Residential Real Estate - Purchase & Sale of Homes & Condominiums

Whether you are purchasing or selling a primary residence, a vacation home, or investment property, our real estate lawyers and clerks can help you through and give advice at any stage of the process, whether you are looking, listing, negotiating or finalizing your purchase or sale. We can also help you refinance your residential property.

Since 1949, Schwartz & Schwartz has provided a track record of honest, smart, responsive and responsible legal representation in residential real estate.

Commercial Real Estate - Transactions, Mortgages, Leases, Development

Our firm represents developers, owners and tenants of commercial and industrial properties, shopping centres and condominiums. Schwartz & Schwartz brings a broad and in-depth understanding in construction, development agreements including land acquisition and assembly, zoning matters, joint ventures, ground leases, environmental regulations, construction contracts and property management. We provide counsel for lenders and borrowers in structuring, restructuring, negotiating, implementing and completing a wide variety of transactions including acquisitions, sales and various financing strategies for real estate projects.

When considering your legal requirements, whether in purchasing, selling or financing real estate then you should consider Schwartz & Schwartz in all areas of real estate services.

Mortgage Financing

Mortgages- Secured financing of commercial real estate can be complex, involving many aspects of corporate and commercial law. At Schwartz and Schwartz we bring the depth of a full-service firm to assist in the following mortgage financing areas; residential and commercial loan transactions, including acquisition, construction and development financing, collateral mortgage financing and joint venture/partnership agreements.

We provide the knowledge and legal expertise in all aspects of mortgage remedy related matters, including powers of sale, foreclosure, possession and receiverships. We are particularly adept at assessing complex and difficult situations proactively. As frequent counsel to lenders on minimizing risk and exposure while maximizing return in difficult situations, Schwartz and Schwartz is a source of solid confidence to clients before and after transactions.

Wills & Powers of Attorney

We provide our clients, comprehensive advice on a wide range of legal issues in this area including the interpretation and enforceability of wills and trust arrangements, the rights of beneficiaries, the duties of executors and trustees, and incapacity issues.

Estate Planning & Administration

In addition, we regularly advise clients with regards to income and capital gains tax minimization, the use of various tax shelters and deferrals, estate planning, and other asset protection structures, as well as, long-term, strategic tax planning including transfers of wealth in family owned businesses and other closely-held corporations.

Corporate Law - Organizing & Tax Planning

We bring extensive experience advising a wide range of businesses. Our comprehensive business services include advising and assisting in matters that relate to business including; incorporation, ongoing corporate governance, corporate re-organizations including amalgamations and tax-planned re-organizations and shareholder agreements.

Family Law

Family law impacts more people than all other areas of law combined. For example, divorce affects nearly half of Canadian marriages, and can be a devastating experience for spouses and their children. If not handled effectively and on a timely basis, separations can become emotionally and financially devastating for all concerned. Our approach comes from years of experience and a thorough understanding of family law judgments.

Coupled with our sensitivity in handling family law matters, we ensure that you know your rights and obligations in marriage, cohabitation and separation, and how to proceed to enforce those rights, meet the obligations and protect your future.

Civil Litigation Courts & Tribunals

Our firm is highly skilled in all phases of litigation, from the initiation of proceedings through appeals before the high courts. Schwartz and Schwartz has gained significant expertise in arguing complex cases involving civil litigation. We have successfully resolved a substantial number of cases for our clients and are acknowledged as a firm that has resolve and practicality in approaching civil litigation matters.

We are committed to excellence and effectively representing our client's best interests in all civil matters and litigation.

Business Purchases & Sales - Asset & Share Transactions & Financing, Partnership, Joint Venture & Shareholder Agreements

We provide legal advice and representation to clients on all aspects of business and finance law, including requirements of federal, provincial and local governments, drafting or review of contracts, loan agreements, employment contracts, shareholder agreements and other relevant business and finance matters.

We foster a close working relationship with our clients so that our enhanced understanding of their business, market and competitive issues allows us to provide legal services in a practical, proactive and timely manner.