Chown Cairns Legal Advice Blog

Do I need a new will if I’m getting married?

Jun 1, 2017

A new marriage is an exciting time in your life and includes a number of legal changes and obligations. 

While establishing your will is an important thing to do, marriage may not be a time when you’re thinking about your will. However, with any major change that happens in your life, your will needs to be changed to address the new circumstances. Marriage certainly qualifies.

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Topics: Wills & Estates Law

Should you use your realtor’s real estate lawyer referral?

May 25, 2017

Many clients do not realize the value of their real estate lawyer until they are well into the transaction process and their lawyer has uncovered an issue or a clause that could affect the transaction agreement.

Your real estate lawyer’s sole obligation is to protect your rights within the confines of the law. Thus, they are valuable to you throughout the real estate estate transaction and we’d recommend engaging an experienced lawyer at the beginning of the process.

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Topics: Real Estate and Land Law

How to choose the right Niagara real estate lawyer

May 4, 2017

A real estate lawyer is an essential part of the process of buying or selling a home. In a hot market, like the one Niagara is currently experiencing, hiring the right lawyer is essential. Your real estate lawyer’s role is to represent your interests and to ensure that you and your asset are legally protected throughout the transaction process.

Buying and selling real estate involves a number of legally binding tasks including the preparation or review of an agreement of purchase and sale and the transfer of title insurance. Where your realtor can help you market your home or find the one of your dreams, your lawyer will ensure that your interests are protected.

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Topics: Real Estate and Land Law

Common legal mistakes to avoid when selling your home

Apr 27, 2017

Selling your home is a complicated process that involves navigating many legal issues and requirements. These legalities may seem overwhelming, but working with the right Niagara real estate lawyer should make this process simple and easy for you.

There are certain legal tasks that are commonly done wrong, which have the potential to result in serious complications for homebuyers or sellers. During the real estate transaction, it’s very important to ensure that both you and your real estate lawyer keep these common mistakes in mind so that they are not replicated in your transaction, and you finish the purchase or sale of your home without any unforseen consequences.

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Topics: Real Estate and Land Law

What is a trademark and why should I trademark?

Mar 30, 2017

Building a successful business and brand takes money and a tireless commitment. Over the course of doing business, you may put in place many protections for company, this may include registering a trademark for your business's name or markings.

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Topics: Business Law

Should I plead guilty?

Mar 23, 2017

If you have just been charged with a criminal offense in Ontario, it is important that you take the time to understand your legal options before entering a plea in court. The first step is to determine what plea to enter in court is to read and understand your disclosure, a criminal lawyer can provide further guidance at this stage.

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Topics: Criminal Law

What to expect on closing day of real estate purchases

Mar 21, 2017

Purchasing a home is an incredibly exciting time, but it is also a complicated process. You are likely familiar with the basic steps of this process. You must search for a home, secure a mortgage and make an offer to purchase. When you lay out your Agreement of Purchase and Sale contract with your realtor and then review with your lawyer, there are a number of clauses that must be negotiated, including your closing date.

Your closing date will determine the date of the transfer of property ownership and requires preparation on your own behalf, as well as, your lawyers.  

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Topics: Real Estate and Land Law

Your options if you’ve been denied long-term disability claims

Mar 16, 2017

Disability insurance provides coverage if you are injured and suffer a loss of income as a result. The injury can be physical, such as a severe back pain, or psychological, such as depression. Disability benefits are typically based on your income. You can purchase coverage yourself, but some employers provide disability coverage to employees as part of a benefits package.

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Topics: Personal Injury

Answers to common employment law questions

Mar 9, 2017

There are many aspects to employment law and therefore many misconceptions. Each act taken in reference to your employment or resignation has lawful boundaries. Understanding the standard aspects of your employment that are bound by the law, and the contracts or acts that are associated, will ensure that your rights are protected within your employment.

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Topics: Labour Employment Law

Why every parent needs a Will

Mar 7, 2017

A valid Will is a necessity for any parent not just to ensure your estate is divided according to your wishes but also to ensure that the guardianship of your child or children is clearly defined. Within your Will, you can select the person (“guardian”) who will care for your children until they become adults. This guardian can also manage your money until they’re adults or you can appoint a separate trustee for that responsibility.

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Topics: Wills & Estates Law