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Tools for a strong foundation: Resources every real estate lawyer should know about

A successful real estate practice needs a variety of tools and resources. Here are four great resources that are a good starting place to find the right tool for whatever issues come to your practice. Real estate file management checklist: Real estate continues to be LAWPRO’s second largest claims area by count and cost, and… Read More »

Categories: 2020 January - Finding Your Way, Real Estate

Fraud for Shelter Update

With housing prices on the rise, more rigorous mortgage rules, and the resulting difficulty for some Ontarians to purchase property, real estate lawyers should be mindful of fraud for shelter. Fraud for shelter differs from traditional real estate frauds. Usually in a real estate fraud, the goal is to fraudulently sell the property or to… Read More »

Categories: Fraud, Online Only, Real Estate

Construction Lien Flowchart

This detailed flowchart will help you determine which Act applies to your construction law matter. Generally, the old Act will apply where a contract for the improvement was entered into before July 1, 2018 or a “procurement process” for the improvement was commenced before July 1, 2018 by the owner. If neither of these circumstances… Read More »

Categories: Checklist, Construction

Tips for navigating the new Simplified Procedure

Significant changes to the Superior Court Simplified Procedure came into effect on January 1, 2020. Budget Bill 2019 amended section 108 of the Courts of Justice Act to eliminate trials by jury under the Simplified Procedure. Regulatory changes filed October 23, 2019 unveiled significant further changes to the Simplified Procedure as prescribed by Rule 76… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Online Only

Non-Resident Sale Holdback Flowchart

Follow this flowchart when dealing with the sale of a property by a non-resident seller where there is no s.116 clearance certificate on closing. LAWPRO sees claims from the sellers and buyers lawyers who have missed or misinterpreted the obligations and liabilities which arise when a non-resident sells a property without delivering a s.116 clearance… Read More »

Categories: Checklist, Real Estate

Landmines for Lawyers When Drafting Wills

When it comes to mistakes and claims, the Achilles heel for lawyers in the wills and estates area is drafting wills: Making will-drafting errors – either because of poor communication, inadequate discovery or errors in law – is the single most common issue in claims reported in this area of law. In many cases, the… Read More »

Categories: Articles, Communications Errors, Failure to Know The Law, Inadequate Investigation, Wills & Estates

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
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