If you are buying a business, it is essential to engage in proper due diligence. Many people do not fully understand the purpose of due diligence or what it entails. In a business acquisition, due diligence may be the critical factor that allows you to determine whether you’re buying a profitable business or a lemon.
ONTARIO’S CORPORATE RECORD-KEEPING REQUIREMENTS
It can be easy to forget all the legal obligations you have as a corporate owner. We are not talking about taxes, which are always with us. With your incorporation comes reporting and record-keeping requirements that never go away. Do you know what those requirements are? Failure to meet reporting and record-keeping requirements could prove very costly with fines or other penalties involved.
In Ontario, if you die without a will your property is distributed in accordance with intestacy rules set out in Part II of the Succession Law Reform Act (Ontario) (the “SLRA”).
Under the SLRA rules, who gets your property after you die depends on whether you’re married and how many children you have.
MARRIED WITHOUT CHILDREN
If you’re legally married and have no children your estate goes to your spouse. It is important to note that this happens even if you’re separated from your spouse but have not had a divorce.
A professional corporation is just one of many business forms available in Canada. However, as the name suggests, the professional corporation was created to serve the needs of – you guessed it – professionals who want to form a business group with other professionals.
There is a lot involved in selling a house in Canada. There is all the real estate stuff – setting a price, listing the house, arranging open house viewings, dealing with offers to buy, negotiating with potential buyers, finding a closing agent, and closing the sale.