Chown Cairns Legal Advice Blog

What taxes need to paid when someone dies?

Mar 26, 2018

how to pay an estates taxes canada

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Topics: Wills & Estates Law

Why you should consider a professional home inspection

Mar 19, 2018

Real estate transactions are often one of the most expensive transactions someone will make throughout the duration of their life. Due to this fact, it is not always an easy process, and can be intimidating for those who are purchasing a home.

One of the most important things you will need to do is have a professional home inspection completed on the property you are looking to purchase.

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Topics: Real Estate and Land Law

What a commercial real estate lawyer can do for your commercial investment

Jan 18, 2018

If you have found the perfect property to build or expand your business, you are entering an exciting time of your businesses development. This process is complex and too often we see situations where steps are overlooked and it causes legal tie-ups or unexpected costs.

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Topics: Real Estate and Land Law

Ways to reduce probate fees and taxes

Jan 16, 2018

Many people do not find out about the hidden costs that come with the death of a loved one until it’s too late. There are taxes and fees associated with many aspects, from the funeral to the will itself.

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Topics: Wills & Estates Law

How to determine who should hold the title of your home

Dec 15, 2017

Many first time home buyers do not understand that they have options in assigning their property ownership, or that it is important to be strategic about who holds the title of a home.

Ownership over the title of a property means that the homeowner(s) have rights to the property and have the right to pass on ownership after their passing.

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Topics: Real Estate and Land Law

Estate planning: What happens when you die without a will?

Dec 12, 2017

If you do not have a will, and believe that you do not need a will, you are leaving your assets, money, and your family’s security on the table. You may believe that a will is unnecessary to your situation because your family will fairly distribute your assets, or that your assets aren’t large enough to warrant a will.

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Topics: Wills & Estates Law

What not to do when you terminate an employee

Nov 9, 2017

 

For many managers and employers, terminating an employee is one of the most difficult decisions to make in the process of doing business. Dismissal is often a last resort, however there may be various factors that render termination as the only option.

In Ontario, it is very important that employers act in accordance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), and any other applicable provincial or federal legislation or common law when dismissing an employee. If you fire an employee improperly, you or your business could be subject to a lawsuit and may be required to pay damages and the reasonable legal costs of the employee.

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Topics: Labour Employment Law

Protect your assets. Improve your business structure.

Nov 7, 2017

Entrepreneurs are an incredible asset to our economy. Their businesses drive local employment and provide income to our Region’s families. However, the reality of doing business is that as an owner you are exposed to liability.

Without proper legal protections, you may be unknowingly exposing both your business and your personal assets. There are many common situations that put your assets at risk like having many assets tied to one business or an agreement gone poorly.

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Topics: Business Law

Drafting a will? Here are the details you should know.

Nov 2, 2017

 

There is no right age to have your will drafted and though it may feel awkward to think about your own mortality, a will is an important document.

Think of your will as a common sense document that every adult with assets should have, one that will impose your wishes and ensure that the people you want to benefit, do.

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Topics: Wills & Estates Law

Five things to know before starting a business in Ontario

Aug 10, 2017

There are incredible benefits to entrepreneurship, but becoming a success story takes a combination of risk, planning, hard work and a great business idea.

If you’re considering starting a business in Ontario, it is important that you have a solid business plan and consider and understand the elements of owning a business.

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Topics: Business Law