Title Trumps:  The Effect of Placing a Property in Joint Tenancy
201705.26
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Title Trumps: The Effect of Placing a Property in Joint Tenancy

Griffith v Davidson, a recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision, has confirmed that placing a property in joint tenancy means sharing the property equally on relationship breakdown.  The question before the court (on appeal from an arbitration) was whether the common law wife held the property on resulting trust for the common law husband,…

Relationship Tips: Talk, Listen and Love
201703.09
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Relationship Tips: Talk, Listen and Love

I was watching a rerun of “Modern Family” the other night.  In the episode, Phil learns a neighbour’s wife has left him.  Phil tells the viewer that he hopes it is due to an affair or drugs and alcohol, because those he can protect against.  Unfortunately for Phil, the neighbour tells him that he has…

See Spot Divorce: Who Gets the Family Dog?
201612.15
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See Spot Divorce: Who Gets the Family Dog?

“The dog is man’s best friend.” (Ogden Nash)“ “The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” (Charles de Gaulle) “Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.”(Dean Koontz) People love their dogs. Dogs are treasured members of the family. Some people even…

Is it a GIFT or a LOAN?
201609.08
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Is it a GIFT or a LOAN?

Buying property is expensive. Nowadays, many first time buyers are assisted by the kind contribution of parents or in-laws. If someone in your family is generous enough to provide you with funds, make it clear whether these monies are a gift or a loan. It can make a difference down the line if the marriage…

Do you need a marriage contract?
201606.01
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Do you need a marriage contract?

June is upon us. I understand from Modern Bride magazine that June is the most popular month for weddings. Unfortunately, it is not the most popular month for marriage contracts. But why? These two should go hand in hand but most couples still marry without a marriage contract. WHY? I find it is because people…