Friday February 15, 2019

Digital Assets and Social Media: Are They in Your Estate Plan?

Authored by: Alanna Mayne, TEP Posted in: Wills & Estates
The recent issues surrounding QuadrigaCX and the death of the company’s CEO, Gerald Cotten, is an important reminder that you should ensure your digital assets are included as part of your estate planning.

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Friday January 25, 2019

Restrictive Covenants

Authored by: Lauren M. Randall Posted in: Real Estate

When purchasing a new home, it is important to note that some lots have restrictive covenants that apply to them. Restrictive covenants are rules that govern the use of the lot and other lots in the subdivision.

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Tuesday January 15, 2019

Lessons from the (Un)Grateful Dead: How to Appoint your Estate Executor

Authored by: George M. Clarke Posted in: Real Estate

Choosing who will act as your executor is a decision that should not be taken lightly.

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Tuesday December 18, 2018

Can I use a Power of Attorney?

Authored by: Lauren M. Randall Posted in: Real Estate

If you are helping an elderly, disabled or unavailable friend or family member with a real estate transaction, you may be wondering when a Power of Attorney will be accepted.

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Monday August 20, 2018

Intro to Property Tax Adjustment

Authored by: Lauren M. Randall Posted in: Real Estate

When purchasing or selling a property, there will always be a property tax adjustment unless agreed otherwise. Property taxes are set and collected by the respective municipalities, so the collection dates will vary throughout the province.

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Monday July 9, 2018

Married or Common-Law: How Does It Affect Your Estate Plan?

Authored by: Andrew P. Nicol Posted in: Family Law Real Estate

There are several misconceptions about the status of marriage and a common-law relationship in the estate planning context. In Nova Scotia, marriage and common-law relationships are treated differently for estate matters.

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Tuesday June 26, 2018

Before Renting your Property on Short-Term Rental Websites: Some Things you Should Know

Authored by: Lauren M. Randall Posted in: Real Estate Wills & Estates

More and more Canadians are renting their homes to travelers via online short-term vacation rental services such as Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway.

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Wednesday September 20, 2017

Well Water Testing When Buying a Home

Authored by: Lauren M. Randall Posted in: Real Estate

If you’ve decided to buy a home that is not on municipal water services it is important to know how this affects the home purchase process and ongoing home ownership. 

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Monday January 9, 2017

Purchasing a Property at a Tax Sale

Authored by: Allen A. Campbell Posted in: Real Estate

Purchasing a property at a tax sale can potentially provide an excellent deal on a valuable property. However, it is not without its pitfalls.

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Tuesday December 6, 2016

New CRA Reporting Requirements for the Sale of your Principal Residence

Authored by: Andrew P. Nicol Posted in: Real Estate

The CRA has implemented new reporting requirements for the sale of a principal residence for any sales on or after January 1, 2016. If your home meets the principal residence exemption requirements, you still do not have to pay tax on the sale but are now required to report it.

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Thursday November 24, 2016

So you're Thinking of Buying a New Construction Condo Unit...

Authored by: Lauren M. Randall Posted in: Real Estate

New construction condo units can be an attractive opportunity for first time owners, but these units come with their own unique set of terms and conditions that you should be aware of.

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Tuesday June 30, 2015

Municipal Zoning: It is better to ask for permission rather than forgiveness

Authored by: Andrew P. Nicol Posted in: Real Estate

You are on the hunt for a new home and as you are looking at listings, you come across several that have a separate suite. This suite might be in the basement, or it might be an addition to the home. It has its own entrance, kitchen, and washroom. These suites are commonly referred to as in-law

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Tuesday November 25, 2014

Purchasing a Foreclosed Property

Authored by: Allen A. Campbell Posted in: Real Estate

Purchasing a foreclosed property can be one way to get a really good deal on a property, however there are some risks involved. There are typically two ways to purchase a foreclosed property: Bid on the property at the foreclosure or Sheriff’s Sale/Auction, or if no one buys the property at the

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