Legal Advice

When purchasing a home it is very important to have competent legal advice. Real estate law can be quite complex and you do not want to be running into trouble and complications due to a legal misstep. Some of the areas where a lawyer will be able to assist you are:

  • The purchase and sale agreement. When you make an offer to buy a house that is accepted, you have entered into a legal contract unless there are conditions mentioned in the offer that need to be met before the contract is in place. Consequently it is very important that the offer is drafted properly.
  • Determining issues such as the closing date and property inspection
  • Doing a title search to ensure that the property is being transferred free and clear
  • Ensuring that the mortgage documents are in place

Finding a competent lawyer

Some of the ways to find a competent lawyer for your real estate transaction are:

  • Ask friends and family members what lawyer they used in their real estate transactions and whether or not they were satisfied.
  • The Yellow Pages. Look for lawyers who specialize in real estate.
  • Contact your provincial/territorial law society. These bodies will usually have a referral service where you can specify the sort of legal expertise you are seeking. Here is a list of the contact information for the law societies of the provinces and territories:

    Alberta – The Law Society of Alberta
    1-800-661-1095 or in Calgary: (403) 228-1722

    British Columbia – The Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch
    (604) 687-3221 or 1-800-663-1919

    Manitoba – The Law Society of Manitoba
    (204) 942-5571

    New Brunswick – The Law Society of New Brunswick
    (506) 458-8540

    Newfoundland and Labrador – The Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador
    (709) 722-2643

    Northwest Territories – The Law Society of the Northwest Territories
    (867) 873-3828

    Nova Scotia – The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia
    1-800-665-9779 or (902) 445-3135

    Ontario – Ontario Bar Association
    1-900-565-4577

    Yukon – The Law Society of Yukon
    (867) 668-4231