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Title insurance saves couple over $100,000.00

Title insurance saves couple over $100,000.00

We do a lot of real estate conveyance work.  What does that mean?  It means we help people acquire and transfer the title of their home when the buy and sell.  It’s the legal work that’s done prior to, on, and shortly after possession date. […]

Essential elements of a partnership or shareholder agreement

Essential elements of a partnership or shareholder agreement

Essential elements of a partnership or shareholder agreement In my last article about the viability of partnership, I wrote about the difficulties of managing partnerships.  In this article, I will focus more on the legal aspect and how agreements between partners (and shareholders) can help […]

Can you be sued for leaving a negative online review?

Can you be sued for leaving a negative online review?

Can you be sued for leaving a negative online review? The short answer is: yes… a business can sue you under defamation laws. This CBC article covers a story where a renovation contractor sued a disgruntled customer for $3 million after that customer left a negative […]

Partnerships, do they work?

Partnerships, do they work?

Partnerships, do they work? Partnerships are a tricky business.  When they work well, they are wonderful.  One can consider the monster success of Apple (Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak) or Microsoft (Bill Gates and Paul Allen).  For those of us with an entrepreneurial spirit, the […]

Previous murder enough to cancel contract to buy house

Previous murder enough to cancel contract to buy house

Buyer beware! These two simple words carry significant weight in our legal system.  They, with other terms like, “As is, Where is” and Caveat Emptor represent the principle that vendors or sellers are not responsible for anything once the good (usually real estate) is transferred […]

CRA punished for malicious behaviour towards small business owners

CRA punished for malicious behaviour towards small business owners

Small business should fear the Canadian Revenue Agency…. CRA doesn’t need much introduction. We all know it. It is the agency responsible for collecting taxes. Every Canadian deals with it at some point or another. Small business owners and managers also have the “pleasure” of […]

Small Business Tax pain continues…

Small Business Tax pain continues…

Small Business Tax pain continues… But it’s not as bad as we first thought. Last July, the federal government announced it was going to introduce some significant changes to the Income Tax Act (ITA) of Canada.  I wrote about the proposed changes last September.  In […]

Separation agreements are not always enough

Separation agreements are not always enough

« Paging Dr. Freud. Paging Dr. Freud » You know that, when a judge opens a family law decision with this line, it does’t end well.  We’ve all heard horror stories about divorces that go off the rails.  I’ve expressed my view on the need for reform […]

Business Succession Planning: Start Early!

Business Succession Planning: Start Early!

Business succession planning starts early.  How early? Try: when you start your business. Any business owner who wants to create something of value should consider how he or she will exit at some point in the future. Now this does not mean your exit plan […]

FAQs about wills or last testaments

FAQs about wills or last testaments

Top 6 questions people have when I prepare wills or last testaments. 1.  How many executors can I appoint? There is no limit to the number of executors you appoint.  You can appoint just one with an alternate (in the event the first one appointed […]