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Decision challenges PPSA priority orthodoxy

Counsel will have to change the way they think about priority under the Personal Property Security Act (PPSA) after a decision that favoured a solicitor’s charging ... Read more

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Avoiding the pitfalls of a problematic AGM

With health-care organizations holding their annual general meetings (AGM) typically between May and July, it’s important they consider how to present it ... Read more

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International service of documents can be complex, costly

A recent ruling from Ontario’s Divisional Court requires litigants who want to serve documents on a former spouse overseas to follow onerous international ... Read more

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Sperm donor or father? Questions remain after Ontario enacts Bill 28

An ongoing case before the Ontario courts could be one of the first major tests of a new provincial law that protects sperm donors with no intent to parent from paying child ... Read more

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Fifteen per-cent contingency fee cap won't cover lawyers' costs

A 15-per-cent cap on contingency fees could harm accident victims by driving plaintiffs’ lawyers out of the business, says Ottawa personal injury lawyer Victoria Boddy ... Read more

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Uncertainty for franchisors after Raibex decision

Toronto franchise lawyer Joseph Adler says the bar is up in arms after a judge allowed the rescission of an agreement signed before the location of the proposed franchise was ... Read more

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Lawyers take a risk advising clients in non-legal matters

Lawyers should be wary of what they say to clients — even in seemingly casual conversations, says Toronto business lawyer Anton Katz . “After years of working ... Read more

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Conducting a variation of retroactive support analysis

By Andrew Feldstein In this recent decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal, the court provides a useful and much-needed reminder with respect to the proper framework for conducting a variation ... Read more

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Setting laws for driving under the influence of pot will be tough

By Joseph Neuberger As most Canadians are aware, the federal government has vowed to legalize marijuana in this country. Part of the plan includes changes to laws covering driving under the ... Read more


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CFAS support for surrogate, donor compensation is 'important'
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The Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society’s (CFAS) call for a change in the law to permit “reasonable compensation for gamete donors and surrogates” sends a ... Read more

Punitive damage awards in property loss cases could exceed $1M
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While the appellate courts have taken the view that $1 million is the “rough upper limit” on punitive damage awards in Canada, that may soon change, says Toronto ... Read more

OCA orders new mental health hearing for hospitalized man
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The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a new mental health hearing for a non-violent man held in psychiatric hospitals for 10 years after Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser , ... Read more

Lombardi: an advocate who thrives on the variety of class actions
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London class-action lawyer Sabrina Lombardi was in her late teens when she worked on her first case, and she’s been at it ever since in a career that has ... Read more

Eliminating the myths around sexual assault
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Toronto civil litigator Stephany Mandin hopes the case of a woman suing police for dismissing her sexual assault complaint will ultimately help investigators deal ... Read more

Paralegals in family law could increase costs
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Allowing paralegals to practise family law could drive costs in the system up rather than down, says Toronto-area family lawyer Ella Aiaseh . A report released earlier ... Read more

Duty to accommodate employees with medical marijuana prescription
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As medical marijuana is used more frequently, it will become crucial for employers to handle requests for accommodation appropriately, Toronto employment lawyer Stuart Rudner ... Read more

Government warned about perils of tightening tax amnesty program
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OTTAWA — Within weeks, Ottawa is expected to unveil proposed restrictions to an income tax amnesty program that has raked in millions for federal coffers, but experts are ... Read more

Law firm employees reveal what's important to them
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Toronto legal recruiter and lawyer Joanne Rossi remembers a time not long ago when the only information needed to fill a job was salary and benefits. That basic ... Read more

Judge emphasizes defendants are people, not 'faceless criminals'
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A judge’s observations that courtrooms are a “world of poverty, homelessness and mental illness” are a striking reminder of the importance of treating defendants ... Read more

Trustees, lawyers must distinguish their roles in estate administration
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Confusion about the overlapping roles of lawyers and trustees could lead to problems in estate administration, Toronto estates and trusts lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag told ... Read more

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Keeping your family informed
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By Dennis Nerland Your children are your greatest legacy. If they are trusted to be the custodians of your business and wealth, at the very least they should be informed about the basics of ... Read more

Motorcycle safety series: riding gear – protect your skin
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By Joseph Cescon and Bryan Sansom, articling student Now that the warm weather has arrived, motorcyclists are hitting the road. While it’s a great time of year to ride your bike to ... Read more

Hospital boards and professional staff credentialing
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By Kate Dewhirst As you may know, the Auditor General released a report criticizing the Public Hospitals Act professional staff appointment appeals process for being time-consuming ... Read more

Domestic violence and the workplace
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By Heather Hettiarachchi Few would pause to consider that domestic violence (DV) and the workplace could be connected in some way and that DV can have an impact on the workplace. However, recent ... Read more

The dark side of lawyer social media
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By Samantha Collier As you know, I like to go against the grain in the social media for law firms realm. I’m taking my advice and blogging about something that nobody wants to talk about ... Read more

Muhammad Ali estate dispute brewing
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By Charles Ticker After Muhammad Ali passed away on June 3, 2016, several news sources reported that his estate may become the subject of a dispute. Although few details have surfaced since his ... Read more

Seven 'aha' marketing moments for lawyers and law firms
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By Jana Schilder 1. Are you a B2C law firm or a B2B law firm? Business to consumer (B2C) law firms include: personal injury law, wills and estates, residential real estate, criminal law, ... Read more

Motorcycle safety series: tips for new riders
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By Alison Burrison and Nicole Fielding, summer student With summer nearly upon us, many people may be looking for new ways to enjoy the increasingly warm weather. ... Read more

Do step-parents have a child support obligation?
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By Lisa Gelman The basic principles of child support with respect to a biological parent’s obligation to pay are relatively straight-forward: the non-custodial parent ... Read more

Health professionals should take own notes with challenging patients
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By Lonny Rosen & Elyse Sunshine This matter before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) provides guidance on when a health professional should take their own notes rather than rely ... Read more

Promoting marijuana under the proposed Cannabis Act
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By Peter Murphy It's rare for an entirely new market to open for business in Canada. So it's no surprise the government's plan for legalizing recreational cannabis has created a rush of ... Read more

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