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Cohabitation agreements limit exposure to property claims

In Ontario, living in a common-law relationship is not the same as being married, so if a couple ends up separating, a completely different set of rules apply when it comes to ... Read more

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Determining value, share of corporate trust can get messy

Asset-valuation and equalization of corporate trusts in family law matters is a complex and growing area of practice, Toronto corporate lawyer Marlin Horst tells ... Read more

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Insurance trusts control timing, use of funds upon death

An insurance trust is a good mechanism for controlling the use and timing of life insurance proceeds following the death of the insured, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa ... Read more

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Calculating the ROI of eDiscovery tools

Lawyers who have been slow to embrace eDiscovery technology tend to focus on the upfront cost while ignoring the considerable savings that come as the process progresses, says ... Read more

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Daudlin embraces challenges of family law

Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Daudlin loves a challenge in both her professional and private lives. The lifelong athlete persevered through a series of debilitating ... Read more

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Public consultation welcome in LCO class-action review

Twenty-five years after the enactment of the Class Proceedings Act , 1992 (CPA), the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has recognized that a lack of empirical data on class ... Read more

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Exploiting vulnerable workers won't be tolerated

While the average awards for cases before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) range from $10,000 to $15,000, two recent decisions involving sexual assault and harassment ... Read more

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Taking workplace sexual harassment complaints to HR

A company’s human resources (HR) department should ensure its “culture and climate” help would-be complainants feel comfortable coming forward with allegations ... Read more

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Termination clause upheld by Ontario’s Court of Appeal in recent case

By Doug MacLeod Recently, Ontario’s Court of Appeal concluded in this case that the following termination clause was legally enforceable and that the terminated employee who had been ... Read more


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Bill C-75 problematic with many 'wrong-headed' reforms: Rosen
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The federal government’s wide-ranging package of criminal justice reforms in Bill C-75 is fraught with serious problems that will do more harm than good, says Toronto ... Read more

Canada should welcome skilled 'Dreamers'
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Canada should invite those facing deportation from the United States following the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to immigrate here, ... Read more

Wrongful death claims: a guide for families
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Family members who have lost a loved one through the negligence of another person need to be aware that they can bring a wrongful death claim for damages under Ontario’s ... Read more

Estate talk awkward but necessary: Aulis
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Broaching the “estate talk" with a reluctant older family member is awkward but necessary for younger relatives, Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Patrick J. Aulis tells ... Read more

Bylaw helps condos crack down on short-term rentals
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The City of Toronto’s move to regulate short-term rentals is good news for condo boards that want to crack down on such use by unit owners, says Toronto condominium and ... Read more

The value of mentorship in Ryerson’s LPP
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Mentorship is a key component of Ryerson University’s Law Practice Program (LPP), providing candidates with tools that will help them succeed in their legal careers, says ... Read more

Use caution when applying remedy of distress
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Remedies are available for landlords pursuing rental arrears from commercial tenants, but they must be applied correctly or the consequences can be costly, Toronto litigator ... Read more

Bill 164 needs work, but addresses real harms, injustices
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A private member’s bill that adds four grounds of discrimination to Ontario’s Human Rights Code still has some “holes” that need to be filled, but these ... Read more

The dangers of cosmetic surgery abroad
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Those tempted by cheaper prices abroad for bigger breasts or flatter tummies should be aware of the dangers of so-called “medical tourism,” says Toronto facial plastic ... Read more

Elder abuse often tough to spot: Urback
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The often-subtle signs of elder abuse make it a tricky problem to diagnose, Toronto litigator Matthew Urback tells AdvocateDaily.com . Urback, an associate with Shibley ... Read more

Victim impact of the decline of accident benefits
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In the first in a two-part series, Toronto personal injury lawyer Jennifer Hoffman explores how accident benefits in Ontario are being eroded. Injury victims are losing out ... Read more

Worst-case scenario thinking improves will accuracy
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Planning for family disasters makes for a more accurate estate plan, Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte tells AdvocateDaily.com . Allinotte, owner of ... Read more

New mortgage stress test could make homes less affordable
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The government’s attempt to cool the hot housing market may actually prevent some people from being able to buy a new home, Toronto real estate lawyer Matthias Duensing ... Read more

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Sperm donor who donated to lesbian couple denied parental rights
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By Lisa Gelman A recent decision by an appeal court in New York state has denied a sperm donor’s request to have a paternity test in order to be recognized as a child’s legal ... Read more

Accident in the U.S.? Do you need more auto insurance?
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By David Hollingsworth The last thing you need is an accident in the U.S. For those who are lucky enough to have a springtime getaway planned, this means you may be embarking on a family road trip ... Read more

How NOT to work with your employment lawyer
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By Stuart Rudner and Nadia Zaman Our goal is to provide our clients with sound advice and zealously advocate on their behalf. Presumably, that is why they retain us. Yet it is often ... Read more

Make it your year for ‘best picture’ critical thinking
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By Ian Hull Do you ever wonder how your emotions impact your decision-making? Or more specifically, how many sub-optimal decisions you make based on emotion? We get caught up in the ... Read more

A fixture, a trade fixture and why it matters in commercial leasing
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By Inga Andriessen I am a commercial leasing nerd. Seriously. A case management master once referred to me by that description during a pre-trial. So, unless you’re a commercial landlord ... Read more

IPC issued new guidelines for disposing of electronic information
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By Kate Dewhirst The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released new guidelines recently for disposing of electronic media . These guidelines explain what it means to take ... Read more

Disruption’s early warning signs
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By Alan Bass and Michael Sauber Alternative legal services are here. The only question is how quickly they will become the new norm. Lawyers should be aware of what signs to track and how ... Read more

Using psychology to turn leads into clients
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By Tom Ball Understanding the way people think is the key to persuasion. There are many mental triggers that can be influential when trying to get someone to think like you or, in this ... Read more

Terminating an indefinite spousal support order
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By Andrew Feldstein This case involves an appeal of a motion to change, whereby the judge ordered the termination of a prior indefinite spousal support order. As per the Ontario Superior Court ... Read more

The two parts of R. v. Gladue
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By Kristin Bailey We all know that Aboriginal offenders are grossly over-represented in the Canadian criminal justice system. R. v. Gladue was released by the Supreme Court of Canada almost ... Read more

CPSO publishes new draft policy on closing a medical practice
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By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is currently reviewing and updating its policy, Practice Management Considerations for Physicians ... Read more

Such a law office: Shuber
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By Jennifer Samara Shuber A friend stopped by my office this morning between meetings. I gave her a quick tour of the larger firm and also brought her to see my office. Her observation on leaving? ... Read more

The ultimate 'selfie': video record your health care wishes
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag In an ideal situation, if you suffer a health crisis, you’ll be able to communicate your health care preferences directly to your doctors or hospital staff. But if ... Read more

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