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I’m Interested in Purchasing My First Property. What Are Some of The Common Reasons Real Estate Deals Fall Through?

The process of buying your first home can be both an exciting and overwhelming experience. Often, it is the largest investment a person will make in their lifetime and a transaction that can come with a lot of legal and...

The Home Inspectors Act to Provide more Protection for Homebuyers

The weather is cooling down but the Toronto housing market saw double digit growth this past month. During the frenzy of home buying, due diligence is necessary and hiring the right home inspector could be forgotten from the long list...

Novel Issues Raised by Transgender Human Rights Complaints

A recent human rights complaint against several salons in Vancouver, British Columbia sheds new light on the relationship between human rights law and persons who identify as transgender. Discrimination Against Transgender Persons Jessica Yaniv, a transgender woman from British Columbia,...

Can My Employer Dismiss Me Due to My Unseen Disability?

Employers should investigate further before immediately dismissing employees for violating workplace drug and alcohol policies. An employee’s diagnosis of substance dependence would be considered a disability, which is a protected ground under the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) for federally...

After the Family Court Changes a Final Order, is the Original Order Still Enforceable?

Family Law is all about changing family dynamics. Families do not stop changing just because a court makes a final order. Parenting arrangements and child support are particularly prone to changes because children’s lives change as they get older and...

What if your spouse shortchanges you in their will?

If you are unhappy with the amount your spouse left you in their will, you may have some legal options, for example: Option 1: Instead of taking under the will consider electing for “Equalization” if you were married. Ontario’s  Family...

Can Behaviours Associated with a Sex Addiction Merit Employee Dismissal?

A recent Nova Scotia labour arbitration decision suggests that employers may not have to accommodate employees who have a medically diagnosed sex addiction where behaviours associated with such an addiction clearly justify discipline or termination. In Ontario human rights law,...

What is a Continuing Power of Attorney for Property?

A Continuing Power of Attorney for Property is a legal document in which you can appoint a person or persons to act on your behalf (called an “Attorney”) with respect to your property and financial affairs. The document will allow...

Could a Gift Card Compensate for a Minor Human Rights Tribunal complaint?

A recent British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal decision has struck down a human rights complaint by a supermarket customer on the grounds that she was already compensated by the store for her complaint. But what compensation was considered enough? In...

How Canada’s Privacy Legislation Affects the Use of Third Party Information and Payment Processors

Businesses often use third party entities to process customer information or transactions and to then relay portions of that information back to the business.  Businesses using third parties in this manner should be aware of the provisions of Canada's privacy...

Thinking of Getting Married? Maybe You Should Consider A Marriage Contract

There is more to marriage than just a party with a DJ and catered food. Getting married is a serious legal undertaking which involves significant financial consequences. I realize that discussing a marriage contract with your spouse can be extremely...

Avoiding Guardianship Litigation with Carefully Considered Powers of Attorney

With Canada’s aging population, there has been an increase in disputes within families about who should be making personal and financial decisions on behalf of incapable members of the family. Many of these disputes could be avoided with properly drafted...

What happens when a party to a real estate transaction fails to close?

The Agreement of Purchase and Sale (APS) has been signed and any conditions waived or fulfilled. All that remains is for the closing itself to take place. What happens when a party to a firm APS fails to close the...

7 Estate Planning Tips For Spouses

Estate planning is inarguably one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. Not only can estate planning legally protect your spouse and assets, it can also instruct others on exactly how you would like...

Arbitration Clauses in Employment Agreements: New Developments

Two recent Ontario court decisions suggest that arbitration clauses requiring employees in employment agreements to submit certain employment actions to arbitration may be unenforceable. In a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision, Heller v Uber Technologies, 2019 ONCA 1, Uber brought a...