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Most distracted accidents are acts of stupidity: Ford

Toronto orthopedic spine and trauma surgeon Dr. Michael Ford has witnessed the aftermath of distracted walking and driving accidents first-hand in the emergency room, and says ... Read more

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Selecting an appropriate estate trustee requires careful consideration

Choosing an estate trustee to carry out the wishes and instructions in your will can be a daunting task so it’s key to understand the duties and responsibilities of this ... Read more

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Mala Joshi reduces barriers for small companies seeking IP advice

When small- and medium-sized business owners go to Toronto lawyer Mala Joshi for help protecting their intellectual property, they find a kindred spirit. After ... Read more

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Personal approach important for lawyers — with a caveat

Providing solid legal advice is essential to the success of any law practice — but lawyers should also ensure they stay on top of files and provide timely ... Read more

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Large expenses justified when big billings at stake

While a lawyer’s decision to expense an extravagant meal may initially raise some eyebrows amongst colleagues, the purchase can be worthwhile if it has a significant ... Read more

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Budget, monitoring system key to handling lawyer expense claims

When it comes to managing lawyers' expenses, it is essential for law firms to have a clear budget and an outline of the level of claims that are acceptable, Toronto ... Read more

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Charter rights: more on the right to trial within reasonable time

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


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Sunny ways signal positive change for immigration law
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The Liberal government's wide-ranging immigration reform bill signals a positive change in immigration law, says Calgary immigration and tax lawyer Mandeep S. Mohar . Bill ... Read more

Six steps to avoid common first-time homebuyer pitfalls
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First-time homebuyers should be aware of common problems that can mar or even derail the purchase of their dream property, says Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita ... Read more

Consumers pay the price for insurance fraud: Downs
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With personal injury claims on the rise, consumers can expect to pay even more for auto insurance, says Jim Downs , managing director of MKD International Inc. “When it ... Read more

Views differ on what inspires public confidence in justice system
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The recent decision to release Toronto police Const. James Forcillo on bail until his appeal hearing next year shows there may be a disconnect between what the courts ... Read more

Mandatory minimum exceptions not the answer: Friedberg
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OTTAWA – The Liberal government is studying the idea of building some wiggle room into the controversial convention of mandatory minimum sentences to avoid unduly harsh ... Read more

Important for employers to ensure compliance with OHSA changes
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Ontario is introducing changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) that place new requirements on employers and business owners as of Sept. 8 , says ... Read more

Contested custody disputes risky business for parents
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When spouses resolve their custody disputes in court, they leave the decision about what’s best for their children to a judge — and that comes with some ... Read more

Keep children out of the middle of a divorce
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One of the toughest challenges facing parents as their relationships crumble is to keep their children out of the crossfire, says Toronto family lawyer Erin Chaiton-Murray . ... Read more

Found in translation: better access to Quebec decisions
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A Quebec agency that translates the province’s leading court judgments into English is a boon to lawyers in the rest of Canada, improving access to justice and ensuring ... Read more

Judges unlikely to grant early divorce if issues unresolved
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While it was once common practice for a spouse to ask that their divorce be granted before other issues have been resolved, recent cases show that judges are ... Read more

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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

Income determination: performance bonuses and transitional loans
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By Andrew Feldstein  Rogers v. Rogers, 2015 ONSC 7794 : This case addressed the question of whether a support payor’s performance bonuses and transitional loans structured received from an ... 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

Effecting an insurance designation by declaration
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By Ian Hull  What language will be sufficient to effect a beneficiary designation by codicil? The decision in The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company v. Ait-Said , 2016 ONSC 4051 ... Read more

Are you ready for the deadline for combatting sexual harassment?
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By Inga Andriessen  On Sept. 8, 2016, Ontario employers must comply with the changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act that address sexual harassment in the workplace. The changes are ... 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

Power of attorney disputes on the rise?
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag  Our population is aging but living longer. This has resulted in an increase in the prevalence of dementia and other aging-related conditions associated with cognitive decline, ... 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

Dealing with business assets, liabilities in your estate plan
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By Kristine Anderson  In part one of this series, I explored what happens to your sole proprietorship when you die, provided information on the pitfalls of dying without a valid will in ... Read more

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