Transferring land by  Power of Attorney in Alberta

Transferring land by Power of Attorney in Alberta

Transferring land by way of a Power of Attorney should be done by all parties together to prevent disaster. Perhaps I have overstated my concern a touch but here’s a scenario that happened at our office. I once had a client who wanted to purchase a house from a...
Estate Litigation – Role of Executor

Estate Litigation – Role of Executor

When someone passes away, the beneficiaries look to the deceased’s Will for how the estate will be handled. Often a testator (the person who died) will appoint a son or daughter to be the Executor/Executrix of the estate. The Executor/Executrix has the...
What you can take after selling your home

What you can take after selling your home

You’ve sold your home. You’re moving. What can you take with you? Normally, you can take everything not attached to the home, excluding the items listed in the contract as “attached goods”. You can include and exclude any number of items so long as you’ve placed...

Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Public?

Generally speaking, a Notary Public is required if the document is being sent out of Province. Where a document requires that it be ‘sworn’ to, it can be sworn in front of a Commissioner for Oaths. A Commissioner for Oaths can be found in all law offices but they can...
Don’t Forgo the Important Role of Home Inspector

Don’t Forgo the Important Role of Home Inspector

A Home Inspector can often play a valuable role in your home purchase decision. Not only are inspectors trained to recognize the telltale signs of a problem but they may be a valuable asset for any claim you might end up having with the Vendor of your new home. In one...
Change Your Locks – Home Buying Tip

Change Your Locks – Home Buying Tip

For several years I have been imploring my clients who are purchasing new or used real estate to change the locks. Recently, I had a police officer client who thanked me for my advice. It seems that many times, when the Purchaser does not change those locks, there is...
Buying a Home with a Friend? Create and Sign an Agreement

Buying a Home with a Friend? Create and Sign an Agreement

It never ceases to amaze me that two or more adults can agree to pool their money to purchase a home, to fund monthly mortgage payments, to maintain and operate that home, all with have no written agreement that sets out what will happen if their relationship comes...