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Most pet owners think of pets as part of their family, and want to ensure that after they pass, these pets are taken care of. There are several factors which must be considered in estate planning to ensure the best for your pets, and their caregivers. This article will give a brief overview of some considerations one should turn their mind to while drafting their Will.

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For financing reasons, a parent may decide to go on title to land that a child owns or is looking to purchase. There are a few considerations when adding a parent to title. This article gives a brief overview of those considerations and provides the reader with some questions that they might ask before agreeing to go on title.

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Legal Update

n every real estate transaction, a buyer and seller must agree upon what items in the home are included and what fixtures may be excluded. The question of whether an item is a chattel or a fixture can sometimes lead to unpleasant surprises for purchasers who thought they were obtaining items that the seller never intended to give.

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In 1999, Ontario began converting land from the Registry Act system to the Land Titles Act to allow for the electronic registration of title. This process was complicated because, while the Registry Act allows for people to obtain ownership of land through continued possession (“squatter’s rights”) or acquire easements through extended use, the Land Titles Act does not permit claims of adverse possession or prescriptive easements.

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COVID-19 has brought many challenges for people when entering contracts. With new variants unfolding routinely, the disruption can leave many people facing delays or cancellations of things that they have contracted for, such as weddings and events. It is worth considering how this uncertainty may impact real estate transactions and businesses generally.

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Most contracts for home purchases require an initial deposit. This deposit is a way for a seller to ensure that a buyer is prepared to perform the contract, since the courts will typically treat this sum as forfeited to the seller in full if the buyer fails to complete the contract.

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In the event of injury or illness, you might lose the ability to make decisions for yourself. These decisions can involve the signing legal documents, for example if you have agreed to buy or sell a home, or it can relate to healthcare treatment, such as undergoing surgery or withdrawing life-sustaining procedures.

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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

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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.

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