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I had a potential client call me the other day, looking to recover $5,000 from a commercial tenancy gone bad. I explained to him my rates. I could tell that the cost-benefit analysis did not compute. So, he asked for a lower-priced option: writing a demand letter on our paralegal firm stationary. “Perhaps we can […]

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You are about to sell your rental complex and you want to get the apartment ready for market.  You call your real estate agent and they come over on an agreed-to date with their tape measure and camera at the ready.  Your agent starts measuring a few rooms, then gets the cell phone out to […]

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It’s not often I get to blow my own horn, but I am announcing a new podcast called “The Ontario Small Claims Court Podcast‘.  I’ve recorded this podcast series to help self-represented litigants work their way through the Small Claims Court system.  Just under half of all civil claims in this province are started in the […]

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Whether you are upsizing to a family-sized home, or downsizing from a full family home to an empty-nester, you still have to sell the home that you are currently living in.  It’s a stressful time: planning a move, talking to Realtors, looking for your next home, and sprucing-up your existing home to allow the parade […]

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Sometimes, I can’t help you. That is a hard thing to admit.  Lawyers and Paralegals get into the practice of law and the provision of legal services to help people with these types of problems.  Usually there is a way we can help, but sometimes the financial burdens are too high.  Sometimes, it’s making a […]

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A common question that I get from potential clients is, “I’m not a bad driver, so why was my license suspended after going to the hospital?” The truth is that medical license suspensions have nothing to do with how good a driver you are.  You don’t even have to have been driving in order for […]

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Most Landlords that I have had the pleasure of serving have been completely unaware that rents can be raised every year without the approval of the Landlord & Tenant Board. The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 gives this power to landlords through section 116. This provision allows for a rent increase after 90 days on proper […]

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Here are some facts to think about Medical Drivers’ License Suspensions, as provided by the Ontario Ombudsman’s report, “Better Safe Than Sorry“. source:  http://www.ombudsman.on.ca/Files/sitemedia/pdf/MTO-Fact-sheet-EN.pdf 51,000 The number of medical or vision reports on drivers the Ministry of Transportation received from Doctors, Opticians, Ophthalmologists, and police in 2011 27,203 The number of drivers suspended for medical/vision […]

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First of all, let me state for the record that I did not watch Convocation’s webcast on April 10, 2014.  Having briefly considered submissions by TWU, the LSUC Treasurer’s statement, and random samplings of submissions before the Benchers, I am left with the impression that everyone has overlooked one single question.  I ask this question, […]

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There are two perceptions out there that I would like to address.  The first perception is that the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) is fundamentally unfair towards landlords.  The second perception is that tenants can run roughshod over landlords despite written agreements. Is the RTA unfair?  This perception draws its roots in the belief that contractual […]

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