Daniel Bernstein

Daniel Bernstein
FIRM:
Weltman, Bernstein
POSITION:
Founding Member
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Corporate, Estates & Wills & Trusts, Real Estate
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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 Posts

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

Couple burned by Buyer Representation Agreement

Purchasers should think twice about signing a Buyer Representation Agreement (BRA) after a family was told they are on the hook for a $37,000 commission despite never closing the deal, says Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein. Read more

Beware HST issues in new condo flips

Condo flippers should be prepared for HST issues when they assign purchase contracts for newly constructed units to a third party, says Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein. Read more

Agent shares blame for missed mould, must pay buyers $35,000

A recent decision highlights the duty of care owed by real estate agents to homebuyers, says Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein. Read more

Spooked Toronto buyers risking deposits by failing to close deals

Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein says buyers spooked by the city’s suddenly stuttering real estate market are putting their deposits at risk if they try to back out of closing a deal. Read more

Property descriptions in sale agreement not definitive

Sales agreements are never the final word when it comes to the subject matter of a property deal, says Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein. Read more

Prompt mortgage funding crucial in hot property market

Buyers purchasing new-builds in a hot real estate market need to take particular care to get their funds ready on time, says Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein. Read more

Foreign buyers' tax increases lawyer workloads

Members of the bar have seen their workload boosted by the province’s foreign buyers’ tax, says Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein. Read more

Title searches critical in real estate deals

Title searches are an essential part of purchasing a property, Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Property flips come with tax consequences

Canadian property flippers should prepare to pay tax on all their profits, says Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein. Read more

New condo purchases can bring closing day surprises

Hiring a lawyer can help buyers of newly constructed condos avoid surprises when closing day arrives, says Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein. Read more

Bill 165, Licensed Home Inspectors Act, 2016

By Daniel Bernstein . Ontario first started discussing plans to license home inspectors back in 2013, when it assembled a panel of experts to draft a report. The panel made a number of recommendations, including that inspectors be required to pass a written exam and a field test in order to become licensed. The panel also recommended having a single, clearly defined standard for all home inspections. The results of these recommendations has resulted in Bill 165 which has not yet passed into law but once passed will be called the Licensed Home Inspectors Act. Read more

A win for testamentary freedom

By Daniel Bernstein . A 2016 Court of Appeal ruling in the Spence Estate case reinstated a testator’s will and is a good decision in favour of testamentary freedom. The lower court’s decision was troubling in the sense that it created uncertainty for lawyers drafting wills and possibly opened the ‘floodgates’ for estate litigation lawyers. Read more

Breaching contracts comes with hefty price

A recent decision from Ontario’s Superior Court shows that when buyers breach the terms of a purchase agreement in commercial real estate deals they run the risk of forfeiting their deposit, says Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein. Read more

Once a seller completes an SPIS, a buyer can rely on it

Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein says there is no legal requirement for a homeowner to complete a Seller Property Information Statement (SPIS) in Ontario — and he would strongly advise vendors not to sign one. Read more