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August 2016 Archives

Multiple Representation In Real Estate - Advantages, Drawbacks And Caveats

In many contexts, service providers often bow out of simultaneously representing clients who have diametrically opposed objectives - there's an obvious conflict of interest. But in the real estate world, these kinds of relationships are called multiple representation and they're not uncommon. But navigating them requires proper disclosure form the brokerage and informed decision making by clients.

The Conundrum Of Inter-Family Advances When A Marriage Breaks Down

Back in the day, the gifting of assets from wealthy parents to marriageable children followed a pretty typical route: child receives home or lump sum, child marries, and everyone lives happily ever after.

SPIS - A Potential Landmine In Real Estate Transactions

Back in 1997, the Ontario Real Estate Association introduced the Seller Property information Statement (SPIS). It's a document in which sellers voluntarily disclose information such as defects, past floods, leaks, environmental concerns and other red flags that buyers would rightly want to know before signing on the dotted line. The benefit seems clear. Yet, over the last two decades, this simple form has sparked 94 contentious court cases in Ontario alone - with unknown others settled out of court or unreported altogether.

When A Child Support Deadbeat Actually Isn’t One

Parents split up. One side doesn’t make good on support payments. Ex and children end up with the short end of the stick. It’s definitely a scenario played out more than once across this country. But for one father in London, Ontario, the culprit is a technology glitch. Now, the province’s watchdog agency for support payments is threatening to garnish his pay to make up his supposed arrears.

Social Media – Fresh Fodder To Stoke The Flames Of Divorce

Social media – it’s instantaneous, convenient, free and the seemingly perfect tool for parents to keep in touch with their children across long distances. But as divorce issues move through the 21st century, Skype, Facebook and other online communication methods are showing their potential for re-igniting disputes between separated and divorced parents.

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  • Ross Firm Golf Tourney In Support of Huron Women’s Shelter a Swinging Success

    On behalf of the Huron Women’s Shelter and The Ross Firm P.C., we say “THANK YOU” to our many Sponsors and Donators for their outpouring of generosity and support for the annual Take a Swing Against Violence Golf Tournament held at Goderich Sunset Golf Club.

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  • Who needs a Will? You do!

    Our guests can explain why. Are you single and renting? A new Family? Or Homeowner? Enjoying your Golden Years? We all need a Will and our guest speakers will show you the why and the way.

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  • Take a Swing Against Violence

    On June 21, 2017, the Huron Women’s Shelter Second Stage Housing and Counselling Services, Board of Directors and The Ross Firm will be hosting the Taking a Swing Against Violence golf tournament at the Goderich Sunset Golf Course.

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    For your viewing pleasure our latest installment of Rocco & Vinnie Law Videos. This one plumbs the depths of the recent review of the Advertising Rules. Part cautionary tale, part musical, all Rocco & Vinnie.

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