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Non-Resident Speculation Tax: What You Need to Know by: Michael Podrebarac

Non-Resident Speculation Tax: What You Need to Know By: Michael Podrebarac Associate, HGR Graham Partners LLP In an effort to curb rising house prices in certain areas of the Province, the Ontario government has introduced a Non-Resident Speculation Tax (the “NRST”) payable by certain individuals and entities that purchase or acquire an interest in a

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Paul Rabinovitch to give a presentation titled Municipal Property Development: Twelve Things You Should Know When Developing Property in May at the ILCO

The firm is pleased to announce our Managing Partner, Paul Rabinovitch will be speaking at the ILCO National conference in Halifax on May 18th, 2017 from 11:15 AM to 12:30 PM. The presentation is titled Municipal Property Development: Twelve Things You Should Know When Developing Property. Please click here for a link of the conferences schedule

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Please Join us and Celebrate the publication of a provocative new book published by The Hon. Peter H. Howden

We are celebrating the publication of a provocative new book The Ontario Municipal Board: From Impact to Subsistence 1971-2016 with the author The Hon. Peter H. Howden. The author will be available to sign copies. Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. At HGR Graham Partners, 190 Cundles Rd. East, Suite 107, 2N° Floor Boardroom, Barrie. 

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HGR Graham Partners Are Pleased to Announce the Newest Member of the Partnership – Christopher Salazar

We are pleased to announce that Christopher Salazar was admitted as a Partner in the firm as of January 1, 2017. Christopher passionately represents his clients in the areas of complex commercial, estate, real property and employment litigation based out of our Barrie office. Christopher has been with HGR Graham Partners LLP since his call to the Bar and he looks

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To Incorporate or Not Incorporate…That is the Question by Kellie Beasley

To Incorporate or Not Incorporate … That is the Question   By: Kellie Beasley Partner, HGR Graham Partners LLP   The decision to incorporate is one that most entrepreneurs will consider at some point during the life of their business. As with most decisions there are many factors to consider. To help with that decision we

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Paper Written for “Roads Scholars” program for OBA by Paul Rabinovitch – How-to: Become a ‘Roads’ Scholar. Cottage Country Road and Access Issues

How-to: Become a ‘Roads’ Scholar. Cottage Country Road and Access Issues   By: Paul Rabinovitch Managing Partner, HGR Graham Partners LLP   Below is a discussion paper I presented to the Ontario Bar Association on the topic of Cottage and Seasonal Property access in Ontario on May 17th, 2016.  If you are presently grappling with these

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Recent Published Article by Sarah Hahn – Recent changes to the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act

Recent changes to the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act: reduced notice period for victims of sexual or domestic violence   By: Sarah Hahn Associate Lawyer, HGR Graham Partners LLP   The Province of Ontario has just made it a bit easier for victims of abuse to move out if they believe that there is risk of

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Second Annual Wills and Estates Advanced Planning Summit for Advisors

This September, our Orillia and Barrie offices will be presenting our Second Annual Wills and Estates Advanced Planning Summit for Advisors.  The events will take place in Barrie on September 13th at the Barrie Country Club and in Orillia on September 15th at Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club  beginning at 8 am. The Summit is intended for financial

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HGR Graham Partners Welcomes Shira Korolnek

We are pleased to announce that Shira Korolnek has joined HGR Graham Partners in the corporate/commercial and real estate practices at our Orillia office.  Shira completed her Juris Doctor at the University of Western Ontario with an area of concentration in business law. After completing her articles with the firm, she was called to the

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W. Ross Heacock

After a distinguished career covering over four decades, Ross Heacock has retired from the practice of law.  Since 1968, Ross has been carrying on a solicitor’s practice on King St. in Midland. After graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1968, Ross articled with a Toronto law firm.  To fulfill his boyhood dream, Ross returned

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HGR Graham Partners Welcomes Mike Podrebarac

We are pleased to announce that Mike Podrebarac has joined HGR Graham Partners in the real estate and business law practices at our Barrie office.  Mike completed his undergrad at Wilfrid Laurier University where obtained an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (H.B.B.A.) and a Minor in psychology.  He went on to earn his law degree

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Canada Post Disruptions

Should Canada Post lock out their workers, or should there be a strike by the workers, we will do everything possible to assist with the dissemination and collection of mail to minimize postal disruption. If you are expecting documentation from us, please contact your lawyer and/or assistant to see if the documentation can be picked

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HGR Graham Partners Welcomes Christopher Deevy

We are pleased to announce that Christopher Deevy has joined HGR Graham Partners in the litigation and employment law practice areas at our Midland office.  Chris earned his law degree at Michigan State University, where he was President of the Canadian Legal Association and graduated cum laude.  He then successfully wrote the New York State

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HGR Graham Partners Welcomes Christopher Shultz

We are pleased to announce that Christopher Shultz has joined HGR Graham Partners as a Student-At-Law.  Christopher brings a keen interest in all aspects of Corporate, Commercial and Real Estate law.  As an articling student at HGR Graham Partners, Christopher assists Associates and Partners while learning the skills and knowledge expected of a member of

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Cottage Country Issues – Road and Access

Paul Rabinovitch was invited to speak at the ILCO Advanced Real Estate Law Program.  Paul’s presentation revolved around cottage country road and access issues.  His discussion points included types of roads, municipal road procedures, possessory road claims, registered and unregistered access, Crown land issues, types of water bodies, water’s edge and deed issues, in-water structures,

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HGR Graham Partners Join the Soup Sisters

The Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre provides meaningful programs and services to cancer survivors and their families and caregivers, which support their physical, social and emotional well-being.  Each Thursday these members gather for a Soup for the Soul luncheon prepared and served by volunteers throughout the Midland and Penetanguishene areas.  Following our donation from funds

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HGR Graham Partners Welcomes Laura Rosati

We are pleased to announce that Laura Rosati has joined HGR Graham Partners in the real estate and business law practices at our Barrie office. Laura earned her law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2001. Laura continues to be actively involved in the legal community. She

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HGR Graham Partners Supports Local Hospitals

HGR Graham Partners LLP has had a long history of contributing to important community resources.  It is with great pride that we share with you the firm’s 2015 Capital Campaigns in support of our local hospitals within our region.  We appreciate the important work that these hospitals do in our communities and are proud to

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HGR Graham Partners Welcomes Lori Aylwin

We are very pleased to announce that Lori Aylwin has joined HGR Graham Partners. She is joining the family law practice at our Barrie office. Lori earned her law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2003. Lori continues to be actively involved in the community. Lori is

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First Annual Wills and Estates Advanced Planning Summit for Advisors

This October, our Orillia office will be presenting our First Annual Wills and Estates Advanced Planning Summit for Advisors.  The event will take place on Thursday, October 1st at Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club in Orillia beginning at 8 am. Our presenters include: Ellen Brohm, Christine Manners, Wendy Miller, Christopher Salazar and Georgia Swan. The Summit

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Will Thomson Joins HGR Graham Partners

We are very pleased to announce that Will Thomson has joined HGR Graham Partners. Will is joining the litigation and municipal practices at our Barrie office. Will earned his law degree at the University of Windsor, where he took particular interest in Land-Use Planning and Development issues through his work with the Faculty of Law Environmental

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HGR Graham Partners Celebrates Significant Milestones

At our annual Team Breakfast we celebrated five of our lawyers’ significant milestones.  We recognized Greg Evans, John Gignac, Marshall Green and Greg Rice who have been practising law for forty years.  We also celebrated with Ron Crane as he reached his forty-fifth year of practising law.  We are so proud of all the accomplishments

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HGR Graham Partners Sponsors Booth at the Butter Tart Festival

The staff at the Midland office recently entered a booth in the Midland Butter Tart Festival. We were represented by six bakers who made approximately 2,000 tarts. We also had many other team members assisting with baking, creating signs, setting up for the event and selling the tarts.  It certainly was a real team effort! Monies

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Barrie Rotary Fun Run

The Barrie Rotary Fun Run is an annual community event put on by the Rotary Club of Barrie for the past 28 years. It consists of variety of events including a 10 km run, 5 km run, 5 km walk and kids’ sprinting races. It is a charity event aimed at promoting healthy living and

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Sean Ainley Joins HGR Graham Partners

We are very pleased that Sean Ainley has joined HGR Graham Partners. Sean will be adding further depth to our real estate practice at our Midland office. Upon graduating from law school at Bond University in 2008, Sean completed the New York State Bar admission exams and became a member of the New York State

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The Honourable Peter H. Howden, Q.C. has Joined the Firm as Counsel.

HGR Graham Partners LLP proudly announces that the Honourable Peter H. Howden, Q.C. has joined the firm as counsel. Peter’s career as a decision maker commenced in 1982 when he was appointed to the Ontario Municipal Board where he rose to the position of Vice Chair. In 1992 he was elevated to the Superior Court

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Sponsorship for The Sharing Place Food Bank

HGR Graham Partners is once again proud to be a sponsor of the Sharing Place Food Bank’s 6th Annual Mac & Cheese Luncheon. This event took place on Thursday, May 7th at Casino Rama, beginning at noon. This year’s keynote speaker was Meg Soper who showcases her experiences in health care with a humorous approach. If you

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16th Annual Seminar for Real Estate Agents

The Orillia office of HGR Graham Partners is pleased to be hosting its 16th Annual Seminar for Real Estate Agents via The Lakeland Association of REALTORS on Thursday, May 7, 2015. This is an educational seminar presented by the lawyers of the firm for which the local realtors obtain their required education credits (and a hearty breakfast!).

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Recent Guest Speaker Presentations by Christine Manners

Christine is a popular guest speaker in her areas of Will and Estate Planning and Real Estate. Christine recently made a presentation to local residents at the Ramara Public Library entitled  “Putting Your Affairs in Order” which was very well-received. Christine also participated in a seminar held by the Bank of Montreal for its clients

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Sponsorship for the Midland Cultural Centre

HGR Graham Partners recently sponsored the Midland Cultural Centre’s event titled “A Day in the Life” with Paul Beeston, current President of the Toronto Blue Jays. Paul was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002 and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. He is also a member of the Order of

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Changes to the Estate Administration Tax Act,1998

Recent changes to the Estate Administration Tax Act, 1998 (the “Act”) have increased the already heavy burden of responsibility on Estate Trustees (Executors). As you may be aware, the Act establishes the amount of Estate Administration Tax (Probate Fees) which must be paid when the Executor applies for a Certificate of Appointment (Probate). Probate Fees

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Paul Rabinovitch to Present at the 12th Annual Real Estate Law Summit

We are proud to announce that Paul Rabinovitch has been named as a presenter at the 12th Annual Real Estate Law Summit which will take place on April 22nd and 23rd in Toronto.  This two-day seminar provides an opportunity for real estate lawyers  to discuss recent developments in real estate law and issues that affect

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Advanced Planning For Your Business

While large corporations often have back-up systems in place to allow for the absence of senior management, many small businesses do not. This article raises a number of questions and, because the answers differ for every business, gives few solutions. Let’s look at business run as sole proprietors first. While your bookkeeper might be allowed

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Women of Excellence Awards

Donna Macfarlane of our Midland office is honoured to participate as a Judge in the Meridian Women of Excellence Awards. This year’s event marks the 8th year  of celebrating the accomplishments of women in the Midland,  Penetanguishene, Tiny and Tay areas. Nominations of worthy women are being sought in 3 categories: Woman of Business  –

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HGR Graham Partners’ Lawyers and Staff Donate Some Holiday Cheer

This Christmas season, staff and lawyers from  our offices participated in providing some holiday cheer to deserving families across Simcoe County.  The Barrie office supported the Children’s Aid Society Family Sponsorship.  The Children’s Aid Society provides families in Simcoe County with a Holiday Hamper, which includes a dinner and gifts for the family.  The Midland

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HGR Graham Partners & Midland’s Mo Men Participate in Movember

John Walker and Richard Moran of the Midland office teamed up to participate in a very worthwhile cause – Movember!  Movember was created to raise awareness for various men’s health issues.  A team page was set up, and they became known as Midland’s Mo Men. This year, with the help of generous participants, John &

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HGR Graham Partners Teams Up With BDO Canada To Benefit Not-For-Profit and Charitable Groups

HGR Graham Partners and BDO Canada co-hosted a series of seminars geared towards providing general legal and tax information to not-for-profit and charitable groups.  The seminars took place in Barrie, Orillia and Midland, and were attended by more than 180 participants. The topics covered included updates on new accounting standards and governance regimes for not-for-profit

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Marshall Green recognized in the Community

Congratulations to Marshall Green, who will be honoured by the community of Barrie on Saturday, November 15th for his outstanding contributions to various organizations around the City .  Marshall has generously volunteered his time to the Rotary Club, Barrie Chamber of Commerce, Am Shalom Synagogue, Barrie YMCA, Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie Public Library, and Theatre

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HGR Graham Partners Participates in Terry Fox Run

On September 14th, 2014, HGR Graham Partners participated in the Terry Fox Run in Midland and Orillia.  This is the 15th year the firm has participated in this event.  HGR Graham Partners is proud to announce that we have raised more than $41,000  for the Terry Fox Foundation to date.  Our teams for the Terry

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HGR Graham Partners Launches Up & Out Campaign With Donation to YMCA

Pictured above are Associates, Chris Salazar and Bola Ogunmefun and Partner, Paul Rabinovitch presenting a $5,000 donation to the YMCA Simcoe/Muskoka to help launch the firm’s new Up & Out campaign.  Up & Out is a way of encouraging our lawyers and partners to get up and out from behind their desks and into the community,

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Another Victory at the Ontario Court of Appeal

On September 18, 2014, Peter Krysiak won his third unanimous decision at Ontario’s highest court, the Court of Appeal.  He successfully argued that there is no absolute right to cross-examination on an affidavit.  Peter specializes in litigation and employment law.   The citation of this case is:  2014 ONCA 661.  

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The Honourable Leonard T. Montgomery

The lawyers and staff at HGR Graham Partners LLP (who recently merged with Zwicker Evans Lewis) wish to extend their sincere sympathies to the Montgomery family on the passing of the Honourable Leonard T. Montgomery. Len was a lawyer for some 17 years in Orillia with Montgomery Clarke Zwicker Sparks, which later became Zwicker Evans

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Richard Moran Joins HGR Graham Partners.

Richard will be adding some depth to real estate at our Midland and Penetanguishene offices. We are very pleased to have Richard join our firm. Please click to view Richard’s background and what he brings to the HGR Graham Partners team.

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Fun Run in Barrie

HGR Graham Partners participates in Fun Run

  The Fun Run is an annual community event put on by the Rotary Club of Barrie for the past 27 years. It consists of variety of events including a 10 km run, 5 km run, 5 km walk and kids’ sprinting races. It is a charity event aimed at promoting healthy living and the

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Ron Crane wins Huronia Community Foundation Individual Circle of Honour Award

Ron Crane of our office has won the Huronia Community Foundation Individual Circle of Honour Award. The Award is presented in recognition of a Huronia Community philanthropist for his/her exceptional financial and volunteer commitment to our community and their skills in co-ordinating and motivating groups of volunteers for fundraising projects for the benefit of local

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Open House to Celebrate Zwicker Evans Lewis merger with HGR Graham Partners

HGR Graham Partners, LLP hosted an open house at it’s new Orillia office on April 2nd to celebrate the recent merger with Zwicker Evans Lewis Law firm. The event was attended by many members of the community including lawyers, business owners, residents and politicians. Read below to learn more about the merge between the two

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Milton Zwicker 1940 – 2014

In 1969 Milton Zwicker came to Orillia as a young lawyer and opened a law practice with the late Hon. Mr. Justice Richard Clarke. Milton’s common sense approach to law and people earned him respect as a trusted and strategic advisor, held in high regard by a large and loyal client base. Partners, associates and

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We are on the Move

As of Monday, February 10th our two offices in Orillia can be found under one roof. 93 Coldwater Street East, Box 310, Orillia ON L3V 6J7

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Zwicker Evans Lewis merges with HGR Graham Partners

HGR Graham Partners LLP is pleased to announce that Zwicker Evans Lewis merged their practice with HGR Graham Partners LLP on January 1, 2014. With an outstanding commitment to excellence, Zwicker Evans Lewis has earned its reputation as one of Simcoe County’s leading law firms. With offices in Barrie for over 25 years and Orillia

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Client Newsletter – Fall 2013

Check out our newsletter from Fall 2013. This newsletter is distributed to all our clients and is now archived online for you.

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