Legal Bites – Estates Taxes

Legal Bites – Estates Taxes If you’re planning on settling an estate, what taxes should you expect to pay? When planning your estate, it is imperative to make sure that your affairs are handled in the most efficient way possible. A question we get asked frequently at Northview Law when helping clients with their wills […]

Non-Resident of Canada? What to Know Before Selling Your Home

Non-Resident of Canada? What to Know Before Selling Your Home Without the necessary preparation, you could be hit with some serious fees If you are a non-resident of Canada and are looking to sell a property, you will need to obtain a Certificate of Compliance from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) before the sale can […]

5 Things to Consider Before Drafting Your Will

Five Things to Consider Before Drafting Your Will   In Ontario, having a properly drafted will is an essential component of estate planning. It is important to plan ahead and ensure that your wishes are clearly documented and legally enforceable. Here are five things that you should do to prepare for having your will drafted […]

Is Artificial Intelligence About to Replace Lawyers?

Artificial Intelligence to Replace Lawyers? With the exponential growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI), are lawyers doomed to become extinct?   Change is coming, whether we like it or not. While the legal profession (and many others like it) has traditionally been slow to adapt to new technologies, AI seems to be making a strong push […]

Raising a Glass to Prohibition

Raising a Glass to Prohibition Amendments have been made to ease the restrictions against foreign home buying in Canada Background Just months after the Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act (the “Act”) went into force, new amendments have been enacted to ease and cool off the lofty restrictions that were imposed. […]

Limiting Limitation Clauses

Limiting Limitation Clauses? To what extent are limited use clauses in residential contracts allowable? In the 2022 case of White et al. v Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, the relationship between landlord and tenant regarding residential leases, and the enforceability of a restricted access clause in a residential tenancy agreement is highlighted through the Residential […]

Subrogation up in Flames?

Subrogation up in Flames?  Taking a peek into the court’s understanding of subrogation in the commercial tenant context In the case of Royal Host GP Inc. v 1842259 from 2018, the Ontario Court of Appeal made a sweeping decision concerning a commercial landlord’s right to subrogate. At a basic level, subrogation is a right of […]

Toronto’s Not-So Empty Promise

Toronto’s Not-So Empty Promise What the new Vacant Home Tax means for Torontonians and the local economy   Beginning this year, an annual tax will be collected on vacant Toronto residences. The intent of this tax, called the Vacant Home Tax (the “VHT”) is to “increase the supply of housing by discouraging homeowners from leaving […]

Organized Crime and An Organized Sale

  Organized Crime and An Organized Sale Documenting the parabolic rise of real estate fraud and what can be done to show it the door If you’ve watched the news lately, you’ll have seen the reports of fraudulent home sales all around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). It’s no surprise these types of stories show […]

Family Ties

Family Ties – A look at how courts tackle complex estate battles Now that the holiday season has come and gone as fast as you can say eggnog, we can take some time to reflect and appreciate our time with family. Unfortunately, for some the family dynamic over the holidays can become muddled behind contentious […]