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Vanessa Playtis, Ontario Bar Association Real Estate Law Section

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!

What does the OBA do? It’s the organization for lawyers in Ontario which helps keep all of us current in our various practice areas. Each section of the OBA compiles resources, runs educational programs, updates lawyers when there are changes in laws or regulations, and provides a unified voice for lawyers when we need to organize input into crucial areas of government policy development. Especially during a moment in Ontario when we’re all so aware of volatility in real estate prices, you can be sure that the Ontario Bar Association Real Estate Law Section is undertaking particularly important responsibilities right now.

Vanessa really enjoys the practice of real estate law. Although exposed to a wide range of law practice areas during her Windsor articles and at her first law job in Toronto, she says that it was only with her 2016 move to Anderson Adams that she found her true home in legal practice: real estate law.  

Real estate law is “happy law” for the most part: people buying and selling property.  No wonder she loves it.  Every real estate file is a human story.  Real estate lawyers are protecting what’s very often your most significant financial asset, and at a time in your lives when you may be filled with emotions.  More than ever, real estate lawyers need good up-to- the-minute information on best practices and a strong voice interfacing with government and regulatory groups.  And that’s why Vanessa sought the votes of her peers – real estate lawyers all across Ontario – to be elected to the OBA Real Estate Section executive.

Real estate solicitors must cope with rapid and fundamental changes in the way they conduct their practices.  Real estate lawyers are assuming more and more responsibilities while keeping real estate legal fees under control and coping with high volume.   In this environment, the OBA is most helpful in keeping all real estate lawyers on top of fast-breaking changes: non-resident speculation tax, proposed revisions (much needed) to control condominium boards, so many complex mortgage financing issues, environmental issues, intensification and subdivision matters. All of these concerns are highly relevant in Barrie and Innisfil, particularly with the proposed development of the annexed lands adjacent to the South Barrie Go Station. Vanessa would also like to see the OBA Real Estate Law Section lead the way with respect to better defined life lease law.   

Vanessa’s attitude is practical, collaborative, and team-oriented.  She’s been a great addition to the Anderson Adams team, and she’ll have much to contribute in her new role on the OBA Real Estate Law Section Executive.

Congratulations, Vanessa!

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