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Section 98 Agreements in Condominiums

Has a unit owner reached out to you for consent to make an addition, alteration or improvement to their unit?  Examples of such improvements incl...
May 2020
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Notice of Unavoidable Delay By Your New Home Builder

All of us now face evolving challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you purchased a new home to be built in Ontario, you may have  receive...
Apr 2020
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Are You Purchasing Property with Others?

Here’s What You Need to Know More and more often, young Ontarians are pooling their finances in an effort to enter the housing market. There are many advantages to structuring a p...
Mar 2020
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Qualifying for the GST/HST New Residential Rental Property Rebate

Are you considering the purchase of investment property for additional income or retirement planning?  Not all purchasers realize that if you pur...
Mar 2020
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GST/HST New Housing Rebate for Houses Purchased from a Builder

It is well-known that builders market the purchase price of new homes as “inclusive of HST”. What often goes unmentioned is that the purch...
Mar 2020
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The Risk of Buying Property without a Status Certificate Review

In today’s hot real estate market, it is not uncommon for a seller to receive multiple offers. To compete with other bidders, a prospective buy...
Feb 2020
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A Guide to Pre-Construction Assignment Transactions

The process of “assigning” an interest in an agreement of purchase and sale is a relatively new concept in Waterloo Region and it is quick...
Mar 2019
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Recreational Cannabis in Condominiums

New legislation came into effect late 2018 to legalize the possession, use and production of cannabis for recreational purposes in private residences....
Jan 2019
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Mirror Wills vs. Mutual Wills: Differences and Considerations

Spouses often choose to draft Wills with reciprocal terms that leave their respective Estates to each other, and then if one of them predeceases the o...
Oct 2018
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Joint Ownership with Your Adult Child: Be Sure to Document Your Intention

It has become increasingly common for individuals to hold their assets jointly with their adult children.  Some may do so as an estate planning s...
Oct 2018
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Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations in Condominiums

Creating a policy for electric vehicles involves many considerations. Which party will pay for the installation of the necessary infrastructure? Who p...
Apr 2018
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Recent Developments in Dependent Support from Estates

On December 5, 2016, the Ontario Legislature passed new legislation, called the All Families Are Equal Act, 2016 S.O. 2016, c.23 (Bill 28) (“the...
Aug 2017
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When Written Contracts Just Aren’t Enough - Grounds for Setting Aside Domestic Contracts

Many spouses are now choosing to enter into domestic contracts, either at the outset, during, or after their marriage or cohabitation has ended. The ...
Aug 2017
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Understanding Retroactive Child Support

In the current era of “Big Data” and information overload, law is no different from other aspects of life in the sense that one must be ca...
Aug 2017
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New Record Keeping Requirements For Corporations

If you are involved in a private Ontario corporation, whether as a director, officer or shareholder, you may be aware that there are a number of recor...
Aug 2017
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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities

In 2005, the Ontario government passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“the Act” or “AODA”).  The ...
Aug 2017
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Caught In The Middle: Custody And Access Rights Of Third Parties & Grandparents

As an increasing number of families in Ontario are experiencing conflict or a devastating event in their relationship, more and more third parties, in...
Mar 2017
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Last Wishes and The Authority of an Estate Trustee

Imagine that you are an Estate Trustee for a family member or friend’s Estate, and that she has asked you to cremate her body and to dispose of ...
Mar 2017
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Trust Claimants VS. Secured Lenders

There has been much discussion in recent years concerning the decision in Royal Bank of Canada v. Atlas Block. That 2014 decision of the Ontario Super...
Mar 2017
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Intellectual Property – The Basics

Intellectual property (or “IP”) has tremendous value to the company.  IP can be thought of as real estate of the mind.  IP is co...
Mar 2017
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Flow-Through Shares for Canada's Innovation Sector?

What is to be done for Canada’s innovation sector when our banks are the most risk averse in the OECD, our venture capitalists venture little an...
Oct 2016
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Tax Loopholes: Devious Dealings or Dumb Drafting?

Original published on LinkedIn This week’s announcement that Ottawa is closing a loophole which allows non-residents of Canada to claim the prin...
Oct 2016
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Minimizing the Costs of Separation/Divorce: The Collaborative Process

When it comes to a separation, there are different types of costs to consider. Right away, most people think about the financial cost. However, there ...
Oct 2016
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A Victory in Child Protection Law

In an almost fairytale-like ending to a four year battle with the Toronto Children’s Aid Society (C.A.S.), Jim Peluch of the SorbaraLaw Family L...
Oct 2016
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