Ask a Lawyer – “Can I trim the branches of my neighbour’s tree if they overhang onto my property?”
A property owner has the right to trim branches or other parts of a neighbour’s trees which overhang or encroach onto his own property. This is considered the right to ‘self-help’ and is a remedy to the potential nuisance caused by the encroachment. There are limits to this right, and a property owner may not…Read More
Ask A Lawyer – My property assessment is too high – What can I do?
If you have been a property owner in NB for any length of time, you are accustomed to receiving a tax bill around March 1st of each year and having a few weeks to appeal the assessment. While waiting for the assessment to happen, you would have been obligated to pay the existing bill in…Read More
I am thinking of buying a house, what should I be thinking about? Should I contact a lawyer?
Buying a new house is an important purchase, and may be the biggest purchase you ever make. There are several things you want to consider, including legal concerns and consequences. When you purchase a house in New Brunswick not only should you contact a lawyer for advice, you will need to contact a lawyer to…Read More
Reporting the Sale of a Personal Residence
On October 3, 2016, the Federal Government announced new rules that will require you to report the sale of your personal residence on your income tax return commencing with the filing of the 2016 return. This is a departure from past practice where the sale of a personal residence did not require reporting. There is…Read More
New Brunswick’s Emergency Fuel Benefit
Given the unprecedented length and cold weather that this winter has brought us, many people may be struggling to pay their heating bills. The Province provides some assistance by way of an emergency fuel benefit of up to $550. Examples of emergency situations (taken from the government website): • a high heating bill due to the…Read More
Rights and Obligations of Common-Law Spouses
Clients often consult with us on whether being in a common-law relationship for a certain length of time means that they have the same rights and obligations as married persons. This is a common misconception as, in fact, particularly when it comes to property, there can be significant differences in the way the law applies…Read More