Importing A Vehicle From The U.S.? A Step-By-Step Guide On The Registration Process

With the internet and country-to-country relations, there’s no boundary to buying what you want these days. You can be here in Canada purchasing goods and services all over the world. If you have located the perfect vehicle in the United States, this discussion will give you the details of what to expect in the registration process, as it is slightly different from buying a vehicle here in Canada. The Basics You must first understand that not all makes and models qualify for entry into Canada from the U.S. You need to check with the Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) to see if your vehicle qualifies. As a rule, if your vehicle is less than 15 years old or if a bus was manufactured after January 1, 1971 in the U.S., you must check first. If you’re wondering if modifications can be made to bring the vehicle to Canadian standards, the answer is “Yes.” However, you need to check first and secure certain parts from your buyer that would satisfy these standards. Parts like reflectors, tires, windshields, and tail lamps, among others, may have to be replaced or adjusted. Licensing and Registration by Province You will need to register your vehicle according to your province of residence. What documents will you need? It is mandatory that you have the following documents ready at the time of registration: The Certificate of Origin or New Vehicle Information Statement (NVIS) if your vehicle is new Either a Commercial, Salvage, or Out of Province Vehicle Inspection Form if the vehicle is used Form 1, which is the Transport Canada Vehicle Import Form The “pink card” which is valid proof of insurance for the imported vehicle You’ll also need valid ID and provincial insurance. In some provinces like Quebec, they’ll ask for a customs duty form or confirmation that the transaction actually took place with the party stated. At the Registry After you take your documents to the registry, most likely you’ll receive a form that you will present to the vehicle inspector at the specific station. You’ll return to the registry agent, such as at The Registry Depot, with the completed form and other required documents, and your vehicle will be registered. Is this all in the same day? Yes. Are there any special exemptions? Well, in some provinces, commercial vehicles may be exempt from the out-of-province inspection process, provided that the owner has a certificate of inspection issued within a certain time-frame. Some trailers and prorate vehicles may also be exempt. The registry service in your province will give any specific detail on the registration process. However, this is a basic outline of what you can expect. Enjoy your new vehicle in...

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Understand Why An Estate Plan Is Important

Estate planning is an over-looked yet well-needed aspect of our lives. In order to make sure our wishes are carried out after we pass away, it’s important to have a plan in place. Structuring your estate will also ensure that your beneficiaries are recipients of the assets you intend for them. Here is an overview on the important aspects of a simple estate plan, and understanding the importance of each. Power of Attorney Having a power of attorney in place is important if you were to become incapable of managing your financial affairs yourself. It gives the person you designate power to handle certain day-to-day tasks, including: Paying your bills Opening mail Banking transactions Voting Filing tax returns Without a power of attorney there is no one who can legally take care of these important tasks if you become disabled or otherwise incapacitated.  Living Will A living will essentially appoints someone to handle all medical decisions for you. This would include any treatment issues, medical procedures and life support if you were to become terminally ill, unconscious or brain dead.  Last Will and Testament Making a will is important to ensure your wishes are carried through. Without a will, you’ll have died intestate, and the courts then distribute your assets according to the law, not to your wishes. Generally the first $40,000 to $200,000 will go to your spouse (depending on the value of your estate), and the rest of your estate gets divided between your surviving children.  No surviving spouse or children means your parents are the next in line to receive your estate, and from there it would be any surviving siblings. Dying without a will also will mean delays and added costs. The court will appoint a bonded administrator to oversee the estate. If there are any children under the age of 19, a guardian or trustee will need to be appointed to oversee the distribution of assets to the minor children. Trusts While a will will ensure that your beneficiaries receive exactly what you want them to receive, a trust can simplify this process by transferring the assets to your heirs. The difference is that the will transfers the assets after you pass away, while the trust transfers the assets while you’re still alive. The trust essentially owns your assets until you pass away, when they will then be transferred to their designated owners. Contact a lawyer, such as one from Milne Pritchard Law Office, who specializes in estate planning to start planning your...

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Benefit Your Children With A Collaborative Divorce

If you and your spouse want to get a divorce because you are tired of fighting in front of your children, go through the collaborative divorce process to make things easier. A collaborative divorce is when both spouses agree to work the terms of the divorce out together, to avoid conflict and to show the children that they are settling things peacefully. This is going to benefit both you, your spouse and your children in a variety of ways. Eliminate Court Exposure There are many times when children have to be brought into the courtroom during a divorce case. This can be to talk about things that happened in the marriage, and when the parents are fighting for custody. If you work out custody agreements and terms of visitation in the mediation, they don’t have to feel pinned against one of their parents, or be embarrassed or scared in a courtroom. Less Stress The more stressed out the two of you are about the case, the more likely it is to carry over into your family life with your kids. The collaborative divorce can be finished quietly and quickly, and working together is going to minimize chaos and fighting. Anxiety from divorce can cause many negative mental and physical health effects in children, and some of these issues can carry into their adult life. Financial Benefits Getting a divorce and going down to one income can be an adjustment, and a collaborative divorce will help you save money throughout the divorce process. Sharing a lawyer and settling everything in mediation is going to cut legal fees substantially. A lot of couples agree to share finances, keep each other covered under insurance policies and more while they are working through the terms of a collaborative divorce, to prevent financial strain during the divorce process. Avoiding financial stress is going to help your children feel more secure and less guilty about the things they want or need. You don’t have to fight with your spouse in the courtroom for months after the two of you file for a divorce, or drag your children through a messy divorce with you. Talk with a divorce lawyer that specializes in mediation so the two of you can get the divorce finalized quietly and easily. If the two of you don’t feel comfortable sharing a lawyer, you can still work collaboratively to divorce with separate...

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4 Of The Worst Mistakes Dads Can Make In A Child Custody Case

Even though the law is supposed to be neutral, many mothers end up with custody while fathers are stuck fighting for their rights. For some, gender roles play a big part in why the mom gets custody, but for others, it is simply because the father doesn’t fight for his rights and pursue custody. Many men end up putting themselves into a bad position when it comes to child support, custody and divorce. Don’t allow yourself to fall prey to one of these costly mistakes in your divorce case. Don’t Transfer Property or Hide Your Assets If you try to hide property and the other attorney ends up finding out about it, you could end up losing out on all of your assets. The judge is going to end up holding a grudge against you and all of your credibility is going to be shot, not just with the judge, but with your lawyer, your ex, their lawyer and so on. Don’t Ever Underestimate Your Soon-to-be Ex-Wife Many men overlook just how clever their wives are. When you think about how many women file for divorce over men, you can bet she is probably planning and plotting for the inevitable. She is probably already steps ahead of where you are at this point in time. Be proactive in the divorce process and plan ahead for all of the what-ifs that might head your way. Don’t Talk Badly About Your Spouse to the Judge You don’t want to alienate the other party during your fight for custody. The courts are looking to see which parent is going to be cooperative, not for the first party that is willing to throw the other individual to the wolves. By fighting throughout the hearing, it only shows the judge that you are going to make things difficult for your ex. Don’t Just be a Provider; You Also Need to be a Dad Courts aren’t going to give you custody simply because you have a good job and you can give your child gadgets and money. Working all the time and not having time to play with your children means that you are going to have to work just to keep paying child support. By taking the aforementioned tips into consideration, you can help put yourself in a position to attain custody of your children and prevent being taken advantage of. Speak to trained family lawyers today to discuss your...

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The Good, The Bad And The Expensive: 5 Of The Most Costly Hollywood Divorces

Divorce can be messy, especially when millions of dollars hang in the balance. Celebrities are known for their ironclad, and sometimes strange, prenuptial agreements. However, what happens when there is no agreement at all? Below are five of the most expensive divorces in Hollywood history. Paul McCartney And Heather Mills Paul McCartney found his soul mate when he married Heather Mills in 2002. He was so in love, in fact, that he declined to sign a prenuptial agreement. When Mills filed for divorce in 2006, citing assault, she asked for $250 million and an additional $730,000 a year to support her travel, wine tasting and clothes shopping. The judge didn’t agree with these terms. Instead, he awarded her over $48 million, which included property in England. Kelsey And Camille Grammer Marriage was bliss for Kelsey Grammer and his playboy bunny wife Camille for a few years. However, when rumors surfaced that Kelsey was cheating, their thirteen year marriage came to an end. The marriage ended with countless accusations and a brutal custody battle. Camille accused Kelsey of cross-dressing and filed a few restraining orders against him. Kelsey said that his wife rode on his famous coattails to gain her own limelight. When it all ended, they both got custody of the children and Camille walked away with $30 million of Kelsey’s $60 million fortune. Steven Spielberg And Amy Irving The director of ET and Close Encounters, Steven Spielberg, married Amy Irving in 1985. After an unsuccessful four years of marriage, they called it quits in 1989. Irving had signed a prenuptial agreement before the marriage. However, she was able to argue her way out of the contract, saying that she lacked legal representation at the time it was signed. The judge sympathized with her, and Irving was awarded $100 million. Not too bad for four years of hard work. Mel Gibson And Robyn Moore The year 2006 was not the best year for Mel Gibson. After a drunken tirade that lead to his infamous anti-Semitic remarks, his wife of thirty-one years, Robyn Moore, was ready to call it quits. However, she stood by his side for another three years. When cheating rumors surfaced, Moore took their seven children and filed for divorce. Her dedicated thirty-one years was not all in vain, however. Moore walked away with an estimated $425 million. Tiger Woods And Elin Nordengren Tiger Woods was married to his wife for five years before she filed for divorce. After two children, Nordengren filed for divorce, citing his many public affairs as the cause. At the time of the divorce, Nordengren sought a very modest sum $300 million. However, in an attempt to keep her quiet about the details of the divorce, Woods offered her more than twice that amount. The bribe worked and Nordengren walked away with custody of the children and $750 million. Divorce is a tricky thing. If you have a mass fortune, or any assets you wish to protect, you may want to sign a prenuptial agreement and avoid these damaging settlements. Contact a divorce lawyer such as Vic West Law for more...

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