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Resulting Trusts and What It Means to Pay for the House

There are many cases that consider whether a resulting trust is created in respect of real estate. The question that arises is whether the person with legal title to real estate is in fact the true owner or whether, because of contributions made by another, the property should “result” or be returned to the person who actually contributed the proceeds required to purchase the property.

In Andrade vs. Andrade, the Ontario Court of Appeal considered a lower court decision in which the Trial Judge had found that a woman named Luisa who lived in a house had not paid for the house and could therefore not establish an entitlement based on resulting trust.

What is most interesting about the decision of the Court of Appeal is that, in reversing the lower court decision, it peeled the onion on what actually constitutes a financial contribution by someone who purports to be beneficially entitled to real estate:

The takeaway from the case would appear to be that the determination of whether someone paid for a house requires a thorough analysis of the source of the moneys rather than simply looking for cancelled cheques directly written by the purported beneficiary.

Thanks for reading,

David Morgan Smith

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