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Prenup 'poison pills' should stand up in Ontario: Abbott

Inserting so-called "penalty clauses' into pre-nuptial contracts — a more recent request triggered by the hacking of cheaters’ website ... Read more

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Avoiding challenges to testamentary documents

Halton Region trusts and estates lawyer Jasmine Sweatman says when it comes to estate disputes, there are several steps a testator can take to minimize and successfully defend ... Read more

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Maturity, respect can make resignation process positive

Handing in a resignation letter can be a positive experience for both the employee and their employer if parties on each side are professional and mature, Toronto employment ... Read more

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Make behavioural expectations clear among employees

When employers fail to make a point early on to be clear with staff on which types of behaviour will not be accepted in the workplace, they may be opening the door to a lawsuit ... Read more

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Severely injured individuals should not be targeted by cuts

If proposed changes to the province’s auto insurance system move forward, they should be implemented in a way that does not impact severely injured individuals, Toronto ... Read more

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Big change in legal education: Ryerson’s Law Practice Program

By Jana Schilder  “We need to train lawyers for a 21 st century justice system, not a 19 th century justice system,” says Chris Bentley , executive director of the English ... Read more

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Summer safety series: how to keep your kids safe in sports

By Alison Burrison  As I watched the closing ceremonies of the Pan Am Games, I couldn’t help but reflect on how they have brought our city and whole country together, inspired our youth, and ... Read more


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Rule changes welcome, likely to reduce family law costs
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Recent changes to the Family Law Rules represent a “very significant revision” poised to reduce some of the costs associated with family litigation, Toronto family ... Read more

Business law changes mean clarity, opportunities for lawyers
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Recently-proposed changes to Ontario’s business legislation are timely, and should ultimately provide much-needed clarity to the province’s companies and their ... Read more

Disciplinary conversations should be recorded in writing
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When punishing an employee’s inappropriate behaviour, employment lawyer Arthur Zeilikman tells Lawyers Weekly one of the first steps is to record ... Read more

Criticisms of panel studying assisted suicide unfounded
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Concerns of bias in a panel appointed to lead efforts in dealing with the Supreme Court of Canada’s historic lifting of the prohibition against assisted suicide are ... Read more

Upward trend of newborn opioid withdrawal concerning
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News that the number of newborns suffering from opioid withdrawal in Ontario has increased drastically over the last two decades is not surprising and is directly related to the ... Read more

Courts likely to find C-51 Criminal Code amendments 'vague'
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Amid news that a constitutional challenge to Bill C-51 was launched earlier this month, courts are likely to find the wording of the section that amends the Criminal ... Read more

Family, criminal lawyers must work together when abuse alleged
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Child abuse allegations add a layer of difficulty and sensitivity to custody battles for counsel on both sides of the dispute, Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Samara Shuber ... Read more

New recordkeeping rule likely to cause confusion
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The vague nature of a new recordkeeping requirement in Ontario will likely lead to a “dance” between the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and market participants ... Read more

Case confirms CRA cannot arbitrarily delay assessment
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The Federal Court’s recent move to order the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to process a tax return it had been holding for two years in hopes of discouraging ... Read more

Outed Ashley Madison users not necessarily headed for divorce
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If hackers continue to release the names of users of infidelity website AshleyMadison.com, it won’t necessarily spell divorce for those whose identities are revealed, ... Read more

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Procrastination in estate planning
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag  Last week, on my twitter account , I posted an article about the importance of estate planning and the challenges that can result from estate planning ... Read more

Family dispute involving Tom Benson
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By Charles Ticker  Thomas Milton “Tom” Benson is the billionaire owner of the New Orleans Saints (football) and the New Orleans Pelicans (basketball) teams. He is a world-famous and ... Read more

What is stunt driving?
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By Richard Aitken  and Nathan N. Baker Is there more to a stunt driving charge than just driving too fast? S. 172 of the Highway Traffic Act in Ontario states that “No person ... Read more

Unreasonable to tinker with reasonable grounds to suspect
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By J. Bruce McMeekin  On July 4 FINTRAC released its proposed amendments to many of the regulations promulgated under the PC(ML)TFA. One of the proposed changes to the PC(ML)TFSTR would ... Read more

Cultural factors not mitigating on sentence
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By Jacob Stilman   A recent decision of the Court of Appeal ought to put to rest, once and for all, any notion that cultural factors can serve to mitigate sentences in cases of domestic violence ... Read more

Lest we forget: assessing testamentary capacity
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag  Testamentary capacity is a legal term that seeks to ascertain whether an individual met the necessary cognitive threshold so as to be capable of making a will. It is not a ... Read more

What happens if you die without a will?
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By Matthias Duensing  LAWPRO recently released a video that illustrates what happens if you die without a will. Generally, if you die without a will, you will lose control over what happens when ... Read more

Divorce myths debunked
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By Nathalie Boutet  There are many common misconceptions when it comes to the topic of divorce that families may not be aware of. Nathalie Boutet, family law lawyer, conflict resolution specialist ... Read more

Do employers need to accommodate employees who smoke?
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By Nicole Simes  In a blog last year, we addressed the issue of whether smoking was a disability and the relationship between smoking and employee human rights. To date, we have not ... Read more

Moral obligations temper testamentary freedom
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By Ian Hull  Testamentary freedom — the ability to leave one’s property to whomever one wishes — is a principle long held in the common law of Canada. But as ... Read more

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