• 34th Annual Joint Insurance Seminar

    Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
    8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
    Hamilton Convention Centre
    (1 Summers Lane, Hamilton)

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  • Estates & Trusts Seminar

    Thursday, February 27th, 2020
    1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    Sheraton Hamilton Hotel | Grand Ballroom
    (116 King Street West, Hamilton)

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  • Commercial Litigation Seminar

    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
    9:00 am - 1:45 p.m.
    Sheraton Hamilton Hotel - East Ballroom
    (116 King Street West, Hamilton)

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  • New Lawyers' Seminar Part II

    Thursday, January 30th, 2020
    12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Anthony Pepe Memorial Library, Suite 500
    (45 Main Street East, Hamilton)

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  • HLA Trip to South Africa 2020

    May 14th - May 24th, 2020
    Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Kruger National Park
    with Go Ahead Tours 

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  • Looking for a Lawyer in Hamilton?

    Search our Membership Directory by:
    First & Last Name
    Area of Law
    LSUC Certified Specialist
    Language other than English

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  • Looking for a legal job in Hamilton?

    Search our Careers Page for:
    Jobs for Lawyers & Support Staff
    Seeking jobs for Lawyers & Support Staff
    Seeking jobs for Articling & Summer Students
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Real Estate Subcommittee

Real Estate Subcommittee Mandate 

The Hamilton Law Association's Real Estate Subcommittee exists to advise on matters pertaining to Real Estate that are relevant to the HLA Board or Committees, and Hamilton area Real Estate lawyers.  The subcommittee meets six times per year on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. at the John Sopinka Court House in the 5th Floor Boardroom.  Those interested in joining the committee are invited to contact the Chair.

2019-2020 Subcommittee Members:

Looking for an opinion or guidance on a real estate matter?  The following members of the HLA Real Estate Subcommittee are available by phone or email:    

Li Cheng, Li Cheng Professional Corporation 289-639-8080 li@lcheng.ca
Maria DurdanSimpsonWigle Law LLP 905-528-8411 durdanm@simpsonwigle.com
David A. Elliot, Agro Zaffiro LLP 905-527-6877  delliot@agrozaffiro.com
Mark R. Giavedoni, (Chair) Gowling WLG 905-523-5666  mark.giavedoni@gowlingwlg.com
 Samantha GrilliHarbour Legal  905-526-4250  sgrilli@harbourlegal.ca
Brian HurrenInch Hammond Professional Corporation 905-525-4481 hurren@inchlaw.com
Thomas Lazier, Ross & McBride LLP 905-526-9800  tlazier@rossmcbride.com 
W Patric Mackesy, Mackesy Smye LLP 905-525-2341  mackesy@mackesysmye.com
Gregory Mallia, Regency Law Group 905-383-0500
John P. Millar, Millar, Alexander 905-528-1186  millaralexander@on.aibn.com
Bilal Mirza, SimpsonWigle LAW LLP 905-528-8411
Catherine Roberts, Roberts Law 905-627-3500 x1
Bruno Uggenti, Campbell Mihailovich Uggenti LLP 905-318-7717 bruno@cmulaw.com 

To speak to an HLA staff person regarding the Real Estate Subcommittee, please contact:
Wendy Spearing, Manager of Finance
tel: 905-522-1563, email: wspearing@hamiltonlaw.on.ca

Cancellation of Pre-Authorized Payment for Property Taxes

Mar 07, 2019

City of Hamilton has advised that solicitors can act on behalf of a seller to cancel a pre-authorized tax payment on behalf of a client. The solicitor must use the City’s form of notice and the notice must be received at least 2 weeks before the date the cancellation is scheduled to occur. The City cannot stop a pre-authorized payment that is scheduled to be withdrawn within 2 weeks of a payment date, so that needs to be factored into the request for cancellation and an appropriate adjustment as between vendor and purchaser on the statement of adjustments would still be required.

DOWNLOAD HERE the City of Hamilton's Cancellation of Pre-Authorized Payment Plan form for your use.

For more information about the City of Hamilton's property tax payment policies, visit https://bit.ly/2Tz7SfD

HLA Real Estate Events

The Real Estate Subcommittee welcomes suggestions and ideas for future seminar topics.  Please contact the Subcommittee Chair as noted above.


Best Practices

Standardized Real Estate Documents 

At the 2017 May Plenary of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations, the below standardized real estate closing documents were endorsed by all 46 County Law Associations in the Province of Ontario, including The Hamilton Law Association. We encourage the use of these documents on residential real estate transactions created pursuant to an OREA standard form of contract. The rationale document supporting the use of these documents can be found at www.lawyersworkinggroup.com and the use of standardized documents for these transactions has been strongly encouraged by LawPRO and the current Director of Titles.

Non-Resident Speculation Tax

New Housing Rebate Forms

Canadian Bankers Association

Other Resources & Practice Aids

Teraview Now Available on the Web - Hamilton

Nov 20, 2017

Teraview on the Web goes live in Hamilton (Wentworth) LRO 62 beginning January 8th, 2018. Hamilton will be one of the first regions in Ontario who will benefit from the new system roll-out.

Teraview is your secure one-stop solution to accessing data in the Government of Ontario’s land records database, and is used by lawyers, paralegals, title searchers, search houses, title insurers, financial institutions and government. You can perform searches, create and submit title documents for registration, view and print instruments, plans, official parcel registers and search for writs of execution quickly and easily, without having to visit a ServiceOntario Office. You can even access information after ServiceOntario office business hours.

Please note the schedule of dates below:

1. November 20, 2017 - Getting Started Tasks Begin
2. January 8, 2018 - Teraview on the Web goes live in your Region
3. February 19, 2018 - Teraview 9.0 is retired in your Region

For more information, please visit: http://www.teraview.ca/en/home/