Areas of Practice at Silver Law
RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE CONVEYANCING
Whether you’re buying, selling or refinancing your home or commercial space, Silver Law’s experience and expertise in real estate conveyance will simplify and streamline the process for you, addressing all your questions along the way with insight and consideration. No matter how large or small your transaction is, it is important to us to give you the best possible service.
Silver Law appreciates that the purchase or sale of a home is often the largest financial transaction an individual will ever make. We are recognized for our expertise in all aspects of the purchase, sale, finance and refinance of residential real estate, including:
- Single family dwellings
- Town homes
- Strata title properties
- New home construction
- Fractional interest
- Leasehold property, including on First Nations Lands
- Bare land and recreational property
We will assist you from the beginning to the end of your transaction including review of your Contract of Purchase & Sale and preparation and registration of mortgage financing or refinancing documents. We also have extensive knowledge in related matters such as Property Transfer Tax, GST/HST issues, Home Buyer rebates and Title Insurance. Every day we work closely with our clients’ REALTORs® to ensure a smooth and seamless real estate transaction.
Silver Law are experts in the acquisition, sale, and leasing of commercial real estate including:
- Strata and freehold properties
- Warehouse, office and apartment buildings.
- Negotiating and drafting commercial, retail, and office leases
- Reviewing commercial leases and advising tenants about lease liability
Whether or not you are developing a large commercial property, our real estate team can assist with all phases including the preparation of disclosure statement, preparation of Contract of Purchase & Sale, assistance with negotiations and dealing with builders’ lien issues. As real estate lawyers, Silver Law is approved by all major Canadian banks and most other Lenders to act for clients in a full range of residential and commercial real estate transactions.
CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL SERVICES
Our corporate/commercial practice offers an array of services to our clients from incorporations to buying or selling a business. We are committed to providing customised and cost-effective solutions to our clients. At Silver Law we offer advice to meet specific needs of each client, in order to enhance our relationships with our clients and allow them to have complete confidence in our service.
Silver Law understands that it’s important for a new company to be structured properly from the beginning. And when it comes to your business, the importance of professional advice cannot be overemphasized. Our team provides strategic legal advice and works diligently to meet your objectives in the most efficient and effective manner.
Within the realm of corporate law Silver Law offers services for businesses of all types and at all stages, including legal help in starting, buying, selling, or simply maintaining a business. We take time to understand each client’s business objectives to ensure the corporate structure serves our clients’ immediate and long-term needs and goals. Our team is knowledgeable when dealing with structuring of proprietorships, partnerships, corporations as well as hybrids and joint ventures.
Our services include:
- Assistance with structuring and formation.
- Preparation of all business formation documents, including articles of incorporation, corporate resolutions and paper agreements for shareholders, partnerships, and joint ventures.
- Review, advice and updates for existing companies.
- Assistance with tax-effective corporate reorganizations and amalgamations.
- Assistance with ongoing legal requirements, including maintaining corporate minute books, and filings of annual corporate reports.
Buying or Selling a Business
We also prepare documentation in a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions, including asset or share purchase and sales, transfers of property between closely held companies, licensing agreements, management and consulting agreements, non-disclosure, non-competition and agency agreements. We assist our corporate clients in all aspects of corporate governance, including preparation of shareholders’ agreements as well as confidentiality agreements.
WILLS AND ESTATES LAW
Having an estate plan is one of the most important things that you can do for your loved ones.
It’s your way of ensuring that your estate is well looked after in the manner of your choosing and that those who are closest to you are taken care of.
At Silver Law we offer the expertise you will need to assist you and your family with all aspects of estate planning including wills, trusts and planning for incapacity. If a loved one has passed away we also make applications for probate of wills or administration of estates without a will.
Our team is familiar with the new Wills Estates and Succession Act, introduced in BC in March 2014. We can therefore provide you expert advice in a timely and effective manner.
Silver Law specializes in estate planning that is clear and tax efficient. We make it a priority to understand each client’s financial and family circumstances so that we are able to provide estate planning advice suited to the client, their family and their future.
Our services include:
Preparation of Wills for individuals and couples – We can help you with decisions about how you want your estate distributed after you pass away, including any property, investments, money, personal items or other assets you own.
Powers of Attorney: Specific, General and Enduring – We assist with helping you appoint someone to make legal and financial decisions on your behalf.
Representation Agreements – We can make arrangements for what you would like done in case you become terminally ill or mentally incapacitated.
Testamentary Trusts and Inter Vivos Family Trusts – We can address your needs when setting up various trusts including secret, family and business trusts.
Tax Planning – Including strategic asset and wealth transfers to minimize estate tax.
We can also aid in applying to court for applications for:
• Letters of Administration
• Commiteeship /Adult Guardianship
Silver Law is experienced in drafting Family Agreements tailored to meet the custom needs of our clients. Family Law in BC has undergone sweeping changes under the new Family Law Act which came into force in March of 2013. As a result here is a greater demand than ever before for Family Agreements between spouses, particularly common law spouses. At Silver Law our expertise smoothly accommodates the new pressures of the Family Law Act.
We are experts in collaborative law, enabling us to come up with creative solutions to best meet yours and your partner’s needs and priorities, and avoid going to court.
We assist in the preparation of:
- Family Agreements, also known as Cohabitation Agreements, Marriage Agreements and
- Separation Agreements; and
- Consensual Divorces.
We at Silver Law can advise you on all your available options and review any offers you have been asked to consider, before negotiating and drafting agreements. In this manner, our service is tailored to your needs.
We offer drop in and by-appointment notarizing for:
- Passport Office Declarations
- Consents to Travel with Minors
- Pension Declarations
- Letter of Invitation
- Statutory Declarations/Oaths
- Certified True Copies of documents