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Cottages and Rural Properties: Avoid Common Errors that Lead to Title Insurance Claims

Cottages are a Canadian summertime staple. For many, cottage life has become tradition and cottage ownership is a dream come true. Conversely, cottage and rural residential properties generally present the real estate lawyer with some of the most challenging and complex issues of any area of real estate law, and may surprise lawyers who are… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors, Real Estate

Too Quick on the Buzzer: Default Judgment and the Potential Consequences of Engaging in Sharp Practice

Would-be lawyers learn the importance of professionalism and civility as outlined in the Law Society’s Rules of Professional Conduct and The Advocates’ Society Principles of Civility. However, in practice, a grey area can sometimes develop between fiercely advocating for a client and engaging in sharp practice. At LAWPRO, we’ve seen many claims relating to lawyers… Read More »

Categories: LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage, Civil Litigation

Common HST errors in real estate transactions

Determining HST-applicability to real estate transactions can be more complicated than many lawyers assume. What’s more, a lack of clarity and errors can often lead to substantial unforeseen costs for clients. This is a dangerous combination from a claims perspective. This paper discusses the common categories of HST errors and provide tips on how to… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate

Amendments to Non-Resident Speculation Tax

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On March 29, 2022, the Ontario government announced amendments to the Land Transfer Tax Act which impacts the Non-Resident Speculation Tax. Effective March 30, 2022, the government is: Increasing the Non-Resident Speculation Tax to 20 per cent Expanding the tax to apply province-wide Eliminating the rebates for international students and foreign nationals working in Ontario… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate

New Ontario Court forms that come into force Jan 1st that will impact on wills & estates lawyers

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New Ontario Court forms come into force on January 1, 2022. The amended forms, now available on the Ontario Court Forms website, have a simplified format and helpful instructions. Old forms will not be accepted after January 1, 2022, unless the court orders otherwise. The rule and form amendments also include consequential amendments prompted by… Read More »

Categories: Wills & Estates

Ontario Business Registry (OBR) – MGCS Updates and Responses

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The OBA has shared information with respect to the new Ontario Business Registry. “The OBA has an open line to government to ensure that the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services understands and addresses issues of importance with respect to the new Ontario Business Registry“. You can find regular updates and answers to questions at… Read More »

Categories: Corporate Law
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