Due to COVID 19, effective March 20 2020 at 5 pm until further notice and for the protection of our clients and staff, Anderson Adams is closing our offices. You may reach us by email: and With respect to Real Estate closings, please contact Nathan Higgins at Evans deVries Higgins: phone 905 775 3381 x 210.

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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

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:‑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?

Read more: Getting Ready for your Will Appointment

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.

Read more: Real Estate Goes to the Movies!

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?

Read more: Do I Really Need Legal Advice?

How much is it going to cost? Just about everybody needing legal services is worried about the cost. 

At Anderson Adams, we understand that worry. And we do have some set fee services. 

Read more: Set Fees and Limited Scope Retainers

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.

Read more: Canada 150 Celebrations: Legally Speaking!

  1. When your property is jointly owned, then both of you are jointly retaining Anderson Adams to act as your real estate lawyer on the sale.
  2. Out of your sale proceeds, on behalf of both of you we pay out the encumbrances registered on title to the jointly owned property: your mortgage including any prepayment charges, and any home equity line of credit you may have.

    Read more: Separating and Selling a Jointly Owned Matrimonial Home

Ideally, that’s what you’d like to achieve.  You sell your old house firm.  You find your new house and you enter into an Agreement of Purchase and Sale,  closing the very same day.  Perfect.  Best possible scenario.  Now you can organize your moving van and start packing.  And you can get going on all the other tasks that are necessary to effect your smooth move.

Read more: Buying and Selling A House on the Same Day

Constructions liens are a particularly complicated area of law.

If you’ve done work on somebody’s property or if you’ve supplied materials for a building project and they haven’t paid you, then you may want to consider securing the money you’re owed by putting on a construction lien.

Read more: Construction Law: Is It Time to “Lien” In?