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Recent judicial decision makes private lender mortgages (slightly) less complicated

In past years, LAWPRO has written a series of articles on potential claims exposure on private mortgages when title insurance is obtained. A recent judicial decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal resolves some ambiguity as to the implications of transferring funds in such circumstances. The problem originally arose where the lender and borrower were… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate, Title insurance, Webzine

Know thy property: Four easily avoidable errors made before closing real estate transactions

When closing a real estate deal, there is limited time to address numerous legal and practical issues. Just getting a transaction across the finish line can often seem like a feat worthy of celebration. But getting past closing doesn’t bring closure if title errors are discovered after the fact. And even small errors can create… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate, Webzine

Common Limitation Period Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

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It is one of a lawyer’s worst nightmares:  missing a limitation period.  It can be a very easy mistake to make and yet the consequences can be enormous. There are numerous “pitfalls” that can lead to missed limitation periods and other limitation period problems.  Some of these pitfalls are relatively easy to avoid whereas others… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods, Online Only, Time Management

Staying Out of the Conflict Zone – Recognizing and Reacting to Conflicts of Interest in Real Estate Transactions

During the course of a real estate retainer, it can be easy for a lawyer to lose sight of what constitutes a conflict of interest, as well as what one should do to avoid its pitfalls and consequences. Simply stated, a conflict of interest arises when the lawyer’s duties to a client are compromised by… Read More »

Categories: Conflicts of Interest, Real Estate, TitlePLUS, Webzine

Limitation periods: Not just for litigators

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Some nightmares seem universal: teeth suddenly falling out, or an important exam in a class you forgot to attend. But some fears, such as forgetting to diarize a limitation period, come only to lawyers, and usually just litigators. While corporate solicitors may thankfully lose less sleep over limitation periods than their litigator colleagues, they should… Read More »

Categories: Corporate Law, Limitation Periods, Webzine

Responsible delegation: Annual corporate filings and updates

Responsible and efficient delegation is an important skill for any lawyer. But there are limits as to when and how certain tasks can be delegated to non-lawyers. Recently, LAWPRO has seen situations where corporate filings are handled by administrative staff such as clerks, without specific authorization or review from a supervising lawyer. This sometimes includes… Read More »

Categories: Clerical / Delegation, Corporate Law, Webzine

Ontario’s New Construction Act Arrives on July 1, 2018: Don’t get Caught by the Transition Rules

[This article was edited on June 7, 2018] The Construction Lien Act amendments will begin to take effect July 1, 2018. Hailing big changes to timelines, procedures and the manner in which many disputes will be resolved, the new legislation includes a gradual transition to help you avoid a misapplication of the new provisions. Among… Read More »

Categories: Articles, Construction, Limitation Periods, Practice Tips

Review Your Files – The Ultimate Limitation Period is Arriving Soon

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It’s here – a 15-year ultimate limitation period for claims governed by the Limitations Act 2002. As of January 3, 2019¹, actions arising from acts or omissions that occurred prior to January 1, 2004, are statute barred by virtue of s. 15 of the Limitations Act, 2002, even if these errors were not discoverable before… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods, Webzine
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