Commonly Asked Legal Questions

Here you can find a small collection of some commonly asked legal questions. Please note that the following is not to be interpreted as legal advice with respect to any particular situation. If you have specific questions concerning your individual case, please contact Roddam & MacDonald Law Office located in Pictou.


Q: When I am buying property, why should I use a legal advisor?

A: Your lawyer will review the Agreement to Purchase before it is signed to make sure that it contains the necessary clauses for your protection; for example, subject to approval from your financial institution or subject to water test (for rural properties).


The lawyer should also prepare the mortgage documents and meet with you at closing to review adjustments (adjustments for taxes, fuel, rent, or other variables).


Finally, your lawyer will certify the title to the property you purchased after the transaction is complete. This means that there won't be any outstanding debts or encumbrances against the property when you buy it.


Q: Why involve a lawyer in my divorce or separation?

A: If a separation occurs a lawyer will assist with respect to a custody application or division of assets.


Q: Why involve a lawyer in writing my will?

A: A lawyer checks to determine what assets you have and what family obligations exist with respect to those assets. A family obligation is a requirement to maintain a minor child or another dependant.


A lawyer is also informed of the statutory requirements for making the will in the Province of Nova Scotia. These requirements change periodically.


Q: I've been served with a notice from my municipal council that I have been found in violation of a town bylaw. How can a lawyer help me?

A: A lawyer will review the bylaw in question and determine whether you have a valid defense.


If you have a question that we can help with, please send us a note.

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