Shapiro Real Estate & Business Lawyers is a Greater Toronto Area law firm specializing in the areas of real estate, business transactions and wills and estates. The firm provides legal advice to individuals, entrepreneurs, businesses and financial institutions. Garry Shapiro, the principal of the firm, has over 35 years of legal experience in real estate and business transactions. Our lawyers and staff are knowledgeable, professional, and experienced in all of our practice areas.
We provide affordable legal services with no hidden fees or surprises. For residential real estate transactions, we provide an upfront quote for our services without obligation. We also provide services in commercial, business law, wills and estates as well as real estate dispute resolution with high quality and cost effective legal solutions.
Garry Shapiro is the owner of Shapiro Real Estate and Business Lawyers. He has been a real estate lawyer for over thirty years now. During his professional career, Garry was the senior real estate lawyer for one of Canada’s largest national banks; general counsel and vice president for a Mortgage, Finance and a Brokerage Company, and vice-president for a national title insurance company. He was also the senior real estate and business lawyer at a major Bay Street law firm for 12 years. In addition to all that, Garry was a member of a municipal committee of adjustments for a three year term. He obtained his Civil and Common Law Degrees from McGill University as well as a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
Residential Real Estate
The purchase or sale of a property is one of the most important decisions an individual or family can make. For many of us, it is also our largest single investment. Lawyers are essential in real estate closings as they help protect your interests in the purchase or sale of real estate. They also work with other professionals, including your real estate agent, mortgage broker, and lender, to ensure the transaction is successful and completed in a timely manner.
Shapiro Real Estate and Business Lawyers is committed to making your real estate closing as smooth and stress free as possible. We are experienced in residential real estate purchases and sales of all sizes, including homes, condominiums, cottages or any other kind of residential property in Ontario. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff of lawyers and clerks are readily available to answer all of your real estate questions both before and after closing.
Our residential real estate services include: Purchase and Sale of Residential Properties, Review of Status Certificate, Builder Pre-Construction, Leases, Assignments, Mortgage and Refinance.
Commercial Real Estate
Shapiro Real Estate and Business Lawyers have broad experience in the acquisition, development, use, and operation of commercial properties. We represent developers, landlords and tenants, individuals, and corporations interested in purchasing, selling or leasing commercial real estate.
Our commercial real estate services include: Purchase and Sale of Commercial Properties, Leases, Zoning and Land Use, Construction Contracts, Joint Ventures, Mortgage Financing and Securitization, Transaction Due Diligence, Landlord and Tenant Disputes.
At Shapiro Real Estate and Business Lawyers, we act as legal advisors to entrepreneurs, sole proprietors, partnerships, corporations and financial institutions of all sizes. We work collaboratively with our clients to promote their business interests and resolve their legal issues. Our knowledgeable, professional and experienced staff are committed to finding strategic and cost-effective solutions.
Our business law services include the following: Business formation (Sole Proprietorship; Incorporation; Partnership; Joint Venture;), Purchase and sale of businesses (share and asset purchase agreements), Acquisitions, sales, mergers, amalgamations and corporate reorganizations, Commercial finance including loan structuring and negotiation, Franchise law, Contract drafting and review, Mediation and dispute resolution, Drafting Commercial Agreements.
Wills and Estates
Wills and powers of attorney play an important role in estate planning. These tools allow for individuals to plan how their affairs will be managed both during their lifetime and after their death.
If an individual passes away without a valid will, their estate will be administered in accordance with applicable legislation, including the Ontario Succession Law Reform Act. To ensure your estate is managed and distributed according to your wishes, it is important to have a valid and updated will.
Powers of attorney
It is also important for individuals to contemplate how decisions will be made on their behalf in the event they are unable to manage their own affairs. A power of attorney is a legal document granting one or more individuals the right to act on another individual's behalf.
Power of Attorney for Property: A Power of Attorney for Property is a legal document in which one person (grantor) authorizes another person or persons (attorney) to make any decision on the grantor’s behalf, which the grantor themselves could make, in respect of the grantor’s property. The attorney is thereby authorized to make decisions related to the grantor’s financial affairs and real estate, and may sign documents on the grantor’s behalf.
Power of Attorney for Personal Care: A Power of Attorney for Personal Care is a legal document in which one person (grantor) may authorize a person or persons (attorney) to make, on the grantor’s behalf, decisions concerning the grantor’s personal care in the event they become mentally incapable. The attorney is thereby authorized to make decisions concerning the grantor’s care, including the medical treatment they receive.