We handle all types of real estate purchases, sales, refinances, severances, first applications, and subdivision creation.
For most people, the purchase of a home is the biggest transaction of their lives. The work must be handled properly and skillfully so that you can relax, secure in the knowledge that your ownership and financing are sound. No matter where your home is located, we will treat you like our new neighbours.
Real estate law has so many traps for the unwary that it routinely causes the highest number of annual negligence claims against the Law Society's insurance company. It cannot be done safely on an assembly line or cut-rate basis. Title insurance is definitely not a replacement for quality legal work. Relying on title insurance is like relying on a band-aid to prevent osteoporosis. An excellent real estate lawyer is by far your best protection. Our fees are fair and competitive with lawyers who know that real estate law demands excellence. Thankfully, such lawyers comprise the majority of the Bar.
If you are interested in reading about the many kinds of residential and commercial real estate transactions that we handle, and a sample of some of the problems that we watch out for and solve, please see the More Information page.
Wills and Estates
Would you like to impoverish the legal profession? Then hire a lawyer to prepare well drafted wills, powers of attorney for property, and powers of attorney for personal care.
Well drafted wills and powers of attorney can save you and your heirs legal fees, delays, frustrations, and regrettable family disputes. The most lucrative estate files that lawyers open are often the ones with home-made wills, followed by kit wills, then quickie wills, then no will at all. In other words, having no will can be better than having a poorly done will. The estate files that generate the least, even no, revenue for lawyers are the ones featuring wills drafted properly by lawyers who are skilled in estates law and syntax. The words have to be precise. The grammar has to be correct. Even punctuation matters.
We can assist you with standard wills, primary and secondary wills, spousal and children's trusts, estate planning, probate applications, estate administration, and powers of attorney. We can handle as much of the administration work as the trustees wish to to delegate, or we can be a resource for trustees who prefer to handle most of the work themselves.
Business Law (Corporate & Commercial Law)
Small businesses are the backbone of the economy. Our main roles as legal advisor are (1) to ensure that your sole proprietorship, partnership or incorporation is set up and operated properly to enhance your ability to run the business without legal impediments, and (2) to ensure that your business purchases and sales are completed without post-closing legal surprises. Here are some of the services we provide:
Helping you decide which form of business is best for you
Federal and provincial incorporations
Assisting you with naming the business
Setting up the minute book and explaining your responsibilities
Shareholder or partnership agreements which are cost-effective in the event of disputes, deaths, disabilities, and so on
Agreements of purchase and sale
Share or Asset purchases and sales of businesses
Winding up of businesses
Drafting employment and many other types of contracts
Commercial leases (never sign even an Offer to Lease without legal advice)
Our clients include medical and dental practices, restaurants, high tech companies, transport and fuel companies, holding and investment companies, landscaping and renovation businesses, opticians, daycares, and many others.
We prepare and commission affidavits, statutory declarations, and notarial copies of original documents.
We offer sound analysis of litigation disputes. We prepare cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts, and separation agreements in non-contentious matters. We also offer independent legal advice.
Should a family law, employment law, tax, criminal or litigation specialist be needed for contentious matters, we know the Ottawa bar and can refer you to lawyers who will do the work properly, treat you well, and bill you fairly.
Brad is available for learning and laughter lectures at schools, colleges, universities, real estate agencies, and seminars.
With extensive experience as a governor of the Law Society, Brad also provides policy and governance analysis.