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Wills: Why you should send clients detailed reporting letters

Wills: Why you should send clients detailed reporting letters

While the will itself is the product of the collaboration between lawyer and client, the reporting letter serves a separate purpose: it’s the record of the context. To the extent that the reporting letter documents the process of crafting the will, it can bolster validity, shield the lawyer from malpractice allegation and demonstrate the value… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors, Wills & Estates, Areas of Law, Risk Management & Claims Prevention

Construction Liens: Which Act applies?

Construction Liens: Which Act applies?

To accompany the blog post originally posted on September 16, entitled Upcoming Changes to the Construction Act , we are pleased to share a detailed flowchart to 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… Read More »

Categories: Construction

Tips for navigating the new Simplified Procedure

Tips for navigating the new Simplified Procedure

Significant changes to the Superior Court Simplified Procedure come 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

Ontario to increase Small Claims Court limits to $35,000 on January 1, 2020

Ontario to increase Small Claims Court limits to $35,000 on January 1, 2020

Today the Ontario government announced that on January 1, 2020, the claim limit for Smalls Claims Court will increase from $25,000 to $35,000. The move is intended to provide the public with quicker and more affordable Court based dispute resolution for claims up to the new $35,000 limit. The government has also indicated that claims… Read More »

Categories: Announcements, Civil Litigation

E-Reg Fee Increases Effective November 4, 2019

E-Reg Fee Increases Effective November 4, 2019

This is a reminder that registration fees in the land registration systems increase each November. Bulletin 2019-02 confirms the new registration fees as of November 4, 2019.  As an example, the new cost to register an instrument will be $77.31. Please adjust your practices accordingly.

Categories: Real Estate

Update: Upcoming Changes to the Construction Act

Update: Upcoming Changes to the Construction Act

In the year since its enactment, Ontario’s new Construction Act has already made a noted impact on the practice of construction law in the province. The amendments to the previous Construction Lien Act (“CLA”) were to be implemented in two phases: Phase 1, the modernization provisions, effective July 1, 2018; and Phase 2, prompt payment… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate, Civil Litigation


Sale by non-resident seller pitfalls – New practicePRO flowchart and resources

Sale by non-resident seller pitfalls – New practicePRO flowchart and resources

LAWPRO is seeing claims against purchasers’ lawyers pertaining to transactions where the seller was a non-resident and there was no s.116 clearance certificate provided on closing. It appears that the Canada Revenue Agency is being more diligent in enforcing the collection of the withholding amount on closing. A recent case (Kau v. The Queen, 2018… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate

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