Over 65 years of providing legal solutions for Durham Region residents

Legal Services You Can Trust


Efficient Solutions. A Faster Process.

Polak McKay & Hawkshaw is a general practice firm that has been part of the Ajax community for decades. Our history of providing solid legal advice across a wide range of practice areas translates into quicker, more efficient legal solutions tailored to your needs.

As a fixture of the community since the 1950s, our firm is invested in making sure our community is on the right track for legal matters related to:




Ajax, ON L1S 6V8 




Areas of Practice

Real Estate

Liens, undertakings, land use – there are many details to a purchase and sale agreement that can complicate a transaction. Whether you're a new home buyer, or a property owner selling commercial space, you want to make sure any issues are resolved by the closing date.

At Polak McKay & Hawkshaw, we offer efficient and cost-effective legal services aimed at finding solutions tailored to your real estate needs. Based in Ajax, Ontario, our lawyers offer advice and address concerns related to residential and commercial transactions and disputes throughout the Durham Region and Greater Toronto Area.


The wills and estates practice of Polak McKay & Hawkshaw serves the complete needs of individuals and families in Ajax. Our services include:

With over 65 years of experience helping clients in Ajax and throughout Durham Region, our lawyers help you plan your estate, ensure that a loved one's estate is properly looked after and resolve any estate conflicts.

Corporate and Commercial

At the Ajax firm of Polak McKay & Hawkshaw, we maintain a corporate-commercial practice that is focused on the transactional needs of businesses. Over our decades of service to clients in Durham Region, local businesses have come to rely on our excellent service and in-depth knowledge of Ontario commercial law. We reward our clients' trust by providing timely and efficient legal services.

Employment and Wrongfull Dismissal

Employers and employees trust the advice and representation of Polak McKay & Hawkshaw. Our law firm provides strategic employment law advice during the course of employment and in the event of a dispute.

We represent clients in common law (non-union) disputes, on terms in an employee contract, or under standards set by Ontario legislation.

Notarization Services

Our office is pleased to offer Notarization (Notary) and Commissioning Services, with no appointment necessary. Our notaries and commissioners can witness oaths or solemn affirmations, sign affidavits or statutory declarations, and certify documents as true copies of the originals.

Family Law

Polak McKay & Hawkshaw delivers cost effective, client-centred services in family law. Our firm understands that family law matters present specific challenges. We navigate these issues by listening to our clients and providing focussed advice.

Zoning, Land Use and Bylaw Litigation

Unique Knowledge Of Municipal And Bylaw Litigation

Polak McKay & Hawkshaw is among the few law firms in Durham Region with noted knowledge and practice experience in municipal law. Our lawyers represent municipalities, land developers, residential property owners and other parties in all aspects of zoning and land use litigation. We have appeared in numerous forums, including before the Ontario Municipal Board, to represent our clients' interests.

Civil Litigation

Polak McKay & Hawkshaw maintains a civil litigation practice that is focused on insurance claims, negligence and contract disputes, among other matters. Our civil litigation lawyers provide clients with the honest, upfront advice they need to make choices about their legal rights and obligations. When a client chooses to pursue litigation or must defend against a claim, our representation is hands-on and strategic, with client success as the ultimate goal.


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