April 17, 2019

Most home purchases are done with the help of a mortgage. Here are some things I wish all home-buyers knew when purchasing:

1. An unconditional purchase agreement should not be signed without first obtaining a mortgage commitment from a lender. In writing. If the mortga...

February 4, 2019

You call a law office.  You speak with a person answering the phone for the first time and he or she asks you for your full name, contact information, the name of your employer and even your employer's contact information.  The information you are asked to provide is p...

February 28, 2017

Recently, a prospective client invited me to Bridgehead because she was interviewing real estate lawyers in the area before she made her choice.  The gesture was unusual (lawyers don't normally get interviewed before they are hired) but, intrigued, I accepted the invit...

January 15, 2017

Maximizing value and minimizing waste is at the core of the "lean law" philosophy.  More efficient and cost-effective service through collaboration, process engineering and technology. Legal expertise and precedent combined with openness to social and economic change....

June 14, 2016

Or is it, to commission?

Commissioners administer an oath and verify the genuineness of the signature of the deponent (the person signing an affidavit or statutory declaration). The deponent signs an affidavit or statutory declaration in the presence of the Commissione...

June 1, 2016

The principal residence is usually home to your kids; even after they leave home and settle down.  Wishing to limit Estate Administration Taxes, many individuals bring their child on title in joint tenancy (thereby, taking advantage of the right of survivorship)....

May 5, 2016

Joan Rivers left her $150M fortune to her daughter and among others…..to her dogs.

We are not too far off from Hollywood. 

In Ontario, a pet is property and, therefore, forms part of the estate of the deceased. If there is no Will, the pet devolves, like other property,...

April 19, 2016

Legal client services are becoming more efficient and so are the legal business structures underpinning them.  At the same time, lawyers are becoming more conscious of the value their work brings to clients.

If you liked how accessible, tech-integrated, community a...

April 2, 2016

You don't have to be a parent to care about the next generation.  People without children, from vociferous proponents of independence (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1166543/Childless-proud-Too-right-says-37-year-old-singleton-believes-having-children-wrecks...

February 22, 2016

At the age of 99, Huguette Clarke, heiress of a mining fortune, executed a Will where she left nothing for her family members and instead, left her $300 million fortune to a future foundation for the arts, her goddaughter, doctor, accountant, lawyer, nurse and to the h...

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