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When parents help with the downpayment – Whose home is it?

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First time home buyers will sometimes get a little help from family members in coming up with their downpayment. A recent report prepared for the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage

Tis the Season

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With a population approaching 600,000, Brampton is a thriving center for growth. That growth brings a wealth of diversity amongst the residents who call Brampton home. It is truly a

WJPC Welcomes Peter Luciano

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WJPC is pleased to announce the addition of Peter Luciano as an associate lawyer. Peter has tremendous knowledge, skills and insight, and will be a a valuable contribution to the

Solicitor’s Accounts

Lawyers sell an expensive service. Of that, there is little doubt. Lawyers have a duty to charge fees that are fair and reasonable, and clients have a duty to understand

The public good: a Veterinarian’s duty goes beyond the medicine

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  The practice of veterinary medicine is challenging work. It is an entrepreneurial business like any other, on top of being a field of medicine. Veterinarians must know Math, Biology,

Clowning around at the 2013 Santa Claus Parade

I was fortunate enough to once again be able to participate in the 2013 Kiwanis Club of Brampton Celebrity Clown Program. That is the long way to say: I had

Running – not just for my practice anymore

Lawyer’s are often found contributing to their community, serving on Board’s of Directors, volunteering their time to various projects and committees. At WJPC, we believe that action is the strongest

Supporting the Celebrity Clown Program

The Kiwanis Celebrity Clowns

I have had the pleasure over the years to support the Kiwanis Celebrity Clown program, both as a sponsor and as an event participant. For over 10 years, business people

Dog Bite Liability – getting bitten

Leash free dog parks are a fun and relaxing way for dogs to get exercise and socialize with other dogs. They can also be the place of rapidly changing circumstances,

Real estate: get in the Zone

Zoning is hardly the stuff of t.v. serial dramas; there likely won’t be a Law & Order: Real Estate Edition. But that hasn’t stopped the drama from unfolding in the

Buying Real Estate: Why so much?

There are plenty of expenses when you buy a home. Fees, commissions and charges quickly add up. For some, the extra costs may not be revealed until it is too

No small slanders on the world wide web

Social media is a growing component of most marketing, branding and advertising efforts. It is a valuable and effective means of communicating directly with your target audience, and for your

Copy writers, a valuable part of your team

Every game has Rules

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The Rules of Court can often be confusing, but really, they are intended to reflect very basic values. A situation I often encounter is a client who either attempting to

What assets form part of your estate?

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When you prepare your will, it is important to conduct an inventory of your assets. It is also important to identify all of your legal and moral obligations. A failure

MLS will remain closed, for now

The move to open up the MLS system has hit a snag. The application was brought under the incorrect section of the Competition Act. Time will tell what implications this

The duties of an estate executor

Estate Trustees, or executors, have many jobs. It can be a difficult task and one that is fraught with emotional turmoil and stress. Many don’t know where to begin, or

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

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The news this week is tragic and shocking. There are many angles, many viewpoints, many problems to be addressed. This author could never attempt to capture them all, the issues

Spring is (almost) here

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Spring is almost here, and with it, Spring Cleaning. Cleaning up the clutter on your desk and in your file cabinet is a great opportunity to stay on top of

Is a “Civil Union” a marriage?

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This year, the Ontario Superior Court had to deal with the case of a same-sex couple that had entered into a “Civil Union” in the U. K. After they moved

When parents help with the downpayment – Whose home is it?

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First time home buyers will sometimes get a little help from family members in coming up with their downpayment. A recent report prepared for the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals found that there has been a significant increase in the number and size of parental contributions being made towards their children’s down payments for new home purchases.

The scenario sounds easy enough, but legally, it can be more complicated. For instance, are the parents going on title and co-signing the mortgage? Are they simply acting as a guarantor on the mortgage? Is the money actually an unsecured loan that is supposed to be repaid over time?  Or, are they contributing funds towards a downpayment as a gift? This may be the most important question. If the parties aren’t clear on how this is going to be classified there may be considerable confusion down the road – particularly if there is a breakdown of the child’s marital relationship or the child’s relationship with the parents.

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Tis the Season

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With a population approaching 600,000, Brampton is a thriving center for growth. That growth brings a wealth of diversity amongst the residents who call Brampton home. It is truly a multi-faith community, and our clients are no exception in reflecting the city’s diversity. We view the Holiday Season as a great opportunity to celebrate with all of our clients. We welcome wishes of Happy Holidays, Joyous Kwanzaa, Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas, or any of the other traditional greetings shared by our clients at this festive time of year.

We do wish all of our friends, colleagues and clients a Happy Holidays! (though, we will try to be more specific if we see you in person) and of course, a safe and Happy New Year!

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WJPC Welcomes Peter Luciano

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WJPC is pleased to announce the addition of Peter Luciano as an associate lawyer.

Peter has tremendous knowledge, skills and insight, and will be a a valuable contribution to the firm. From Real Estate closing to Corporate and Commercial transactions, Peter will assist clients in a variety of areas and continue the firm’s tradition of bringing incredible value to the table for clients.

Solicitor’s Accounts

Lawyers sell an expensive service. Of that, there is little doubt. Lawyers have a duty to charge fees that are fair and reasonable, and clients have a duty to understand that “fair and reasonable” does not mean “inexpensive and cheap.” Rather, the fairness and reasonableness of a lawyer’s bill is an issue that is evaluated in consideration of a nebula of factors.

It would be difficult to list all of the factors that go into the fairness and reasonableness of an account.  However, it is safe to say that there are 9 key factors that are always considered:

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The public good: a Veterinarian’s duty goes beyond the medicine

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The practice of veterinary medicine is challenging work. It is an entrepreneurial business like any other, on top of being a field of medicine. Veterinarians must know Math, Biology, Physiology, Medicine, Surgery, Orthopedics, Geriatrics, Oncology, Obstetrics, grief counselling and how to run a business. They have a lot on their plate.

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Clowning around at the 2013 Santa Claus Parade

I was fortunate enough to once again be able to participate in the 2013 Kiwanis Club of Brampton Celebrity Clown Program. That is the long way to say: I had a lot of fun at the Santa Claus Parade.

As a picture says a thousand words, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves:

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Running – not just for my practice anymore

Lawyer’s are often found contributing to their community, serving on Board’s of Directors, volunteering their time to various projects and committees. At WJPC, we believe that action is the strongest form of leadership. We are proud of Wesley Jackson and his efforts to raise money for charity, in the form of his 360Five.org initiative.

 

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Supporting the Celebrity Clown Program

The Kiwanis Celebrity Clowns

I have had the pleasure over the years to support the Kiwanis Celebrity Clown program, both as a sponsor and as an event participant. For over 10 years, business people and community leaders have been donating money for the privilege of leading the Brampton Santa Clause Parade down Main Street, dressed in full clown regalia. The proceed go to support worthy causes, and well, the clown get up warms the hearts of the children all along the parade route.

This year, I will once again be making a donation, wearing the make up and and the suit and supporting the Kiwanis Club of Brampton. In addition, I would like to up the ante. I want to bring in 2 more clowns, and increase my donation above the minimum. I need your help. In the coming months, I will be developing and posting a pledge form, all pledges will be donated to Celebrity Clown program in addition to my own entry fee, which I will be paying directly. Any support you care to offer will be greatly appreciated. In addition, I ask that you pass this link on to anyone in charge of charitable giving in your workplace.

http://www.bramptoncelebrityclowns.com/

Dog Bite Liability – getting bitten

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Leash free dog parks are a fun and relaxing way for dogs to get exercise and socialize with other dogs. They can also be the place of rapidly changing circumstances, where the large number of dogs can trigger otherwise unobserved pack behaviors that you may not normally see in your dog. This author’s dog was, quite recently, the unfortunate recipient of a puncture wound at the back of his neck in just such a scenario.

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Real estate: get in the Zone

Scaffolding: Not just for construction workers anymore

Zoning is hardly the stuff of t.v. serial dramas; there likely won’t be a Law & Order: Real Estate Edition. But that hasn’t stopped the drama from unfolding in the quiet neighbourhood of Centre Street and Kennedy Road, Brampton.

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