I have a question that I can't seem to get a clear answer to: Does one absolutely require a lawyer when purchasing a home in Ontario? Note that I am not asking whether this is smart - or even sane - merely whether it is legally possible. I came upon some info saying "no" but it all applies to the U.S., not to Canada.
My own research into this seems to show that the sale itself can be handled personally but the problem comes in when trying to register property under the Land Titles Act.
Firstly, registration in Ontario is done electronically using the Teraview system, and it seems that not just anyone can get access to this sytstem.
Secondly, according to this PDF a solicitor is required to prepare the Abstract of Title, which is required for registration.
I had always asssumed that, good idea or bad, a person always has the right to self-representation in all matters, unless underaged or judged incompetent by a court. Anyone have comments?
(Note: I will be purchasing a home with a solicitor. No doubt I will learn very much from the experience; possibly enough to answer this question. My question is academic and I am not seeking any kind of legal advice.)