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Thinking real estate –

Think Lawson, Clark & Oldman


Find out for yourself why so many of our clients have returned to use our services and continue to refer their friends and family.

Real Estate

Real estate is the cornerstone of our practice. We are one of the largest real estate law firms by volume in Durham Region with extensive experience in all areas of real estate law. With a strong commitment to client service, one of our lawyers will meet with you prior to and at closing, and will be accessible throughout the process to answer your questions.


We would be pleased to help you with your purchase or sale.

We act on all types of real estate transactions,

including the following:


  • Purchase and Sale – Resale and New Home

  • New/Resale Condo Purchases

  • Purchase and Sale of Rental Properties

  • Refinancing

  • Title Insurance

  • Property Management Matters

  • Land Acquisition

  • Land Assembly

  • Expropriation Matters




  • Commercial Property Purchase and Sales

  • Commercial Leasing

  • Refinancing

  • Joint Ventures

  • Landlord and Tenant Matters

  • Property Tax Assessments

  • Real Estate Development

  • Land Acquisition

  • Land Assembly

  • Expropriation Matters

Our services on a typical residential

real estate transaction include:




  • Reviewing your agreement of Purchase and Sale;

  • Performing a title search on the property; including a review to ensure no liens on title related to outstanding taxes or utilities;

  • Registration of mortgages;

  • Registration of transfer/deed;

  • Arranging for title insurance;

  • Execution search;

  • Meeting with you to review and sign all closing documentation;

  • Providing you with a closing package.




  • Discharge of Mortgage(s);

  • Performing a search of the property to identify any mortgages or liens registered on the property;

  • Obtaining a mortgage discharge statement where applicable;

  • Prepare registration and/or transfer and review and discuss documents from purchaser’s lawyer;

  • Meeting with you to review and sign all closing documentation;

  • Payout of realtor fees, mortgage, outstanding property taxes and utilities (if applicable) upon closing;

  • Payment of proceeds of sale to you;

  • Providing you with a closing package.


Protect what’s most important

Will Estates

If you don’t have a will yet, you should. Many people put off creating wills, but a carefully thought out will is an important part of a sound estate plan. Your will and power of attorney are critical in planning for your future and protecting your assets and your family. If you have minor children, your will specifies who will serve as guardian.

We will make sure that the value of the assets you have worked so hard to accumulate is preserved when passed along to your beneficiaries. Offering a full range of estate planning and administrative services, we can assist you in creating a comprehensive estate plan that meets all of your needs.

Our estate planning services include:

  • Wills – Individual and Spousal

  • Powers of Attorney – Property and Personal Care

  • Estate Administration 

  • Estate Planning

  • Trustee Appointments/Probate Certificates

  • Business Succession Planning

  • Corporate/Multiple Wills

  • Trusts


Tailored advice – because we’re listening

Corporate & Commercial Law

Understanding our clients – their needs, goals, unique circumstances, and how and why their business decisions are made, is key in offering effective and strategic advice. 


The following is a sampling of the corporate/commercial services we can provide: 

  • Incorporations

  • Transfer/Sale of a Family Business

  • Purchase or Sale of a Corporation (Asset and Share deals)

  • Revival, Dissolution, or Amalgamation of a Corporation

  • Corporate Reorganizations

  • Lease Agreements

  • Shareholder and Partnership Agreements

  • Commercial Financing

  • Commercial Agreements

  • Drafting of Contracts and Agreements

  • Contract Negotiations 

  • Joint Ventures

  • Franchising

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Tax Rollovers

  • Corporate Estate Freezes/Tax Structures

  • Minute Book Review and Updating

  • Creditor Proofing & Secured Transactions



We’re happy to help

Notary Services

We can perform a full range of commissioning and notary services, including notarization, commissioning, witnessing of oaths or statutory declarations, and taking affidavits for your private or commercial documents.

It is strongly recommended that travel consent letters for children traveling abroad be certified by a commissioner or notary public.


Related Links

Travel consent letter link

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