Year 1997

ANNUAL NEWSLETTER: HOLIDAY 1997

As I approach my twentieth year in practice, I want to thank you for your loyalty. I will continue to give you services of the highest quality and promise to deliver a quick response to your needs. I am set up to work with you either during the day or evening. I render my services in the most efficient manner possible with the most up to date technology available. In this past year I have fully incorporated into my practice E-mail, Web Services, an Intranet with Electronic Messaging, Registry Office and Execution Searches from my computer, direct registration of deeds and mortgages into the Registry Office from my computer (coming this summer) and the latest DIVORCEmateTM support calculation software.

TitlePLUS for your real estate purchases and mortgage refinancing has arrived in Ontario. For a nominal insurance fee, TitlePLUS gives you a Title Certificate guaranteeing your purchase or refinancing from any defects. This substantially reduces legal costs as many of the disbursements have been eliminated in this computer driven process. I am proud to say I was one of the early adopters of this miraculous technology in order to give you even more peace of mind than what was otherwise possible. Drop by if you wish to view the video or contact my office for a free brochure.

Again I remind you of my no-cost service to update your wills and powers of attorney if I have drawn one for you in the past. If you have yet to follow my annual reminder to have your will and power of attorney drawn, please contact me. I now offer estate planning advice with the assistance of a tax lawyer and/or a financial counsellor with whom I have formed a strategic association to better assist my clients in these most important areas.

To further enhance my matrimonial practice I am now an accredited arbitrator, having completed the requisite courses. I still believe in resolving matrimonial disputes with the assistance of the child and family counsellor I have worked closely with over the past several years. If resolution fails then the new court procedure of requiring a settlement conference first, before the opening court motion can be brought, has been 100% successful in resolving all matrimonial disputes I have had to pursue through court in the past year. This includes applications to vary child support payments so that they then fall under the guidelines and are not taxable to the recipient. Child support payments, if Ordered before May of 1997 remain taxable until varied by application or formal agreement filed with Revenue Canada.

May I take this opportunity to wish you a very happy and healthy new year. I hope that 1998 will bring you prosperity, joy and fulfill all your expectations.

Howard S. Dyment, LL.B.