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Happy holidays!

Posted in Miscellaneous by Cesia Green on December 24, 2012

I hope that you are enjoying time with your families. I will be taking a break from blogging for the next two weeks, and look forward to sharing more information and interesting stories in the new year.

Happy Canada Day!

Posted in Miscellaneous by Cesia Green on June 29, 2012

The last Friday in June is generally a busy one in real estate, and this year is no exception. We’ll be working hard all day, and then celebrating Canada’s birthday this Sunday. I hope those of you in Canada enjoy the long weekend!

Stop! Scammer time!

Posted in Miscellaneous by Cesia Green on April 24, 2012

The federal government just released its Little Black Book of Scams. You can read the whole book here. It’s a quick read, but a very interesting one.

Happy Easter!

Posted in Miscellaneous by Cesia Green on April 6, 2012

I’ll be taking a break from the blog today to spend the long weekend with my family. If you are lucky enough to have four days off I hope you take full advantage of them. Have a great one!

2011 in review

Posted in Miscellaneous by Cesia Green on January 2, 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Happy holidays!

Posted in Miscellaneous by Cesia Green on December 23, 2011

From all of us to all of you, we wish you a very happy holiday season and all the best for 2012. I will be taking a break from the blog to spend time with my family, and will be back in the new year.

This tech startup is deadly

Posted in Estate Planning,Funeral planning,Miscellaneous by Cesia Green on September 27, 2011

Gerry Beyer at the Wills, Trusts and Estates Prof Blog posted last week about a very intriguing new tech startup: I-Postmortem.

I-Postmortem runs two services. The first, I-Tomb, costs $50 annually, and lets you create a virtual cemetery. You can upload photos, videos, etc., and create a multimedia memorial online. You can visit I-Tomb now and see the various “gravesites” that have been created.

I-Memorial, on the other hand, lets you create your own virtual memorial, including organizing messages for your loved ones for after you die. You can include funeral and burial instructions, and upload information on insurance policies and investments. This package costs $120 per year.

For those who like to plan, or who have far-flung families, these can be very valid options. Provide you can get over the squeamishness of them.

A few head-scratching questions

Posted in Miscellaneous by Cesia Green on August 30, 2011

Rob Carrick, a columnist at the Globe and Mail, wrote an article yesterday called “20 things I don’t understand about personal finance”. It’s a really neat slideshow of questions he can’t answer. I am biased, of course – I particularly like his question about why all parents don’t have professionally drafted wills – but the entire slideshow is definitely worth a read. It is perplexing that no one has created a long-term lease condo building for seniors tired of owning but not ready for a retirement home, among many other interesting points.

Disorder in the court

Posted in Miscellaneous by Cesia Green on December 23, 2010

For my last post of the year, I thought I’d share a case that is making the rounds on legal blogs: Bruni v. Bruni, released last month out of the court in St. Catharines. It makes for entertaining reading.

Happy holidays!

Lawyers vs. Attorneys

Posted in Miscellaneous by Cesia Green on September 21, 2010

With the Americanization of much of Canadian culture, the term “attorney” has become synonymous with the term “lawyer” here. However, “attorney” in Canada does not in fact mean “lawyer”; instead, it means agent. If you have an attorney acting for you, such as under a Power of Attorney, this means that you have arranged for an agent to act on your behalf. If you are naming someone as an attorney, you are not (necessarily) hiring a lawyer; you are arranging for the person who will represent you when you can’t represent yourself. If you want to hire someone who has a law degree in Canada, you will be looking for a lawyer.

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