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NEW Children and same-sex parents to be protected by Ontario law

TORONTO — Ontario parents who conceive their children using assisted reproduction will get more legal rights as laws that require same-sex couples to adopt their own ... Read more

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Botting proposes changes to international extradition treaties

British Columbia extradition lawyer Dr. Gary Botting has proposed to an international think tank at the University of Oxford that a Unified Multilateral Extradition Treaty ... Read more

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Bill C-31 undermines integrity of Canada's trademark system

Toronto intellectual property lawyer Mala Joshi says proposed amendments to the Trade-marks Act under Bill C-31 will require Canadian businesses to incur additional clearance ... Read more

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Kathy O'Brien: a passionate advocate for health-sector clients

Health lawyer Kathy O’Brien is passionate about governance, as well as facilitating restructuring and integration within the health-care sector. “Anytime these ... Read more

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Clearly defined standards needed for home inspectors

Toronto real estate lawyer Anar Dewshi says the provincial government’s plan to introduce regulations for home inspections is much needed as there are currently no ... Read more

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Billiards with the Bar fundraiser an event not to miss

Toronto’s legal community and friends are being invited to play billiards, have some food and socialize for a good cause — providing the city’s hungry with hot, ... Read more

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MySupportCalculator.ca invaluable for family court self-reps

The number of self-represented litigants is on the rise in family court, which brings challenges for both sides of the table — but a resource such as ... Read more

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Family-like environment keeps staff upbeat, helps clients

In a practice area that is often emotionally charged, nurturing an office culture with a strong sense of camaraderie is essential to keeping staff spirited and on top of ... Read more

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Implications of child brain research 'profound' for family law

New research that provides further insight into how suggestibility and memory work in older children has raised concerns that certain fundamental family ... Read more

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Drug-impaired drivers will be subject to more suspensions

By John Navarrete  According to the Toronto Sun , beginning on Oct. 2, Ontario law enforcement will have broader power in roadside stops. A police officer will then be allowed to issue ... Read more


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Sanctions the real test of whistleblower program success
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TORONTO – The head of Ontario's securities watchdog says its new whistleblower program can play a role in identifying misleading financial disclosures amongst the growing ... Read more

Free ride is over for self-represented litigants
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Self-represented litigants should be held to the same standards as any lawyer in a courtroom, says Toronto family lawyer Gary Joseph . Individuals who don’t ... Read more

Bad spouses, good parents: when 'nesting' works
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For separating spouses who want to keep life as unchanged as possible for their children, “nesting” could be a reasonable, temporary option, says Oakville family ... Read more

Get schooled on liability risk of keg parties
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Students who host keg parties could face far more serious consequences than a hangover if they don’t understand their liability risks, says Toronto plaintiff personal injury ... Read more

Review home insurance policy to prevent exclusions
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Although most homeowners do purchase insurance on their property, they often rely on their brokers to ensure that they have the proper coverage, Ottawa personal injury ... Read more

Brokerage business model behind some PI advertising concerning
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In recent years, more and more accident victims have been relying on advertising to find the right lawyer to lean on — but there are concerns that in certain ... Read more

Self-represented litigants not immune to high costs awards
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A recent decision from a Newmarket family court judge is proof that just because people choose to represent themselves it won't protect them from high costs awards, says ... Read more

Legal Aid, LSUC and the need for education around language rights
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Legal Aid Ontario and the Law Society of Upper Canada — through continuing education for lawyers — should reinforce the right to an interpreter in court for accused ... Read more

Vital for financial advisors to connect with divorcing clients
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There is a strong chance that financial advisors will come into contact with couples who are going through a relationship breakdown — and this is an ... Read more

No legal requirement for employee to pay for accidental damage
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Accidents can happen on the job — including those that result in an expensive car repair — but an employer does not have legal recourse to force an employee to ... Read more

Lawyers need to make change happen in new 'connection economy'
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The shift currently underway in the legal profession is a positive development for those determined to make change happen, but lawyers in favour of the status quo may be in ... Read more

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How to ensure an executor is disbursing money according to a will
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By Lynne Butler  Whenever I work with executors or hold Executor Boot Camp, I always coach the executor to maintain good communication with the beneficiaries. I know that's not always easy, as ... Read more

Flexible work arrangements — making busy parents busier
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By Marie-Hélène Mayer  In May 2016, the federal government published a discussion paper, Flexible Work Arrangements: A Discussion Paper . Many working Canadians face the challenge of striking ... Read more

Can a release apply to college complaints?
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By Lonny Rosen  and Elyse Sunshine When individuals get into disputes, they have recourse to the court system. But when one of those individuals is a professional, then he or she may face ... Read more

Law places some limits on testamentary freedom
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By Matthias Duensing  Many people assume that a properly drafted and signed will is not at risk of being invalidated, but as the recent ruling in Poitras Estate v Poitras , 2016 ONSC 5049 ... Read more

What happens to child support when a child goes to university?
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By Timothy N. Sullivan  It’s September, which – for parents and most people under 18 – means ‘back to school.’ For parents with older children, this time of year can ... Read more

Assessing damages in a personal injury lawsuit more art than science
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By Darryl Singer  Singer When choosing a personal injury lawyer, you may be tempted to select the lawyer who promises to get you the most money in the least amount of time. Resist ... Read more

Canada Pension Plan disability benefits – a primer
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By Najma Rashid  The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) is a federal government program that provides income support to individuals who are either disabled or retired. Many people are unaware that ... Read more

Angelina & Brad — custody and access issue
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By Angela Princewill  A major question on everyone’s mind following Angelina Jolie filing for divorce from Brad Pitt is, what would happen with their six children? Angelina has asked for ... Read more

Too young to plan?
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By Ian Hull  The death of a celebrity will sometimes cause the media to focus enquiry on estate planning. We recently blogged about the circumstances surrounding Prince’s ... Read more

Compliance with new harassment laws under the OHSA
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By Maria McDonald  On Sept. 8, 2016, significant amendments to the harassment provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) came into effect. See my previous blog . ... Read more

Seven tips for using SurveyMonkey to get client opinions
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By Jana Schilder  Election polls, employee surveys, marketing research, and customer opinions all grapple with the same question: “What do you think?” Doing market ... Read more

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