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Legal Ease: How is a private residence defined?

In 2011, there were changes to the Quebec Civil Code with regard to leases for seniors’ residences that have affected senior tenants. These changes apply to leases entered into after November 30, 2011, and some changes have resulted in a certain amount of confusion. Some of the questions asked refer […]

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Legal Ease: ‘Private residence’ and ‘personal services’ clearly defined in law

A “private residence for seniors” is defined in the Quebec Health and Social Services Act as all or part of a building inhabited mainly by people 65 and over. In addition to providing space, at least two of the following services must be offered: meals, nursing, personal assistance, domestic help, […]

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Legal Ease: Heard the one about the ethical lawyer?

The image most people have of a lawyer is a person in a grey or dark suit, looking solemn and carrying a briefcase. Lawyer stories, jokes, and cartoons abound. Many of us have seen the cartoon where a restaurant customer says to the waiter: “I can’t order until my attorney […]

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Legal Ease: How the head of the household became a team player

We hear about how women’s rights have increased over the years. Today, as Father’s Day approaches, let’s consider how our laws have affected the position of the man within the family over the years. In 1866 when the Civil Code of Lower Canada (now the Quebec Civil Code) became law, […]

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 […]

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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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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 […]