Financial Assistance

Tax Assistance for individuals

Our team of tax experts or lawyers will provide information on provincial and federal tax regulations and answer questions that can reasonably be answered over the phone.

Information includes:

  • Tax rules for individuals, including property rental and self-employed workers 
  • Tax rules on estates, including testamentary trusts 
  • Tax rules on non-testamentary trusts
  • Information to relieve individuals' tax burden, using registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs), split income, and the creation of a legal entity 
  • Tax rules for residents of another province and/or country as well as for foreign nationals 

Examples of questions:

  • What is the deadline for contributing to an RRSP in order to benefit from a tax reduction?
  • What happens if I don't have all the required income tax slips? 
  • How can I obtain the processing status of the income tax return that I have already filed out?
  • How can I make changes to my T4 slip?
  • What can I do if I can't pay the balance owing immediately?
  • What is the penalty for submitting my income tax return after the deadline?
  • What are the interest rates on balances owing and unpaid refunds?
  • How many years should I keep my previous income tax returns?
  • I have shared custody of my child temporarily—for summer vacations, for example. Am I eligible for benefits?
  • What are the consequences of a change in matrimonial status?
  • What are the tax rules on non-testamentary trusts?
  • When do I have to produce an income tax return for an estate?
  • What estate income is taxable? If the entire inheritance goes to the surviving spouse, is it taxable?

Mortgage Assistance

Our team of mortgage specialists and/or lawyers provide information that can be reasonably answered over the telephone on mortgage issues such as:

  • Mortgage rates
  • Mortgage types
  • Legal information on mortgage questions: contract, clauses, cancelling, penalties

Examples of questions:

  • What happens if I am unable to pay my monthly payments to my financial institution?
  • Can I sell my property before the end of the term of my mortgage?
  • What are the elements considered by a financial institution on a mortgage application?
  • Is it possible to pay the monthly payments more quickly?
  • What are the costs associated with the mortgage payments on the purchase of a property?

Real Estate Assistance

Provide information that can be reasonably answered over the telephone on real estate issues including:

  • Market sales price and comparative sales price
  • Sale and buying process, additional cost to home
  • Real estate contract
  • Safe guards, buyer beware (latent defects) home inspection

Service offered by our team of lawyers and/or assistance providers.

Examples of questions:

  • Can I get out of a promise to purchase/sell?
  • What are my real estate agent’s obligations?
  • What is considered as a latent defect?
  • In the house buying process or after buying a house, in which situations is a building inspector liable?

 « Thank you for promptly answering my questions on the consequences of insolvency. I appreciated the empathy of your staff and the useful information provided in such difficult circumstances. »

S. T., client of the Financial Assistance Service

Our team of finance specialists and/or lawyers will provide information on financial issues such as:  

  • Interest rates
  • Personal loans
  • Legal information on financial questions: insolvency, contract liabilities, etc.

Examples of questions:

  • What are the elements considered by a financial institution on a loan application?
  • I am up to my ears with debts, what are the options?
  • Should I take RRSP before investing in the trade market?
  • I am on maternity leave, will my allowance be taxed?
  • How can I get a credit report?  What can I do to improve it?