October 15, 2021
Throughout human history, society has developed various institutions to make determinations of fact and falsehood, right and wrong, guilty, not guilty and innocent. While it is trite to observe that the contemporary exercise of justice has at its centre the process of a trial, it may seem disparaging to remark that justice does not depend upon the discovery of truth for its operation. Consider that the standard for determining fact in civil trial is on a balance of probabilities, while the threshold for the purpose of criminal findings is beyond a reasonable doubt. It is worth reviewing the historical genesis of trials to map out the delivery of justice in the future, one that is appropriate for the information age we inhab
September 15, 2021
Neighbourly disputes concerning boundaries are regrettable, and, in most instances, avoidable. This article will consider fence disputes, easements, and down-spout drainage with the hope that providing some basic information on these issues can help you avoid conflict of your own.
When you purchase a new home, there are several factors to consider. This article will discuss three important features found in every new home contract. It will first consider the deposit structure and the warranty related to your deposits. It will then discuss the nature of the statement of critical dates and how this can impact your home closing. Last, it will consider your pre-delivery inspection and how issues discovered before you move in may be addressed after closing.
One of the fundamental terms of your sale contract is the date for closing. So, what happens if a purchaser states that they cannot close on time? This situation is called anticipatory breach and the purpose of this article is to discuss the rights and options available to a seller when a purchaser indicates they require an extension or that they cannot close the transaction at all.
When you pass away, it is important that you do not leave your loved ones with doubt or disagreement about your estate. Having a will prepared before you pass offers important predictability to who will be responsible for managing your estate and who will benefit. Without a will, you are said to die intestate. When you die intestate, your estate is governed by the rules under the Succession Law Reform Act (“Act”). The Act deals with the rights of family members to a deceased person who dies intestate. This article will review a few common scenarios and situations that show how dying intestate may result in surprises to the distribution of your estate for family members.
May 17, 2021
With pressure on residential home transactions higher than ever, a home buyer may be willing to do anything to present an offer that looks the most appealing. This can often mean presenting an unconditional offer where the buyer waives their right to a home inspection. This has a considerable risk to a home purchaser, and it is the focus of this article to review the purpose of a home inspection and the possible challenges that a home buyer may face if they enter a contract for the purchase of a home without the benefit of a home inspection.
Purchasing a condominium means being satisfied with both the unit and the management of the condo itself. A status certificate discloses not only the condo rules, but also important financial information and other material that could impact your decision to purchase.
March 14, 2021
Cryptocurrency has once again been in the spotlight thanks to a massive increase in the value of Bitcoin. Introduced in 2009, Bitcoin has transformed our understanding of digital currency. The underlying technology called blockchain has been shown to have implications far beyond the scope of monetary exchange. This article offers a brief introduction to the topic of cryptocurrency. After reviewing its origin and operation, it will consider the various applications of its core technology, blockchain. By the end of the article, the reader will understand why this new digital system is being introduced across various industries.
February 15, 2021
The most important issue for the legal industry is removing barriers for individuals who are seeking legal guidance and solutions. Whether the issue is contractual in nature, such as purchasing or selling real estate, or a question about a civil or family matter, almost half of the population of Canada experiences a legally relevant situation in any given three-year period.