Lag in Alberta land title transfers hits 4 months

Service Alberta told CBC News in May it was working to implement solutions to the backlog by the summer and expected wait times would decrease. However, since the spring, the delay has stretched from about three months to four. As of Thursday, according to the province's website, the land titles office was registering land title documents received on June 22 and survey plans and documents received on Aug. 12. The delays are affecting people buying and selling properties, industries involved in those transactions, and municipalities' tax departments. "We would like it to be faster but our hands are tied," said Paul Gravelle, chair of the Realtors Association of Edmonton. A pain for lawyers and lenders Carl Bösecke, a partner at Bösecke Law in Edmonton, said his firm often handles deals for people flipping homes. Those clients end up reselling homes before the title is registered in their names, he said. "It becomes really complicated for new lenders to track all...

Planning Your Estate?

Planning Your Estate? What is a Will? A will is a written document which details how you want your property distributed after your death. Alberta law sets out the requirements for a valid will. A will is valid only when it is in writing. A will is not valid unless: it is properly signed; and properly witnessed. Your will must be signed by you before two or more witnesses who must also sign the document in the presence of you and each other. You must be mentally competent, and at least 18-years-old. There are some limited circumstances where a person younger than 18 may make a valid will. If you are under 18 or if you are unable to sign your will by yourself, special rules apply. You should discuss your will with a knowledgeable lawyer. In addition to disposing of your property you may also name your "personal representatives" in your will. A personal representative is...

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