Brampton and/or Guelph offices may shut down on a partial or full basis. Restrictions are already in place at our Guelph office.

For further information regarding handwashing techniques and social distancing, as well as other important health information, please consult the Government of Ontario’s dedicated COVID-19 (coronavirus) webpage at:

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are suffering from this illness, who have loved ones who are ill or who have succumbed to this illness, or who have had their employment or business negatively affected. We are also aware of  numerous people who have had to cancel long-planned travel for special events. We do encourage you to seek out any resources available through your municipality, county or region, as well as provincially. Ontario 211 – – is an excellent resource.

I remain available primarily by email. Teleconferences will also be scheduled as necessary.

We will provide more updates once further information is provided by the appropriate agency. Please be patient as we deal with an unprecedented situation for all of us, which changes rapidly each day.


Suzanne Deliscar

Suzanne E. Deliscar, B.A., LL.B.
Deliscar Professional Corporation
10 George Street North, Brampton, Ontario L6X 1R2
42 Carden Street, Guelph, Ontario  N1H 3A2
Brampton: 905-452-0194
Guelph: 519-341-1233
fax: 1-866-559-1610


Posted on: March 5th, 2020 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar is partnering with this month to offer a three-part webinar series for lawyers exploring French legalese.

Participants will learn both French and English legal terms, enabling them to work more effectively with French-speaking clients or when clients have French matters. Deliscar, principal of Deliscar Professional Corporation, will lead this interactive workshop, which includes tests and polls to encourage participant engagement.

At the end of the course, lawyers will have expanded their knowledge and vocabulary of French legal terms to assist in communicating with clients and reading legal documents.

The first session, French Legalese for Lawyers- Family Law, takes place on May 5, 2020 from 1-2 p.m.

The second session, French Legalese for Lawyers – Criminal Law, takes place on May 12, 2020 from 1-2 p.m.

The third session, French Legalese for Lawyers – Real Estate, takes places on May 19, 2020 from 1-2 p.m.

The fourth session, French Legalese for Lawyers – Corporate- Commercial Law, takes places on May 26, 2020 from 1-2 p.m.

The fifth session, French Legalese for Lawyers – Civil Litigation, takes places on June 2, 2020 from 1-2 p.m.

For more information on the webinar series, click here.


Posted on: September 2nd, 2019 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar and eCPD is presenting Know Your Legal Terms in English, French, and Spanish a 10-part series of webinars on English, French and Spanish terminology used in North American legal systems.

Participants will learn English, French and Spanish meanings for a variety of legal terms, enabling them to complete a comprehensive glossary. The workshops will be interactive, including tests and polls. There will also be an opportunity to complete a French/Spanish/English legal translation sample, which will be marked offline by Deliscar, founder of Deliscar Professional Corporation,

The September webinars run from 1 pm, to 2:30 p.m. EDT beginning with Family Law Terminology on September 6, 2019, followed by Wills & Estates Terminology on September 24, 2019. Additional webinars in this series will be held in October and November 2019.

For more information, click here.

Official Languages Act review a good first step: Deliscar

Posted on: June 10th, 2019 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

The federal government’s review of the Official Languages Act is a welcome development, says Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar.

“It is time this decades-old law was brought up to date,” says Deliscar, principal of Deliscar Professional Corporation, a law firm that offers services in English, French and Spanish.

“Many people have a hard time understanding what their language rights are, so we need more public education alongside that review.”

According to The Canadian Press, the government is planning a series of meetings across the country to address the 1969 Act, which “enshrined Canadians’ right to receive federal services in English or French.”

The news report quotes Official Languages Minister Melanie Joly as stating the government wants to help minority-language communities “meet the new challenges they face.”

Deliscar tells that many people don’t know which government services are offered in French, with the confusion compounded by the fact that some people don’t understand what the municipal, provincial or federal governments administrate.

She gives the example of licence plate renewal being a provincial service while passports fall under the federal umbrella, with only the latter available in both French and English everywhere in Canada.

“People think that since they are living in Canada, they can get French services anywhere they go, but that is not true,” Deliscar says.

Many people aren’t sure if they will be dealing with the federal or provincial levels of government,” she says. “All they know is that they just want to get it done.”

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Increased court demand for ‘minority language’ interpreters

Posted on: May 11th, 2019 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

As the influx of people who speak “minority languages” increases, so will the demand on Canadian immigration courts to provide interpreters, says Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar.

“It’s very easy to think, ‘for this case, we need an interpreter who speaks Spanish, or French, or Mandarin,’” says Deliscar, principal of Deliscar Professional Corporation, a law firm that offers services in English, French and Spanish.

“However, what if the person before them only speaks a minority language, and is not comfortable conversing in the country’s official language?” she asks.

Some popular minority languages are Urdu from Pakistan and K’iche’ from Central America, Deslicar tells

She says, “Are we complying with the principles of justice and giving people a fair chance in court if they are not given the chance to speak in their native tongue?”

The United States is struggling with this dilemma, according to a recent article in the ABA Journal. To lower costs for hearings, it states that the U.S. Justice Department has ordered immigration court judges to use more translators based in call centres to address the increased number of new arrivals who speak minority languages.

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Supreme Court decision a boost for language rights

Posted on: March 9th, 2019 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

A Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision shows how more judges are recognizing the importance of language rights, Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar tells

The unanimous nine-judge panel’s ruling upheld a Federal Court of Appeal judgment which overturned a Tax Court decision after the judge was found to have violated the official language rights of an insurance company’s lawyer and its witnesses.

According to the judgment, the trial judge ignored their wishes to testify and communicate in French because they were bilingual, while another party in the case spoke only English fluently.

“We’re seeing more and more that judges are becoming aware of how important language rights are as a part of access to justice,” says Deliscar, principal of Deliscar Professional Corporation, a law firm that offers services in English, French and Spanish.

“It was pleasing to see the court recognize that these are principles of natural justice, and these rights are not something to be ignored anymore,” she adds.

The case involved a self-represented individual appealing the minister’s assessment of his employment with an insurance company during the year 2012. His former employer intervened, and several representatives were called to testify in court.

When one expressed a desire to speak French, the self-represented appellant requested an interpreter because of his basic French skills. Instead, the judge granted a break for counsel to reach a compromise, which resulted in the witness giving evidence in English.

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Language rights for elderly Ontarians a growing issue

Posted on: January 31st, 2019 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

The availability of legal services in languages other than English could become a growing issue as Ontario’s population continues to age, Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar tells

Deliscar, principal of Deliscar Professional Corporation, a law firm that offers services in English, French and Spanish, says many elderly people may struggle to express their wishes outside their mother tongue for the purposes of legal matters, including the preparation of wills, guardianship applications and powers of attorney.

“This is something we have to take seriously because if people can’t communicate in English, they’re going to have a hard time getting the legal services they need,” she says. “It’s definitely an issue we’re going to see more and more that needs to be addressed.

But it’s not just the provision of legal services where elderly individuals could find themselves disadvantaged if their first language is not English, Deliscar adds.

“From the perspective of medical and long-term care needs, there may be demand for specialized homes based on language. I know there are some that cater to certain religious or language groups, but these are few and far between,” she says.

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WEBINAR: “Top Estate Law Cases from 2018” – February 7, 2019

Posted on: January 24th, 2019 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

On Feb. 7 at 1 p.m., Suzanne Deliscar, founder of Deliscar Professional Corporation,in cooperation with, will present a webinar entitled Top Estate Law Cases from 2018. This one-hour course will look at key legal decisions that affect estate law cases. Course materials will include live links to the cases to be discussed.

This course is eligible for 60 Substantive minutes in Ontario.

To register, click here.


Webinar Series: “The Canadian Court System for Translators and Interpreters’ – January 8 and 15, 2019

Posted on: December 27th, 2018 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

This is a webinar for both intermediate and experienced legal translators and interpreters who want to broaden their client base and learn about the Canadian court system

Do you want to work with legal documents or legal Canada court systeminterpretation relating to the Canadian court system? If so, this series is for you. “The Canadian Court System” will provide detailed explanations of the different levels of the court system in Canada, along with the associated court documents. At the end of this series, attendees will have increased knowledge with regard to the Canadian court system at the federal, provincial, territorial, regional and municipal levels.

The series will cover the following topics:

  1. The Relationship between the Federal Government and Provincial and Territorial Governments
  2. From the Supreme Court Down – The Canadian Court System
  3. Pleadings – Documents and Key Terms
  4. Finding Canadian Legislation and Caselaw
  5. Glossaries and Additional Terminology Resources

All webinars are recorded: if you miss the live session, you will be able to view the recording later.

To register or learn more, please click here.


CIOL membership discount: 10% (the code is available on the membership page)


Suzanne Deliscar

Ms. Deliscar (née White) was called to the Ontario Bar in 2004. As principal of Deliscar Professional Corporation, she focuses on matters involving both legal and language issues. Her practice was created through the combination of her language skills in French and Spanish and the practice of law in a variety of areas, including civil litigation, wills & estates, and family law.

Ms. Deliscar has extensive experience in the translation of a variety of legal documents. She has extensive experience in the translation of official documents, and has reviewed, analyzed and abstracted over 500 Spanish language contracts for a large multinational corporation. Ms. Deliscar is also experienced in providing document review in French.


8 and 15 January 2019


6:00 – 7:30 pm GMT. Click here to see the time where you live.


This webinar will last approximately 90 minutes plus Q&A.


Each webinar earns one hour of CPD (ATA approved for one point). Our webinars and courses are accredited by the CIOL and by the Dutch Bureau Wbtv as ‘erkende opleiding’ (approved training). ITI members may also log these webinars as CPD hours. The same is true of most other professional institutes.


This series is intended for intermediate or advanced translators and interpreters who want to work with Canadian legal documents in English.


At the end of this course, attendees will have increased knowledge with regard to the Canadian court system at the federal, provincial, territorial, regional and municipal levels.

To register or learn more, please click here.

No new wills after testamentary capacity lost

Posted on: December 15th, 2018 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

Family members create problems for themselves when they encourage a person to sign a new will after they’ve lost testamentary capacity, Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar tells

Ontario’s Court of Appeal recently upheld a trial judge’s decision to invalidate two wills made by a successful businessman within months of his diagnosis of brain cancer following a seizure.

The unanimous appeal court panel found the judge made no errors when ruling the man had lost testamentary capacity when he signed the new wills, which disinherited his daughter, his only child.

“No one is helped when you have someone sign documents when they’ve clearly lost capacity,” says Deliscar, principal of Deliscar Professional Corporation, a law firm that offers services in English, French and Spanish. “People struggle with this idea, but once someone has lost capacity, they can’t execute any more documents. It’s too late.”

Still, she says beneficiaries who want to challenge a will for any reason need to back up their claims with evidence.

“People think it’s easy to challenge a will, but you really do need to have proof. You can’t just say you believe the testator lacked capacity, was unduly influenced or there was some other problem with the execution if it can’t be supported by evidence,” Deliscar explains.

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