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Updates in Estate Law Legislation

There have been numerous changes to Wills and Estates law that may warrant an update to your Wills and Estate plans. When the First Spouse Dies Witho...
May 2021
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Clarifying the Legal Implications of Rent Freezes during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a high level of uncertainty and with the current stay-at-home order in effect, the confusion behind rent freezes has...
Apr 2021
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Enforcing Condominium Rules: Mask Policies During Covid-19 Pandemic

We are now in the midst of Ontario’s third lockdown and surprisingly, the topic of the requirement to wear a mask in public places remains highl...
Apr 2021
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Escalation Clauses in Agreements of Purchase and Sale

In today’s hot real estate market, it is not uncommon for prospective purchasers and their realtors to be continually disappointed when their of...
Mar 2021
Blog Post

Grandparents' Access to their Grandchildren during COVID-19

Clearly, grandparents are often central to establishing the proverbial village that it takes to raise a child.  Upon a separation, however, the r...
Jan 2021
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When to Consider Lump Sum Spousal Support

After a couple separates, a number of factors are considered when determining whether or not a spouse is entitled to receive support from their former...
Nov 2020
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Parenting in a Pandemic

A mother from Toronto was awarded temporary custody of her four-year-old child after the father actively and willfully disobeyed public health guideli...
Oct 2020
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Family Mediation

Family Mediation is a process that assists former spouses with resolving their differences in a respectful, timely, and cost-effective manner. Mediati...
Jun 2020
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Setting Aside a Domestic Contract

The recent 2020 Ontario case of Caparello v Henkenhaf provides an excellent illustration of what sometimes happens when disputes arise after matrimoni...
May 2020
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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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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
Blog Post

Co-Parenting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Since the Ontario government announced a “lock down” and ordered Ontarians to stay home in order to halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus,...
Apr 2020
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COVID-19 and Ontario’s Family Court System

The family court system in Ontario has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. In response to the pandemic, the courts have substantially curta...
Apr 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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Parenting Concerns During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 24, 2020, Justice Pazaratz released a decision setting out guidelines as to how to deal with access and custody of children during the COVID-...
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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Who Is Responsible for Snow and Ice Removal in a Residential Tenancy

In the Winter, the likelihood of a slip and fall accident goes up dramatically due to snow and ice accumulation.  Whether it is a slippery sidewa...
Oct 2018
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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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