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You’re buying a house with your common-law partner. How should you take title to the house?

Read more: Joint Title? Or Tenants in Common?

Lots of our clients say this to us. Something about the law appealed to them. Maybe they were playground advocates – sticking up for the rights of other children who were being bullied. Maybe they had the experience of participating in a “moot court” during high school: attending at the court house, wearing the robes and making the arguments. Or maybe they just really enjoyed law programs on television: Suits, with Meghan Markle (who has since then gone on to fill another role); or the old Canadian Street Legal, which 20 years later is about to get a reboot.

Read more: I always wanted to be a lawyer...

You and your married spouse or common-law partner are separating. And you both want a separation agreement that resolves all issues between the two of you. Legally. With the best likelihood of finality. Which means: you want a separation agreement that resolves everything to do with your kids: parenting arrangements and where they’ll live. And everything to do with support. And everything to do with property.

Read more: Streamlined Flat Fee Collaborative Family Practice

Our law firm has been a part of Innisfil history for some 44 years and we had great fun reminiscing about our early days! Here’s Part 2 of our proposed contribution!

Read more: History of the Anderson Adams Law Firm, Part 2

Did you know that the Town of Innisfil will be Celebrating its 200th Anniversary in 2020?  Innisfil was first surveyed in 1820, and there’s lots of information about its early history on Wikipedia.

But did you know that the Innisfil Historical Society, a wonderful local organization of individuals keenly interested in all our local stories, is working on a publication to celebrate that event?

Read more: History of the Anderson Adams Law Firm, Part 1

Anderson Adams deals with lots of new home purchases. That’s partly because we’re located at 8034 Yonge Street in an area with lots of new development and new home construction, just south of the Barrie South Go Station. That means we’re very close to the lands annexed a few years ago by Barrie, where building is booming. And the Town of Innisfil also has lots of other new home construction at every price point.

Read more: Buying A New Home? Tarion Has An App For That!

Pretty much nobody wants to go to court. At Anderson Adams, whether you’re being sued or you need to sue somebody, we try hard to resolve matters through alternate dispute resolution techniques: negotiation, mediation, collaboration, arbitration.

Read more: Living Through Litigation

In 2017, Anderson Adams was very proud that lawyer Vanessa Playtis was elected as a member-at-large to the real estate section of the Ontario Bar Association: read all about it right here!

And in that role, Vanessa plunged right into the intricacies of Bill 124, Ontario’s Rental Fairness Act, which has introduced a whole series of amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act and is now in force and effect.

Read more: New Developments in Residential Tenancies Law

You’ve separated. Maybe you were married. Maybe you were common-law or cohabiting spouses. Maybe you had kids together and maybe not. Maybe you owned a house or acquired other assets during your relationship, and maybe not.

Read more: How Solid Is Your Separation Agreement?

What are contingency fees? That’s what’s being offered when you see an advertisement which says, “You don’t pay until we win.” And contingency fees are often offered with free consultations up front. Sounds good, right? So: why don’t all law firms offer contingency fees and free consultations?

Read more: Contingency Fees