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Everything old is new again: Will the return of a broader rent control regime haunt the Ontario real estate bar?

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For decades the existence of rent control has posed a risk to Ontario real estate lawyers acting on the purchase and mortgaging of residential rental property. The range of affected properties is immense: From a basement apartment to a rented single family house to the largest multi-residential complexes in the province, many real estate files… Read More »

Categories: Areas of Law, Articles, Content Type, Failure to Know The Law, Inadequate Investigation, Malpractice Errors, Real Estate

Ending well means starting right: The family law intake process

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The most critical step in any family law case is when clients meet with prospective counsel. That meeting establishes the nature of the relationship, a preliminary game-plan, and each party’s expectations of the other. Most clients approach that inaugural meeting with considerable anxiety. Most have never dealt with a lawyer, and certainly not with respect… Read More »

Categories: 2018 February Top Legal Disruptions, Areas of Law, Articles, Communications Errors, Content Type, Difficult clients, Family, Inadequate Investigation, LAWPRO Magazine, LAWPRO Magazine Article Type, Malpractice Errors, Practice Tips, Retainers, Topics

Civil litigation claims: What we saw in 2017

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Claims against litigators are the largest area-of-law subset in LAWPRO’s claims portfolio. The rate of increase in claims in this area outstrips all others, and is an increasing source of concern.In the past two years, we have focused on the claims impact of the changes to Rule 48 of the Rules of Civil Procedure. Judgments… Read More »

Categories: 2018 February Top Legal Disruptions, Admin dismissals/Rule 48, Areas of Law, Articles, Casebook, Civil Litigation, Content Type, LAWPRO Magazine, LAWPRO Magazine Article Type, Limitation Periods, Malpractice Errors, Time Management, Topics

Recognizing the red flags of real estate scams involving corporate identity theft

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Frauds targeting real estate lawyers are getting ever more sophisticated. LAWPRO has seen several attempted frauds involving corporate identity theft. The properties involved may be commercial or residential, but are always owned by a corporation. How these frauds work These frauds start with the fraudsters changing or stealing the identity of corporate property owners. This… Read More »

Categories: 2018 February Top Legal Disruptions, Areas of Law, Articles, Content Type, Fraud, LAWPRO Magazine, LAWPRO Magazine Article Type, Malpractice Errors, Real Estate, Title insurance, TitlePLUS, Topics

Make sure clients aren’t caught off guard by the Rental Fairness Act

On April 27, 2017 the Province of Ontario amended the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA) with the introduction of the Rental Fairness Act. Some of the changes to the RTA are already fully in force, others will come into play in 2018. The amendments to the RTA affect every residential tenancy in Ontario to different… Read More »

Categories: 2018 February Top Legal Disruptions, Areas of Law, Articles, Content Type, Could This Happen to You?, Failure to Know The Law, LAWPRO Magazine, LAWPRO Magazine Article Type, Malpractice Errors, Real Estate, Topics

Unbundled Legal Services: A Family Lawyer’s Guide

Focusing on family law practitioners, Unbundling Legal Services is a particularly appropriate resource given the unique promise that unbundling holds for family law litigants. In many jurisdictions, self-representation rates are highest in family cases. But, as any family law attorney (or family court litigant) knows, these are the case types that arguably benefit most from… Read More »

Categories: Areas of Law, Book, Content Type, Family, Limited scope retainer/unbundling

FOLA endorses standardized residential real estate closing documents

Recently, the Working Group on Lawyers Real Estate undertook the review of five residential real estate closing documents designed to be used in conjunction with the Agreement of Purchase and Sale (APS) approved by the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA). These documents, which have been successfully used in several Ontario municipalities, have been amended to… Read More »

Categories: Areas of Law, Real Estate

Residential Tenancies Act amendments a potential source of claims

townhouse apartments

LAWPRO is monitoring the impact of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 introduced in April. Lawyers who represent landlords and the purchasers of rental properties will have significant responsibility for communicating the changes to their clients and for supporting compliance. The article below, prepared for us by Joe Hoffer of Cohen Highley LLP, provides… Read More »

Categories: Areas of Law, Real Estate

Do you know when Teraview on the Web is coming to your region?

Teraview® will be online as early as January 8, 2018, however, the rollout varies based on region. Click here to view the go-live date for your region and the corresponding date when Teraview 9.0 will be discontinued. Once the online version goes live, the previous version will be expired within six weeks and real estate… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate
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