Articles written by: Joyce Blond Frank

Legal Ease: Not reading all-risk insurance policy fine print can be risky business
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Legal Ease: Not reading all-risk insurance policy fine print can be risky business

Insurance is a contract in which the insurer, in return for payment of a premium, agrees to pay the insured if an event covered by the insurance occurs. There are two main types of insurance policies: personal and property. Sickness, accident and life insurance fall into the personal category. These […]

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Legal Ease: Homebuyers, be aware of municipal improvements

It’s April. Spring has arrived, the crocuses are in bloom and it’s time to go hunting for that perfect house. You find it, study the details contained in the listing and make an offer to purchase. A purchase price is negotiated, a mortgage is obtained and the date to complete […]

When landlords and pet-lovers clash
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When landlords and pet-lovers clash

There are so many animals available for adoption and any number of people who would like to adopt but cannot because their landlord won’t permit it. We receive phone calls every year from people asking what can be done. They want to know what the Régie du logement will do […]

Love & Money: When family love is overwhelmed by law
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Love & Money: When family love is overwhelmed by law

Love and money can sometimes lead to unfortunate results. Say you loaned one of your children money and he hasn’t repaid all or a part of it at the time of your death? Or what if you downsize and sell your home to one of your children and there remains […]

Family may seek “protective supervision” for fragile person
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Family may seek “protective supervision” for fragile person

December—the holiday season when family and friends meet around the Hannukah lights or Christmas tree. There is another kind of meeting, which is referred to as a meeting of family and friends. This takes place when a family member or friend is found to be “in need of protection.” The […]

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Hiring a lawyer can be traumatic—better know what you’re in for

You have left a certain amount of money as a retainer; will you ever see any of it again? To what use will it be put? You know you will have to pay for the time the lawyer uses to write letters or make phone calls, but there was also […]

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Quebec tenants should be aware of Civil Code rights, obligations

by Joyce Blond Frank A few months ago I wrote about certain provisions in the Civil Code of Quebec pertaining to notices to be given the landlord when a lease has to be cancelled, because of the death of the tenant or because the tenant moved into a residential or […]

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Your independence is protected by the judicial system

BY: JOYCE BLOND FRANK B.A., B.C.L., LL.M. As seniors, we are constantly being told that our faculties are or will be reduced in the future. We are often told what we should or should not do. Society considers us fragile and, sometimes, “in need of protection.” As a senior myself. […]

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Legal Ease: Divorce is stressful as it is, but what happens to the condo?

BY JOYCE BLOND FRANK June is traditionally marriage time. In 1989, a law was adopted introducing the concept of family patrimony. It changed the way we look at property belonging to married couples. This law is of public order, which means no one has the option of deciding they do […]