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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.
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.
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?
Maybe you’ve already read our blog, “Where there’s a will . . . (there’s peace of mind)”.
If you haven’t, and perhaps need a bit more information about why making your will matters, here’s the link: https://www.andersonadams.ca/blog/where‑theres‑a‑will.html.
So once you’ve made an appointment to give will instructions, what can you expect? What information would it be helpful to have at your fingertips when you meet with your lawyer?
Do you enjoy watching video blogs? LawPro (which provides various types of supportive services to lawyers in Ontario) has produced a number of interesting vlogs on topics of interest to people buying real estate which we’re welcome to share with you.
There are so many resources out there on the internet. Legislation from all over the world. Case law too. Draft contracts and agreements and wills. Precedents of every kind. And increasingly we’re all accustomed to using the internet as our first source of information: most often, by Googling on our phones. We can and we do get instant information, 24/7.
So: why do you need to pay a lawyer to give you legal advice?
You’re in business. Congratulations. Small business is the backbone of our economy. But have you thought about what kind of small business structure suits your particular business best?
When they’re just getting started, many people begin with a “sole proprietorship”. An individual owns the business and is maybe the only worker in the business. There aren’t any costs in establishing a sole proprietorship. But there aren’t any protections either.
Anderson Adams is very proud of real estate lawyer Vanessa Playtis! She had the courage to throw her hat in the ring and to seek a seat on the Ontario Bar Association’s Real Estate Law Section Executive as a “Member- at-Large”. And she was elected!
On Tuesday, May 16th at the Midland Cultural Centre, retired Simcoe County lawyer Fred Hacker hosted retired Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci for a most interesting conversation about all of his contributions to Canadian public life. It was a memorable evening.