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Man acquitted in alleged $1.7-million fraud: Stilman

A man was acquitted of charges after being accused of fraud and false pretences in a business deal involving about $1.7 million from a major Canadian bank, says Toronto criminal ... Read more

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Case may open doors for NB accident defendants to access medical documents

A recent New Brunswick court decision may make it easier and less costly for defendants in car accident cases to access important medical documents, says Fredericton litigator ... Read more

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Presumed equal shared parenting would make family law fairer to fathers

Presumed equal shared parenting (ESP) would help combat cultural and societal biases that favour mothers in custody battles, says Toronto-area family lawyer Ella Aiaseh . ... Read more

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Guidelines for special expenses in child support: Chaiton-Murray

A detailed separation agreement that clearly lays out any special expenses required for children could help avoid conflict down the road, says Toronto family lawyer Erin ... Read more

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Push hard – get clients talking to family about their estate

By Suzana Popovic-Montag You’re planning a client’s estate. You’ve identified the assets and tax issues and planned accordingly. Most importantly, your client has provided clear ... Read more

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Employee or contractor?

By Christopher Achkar Your employment has recently been terminated, and you are unsure what to do. Can you sue for wrongful dismissal? Are you entitled to reasonable notice? Are you eligible for ... Read more


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Auditors’ duty of care could extend to non-clients
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Auditors may be exposed to increased liability in the wake of a court decision that extended one firm’s duty of care to non-clients, says Toronto commercial litigation ... Read more

Sustainable employment: hiring for success
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This is the first post in a four-part series on sustainable employment, a model pioneered by Kent Employment Law, which espouses an enduring, mutually beneficial and ... Read more

Advocates provide practical help navigating system
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An advocate can help families navigate the children’s services system, which often lacks consistency, Alberta child protection specialist Melani Carefoot tells ... Read more

Atlas Law Group sets sights on global practice
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Toronto real estate and immigration lawyer Jia Junaid is an ambitious “girl boss” who is part of a new generation of women bringing a fresh entrepreneurial approach ... Read more

Real estate investment comes with responsibilities
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Real estate may be the vehicle of choice for some investors, but property ownership does bring obligations — including tax considerations, Toronto real estate lawyer ... Read more

In upholding bribery conviction OCA opens Pandora’s box
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By upholding the conviction of a man planning to offer a bribe to a foreign official, the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) has unleashed a “startling” new standard of ... Read more

Ballet school, ex-teacher face lawsuit over alleged sale of intimate photos online
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A class action lawsuit against a prominent ballet school and a former teacher, who is alleged to have taken intimate photos of students and offered them for sale ... Read more

Oral loan deal costs ex-lawyer $2M
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A $2-million judgment against a former Toronto lawyer shows the dangers of accepting loans from clients, Hamilton commercial litigation lawyer Mark Abradjian tells ... Read more

Presence, preparation and passion guide Morrow's mediation practice
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Toronto mediator Bernard Morrow ’s motto is simple: “Be heard.” “I try to be present,” the principal of Morrow Mediation , the full-service ... Read more

Naming amicus curiae advances cases with reluctant defendants
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Appointing an amicus curiae is a way to have a case move forward with an unwilling defendant, Toronto criminal lawyer Richard Litkowski tells ... Read more

Lawyers play key role in helping common law spouses with wills
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When it comes to drafting a will and estate plan, common law couples can bring unique challenges to the table, Ottawa family law and estate lawyer Timothy N. Sullivan writes in ... Read more

SCC asked review dangerous offender ruling: Botting
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British Columbia criminal lawyer Dr. Gary Botting has been approved by Nova Scotia Legal Aid to represent at the Supreme Court of Canada a Halifax man who was recently ... Read more

Mediation a great option in estates disputes
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The number of interested parties in estates matters makes mediation a great option for settling disputes, says Toronto estates litigator Alexander Turner . Under the Rules of ... Read more

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The case for national short-term disability insurance
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By Bram Lecker Most working people wear their attendance record on their sleeves like a badge of honour. Unless they are suffering from a severe illness or injury, most Canadians bite their ... Read more

Affair may allow wife to seek larger share of net family property
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By Lisa Gelman The Ontario Court of Appeal recently ruled that a wife whose husband had been having an affair may seek a larger share of net family property to offset the money ... Read more

Non-disclosure and contempt of court
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By Andrew Feldstein This recent decision serves as a cautionary tale to those who disobey disclosure orders. In his decision, Price J. ordered that the respondent father pay $24,900 for his ... Read more

Speculation tax more political than practical
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By Lisa Laredo The Ontario government's recently announced policy changes won’t have a significant impact on the real estate market. Non-resident speculation tax The ... Read more

Duty of disclosure – the unique rules for estates and trusts
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By Ian Hull We all know that lawyers have a duty to hold client information confidential – it’s one of the foundations of our legal system. But estates are a special matter. ... Read more

Q&A: the rights of Ontario employees to overtime pay
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By Paul Willetts Q&A is a recurring series on the Vey Willetts LLP blog . The aim is to provide quick answers to questions we commonly encounter in our day-to-day practice of ... Read more

Dividend tax insights
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By Dennis Nerland Dividends themselves can be either eligible or non-eligible. An eligible dividend is subject to a 38 per cent gross-up. The dividend is generated by the active business income ... Read more

OHSA in wonderland: through the looking glass
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By Doug MacLeod Section 50 of the Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) prohibits an employer from disciplining an employee who has sought enforcement of this law. Guilty ... Read more

So, why should I settle?
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By Mitchell Rose So, why should I settle my legal dispute? Here are six reasons: Before you (or, if you are a lawyer or paralegal, your clients) say “no!”, carefully ... Read more

New obligations on custodians in event of privacy breach
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By Lonny Rosen & Elyse Sunshine Since the implementation of the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) in 2004, Health Information Custodians (custodians) have had a ... Read more

New developments regarding the TTC ‘Fitness for Duty’ policy
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By Laura Williams In an early application of its “Fitness for Duty” policy (the policy), the Toronto Transit Commission (the TTC) has suspended a driver who tested positive for a ... Read more

Holograph will at centre of $30 million estate dispute
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By Charles Ticker Holograph will handwritten by Dallas Cade deals with $30 million estate A recent story serves as an interesting example of an estate dispute based on a ... Read more

Racial divide in criminal charges for marijuana use in Toronto
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By John Navarrete Toronto, Ont. is often seen as a multicultural city where multiple races enjoy opportunity and equality. However, a Toronto Star analysis recently showed that Black people ... Read more

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