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 Posts

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

OCA: lower court erred in finding woman had no money of her own

Toronto wills and estates lawyer Daniel Bernstein says a recent decision by the Court of Appeal is “insightful” in its take on beneficial ownership of a house through a resulting trust – but he stresses the importance of documenting similar intentions. Read more

Home inspector regulation long overdue

Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein welcomes the provincial government’s announcement that it plans to regulate home inspectors later this year. Read more

OCA decision favours principle of testamentary freedom

The Court of Appeal’s ruling in Spence Estate (Re), 2016 ONCA 196 reinstating a testator's will is a good decision in favour of testamentary freedom, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Daniel Bernstein tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Another reason for title insurance

By Daniel Bernstein . A recent case from the Ontario Court of Appeal should make all real estate lawyers and their clients think twice about not getting title insurance on home purchases. In 2006, Paul and Stephanie MacDonald purchased a house in Toronto and, with the assistance of their lawyer, purchased a title insurance policy from Chicago Title Insurance Company. Read more