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What Happens If I Die Without A Will?

We have many clients who are concerned that if they do not have a will, the government will take all of their assets.  This could be a scary thought for many people who have loved ones they hope to support long after they have passed away.  Rest assured, the government will not take everything (though…Read More

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Do I Need a Lawyer to Draft My Will?

In order for a will to be valid or legal in Ontario, certain formalities are required.  A person must be at least 18 years of age to have a will. The will must be in writing and signed in front of two witnesses who are not beneficiaries or spouses of the beneficiaries.  Wholly handwritten wills,…Read More

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Chattels Versus Fixtures

You may have heard the terms chattel and fixture thrown around by an Ontario real estate lawyer or agent, but what do these terms actually mean? It is important to understand the difference between fixtures and chattels because Ontario real estate law treats each differently. The general rule in Ontario is that all fixtures become…Read More

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Buying a Home in Ontario: How can Your Real Estate Lawyer Help?

When you buy a home in Ontario, you will need to retain a real estate lawyer who will assist you with the purchase of your property. Your real estate lawyer will carry out a number of tasks and deal with various issues on your behalf. The following are some of the tasks that will be…Read More

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When a Deal Falls Through, Who Keeps the Deposit?

The deposit paid by the buyer for the purchase of real estate in Ontario is only released in the event that the sale goes through, upon mutual release of the parties, court order or due to a specific term in the contract.   Court Order In the event that a court order is sought, the…Read More

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