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Need for vacation time should not be understated

It’s becoming increasingly difficult for lawyers to carve out vacation time, allowing them to relax and return fully energized and ready to offer the best service to their ... Read more

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Human rights case highlights stigmas faced by working moms

A human rights case involving a woman who alleged she was fired because of her pregnancy highlights issues around the perceived impact of having children on a ... Read more

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Stephen Moreau: an employee advocate taking on powerful institutions

Toronto employment and labour litigator Stephen Moreau derives great satisfaction from helping people resolve complex workplace disputes and professional difficulties. ... Read more

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Kulish provides design primer on branding trends

Companies must take a lesson from the history of design if they want to excel in social media branding, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish told a gathering ... Read more

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Limited scope retainer an option for boosting access to justice

With more and more civil litigants choosing to self-represent in court, it is clear that all-or-nothing retainers are deterring ordinary people from seeking legal assistance ... Read more

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Be direct, concise with employee termination news

After consulting with Human Resources and a lawyer, it is time to draft a letter and tell your employee the difficult news that they are being terminated — but ... Read more

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The essentials of a privacy breach management protocol

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine Under Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA), all health care service providers are ... Read more

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Paying money into court – minor beneficiaries

By Suzana Popovic-Montag  You are an estate trustee of an estate which leaves an interest to a beneficiary who is presently under 18 years of age. Knowing that, as the amount in question is in excess of ... Read more


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NEW Sperm donor case highlights Canada's reliance on foreign gamete donation
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An American whose sperm donation was allegedly used to create more than 30 children, including at least three in Canada, has told police he lied to a sperm bank about his ... Read more

NEW EU rules Apple must pay up to 13B euros in back taxes
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BRUSSELS — The European Union says Ireland has given illegal tax benefits worth up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) to Apple Inc. and must now recover the unpaid back ... Read more

Werb ‘cautiously optimistic’ about B.C.’s Children’s Lawyer office
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Vancouver family lawyer Justin Werb says he’s cautiously optimistic about the reinstatement of the Children’s Lawyer’s Office for British Columbia , despite ... Read more

Jointly retained valuators can help take the sting out of divorce
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The process of separation and divorce can be difficult enough without fighting over the value of assets and property, says Vaughan family lawyer Paul Mazzeo . It’s ... Read more

ESA reform aims to improve plight for at-risk workers
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Ontario’s employment laws are in the process of a major overhaul to provide better protection for the province’s most vulnerable workers, says Toronto employment and ... Read more

When seeking will instructions, get full picture of client's circumstances
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Toronto real estate lawyer Lisa Laredo says there are several subjects that may not receive sufficient attention from a client or solicitor when preparing a will because ... Read more

Lawyers need to rise to challenges of e-trials
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In spite of the challenges associated with the growing popularity of e-trials, lawyers need to be comfortable with this technological development, or risk falling behind, Toronto ... Read more

Technology not the biggest shortfall in criminal justice system
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TORONTO – Ontario's new attorney general has his sights set on modernizing the justice system – a mammoth task more likely to happen in baby steps, rather than a big ... Read more

Massive hospital privacy breach highlights self-reporting requirements
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A “massive criminal scheme” that violated the privacy of thousands of patients in the Rouge Valley Health System serves as an important reminder to health ... Read more

Communication key when it comes to valuation reports
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Good communication between a valuator, lawyer and the client is essential when it comes to the preparation of valuation reports in order to ensure the level of assurance the ... Read more

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Real estate and the matrimonial home
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By Ian Hull  Recently, the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) released a report that Toronto home prices in the month of June jumped nearly 17 per cent compared with the same month last year. ... Read more

Contempt of court motion – grandmother refused access
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By Andrew Feldstein  Perna v. Foss, 2015 ONSC 5636 : This case involved a motion by a paternal grandmother for contempt of court against the child’s mother for refusing access in ... Read more

Tips to reduce your divorce costs
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By Angela Princewill  Divorces can be pretty pricey and most people do not actually know what is involved and how high the costs could end up being. Of course, when people get married, the last ... Read more

Some IP with your lunch?
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By John Simpson  Boaden Catering Limited v. Real Food for Real Kids Inc. is a recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court that includes a healthy plateful (pun intended) of ... Read more

Charter rights: more on the right to trial within reasonable time
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By Stacey Nichols  Recently, the Supreme Court of Canada overhauled how a Canadian court will evaluate whether a criminal defendant’s right under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms ... Read more

Those little loopholes in your LTD policy
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By Brian Goldfinger  Our law firm handles a wide array of personal injury and disability claims. Many of our cases are against large, multi-national insurance companies who provide all types of ... Read more

Ask a lawyer: what is small claims court and when do I need one?
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By Timothy N. Sullivan  Everyone’s heard of small claims court. But not everyone knows when to use it. The Ontario Small Claims Court is a lot of things. It’s a court of justice. ... Read more

Genetic testing of a deceased’s beneficiaries
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By Rachel Migicovsky  Prince died on April 21, 2016 at his home in Minnesota without a will and with an estate worth an estimated US$300 mi llion. The late musician didn't have children and his ... Read more

Uncertainty about the nature of new Schedule I drug W-18
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By Joseph Neuberger  On June 1, the Canadian federal government added a synthetic drug called W-18 to the list of drugs on Schedule I of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act or CDSA. Schedule I ... Read more

Grandma's will is unpopular — was she too old to make one?
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By Lynne Butler  Isn't it funny how an older person who makes an unpopular will is often accused by his or her family of not knowing what he or she was doing? Only the ones who agree with the ... Read more

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