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RE lawyer for an out-of-province transaction

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RE lawyer for an out-of-province transaction

Does it work? Can you hire an ON lawyer for a NS home purchase? TIA.
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andrew4321 wrote: Does it work? Can you hire an ON lawyer for a NS home purchase? TIA.
I believe a lawyer needs to pass the bar in whatever jurisdiction they want to work in. They also would need to know all the rules and regulations about performing the transactions required, so you'd likely spend a lot more money if your lawyer had to waste time (or have one of their paralegals waste time) learning another provinces laws and processes on your behalf. Just hire a local lawyer to get the job done. It's more important that they're close to the transaction than close to you.

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andrew4321 wrote: Does it work? Can you hire an ON lawyer for a NS home purchase? TIA.
You can, but you shouldn't.

In most cases like this, the ON lawyer will simply reach out to a NS lawyer to handle everything on their behalf, and simply charge you a premium for doing so. The ON lawyer will still want to be paid for their time on the purchase. Cut out the middleman and simply hire a NS lawyer.
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/echo

We recently sold in Alberta and bought in Ontario, pretty much back to back. We had 2 lawyers. We handled the sale remotely, and never actually met our Alberta lawyer. We didn't meet our Ontario lawyer until we had to sign the purchase transaction documents.

Depending on jurisdiction, you will also need to get certain legal documents related to the transaction notarized if you're remote. Also depending on jurisdiction, some things can't be done digitally; I forget specifically which was which, but one jurisdiction required us to courier everything, while the other allowed digital documents.

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