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The future of law: Why the real estate lawyer is the quarterback of the real estate deal

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On June 22, 2016, surrounded by family and colleagues, Kathleen Waters was honoured with the 2016 Ontario Bar Association’s Award of Excellence in Real Estate. Her remarks included comments on the lawyer as quarterback and advice on moving successfully into the digital future. “I’m a passionate believer in the role of the lawyer as defender… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate, The TitlePLUS Program & Title Insurance

When preparing wills, don’t dispense with formalities – execution matters

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Will-drafting is an area of legal practice that demands extremely careful attention to detail. Decisions in this area make it clear that even where a will is well-drafted and is consistent with the testator’s known intentions, failure to have the will executed in accordance with the applicable legal formalities will render it invalid. When that… Read More »

Categories: Wills & Estates

Want to practice real estate more competitively AND comply with the Guidelines? Systemize!

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Real estate practice is both highly competitive, and relatively risky (from a claims perspective). Lawyers eager to thrive in real estate will benefit from strategies that streamline their file management while making it easy to adhere to the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Residential Real Estate Transactions Practice Guidelines. In their article “The Law Society… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate

What do title insurers expect from lawyers?

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Still relatively new in Canada, title insurance is not fully understood by many consumers. Even certain less-sophisticated lenders lack detailed knowledge of the product. The responsibility for explaining title insurance to those who purchase it – and for supporting insureds in obtaining coverage that suits their needs – falls squarely on lawyers’ shoulders. Lawyers are… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate, The TitlePLUS Program & Title Insurance

MAG Court Services Division releases Rule 48.14 Notice to the Profession

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The Ministry of the Attorney General, Court Services Division, released a Notice to the Professions regarding Rule 48.14 in the December 16, 2016 issue of Ontario Reports, 132 O.R. (3d) Part 5, Pages 321-400. This is a helpful reminder of the new 5-year dismissal date for civil litigation files in Ontario, and what you can… Read More »

Categories: Announcements, LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage, Civil Litigation, Risk Management & Claims Prevention

Friday, December 2, 2016 is the deadline to file a consent timetable and draft order to prevent a dismissal under Rule 48.14 of pre-2012 matters

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LAWPRO reminds Ontario lawyers that Friday, December 2, 2016 is the deadline to file a consent timetable and draft order to prevent a dismissal under Rule 48.14 of pre-2012 matters. See below for more details. Answers to common Rule 48.14 questions In a case decided last week,  Daniels v. Grizzell, 2016 ONSC 7351, Associate Chief Justice… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Limitations Claims
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