Do You Really Need a Lawyer When Buying or Selling Property in Ontario?

Buying or selling a home, no matter how small, is a huge financial transaction wherein small mistakes can prove to be costly. It is in your best interest to make sure that your real estate transaction will not end up in a nightmare by getting legal help from a professional.

Real Estate Lawyers, To Hire or Not to Hire?

Real estate lawyers prevent you from making costly mistakes and doing anything that can have a disastrous outcome when buying or selling property. To do this, a real estate lawyer’s roles involve the following.

Review the Agreement of Purchase and Sale

The Agreement of Purchase and Sale is a binding contract that is also the starting point of the selling and buying process. Though a lawyer is not needed to sign this, a lawyer can make sure that you understand the terms therein and that your rights and wishes were respected before you sign anything. You may tell your real estate agent that the APS will have to be approved by your lawyer prior to you signing the document. Your lawyer can request for a revision or add certain clauses that will make sure to protect your rights and best interests.

Perform Due Diligence

Your lawyer can check the property titles to make sure that the legitimate owner is selling it or that there are no issues on the property if you’re the one selling it. In the event any issues were found, no matter how small, your real estate lawyer may advise you on the risks involved and what can be done to mitigate those risks.

Guide You Through the Entire Transaction

A good real estate lawyer will be by your side for every step of the way in buying or selling a home. Your lawyer will review all paperwork, make sure that fees are paid to the right individuals, and that the right taxes are paid. Your lawyer will also inform you of possible fees early on in the transaction to make sure that you won’t be caught off-guard with the numerous fees together with the closing costs. Your lawyer may also help you secure a land title insurance to make sure that you’re covered for every possible mishap.

Prepare Your Mortgage and Title Documents

Your real estate lawyer will typically prepare your mortgage instructions and your title documents, register your mortgage and the transfer deed upon closing, and make sure that the closing is properly documented for legal purposes.

In view of all of the above, hiring a real estate lawyer is an investment that can save you a lot of time and money as well as help you avoid the risks that come with selling or buying a home. A good lawyer won’t be cheap, but the peace of mind that you’ll get is priceless.

Calvin Barry Professional Corp Sponsors OPP Fundraiser

We were proud to sponsor a hole at the Andy Potts Memorial Tournament on Thursday, September 20th.

Provincial Constable Andrew J. Potts was a proud member of the Ontario Provincial Police. Andy had served the people of Ontario for seven-and-a-half years, initially serving at the Pickle Lake Detachment in 1998. While in Pickle Lake Andy received the Commissioner’s Citation for life saving. Andy returned home to Muskoka in 1998.

On 20 July, 2005 Constable Potts and his partner Constable Matt Hanes responded to a call for service while serving the people of Muskoka. While enroute to this call the officers were involved in a motor vehicle collision. Constable Potts did not survive and his partner was seriously injured.

The Andy Potts Memorial Foundation now includes three fundraising events; The Andy Potts Memorial Golf Tournament, Andy’s Ride and this year the inaugural Andy’s Snowshoe Poker Run. Family and friends have created these events to celebrate Andy’s life and give back to the community that he loved and served.

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Indian Call Centers Linked to CRA Scam Raided by Police

Call centers used by scammers contacting Canadians under the pretense that they are with the CRA were raided by the police in October, possibly putting a stop to suspected illegal centres that are involved with fraud.

Call Centres Raided

Several call centres were raided by the Indian police resulting in the seizure of equipment used for fraud and arrest of suspected perpetrators. This is a huge development in the investigation of the rampant cases of CRA fraud that have been targeting unsuspecting Canadians over the years. Combined loses from CRA scam cases is estimated to be in the millions of dollars.

Noida Station Chief Ajay Pal Sharma says that the raids are just the beginning and that they will be conducting more raids aimed at other illegal call centres operating in their city. At present time, 28 people have been arrested including 2 who are considered as kingpins of the operation. The suspects are young and are mostly in their 20s. They will most likely face fraud charges and serve some jail time.

International Police Effort

The recent events are the result of the cooperation between Indian police and Canadian police. Canadian police went to Noida, a suburb in New Delhi India, after a CBC Marketplace investigation revealed the location where scammers are operating. An RCMP officer in India then contacted Indian authorities in cooperation with the FBI to plan the raids.

RCMP financial crimes head Supt. Peter Payne says that they are determined to take the scammers down and that it is only a matter of time before they track down other the fraudsters who are involved in CRA scam operations.

Widespread Scam

It is believed that dozens of fraudulent call centres are operating in various cities in India complete with managers and access to technology that allows them to continue their fraud while avoiding detection. Indian security observers divulged that it is possible that some of these centres are operating with police approval.

A spreadsheet containing the details of more than 600 Canadian scam victims was found in one of the raided facilities, a testament to how rampant and serious the situation is. Meanwhile, arrested suspects were paraded on national television in India to send a message to other perpetrators of the same fraud.

Beware of CRA Scam

The CRA scam works with the use of spoofing technology that makes the Indian callers seem like they are from Canada. They tell the victims that they are from the CRA and claim that the victim owes a lot of money in taxes and that they can be arrested or imprisoned if they don’t cooperate and resolve the matter quickly. The victims are then made to pay what they supposedly owe via iTunes, gift cards, Bitcoins, or some other forms of payment. The CRA says that they will never threaten taxpayers over the phone and will never ask for tax payment using unofficial methods.

Have you been a victim of CRA scam or any other scam? Make sure that you avoid fraud by keeping yourself informed about the latest fraud news in Canada. If you need help investigating a possible fraud, contact Haywood Hunt & Associates Inc and we’ll talk to you about your options.

Charged with DUI? Know What Factors Affect Your Blood Alcohol Level

Are you aware that blood alcohol level as a basis for determining intoxication isn’t as straight up as it seems? Although defined as the amount of alcohol present in an individual’s blood, just the numbers alone don’t tell the whole story. A person’s blood alcohol level is used as a determining factor when charging someone with a DUI based on the legal limit; however, understanding the factors affecting the blood alcohol level can help formulate a defence against DUI. Below are some factors that can cause the blood alcohol level to be higher or lower.

Genetics and Biology

Some people just have a lower alcohol tolerance level because of genetics, or may appear more heavily intoxicated because of facial flushing or reddening of the skin. Women often have a lower tolerance for alcohol because of lower body mass and muscle mass as compared to men. This is important to consider because people who have more muscle are able to metabolize alcohol faster.

Foods Eaten On The Same Day

People who have a meal before drinking alcohol tend to have a slower rise in the blood alcohol level as compared to those who’ve had alcohol on an empty stomach.

Medications and Other Drugs

Some substances increase the effect of alcohol. Examples are depressants drugs which can magnify the effects of alcohol by as much as 10 times. Someone who’s taking a depressant drug and had a single shot may appear heavily intoxicated despite the low alcohol consumption.

Amount and Time

The alcohol consumption rate directly affects the blood alcohol level. Someone who’ve had 3 shots over the course of 3 hours will register with a lower blood alcohol level as compared to someone who’ve had the same 3 shots in just 30 minutes.

If you’ve been arrested for drinking and driving or have a DUI charge, it is best to contact a DUI lawyer experienced in criminal defence as soon as possible. You need a drinking and driving lawyer to advise you as well as formulate your defence. Call Calvin Barry if you’re looking for a DUI lawyer in Toronto or need a defence lawyer for a consultation.


$13M Fraud Case Got Charges Stayed Because There was No Judge for a Trial

Imagine being a victim of fraud, finding out who the alleged culprits are, gearing up for a trial, and then hearing that the charges have been stayed because there was no judge available for the trial to take place. That is exactly what happened in a recent case wherein Superior Court Justice Bonnie Croll had to stay the charges for the 12-week trial due in Toronto because no judge is available until January to preside over the trial.

Are Heavy Caseloads Burdening In Our Justice System?

The decision came after finding out that the trial won’t be able to commence in a timely manner because there was simply no judge available for proceedings to take place. In fact, there are 16 judicial vacancies at present time. In a related news, there is a possibility that other criminal cases that are lined up in the federal justice system may be dismissed unless more judges are appointed soon.

Office of the chief justice of the Superior Court senior counsel Norrie Nathanson shared that there are significant concerns about the courts’ ability to keep up with the cases, more so in view of the 2016 landmark decision in the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision regarding R v. Jordan which says that strict timelines must be implemented in the processing of criminal cases, 30 months in Superior Court and 18 months in provincial court.

It should be noted that judicial vacancies are a real challenge more so for courts that are the size of Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice. It takes a real effort from the judicial advisory committees and the Minister of Justice to ensure that appointments are made right after a judicial vacancy is known.


Regarding the Jordan case, it states that proceedings should follow the timeframe as to not breach a person’s right to be tried within a reasonable time. Failure to do so would be a violation of a person’s constitutional right unless the court can prove that the delay was caused by exceptional reasons.

Why the Charges Were Stayed

Croll shared in her ruling that courts must be properly resourced with judges  and the charges are to be stayed because the resources needed for the trial to take place cannot be provided by the court. The delay that the case was facing was considered unreasonable.

As many as 28 judicial vacancies might be what’s in store for September if no appointments are made soon. That is a vacancy of about 10%. It doesn’t help that the federal process for appointing new judges is known to be slow.

For a new judge to be appointed, the process starts with the judicial advisory committee that will screen applicants. Applicants will be appointed after a federal cabinet meeting and after the governor-general or her designate signs the appointment.

What we can learn from this is that it is now more important to file charges as soon as possible to ensure that your case will be designated to a judge as soon as possible. Another thing to note is that a stay doesn’t mean that charges are dropped, but they will have to be refiled within a year to try to get to trial. This is different to the dropping of charges wherein the accused party can’t be brought to court for the same case again.

Need help building a strong case? You need facts! Contact us at HaywoodHunt to uncover information that can help you win your case. Our private investigation services cover a wide range of private eye products to combat fraud.

Canada’s Longest Fraud Sentence Handed to Financial Predator Daniel Reeve

A sentence of 14 years in person for fraud was recently handed to Daniel P. Reeve for defrauding 41 vulnerable individuals out of about $10 million – the harshest and longest fraud-related prison sentence to date given in Canada.

Justice Served

The verdict was given by Justice Toni Skarica to former Waterloo Region financial adviser Daniel P. Reeve, who’ve fleeced more than 40 individuals who have little to no investing experience out of their hard-earned $10 million. The justice reportedly said that if it was legally possible to give a longer sentence, it would have been done for this case, indirectly saying that even 14 years (the longest fraud sentence ever served in Canada) is still not enough.

Reeve still has 4 years to serve as the 6 years he served in pretrial custody was credited as 10 years prison time. He is facing another 10 year jail time if he is not able to pay back the 10 million fine within 10 years of being out the prison. The fine will go to his victims. Reeve, who is now 58, claims to be broke.

Preying on the Vulnerable

What made Reeve’s actions more despicable is that he seemed to target the vulnerable. Justice Skarica shared that one of the victims was a then recently widowed woman who Reeve promised to assist in hard times but ended up swindling out of her personal savings and her husband’s RRSP.

Many of Reeve’s victims lost everything as a consequence of listening to him. Some were not able to pay their mortgage, some got depressed, some even divorced because of the strain of financial difficulties.

Justice Skarica said that Reeve sought out grieving spouses, the elderly, the disabled, loyal clients, the emotionally vulnerable, strangers, and even his close friends to be victims in his scheme. The justice likened Reeve’s actions to that of a predator, as he hunted down those who can easily fall victim to him.

A Clear Warning

14 years for fraud is more time than some murderers spend in prison. Crown prosecutor Fraser McCracken shared that Reeve’s prison sentence is without a doubt, the longest one for fraud in Canada. He hopes that this will shed light on the plight of those who fall victim and serve as a warning to all those who wish to commit fraud.

Reeve’s predatory scheme is a mix of Ponzi schemes and scams, according to justice Skarica. Reeve did it to fund his lavish lifestyle and boost his ego. Reeve reportedly often used a stretch limo while serving as DRP Financial Inc’s ‘chief visionary officer’. He also reportedly owned a Porsche Boxster, 2 Cadillac Escalades, a Jaquar Land Rover, and expensive suits all while living in a lavish farmhouse. He was able to pull off his scams while still offering financial advice despite losing his financial adviser licence in 2007.

Reeve showed no emotion upon hearing of the havoc his actions brought to the lives of his victims. He apologized but did not show remorse.

Fraud victims are in the thousands per year in the Greater Toronto Area alone. Exposing fraudsters and getting help from authorities isn’t as easy as well because you’ll have to be certain that fraud exists. If you need help uncovering fraud or exploring what you can do to protect yourself, don’t hesitate to contact Haywood Hunt for an obligation-free initial consultation.

The Worst Mistakes People Make When Charged With a DUI

Being charged with a DUI can be a nerve-wracking experience and people often make mistakes when they let emotions get the better of them. However, no matter how nervous you may be or stressed out when charged with a DUI, it is of utmost importance to remain calm and try to look at the situation from a legal perspective. After all, any information you divulge or say can be held against you. Here are the mistakes that you must avoid when you’re charged with a DUI to minimize the chances of you getting a criminal record.

Admitting or Assuming Fault

Do not say anything to assume or admit guilt, especially in front of officers who may note what you say as a blatant admission of fault.

Thinking You’re Guilty

Just because you’ve had a drink doesn’t mean that you’re guilty of a DUI or an over 80 charge. An official charge of driving under the influence or an over 80 means a violation of specific parameters set by the law. This is the reason why a breathalyzer is used to determine the alcohol level and why a second test is needed at the station because equipment can malfunction and you can look drunk when you’re not.

Driving When You’re Not Supposed To

Once a DUI charge has been filed against you, are not supposed to drive whether you are guilty or not, especially since your license was taken from you as part of the charge. The ramifications when caught is simply not worth it.

Not Taking the DUI Charge Seriously

A DUI charge is not just a traffic offence, it is a criminal offence with severe consequences. This means that a conviction will go into your record and will hamper your ability to travel, get certain jobs, or even own a home. Realize how serious a DUI charge is and base your next actions on that understanding.

Not Talking to a DUI Lawyer

You need a lawyer who has extensive experience in handling drinking and driving lawyer to make sure that you get the best legal representation possible. You can ask your family to help you look for a DUI lawyer or search for one yourself. Better yet, give Calvin Barry a call.

Calvin Barry is a DUI lawyer in Toronto who has a long track record of winning DUI cases and over 80 charges. Take a look at his credentials via LinkedIn or contact him via Twitter.


Can I Win a Drinking and Driving Charge or a DUI Charge if I Blew Over the Legal Limit?

Most people who blow over the legal limit immediately feel guilty of a DUI not knowing that devices can malfunction or show that they’re heavily intoxicated when they are really not. This can some persons to mistakenly admit guilt or plead guilty when the truth is, there was no strong basis for a DUI charge against them.

Why You Shouldn’t Admit to a DUI Charge

You have to understand that pleading guilty to a DUI charge or admitting guilt for a drinking and driving charge is a serious matter that shouldn’t be undertaken prior to consulting with a DUI lawyer. Not defending yourself against a DUI charge can result in a conviction that will affect your future ability to get a job, buy or rent a house, or even drive again. Insurance companies might cancel your account and blacklist you because of having a criminal record.

Fight A DUI Charge with a DUI Lawyer

A lawyer that specializes in DUIs or drunk driving cases know all the possible defences that can be used to win your case. Not only can a DUI lawyer help you formulate a defence based on the information you share, a DUI lawyer can also try to minimize the possible impact of a DUI charge or conviction in your life.

Blowing Over the Legal Limit

In light of the above, blowing over the legal limit doesn’t immediately condemn you or incriminate you. A false reading is more common than most people think. If you’re charged with drunk driving, there are many ways that you can get out of it unscathed as long as you’re able to defend yourself according to the standards of the law with a DUI lawyer.

If you want to explore possibilities regarding handling your DUI charge, it will be best to contact Calvin Barry more so if you’re looking for a DUI lawyer in Ontario or around Toronto. Don’t let a breathalyzer result dictate your future and forever mark your name with a conviction. Consult with Calvin Barry today!