Are Surveys Obsolete?

Whether you’re buying a piece of real estate, or lending money via a mortgage on it, do you need a survey? It depends (that’s what most lawyers’ answers start with!). But on what? Traditionally, real estate lawyers undertook a series of investigations – title and off-title – to provide their purchaser and lender clients with […]

What is the Best Interest of a Child?

When parents have separated and need to make decisions about their child, we often hear them saying “it’s what is best for Johnny” or “that isn’t in Sally’s best interest”. However, just because one parent claims that something is in the child’s best interest does not make it so. “Best Interest of the child” is […]

Custody, Access and Primary Residence

One of the biggest confusions for individuals who are faced with having to come up with a parenting plan with their former partner is the difference between custody, access and primary residence. We will often hear a parent say that they want to have “sole custody”, as a means of saying they want the child […]

Why do you need a Will?

The following chart illustrates who becomes entitled to receive your estate when you do not have a will. As you can see, it will depend on who is your next of kin. If you have a surviving spouse, but no children: your spouse gets it all If you have a surviving spouse, and one child: your […]