Matthew J. Wilson

Matthew J. Wilson

Lerners LLP

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Estate Planning: The difference between joint tenancy and tenancy in common

In ancient Egypt, people once believed that their property would accompany them upon death. However, in 21st century Canada, it’s no secret that one cannot take their real or personal property with them when they die. A Will...more

9/10/2014 - Canada Joint Tenancy Tenancy-in-Common

A Little Bit Country: Road Access and Cottage Ownership

Cottage ownership is a dream for many Canadians. The idea of a remote getaway where one can leave behind the stresses of the work week for a quiet, peaceful weekend with the family appeals greatly to many. However, reaching...more

8/22/2014 - Canada Highways Infrastructure Roads

What Right Does an Estate Trustee Have To Sell Real Estate?

Taking on the role of estate trustee can involve many challenges, both legally and otherwise. Being an estate trustee where the deceased assets include real estate can carry with it additional challenges which must be...more

5/6/2014 - Canada Estate Planning Estate Tax Marital Assets Marital Estate Marital Home Real Estate Investments Sale of Assets Trustees

My Landlord Wants Me Out, What do I Do? A Tenant’s Guide to the Eviction Process

The eviction process can be a confusing and stressful situation for any tenant. There are many rules and procedures that you have to follow. More importantly, your ability to remain in your home hangs in the balance. This...more

2/12/2014 - Canada Eviction Landlords Notice Requirements Residential Tenancies Act Tenants

Condominiums and Interim Occupancy

If you are purchasing a new condominium unit in Ontario and you are ready to move in, you should be aware that just because you may be moving in, this does not mean the builder (or declarant) is ready to transfer ownership to...more

1/24/2014 - Canada Closing Date Condominiums Housing Developers Occupancy Real Estate Development Real Estate Market Real Estate Transfers Transfer of Title

Buying a house from a non-human entity or the dead

The tale behind a real estate transaction usually follows the same pattern: a potential buyer approaches a seller after viewing the advertised property, negotiations commence and the parties arrive at a meeting of the minds...more

12/16/2013 - Canada Estate Planning Property Ownership Purchase Agreement Real Estate Market Transfer of Title Trustees

Things that go bump in the night: Disclosure of Ghosts in Ontario

Remember as a child, that vacant house in your neighbourhood that stood in the shadows and was rumoured to have been the home of several scary ghosts. Remember when you drove past and observed a new family emptying a U-Haul...more

10/25/2013 - Canada Disclosure Requirements Real Estate Market

The Principles underlying the Partition Act

The Partition Act allows any person who has an interest in land situated in Ontario to bring an action or application to the court to have that land partitioned or sold under the courts direction. ...more

10/22/2013 - Canada Land Titles Partition Act Petition for Partition

Different Types of Condominiums

In Ontario, there are a number of types of condominiums that may be developed. Under the Condominium Act, 1998, the types of condominiums provided for fall into two categories: leasehold and freehold. There are then four...more

8/27/2013 - Canada Condominiums Leases

Ways to Take Title

There are a number of options to take title in land in Ontario. The following is a list of the most common ways that homeowners will choose to register ownership in their residential property....more

7/15/2013 - Canada Land Titles Property Owners Tenants

The Deposit/Last Month's Rent

At Lerners LLP, we often encounter landlords and tenants alike who do not understand their rights and obligations with respect to deposits. ...more

7/4/2013 - Canada Deposit Interest Landlords Rent Rent Deposit Tenants

Green Energy - Introduction to microFIT

The microFIT Program was launched in 2009 as part of the Ontario government’s efforts to increase renewable energy in the province. The Program provides eligible participants with the opportunity to develop a small, or...more

4/12/2013 - Applications Canada Electricity Power Grid Renewable Energy

What are Chattels? What are Fixtures?

The law distinguishes between chattels and fixtures. A chattel is movable property. A fixture is a chattel that has been fixed or attached and can no longer be easily moved. For example, an arm-chair would be a chattel,...more

4/3/2013 - Canada Chattels Fixtures Purchase Agreement

Infrastructure Ontario Requests for Proposals

Infrastructure Ontario issues Requests for Proposals to a shortlist of project teams who successfully complete the Request for Qualifications process. The Request for Proposal sets out the conditions and specifications...more

3/20/2013 - Canada Request for Proposals Request for Qualifications

Asbestos - Does it matter?

Asbestos was often used in the construction of residential properties, particularly in the 1950s to 1970s. Asbestos was primarily used as an insulator because it is heat resistant and has a high tensile strength. It was...more

3/20/2013 - Asbestos Asbestos Litigation Canada Disclosure Requirements Warranties

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