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Understanding Title Insurance: An Essential Safety Net in Property Transactions

In the world of real estate transactions, one form of protection that often remains misunderstood or underestimated is title insurance. Despite its substantial role in preserving the financial stability of property owners and lenders, title insurance can sometimes be seen as a cryptic concept to those unfamiliar with the intricate operations of the real estate […]

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Exemption for Foreign Workers in Canada’s Foreign Buyer Ban

One of the key aspects of the recent amendments to the foreign buyer ban regulations in Canada is the exemption granted to certain foreign workers. These changes have significant implications for foreign nationals working in Canada and for the broader housing market in the country. Work Visa Holders and the Foreign Buyer Ban The foreign

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Unpacking the Exemptions to Canada’s Foreign Buyer Ban

The real estate landscape in Canada has seen a significant change with recent amendments to the regulations concerning foreign buyers. Initially designed to cool down an overheated housing market, the foreign buyer ban prevented non-resident individuals from purchasing residential properties in certain regions. However, the recent regulatory updates have brought about notable exemptions to this

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Changes to Foreign Buyer Ban Regulations in Canada

In a recent development that could have significant implications for the real estate market, the Government of Canada has made amendments to its regulations concerning foreign buyers. This move follows several measures taken over the years to cool the overheated housing market in various regions across the country, including the introduction of a foreign buyer

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Proposed New Tax Reporting Requirements for Bare Trusts in Canada

In a recent move towards enhancing transparency and strengthening tax compliance, the Government of Canada has proposed significant amendments to the Income Tax Act (ITA). Central to these proposed changes are new tax reporting requirements for certain trusts, specifically bare trusts. Understanding Bare Trusts To appreciate these changes, one must first understand what a bare

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Navigating Separation Agreements and Child Custody in British Columbia

Separation agreements and child custody arrangements are critical aspects of the divorce process in British Columbia (BC). However, these can often become complex and contentious issues. Here’s what you need to know when dealing with uncooperative parties, child support issues, and pursuing sole custody. What to Do If the Other Party Is Uncooperative in Signing

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Guiding Principles of Child Custody Laws in British Columbia

In British Columbia, family law proceedings are grounded in an overarching principle: the “best interest of the child.” The well-being and safety of a child should always be the primary consideration in any decision-making process involving them. This guiding principle manifests itself in several ways during child custody considerations. Prioritizing a Child’s Needs The court

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What Happens to Your Social Media Accounts When You Die: A Guide

The digital age has brought about a new concern: what happens to our social media accounts when we pass away? While it might not be something we think about often, it’s essential to understand how different platforms handle deceased users’ accounts and how we can prepare for the inevitable. In this article, we’ll explore the

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Navigating Employee Termination During Medical Leave: Guidelines for Employers

Terminating an employee who is on medical leave can be a sensitive and complex issue. Employers must follow procedural obligations and ensure they provide accommodation up to the point of undue hardship. In this blog post, we will discuss the necessary steps and considerations employers should take when faced with this challenging situation. Request Further

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Melissa has 8+ years of combined Commercial, Business and Contract Law experience as In-House Counsel in manufacturing, health, real estate development, and broadcast communication industries. She is instrumental in developing strategies to minimize legal risk and ensure regulatory compliance.

She has 6+ years of Human Resources Management experience and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. Her practice includes Family Law, Civil Litigation, Wills & Estates and Real Estate & Conveyancing.

For fun, she visits ancient sites and ruins and belts out popular Broadway tunes.

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Northam Law is a boutique law firm offering advisory services in Real Estate Law and Conveyancing, Business Law, and Human Resources. Our practice areas also include Wills & Estates and Family Law. Notarization services are also available.

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