Daniel Bernstein

Daniel Bernstein
Weltman, Bernstein
Founding Member
Corporate, Estates & Wills & Trusts, Real Estate

Daniel Bernstein, a founding member with the Toronto firm Weltman, Bernstein, focuses on real estate, business, and estate law.

He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1980, before earning his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor in 1984. Mr. Bernstein was called to the Ontario Bar in 1986.

In practice for more than 30 years, Mr. Bernstein assists his clients with residential and commercial real estate, wills and estates, and corporate and commercial law matters.

He is a past instructor of the Law Society of Ontario’s Bar admission course in real estate, wills and estates, and legal writing.

Mr. Bernstein is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Lawyer Referral Service.

Daniel Bernstein In The News
When a contract is not a contract

Until you cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s, a contract is nothing more than an unenforceable piece of paper, says Toronto real estate lawyer  Daniel Bernstein . Read more

Be aware of pre-incorporation risks: Bernstein

People who pay a deposit for a property on behalf of a company that is not yet incorporated could lose that money if the deal falls through, Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Audits on the rise for Estate Information Returns

Executors must take care to accurately complete their Estate Information Return (EIR) as the province steps up its compliance efforts, Toronto wills and estates lawyer  Daniel Bernstein tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Estates bar relieved as court endorses dual wills

The estates bar breathed a sigh of relief after the Divisional Court overturned a decision that called the use of dual wills into question, Toronto wills and estates lawyer  Daniel Bernstein tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Homebuyer's deposit returned following inadequate disclosure

Inadequate disclosure can land vendors in trouble in the event of a collapsed deal, Toronto real estate lawyer  Daniel Bernstein tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Why do lawyers have to do a title search?

By Daniel Bernstein . You can’t close a deal without your lawyer doing a title search. How else will your lawyer know whether the property you want to buy still has an old mortgage on it that was never removed? What about a lien registered by the city for unpaid taxes or by the condominium corporation for unpaid monthly maintenance fees? Read more

Consequences of not having a will far outweigh the cost of drafting one

Creating a will can be overwhelming — hence why many people put it off — but Toronto trusts and estates lawyer  Daniel Bernstein tells his clients not to think too far ahead when completing one. Read more

Simplified rules for smaller estates could cut probate costs

Ontario should implement special rules for smaller estates to bypass the need for probate, Toronto trusts and estates lawyer  Daniel Bernstein tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Dependant's relief an option for surviving common-law spouse

Common-law spouses have options even if they’re left out of the wills of their deceased partners, Toronto trusts and estates lawyer  Daniel Bernstein tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Small will-drafting errors can have big repercussions

Toronto wills and estates lawyer Daniel Bernstein says small words can have big consequences if they are omitted or included in error in a person’s estate plan. Read more

'Language is critical' when drafting real estate contracts

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision that questioned the interpretation of an illegal substances clause illustrates that language is critical in drafting Agreements of Purchase and Sale (APS) , Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Ordering condo plans, tax certificates money well spent

Due diligence and about $25 could have saved a world of aggravation surrounding a sizeable townhouse title mix-up, Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Forcing owners to carry pets may contravene condo rules

A condo’s rules — including those around pets — must be deemed reasonable and can't be inconsistent with the Condominium Act or the building's declaration, Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Pre-construction builds privy to market correction

Toronto’s softening housing market is a good reminder that pre-construction homes and condos are also vulnerable to price fluctuations, Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Superior court ruling gives life to 'zombie deeds'

It’s questionable whether an attempt by the Ontario government to prevent so-called “zombie deeds” from being validated in the land registry system will have much of an impact because a 2015 Ontario Superior Court decision takes precedence, Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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