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Everything old is new again: Will the return of a broader rent control regime haunt the Ontario real estate bar?

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For decades the existence of rent control has posed a risk to Ontario real estate lawyers acting on the purchase and mortgaging of residential rental property. The range of affected properties is immense: From a basement apartment to a rented single family house to the largest multi-residential complexes in the province, many real estate files… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate, Areas of Law

New Standard (Residential) Lease Template in Ontario as of April 30, 2018

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The Ontario government is requiring all landlords to use a standard lease template for all new leases beginning April 30, 2018. Lawyers are encouraged to make themselves familiar with the terms of this new lease so they can advise clients of their obligations and rights under the new lease. The information below is taken from… Read More »

Categories: Uncategorized, Precedents, Real Estate, Risk Management & Claims Prevention

New in the practicePRO Library: Unbundled Legal Services – A Family Lawyer’s Guide

Focusing on family law practitioners, Unbundling Legal Services is a particularly appropriate resource given the unique promise that unbundling holds for family law litigants. In many jurisdictions, self-representation rates are highest in family cases. But, as any family law attorney (or family court litigant) knows, these are the case types that arguably benefit most from… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Risk Management Strategies, Family Law

Notice to Lawyers Concerning Syndicated Mortgages

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On Oct. 24, 2017, the Law Society of Upper Canada issued a notice to lawyers concerning syndicated mortgages and syndicated mortgage investments. A syndicated mortgage is a mortgage where two or more persons participate as investors. Syndicated mortgages can be as simple as two people lending to a third person, the loan secured against a… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate

Commercial title insurance: What you need to know

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Commercial title insurance is a different product than a residential policy. For the most part, residential policies can be characterized as being “one size fits all” or “off the rack.” Yes, there are times when a residential policy may require an amendment or an exclusion to accommodate a particular situation, but often times, assuming the… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate

Avoiding communication-based claims: some tips for litigators

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Claims against litigation lawyers often involve allegations of communication errors. In this article, we consider steps that lawyers can take to avoid such claims right out of the gate – at the outset of their retainers. When we attribute a claim to a communication problem, what exactly do we mean? Here are some examples: a)… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors, Civil Litigation
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