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Real Estate


Friday, June 14, 2019 @ 2:05 PM

OBA set to honour two lawyers for expertise in real estate, insolvency law

The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) will honour two lawyers at separate ceremonies next week. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 13, 2019 @ 11:47 AM

From Estonian AI judges to robot mediators in Canada, U.K. Robot&manhandshake_sm.jpg

Having previously written about Estonia’s pilot AI judge, it comes as no surprise that I am here to report that a “robot mediator” has settled a court case for the first time, demonstrating a further shift towards the embrace of legal technology and tools to efficiently and effectively litigate. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 13, 2019 @ 6:37 AM

INTERESTS IN LAND - Positive easements - Rights of way

Appeal by de Jocas and the other applicants from an order that determined the respondents did not substantially interfere with an easement in favour of the appellants. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 @ 6:26 AM

RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES - Termination by landlord

Appeal by the landlord from a decision setting aside an order for possession issued by the Residential Tenancy Branch. ... [read more]

Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 9:38 AM

RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES - Appointed officials - Powers

Appeal by the tenant from a Small Claims Court decision ordering her to vacate a house and pay arrears of rent. ... [read more]

Friday, June 07, 2019 @ 11:19 AM

Bill 88: Planning Act’s new 20-year search rule oldnnewhouses.jpg

For real estate lawyers in Ontario, searching title to the subject property involved in a transaction — as well as any relevant lands that may abut it — is all about time. On the one hand, in order to ensure a breach of the Planning Act has not occurred, a solicitor may have to search title all the way back to June 15, 1967. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 06, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal ruling upends commercial leasing law

Although neither party raised the legal provision in the case, the Ontario Court of Appeal has changed a law regarding commercial leasing by referring to a section of the province’s Commercial Tenancies Act (CTA) whose origins in Ontario date back to 1895. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 06, 2019 @ 8:37 AM


Appeal by the plaintiffs from a decision confirming a Master’s decision dismissing the appellants’ claim against the respondent and from the costs award. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 8:03 AM

Blockchain and smart contracts: Hype or opportunity? blockchain_conracts_sm

With all the current volatility in cryptocurrencies, it’s easy to dismiss them as a passing fad. However, the technology used does have some long-term utility and will likely change many aspects of modern commerce and potentially the practice of law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 @ 1:36 PM

The peril of family asset transfers | Dale Barrett

Most people don’t think twice before transferring assets between family members. Why would they? People deposit money into each other’s accounts. They put each other’s names on their properties in order to get mortgages. They sell assets to one another for one dollar. They move closely held company shares back and forth. And they inadvertently create massive tax problems for themselves, some of which are impossible to fix. ... [read more]