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Navigating Family Law Solutions at the Kitchen Table

Family law matters often involve complex legal processes, but not all resolutions occur within the confines of a court room. When marriage breakdown o...
Feb 2024
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Unconventional Estate Plans and Will Challenges

Billionaire Hermès and his Lucky Gardener Estate planning is a critical aspect of financial management that ensures the orderly distribution of assets after an individual's passing. While many...
Feb 2024
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NBA Player Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s Dream Home Purchase Gone Wrong

In real estate, caveat emptor is the Latin phrase for “let the buyer beware”. This means that a buyer purchases a property at their own ri...
Feb 2024
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Spousal Support Entitlement

Compensatory, Non-Compensatory, and Contractual Did you know that marriage itself does not automatically entitle a spouse to receive support?  Pursuant to s.15.2(4) of the Divorce Act, in maki...
Feb 2024
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Avoiding Canadian Tax when Licensing Software into Canada

When software companies license or “sell” into Canada from abroad, there is often some leeway in how they allocate their fees between the ...
Feb 2024
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Toronto's Proposed Municipal Non-Resident Speculation Tax

Toronto is considering implementing a new tax measure that could significantly affect foreign buyers interested in the city's residential real estate ...
Jan 2024
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Keyboard Warriors Be Aware:

A Cautionary Tale on Defamation How much power does the ‘click of a button’ hold? It is easy to fall victim to the assumption that one is insulated from personal liabili...
Jan 2024
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Bad Faith Renovictions:

Hamilton to be the first city in Ontario to implement a bylaw to hinder renovictions The City of Hamilton (“City”) is making further efforts to combat the elevated housing crisis that Canadians are continuing to experience ...
Jan 2024
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Evictions in the Ontario Landlord Tenant System

Disputes between landlords and tenants in Ontario are governed by the Residential Tenancies Act and handled through the Landlord and Tenant Board. The...
Jan 2024
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Consequences of the Failure to Serve: A Case Study on Britney Spears and Sam Asghari

After 14 months of marriage, Sam Asghari has filed for divorce from Britney Spears, citing “irreconcilable differences.” According to a re...
Jan 2024
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Home Inspections are Back!

The Importance of Home Inspections in Real Estate Transaction With the pandemic in the rear-view mirror, purchasers once again have the ability to do their due diligence prior to purchasing a home. As a result, w...
Jan 2024
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Buyer’s Guide to Residential Real Estate in Ontario

The real estate purchase process in Ontario plays a vital role in ensuring a smooth and legally sound property transaction. This meticulously structur...
Jan 2024
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Year End Estate Planning

As the year draws to a close, it’s an opportune time to engage in some year-end estate planning to ensure your financial affairs are in order an...
Dec 2023
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Guidance on the Registration of S.85 Condominium Liens from the SCC

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has recently released a decision to dismiss the leave to appeal in Leslie Arthur Swan v Durham Condominium Corporati...
Dec 2023
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What will the housing market look like in 2024?

If you are wondering whether the prices of homes will decline or rebound in 2024, whether interest rates will rise or stabilize, or if demand will out...
Dec 2023
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What You Need to Know About Condo Liens under Section 85 of the Condominium Act

What Is a Condominium Lien And When Can It Arise? A lien is a legal claim which is registered against an asset in an effort to collect back a debt. I...
Dec 2023
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Creditor Proofing Your Residence: Transferring a Home to Your Spouse May Not Be a Bulletproof Way to Judgment Proof

In the realm of business, it's not uncommon for individuals to make strategic financial moves in an attempt to protect their assets. One such example ...
Dec 2023
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Mortgage Enforcement Remedies: Power of Sale

When a borrower cannot meet their mortgage obligations, the lender, known as the mortgagee, has several remedies at their disposal. These include sell...
Dec 2023
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Changes to the Trust in Real Estate Services Act (“TRESA”)

Effective December 1, 2023, Ontario has made changes to the Trust in Real Estate Services Act (“TRESA”). The changes aim to educate homeow...
Dec 2023
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Purchasing Residential Properties under the Rent-to-Own Process: A concept gaining momentum in the current ominous real estate market

For many Canadians, owning a home is a dream. However, over the past few years, this has proven to be difficult to attain due to the rocky and inconsi...
Dec 2023
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Changes to the Vacant Home Tax One Year After Implementation

Last year I wrote an article on the Vacant Home Tax (“VHT”), which took effect on January 1, 2023. Both the City of Toronto and the City o...
Nov 2023
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Requirements under the HCRA and Tarion to Sell New Construction Homes in Ontario

How to Avoid the “Illegal Builder” Designation Interested in selling a new construction home in Ontario? Here’s what you need to know… There are two authorities that regulate new build...
Nov 2023
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Property Assessments and Calculating Property Taxes in Ontario

What is MPAC? The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), is the largest assessment jurisdiction in North America. MPAC operates as an indep...
Nov 2023
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Deposit Protection Under Tarion - What are the Differences in How Deposit Funds are Treated for Freehold Homes vs New Condos?

Deposit Protection is available to purchasers of new homes under Ontario’s new home warranty and protection plan, administered by Tarion. If a p...
Nov 2023
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