Is your agent entitled to commission?

Recently a client asked me about the legal effect of an exclusive agency agreement with their real estate agent.  There have been many cases in this area, usually involving expensive properties (with high commissions) where two real estate agents believe they are entitled to commission.  As you can imagine, the owner of the property […]

By |October 14th, 2019|Categories: Commercial|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What’s in a name?

This week I received a phone call from a client in a panic – she has been trading under a name for years and has built up considerable goodwill however now a competing business was using that name and taking her business.  The first question I asked her was – “do you have a […]

By |October 7th, 2019|Categories: Commercial|Tags: |0 Comments

How damaging can a guarantee be?

Recently I was reading a news article about a con-woman in New Zealand who managed to swindle $1.5 million from her partner.  This caught my attention because it was such a large sum of money. How is it possible she was able to con someone out of that much?  The answer – she had […]

Is your text message a contract?

During the past few weeks I have been assisting a client who unintentionally entered into a contract.  This may seem strange but is easy to do if you are not aware of the elements that make a contract binding.
My client was considering purchasing some equipment from a person in the same industry as him.  […]

Importance of comprehensive estate plan review

Just recently a client asked why we sent a letter to him
and his wife reminding them to review their estate planning documents, as he
believed that it had not been that long since they initially prepared their
documents. When I mentioned to him that it had been 10 years since they last did
their wills, he was […]

Don’t think you need a Will? Think again!

It is alarming how many people, especially those with underage children, who do not have a will.  There are five basic reasons why you should have a will if you have children under the age of 18:

You can appoint a guardian.  The old wives’ tale that your children will go to their godparents […]