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Since January 1, 2004, all Canadian organizations engaged in commercial activities have been required to comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) and the Canadian Standards Association Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information incorporated
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In addition, an Act respecting the Protection of Personal Information in the Private Sector has been in force in Quebec since 1994 and sets out rules regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal information within that province.
Lastly, as a professional services firm, we have professional and ethical obligations to keep confidential the information we receive in the context of a lawyer-client and agent-client relationship.
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What is a will and how often should I write one?
Commonly referred to as The Last Will and Testament, it is a document with powers that are triggered by your death. In it, you express your wishes about what is to happen with your property and any other assets. The document can be held for safekeeping in your lawyer’s office, a safety deposit box at your bank or any other secure spot where you feel it can be easily found. A will should be revisited every five years, or whenever there are major changes such as a divorce, marriage, new children, parting of ways, etc., that would prompt an adjustment to be made to your will. In this case, a Codicil (change document) may be completed, rather than writing a new will from scratch, in certain circumstances.
Who should write a will?
Once you’ve reached the age of majority and own significant assets you can draw up a will. You can write a will earlier if you are on active duty with the armed forces at a younger age or if you are married before the age of majority. The same applies for both pre-death documents. Without a will, the Succession Act kicks in. This law dictates to whom your assets and property will go. If you have no heirs, your estate (all of your assets) may go to the government.
Powers of Attorney
A Power of Attorney is a legal document in which you give someone you trust (called your “attorney”) the right to make decisions for you if something happens and you are no longer able to look after matters on your own.
There are two types of Power of Attorney:
You don’t have to create a power of attorney. But if something happens to you and you don’t have one, other arrangements will have to be made. A family member may have the right to make certain personal care decisions, and can apply to become the guardian of your property. Alternatively, someone else — like a close friend — could apply to the court to be authorized to act for you.
To sign a power of attorney you must be considered mentally capable.
To be considered mentally capable of giving a power of attorney for personal care, it must be clear that you understand the need to choose someone with genuine concern for your welfare, and that there may be a need for that person to make personal care decisions for you.
To be considered mentally capable of giving a power of attorney for property, it must be clear that:
Choosing your attorneys
Your good judgment is key to choosing a trustworthy person for this important responsibility.
The person you choose as your power of attorney for personal care must be at least 16 years old. For a power of attorney for property, the person must be at least 18 years old.
Anyone given power of attorney must be considered mentally capable when they are appointed.
Choosing your attorney for personal care
The person you decide to appoint as your attorney for personal care should be someone you trust to make decisions about your housing, food, health, safety, hygiene and clothing. This could be a family member or a close friend. Talk to the person and make sure that he or she is willing to take on this responsibility if needed.
Certain people are not allowed to be your attorney. Do not name any of the following people if they are paid (by you or someone else) to provide services to you, unless that person is also a family member:
Important legal note: unless your power of attorney says otherwise:
Choosing your attorney for property
Important: Be very careful signing a power of attorney for property, because unless you specify otherwise, the person you name can start making decisions immediately. You may want to include a statement in your Power of Attorney that says the attorney can only make decisions if you become mentally incapable.
If you choose to appoint this kind of attorney, make sure the person you choose understands your wishes and agrees to this important responsibility, which includes keeping detailed records of all transactions involving your money and assets.
One option is to use a trust company to act as your attorney. The trust company charges a fee but will be professional and impartial.
At Accord Law, we have a proven track record in facilitating the successful entry of individuals into Canada as temporary or permanent residents. In addition, we are experts in assisting businesses looking to hire temporary foreign workers and providing advisory services with regards to maintaining compliance with Canadian immigration rules and regulations.
Our firm will work with you to establish the optimal plan to make the immigration process as seamless as possible. Our step-by-step and transparent approach guarantees you are always aware of the action being taken regarding your case.
Our diverse Immigration Services include, but are not limited to:
At Accord Law, we specialize in residential real estate transactions, and believe that it is essential to enlist the services of a lawyer who will ensure one of your biggest investments is well protected and is a smart decision. With the guidance of Accord Law, the various steps involved in completing a real estate transaction will be made easy. Our firm is dedicated to going the extra mile, we are able to travel to you in order to sign the required documents in a real estate purchase, sale, or refinance transaction – just ask about our mobile closing services.
At Accord Law we will work collaboratively with you and review your purchase and sale agreement to help avoid any unforeseen problems. With over 14 years of experience in real estate law, Accord Law will assist in making your home purchase seamless and stress-free.
At Accord Law we understand the importance and value of your most cherished investments. Selling a home can be both stressful and exciting. As our client, you can rest assured that we will be there to deal with any potential issues that may arise and address any concerns you may have. Together, we will work with you to ensure the sale of your home is finalized without any complications.
When buying or selling a home or refinancing an existing property, the mortgage financing process can be complicated and opaque. It is imperative to enlist the expertise of a knowledgeable lawyer who is able to pay close attention to the minor details and vigilantly protect your best interests. Accord Law will ensure that you completely understand the terms and requirements of the lender, enabling a smooth transaction.