Real Estate

Yes, You Need a Real Estate Lawyer!

As a lawyer, I hear the same sentiment time and time again: do I really need a lawyer for that? There are admittedly times where you don’t need to seek the advice or assistance of a lawyer.  Our services are generally voluntary, though I would always advise speaking to a lawyer if you have any doubt or worry about a business transaction or personal matter.

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Surveying Settlement – Mapping Mediation Strategies for Real Estate Disputes

Surveying Settlement — Mapping Mediation Strategies for Real Estate Disputes (January, 2018)

(An edited version of this article originally appeared in The Lawyer’s Daily.)

This is the second of a three-part series in which I share practical mediation advice, in different areas, based on my work as a mediator and mediation lawyer (or, Settlement Counsel). Previously, I discussed  wrongful dismissal cases. In this segment, I survey strategies for maximizing settlement opportunities through mediating neighbour disputes, claims arising out of purchase and sale agreements, and mortgage enforcement.

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A Tax on a Tax? The Latest in Toronto Real Estate!

If you thought Toronto real estate taxes were too low, then you can file the following under ‘good news’. In February, the City of Toronto approved a Municipal Land Transfer Tax (“MLTT”) Administration Fee, for transfers registered on title on or after April 1, 2016. The fee will be $75.00 plus HST, which of course is an additional tax, at a total of $84.75.

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