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Assignment Transactions and the Duty to Act in Good Faith

With the rising interest rates, we expect a corresponding increase of investors looking to offload their pre-construction condos to third parties prio...
Jun 2022
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Title Insurance vs. Home Insurance: What is the Difference?

Dear Friends, Purchasing a home is likely one of the largest investments that you will ever make in your lifetime. Therefore, as a homeowner, you want...
Jun 2022
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The “Off-Title Spouse” in a Real Estate Transaction

Dear Friends, I often receive a myriad number of questions when I discuss “off-title spouses” with clients. So, today I thought I elaborat...
Jun 2022
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Understanding the Purchase Transaction for Properties Sold Under a Tax Sale

Dear Friends, I hope you are all doing well and looking forward to a season of beaches, sunglasses, long days, and colourful clothing. Recently, I ha...
Jun 2022
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Deposit Protection for Pre-Construction Condominiums

With rising construction costs, increasing delays in the closing date and uncertainty around builder terminated agreements, prospective buyers are sta...
May 2022
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City of Toronto Calls for an Increase in Development Charges

Development Charges, Community Benefit Charges and Parkland Dedication Levies are some of the common adjustments that are associated with purchasing p...
May 2022
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What is Inclusionary Zoning and How Will It Affect Your Development?

Inclusionary zoning (IZ) is a regulatory tool intended to increase the availability of affordable housing by requiring developers to either contribute...
May 2022
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Buyer Beware: A Cautionary Note on Unconditional Agreements of Purchase and Sale

In this market, the pressures of purchasing a home are high. Amidst soaring prices and bidding wars, buyers are often led to submit unconditional offe...
May 2022
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Important Changes for Assignment Transactions: Proposed Change Effective May 7, 2022.

The Federal government is targeting assignment transactions in an effort to decrease speculative trading noting that “homes should be for people...
May 2022
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Important Incentives for First Time Home Buyers - Federal Budget 2022 Update

Are you a first time home buyer? If so, there are a few government incentives available to alleviate some of your costs.  1. Land Transfer Tax Re...
Apr 2022
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Federal Budget Update: 2022 - Property Flippers - Beware!

It is not uncommon for savvy investors to purchase property, renovate, and then resell for a gain. This process is known as “house flipping&rdqu...
Apr 2022
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Updates to the Non-Resident Speculation Tax

As part of its commitment to tackling Ontario’s housing crisis by prioritizing Ontario families and homebuyers, the government has increased the...
Apr 2022
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Tax Implications for Non-Resident Transactions

Dear Friends, I hope that you are all doing well and staying safe during these uncertain times. I know that we are all looking forward to getting back...
Feb 2022
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Updates in Estate Law Legislation - Part II

We march closer to the end of 2021, another long and strange year. Big changes have taken place in modernizing Estates law, and some of these changes ...
Jan 2022
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Canada's Supreme Court Rules on Retroactive Adjustments to Child Support

The Supreme Court of Canada (S.C.C.) has recently ruled on a common problem in the area of family law; namely, dealing with requests for a retroactive...
Nov 2021
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Vaccine Policies and the Workplace

*The following is provided for commentary only and is not considered legal advice. Mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policies are becoming increasingly commo...
Oct 2021
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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
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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
Blog Post

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
Blog Post

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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