If you are buying, selling, transferring, financing, or refinancing real estate, we would be pleased to assist you to complete your
If you are a buyer, we will take the following steps on your behalf:
If you are a seller, we will take the following steps on your behalf:
What is the Difference between Joint Tenancy and Tenancy in Common?
Joint tenancy and tenancy in common are two types of property joint ownership. The distinctive feature of joint tenancy is the right of survivorship. The right of survivorship means that the surviving joint tenant(s) automatically takes interest that the deceased joint tenant
What is the Property Transfer Tax?
Property Transfer Tax (PTT) is a provincial tax imposed on land transfers. PTT is payable at the time of registration of the transfer in the Land Title Office.
When Should I Pay GST?
In general, if you are a purchaser and a first occupier of a new or substantially renovated home, you must pay GST. GST may be included in the purchase price or added to it depending on the wording in the contract of purchase and sale. Before signing a contract, a buyer should clarify with his or her realtor or the seller whether GST is payable and whether the purchase price includes GST.
For more information on GST and available rebates with regard to real estate transactions, read GST/HST Canada Revenue Agency Info Sheet GI-078: Purchasers of New Housing in British Columbia.
If you require assistance with any of the following matters:
What is a Separation Agreement?
A separation agreement is a legally binding contract that is made upon a marriage breakdown or at the end of a common\96law relationship. They usually deal with some or all of the legal issues arising from your separation, including arrangements relating to children, financial support, settlement of your property claims, payment of your debts and possession of your matrimonial home.
Do I Need a Separation Agreement?
You are not required by law to have a separation agreement in the event of your separation or divorce. However, a written separation agreement can be a good way to clearly settle matters while avoiding expensive, stressful, and time consuming litigation.
If your agreement includes child or spousal support, you can file it with the court and ask the court to enforce it. Also, if your agreement includes child or spousal support, you can choose to enroll it with the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP). The FMEP can then monitor your agreement and enforce its provisions related to spousal and child support.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Prepare a Separation Agreement?
Making and signing a separation agreement is a very important step, as future changes to the agreement can only be made with the consent of your spouse or an order of the court.
Drafting an effective separation agreement requires substantial knowledge of family law and contract law. While guides are available to help you to draft an agreement, hiring a lawyer will help ensure the solidity, enforceability, and fairness of your separation agreement.
Whether you draft your separation agreement yourself or with the help of a lawyer, before signing the agreement each spouse should get independent legal advice concerning the content of the agreement, the options that may be open to the spouses if they do not execute the agreement, and the legal consequences of signing the agreement. If a spouse did not have independent legal advice, he or she may be able to set aside the agreement on this basis.
How Much Will a Separation Agreement Cost?
Our fee for drafting a relatively straightforward Separation Agreement is $450.00 plus taxes and disbursements.
This is an agreement between parties who live in a common-law relationship. You can make a cohabitation agreement at any time during your common-law relationship, to define issues arising during the relationship and in the event the relationship breaks down.
This is an agreement between parties that are married to each other or contemplating their marriage. The parties may agree on their respective rights and obligations during marriage or on separation or divorce, including ownership and division of property, spousal and child support obligations, and any other matter in the settlement of their affairs. The information presented in Separation Agreements:
If you and your spouse agree on divorce, your divorce is uncontested. In such a case you may obtain divorce by a desk order by filing an application in the court registry. The application will be reviewed by the registry staff and forwarded to a judge. The judge will review the evidence and, if appropriate, sign the divorce order at his desk. There is no court hearing.
When Is a Desk Order Divorce Appropriate?
You may wish to get your divorce by a desk order if:
What Are the Requirements for Divorce?
The Canada Divorce Act states that the only ground for divorce is marriage breakdown.
Can I Do My Own Divorce?
Yes, you can do your own divorce, but it is highly recommended to contact a lawyer to ensure that all the documents are properly prepared and to get legal advice on consequences of your divorce because a divorce order may affect your entitlement to family assets.
What if I Have Children of the Marriage?
The court has a duty, before granting a divorce, to satisfy itself that reasonable arrangements have been made for the support of the children of the marriage. If such arrangements have not been made, the court will not grant a divorce order until suitable arrangements for support of the children are made. \93Reasonable arrangements\94 are presumed to be child support paid in accordance with the Federal Child Support Guidelines.
Were Can I Find More Information on Family Law?
If you are considering making a will, please call our office at 604-874-4800 or e-mail
Do I Need a Will?
Yes, because making a will helps to ensure that your final wishes are carried out. If you die without a will, the administration of your estate will be administered by Part 10 of the Estate Administration Act, which sets out the mandatory legislative scheme for distribution. Such distribution may contradict or otherwise deviate from your wishes.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Prepare a Will?
If you are 19 years old (some exceptions apply) and mentally competent, you can make your own will.
How Can I Change My Will?
You can change your will by:
What Will It Cost?
For a simple will, our fee is $250.00 plus taxes and disbursements. A simple will includes:
Where I Can Find More Information on Wills?
If you are considering obtaining a grant of probate, please call our office at 604-874-4800 or e-mail
What Is Probate?
A grant of probate is a document by which a court of law confirms that a will is legally valid and that the person named as executor in the will is the proper person to settle the estate. The court gives the executor documents, called the letters probate, as proof of his or her authority to deal with the estate.
Do I Need to Probate?
Financial institutions generally require a copy of the grant of letters probate before they will release to your estate any financial assets in their custody. Also, ownership registries such as the Land Titles Office and the Motor Vehicle Branch usually require a copy of the grant of letters probate before they allow a change of ownership of registered property such as real estate or a motor vehicle.
What is Involved in the Probate Process?
The process below deals with the procedures and documents to obtain a grant of probate where the matter is straightforward and not contentious. If anyone is going to challenge the validity of the will, a more complicated procedure may be required.
What Are Probate Fees?
Probate fees are the fees that must be paid to the Probate Registry before a grant of probate is issued.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Prepare an Application for Probate?
As an executor, you can prepare and file the application for Probate yourself. However, it is advisable to hire a lawyer to ensure that the paperwork for the application is properly done and the amount of the probate fees is correct. A lawyer can also give you detailed advice on your rights and responsibilities as executor. If you hire a lawyer, the estate should pay the lawyer's fees for legal services.
How Much Will It Cost?
Our fee for legal services in assisting you with obtaining a grant of probate is 1,100.00 plus taxes and disbursements if the matter is relatively straight forward and the estate is small. We can give you a more precise estimate after a free consultation.
Where I Can Find More Information on Probate?
What Is a Power of Attorney?
A Power of Attorney is a legal document by which you (the "donor") appoint another person (the "attorney") to act on your behalf in financial and legal matters. You can appoint a family member, trust company or other trusted individual(s) as your attorney. You may wish to make a Power of Attorney if you are unable to look after your financial affairs due to travel or health matters. A Power of Attorney can be as specific or broad as you like. For example, you could give your attorney authority to deal with only bank accounts or only a particular piece of real estate, or with all of your assets. A Power of Attorney can also be limited to whatever time period you specify.
What Is an Enduring Power of Attorney?
Usually a Power of Attorney ends upon the occurrence of certain events, including the mental incapacitation of the donor. However, an Enduring Power of Attorney endures or continues despite the mental incapacitation of the donor. An Enduring Power of Attorney is therefore a useful planning tool for your possible future mental incapacitation.
If you become mentally incapable, an Enduring Power of Attorney saves your family the expense and inconvenience of applying to a court of law for the right to manage your financial and legal matters. Although you as the donor will not be able to supervise your attorney's actions or revoke the Enduring Power of Attorney following your onset of mental incapacity, you can manage the risks ahead of time by specifying in the document that the power of attorney ends under certain circumstances.
Where I Can Find More Information on Power of Attorney?
What Is a Representation Agreement?
This is a document in which you authorize your representative to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf about your health care, personal care, financial and legal matters, if you are unable to make them on your own. A Representation Agreement can therefore be a useful planning tool for your possible future mental incapacitation.
You can give your representative some or all of the standard powers (defined in s.7 of the Representation Agreement Act) and additional powers (defined in s.9 of the Representation Agreement Act). If your agreement includes any additional powers, you must consult with a lawyer who must sign a certificate that must be attached to the agreement. You may also appoint a monitor to supervise the actions of your representative, an arrangement which is mandatory in certain circumstances.
How Much Will it Cost?
Our fee is $170.00 for a simple representation agreement plus taxes and disbursements.
Where I Can Find More Information on Representation Agreements?
|I. Family Law|
|1. Uncontested Divorce (without children)||$580.00||Court Fees $290.00||$939.60|
|2. Uncontested Divorce (with children)||$880.00||Court Fees $290.00||$1275.60|
| 3. Uncontested Divorce (where a spouse is
not a BC resident or a spouse's whereabouts
|call for estimates||call for estimates||call for estimates|
|4. Separation Agreement||from $750.00||from $750.00|
|5. Sale/transfer of family assets||call for estimates||call for estimates|
|II. Real Estate***|
|1. Residential Purchase||$600.00||$990.00|
| 2. Residential Sale
(a) one Mortgage Discharge
(b) two Mortgage Discharges
|3. Residential Transfer/Transmission||$600.00||call for estimates||call for estimates|
|4. Residential Refinance||$600.00||call for estimates||call for estimates|
|1. Incorporation (BC)****||$500.00|| Incorporation Fee $351.50
Home Reservation Fee $351.50
|2. Shareholders Agreement||from $750.00||from $750.00|
|3. Dissolution||$350.00||call for estimates||call for estimates|
|4. Commercial Lease||from $900||from $1008.00|
|5. Commercial Lease Review||from $500.00||from $560.00|
|6. Sale of Business||from $800.00||from $896.00|
|7. Purchase of Business||from $1200.00||from $1344.00|
|IV. Wills and Estates|
|1. Will||from $250.00||Wills Notice Fee $17.00 (optional)||from $280|
|2. Power of Attorney||$150.00||$168.00|
|3. Probate||from $1300.00||call for estimates||call for estimates|
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Legal services are provided by Irina Novinska, a sole practitioner. Irina holds an L.L.B degree from Osgoode Hall Law School (Canada) and a B.A.Sc. degree from the Odessa University of Marine Engineers (Ukraine). Irina was called to the Bar in 2009 and is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.
Irina, Divorce Certificate received and we both very mush appreciate your services. Not all divorces are ugly yet the process is so complicated that without someone like you that's so knowledgeable in this field\85.our only other option would have been a very, very expensive lawyer. We were ecstatic at the speed at which you looked after our problem, and it's refreshing to find someone so competent online.
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