• Welcome to The Hamilton Law Association

    Learn about all of our upcoming events and CPD programs through our Education and Events page. 

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  • 34th Annual Joint Insurance Seminar

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Live Streamed

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  • Corporate Commercial Law Seminar

    Thursday, October 8th, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Available Live Streamed

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  • Family Law Seminar

    Thursday, October 29th, 2020
    1:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Available Remotely

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  • Emerging Issues in Real Estate Seminar

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Live Zoom Webinar

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  • Employment Law Seminar

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020
    2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
    Live Zoom Webinar

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  • Hamilton Law Association Operations re. COVID-19 and Related Notices to the Profession

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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.

2020-2021 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
Maria DurdanSimpsonWigle Law LLP 905-528-8411
David A. Elliot, Agro Zaffiro LLP 905-527-6877 
Mark R. Giavedoni (Chair), Gowling WLG 905-523-5666 
Samantha GrilliHarbour Legal 905-526-4250
Brian HurrenInch Hammond Professional Corporation 905-525-4481
Paul Lawson (Vice-Chair), City of Hamilton (Legal Services Division) 905-546-2424 x 4715
Thomas Lazier, Ross & McBride LLP 905-526-9800 
W Patric Mackesy, Mackesy Smye LLP 905-525-2341 
Gregory Mallia, Regency Law Group 905-383-0500
John P. Millar, Millar, Alexander 905-528-1186 
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

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

HLA Real Estate Events

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


November 04

1.0 Professionalism Hours
3.0 Substantive Hours

Real Estate Seminar

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For more information in this regard, please contact events@hamiltonlaw.on.ca

Commissioners for Taking Affidavits Act

Aug 13, 2020



Consolidation Period: From August 1, 2020 to the e-Laws currency date.

No amendments.

This is the English version of a bilingual regulation.

Remote administering of oath, declaration permitted

   1.  An oath or declaration may be taken by a deponent or declarant without being in the physical presence of the person administering the oath or declaration, if the following conditions are met:

    1.  The oath or declaration is being administered by an electronic method of communication in which the person administering the oath or declaration and the deponent or declarant are able to see, hear and communicate with each other in real time throughout the entire transaction.

    2.  The person administering the oath or declaration confirms the identity of the deponent or declarant.

    3.  A modified version of the jurat or declaration is used that indicates,

            i.  that the oath or declaration was administered in accordance with this Regulation, and

           ii.  the location of the person administering the oath or declaration and of the deponent or declarant at the time of the administering.

    4.  In the case of a commissioner to whom section 5 of the Act applies, the information on the stamp required to be used under that section appears on or in the document being signed.

    5.  The person administering the oath or declaration takes reasonable precautions in the execution of the person’s duties, including ensuring that the deponent or declarant understands what is being signed.


   2.  Every person who administers an oath or declaration in accordance with section 1 shall keep a record of the transaction.

   3.  Omitted (provides for coming into force of provisions of this Regulation).

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

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