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Hanuka intends to run for LSUC Bencher in spring election

Vaughan commercial litigator and arbitrator Ben Hanuka  intends to run for Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada with an election platform that focuses on fundamental ... Read more

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Family mediation guide details process for beginners

A new family mediation guide released by St. Catharines family lawyer and mediator Sharon Silbert  offers readers a step-by-step look at how to negotiate mutually acceptable ... Read more

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Honesty, objectivity key to fraud investigations

Examiners have to make sure they don’t deceive anyone when describing who they are, says Toronto forensic accountant Patricia Harris. It’s best to “default ... Read more

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Obtaining life insurance to secure support obligations

By Andrew Feldstein Katz v. Katz , 2014 ONCA 606 : This case addresses the issues of civil contempt and the power of courts to order a payor to obtain a life insurance ... Read more

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Study connects use of crystal meth with traumatic brain injury

By John Navarrete As anyone who has ever faced a drug charge related to the possession of methamphetamines can likely attest, the charges need to be taken seriously. This is ... Read more


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Benmor a passionate leader in family law
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A committed and passionate advocate, Toronto family lawyer Steven Benmor  is a certified specialist and leader in his practice area. "I enjoy helping people through major ... Read more

Municipalities do not owe duty of care to negligent drivers: OCA
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A municipality’s duty of care with respect to maintenance of roads does not extend to negligent drivers, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled in a new leading decision ... Read more

Rise of distracted driving reflected in legislation
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Canadian courts have made it clear that a driver holding or using a cellphone or other hand-held device while behind the wheel will face serious penalties, Toronto personal injury ... Read more

Set behavioural expectations in advance of office parties
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Outlining expectations in writing in advance of office holiday parties is one way to set an appropriate tone for the event, Toronto employment lawyer  Natalie MacDonald ... Read more

Case winds its way through court for 20+ years
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A fraudulent conveyance case involving the transfer of four properties is unique because it "involves conveyances that occured as far back as 27 years ago," says Toronto ... Read more

Draft policy reshapes how end-of-life care is decided
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A draft policy  from Ontario’s College of Physicians & Surgeons that directs doctors to obtain the consent of patients or their families before deciding ... Read more

SCC decision may mean police will take more liberties with digital privacy
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The Supreme Court of Canada's landmark ruling that allows police to conduct limited searches on cellphones without a warrant doesn't go far enough to protect the digital privacy ... Read more

Carelessness should not amount to disbarment
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A Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel’s decision not to disbar a lawyer found to have unintentionally overbilled Legal Aid Ontario was “reasonable and ... Read more

Estate planning important for common-law spouses
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The best way for common-law couples to avoid estate litigation is to prepare a will that considers the needs of their common-law spouse and that includes he or she as ... Read more

Medical marijuana patients permitted to grow plants at home: court injunction
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VANCOUVER – The Conservative government has lost its latest attempt to prevent medical marijuana users from growing pot at home, with the Federal Court of Appeal ... Read more

Ombudsman’s oversight expanded to cover school boards
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The Ontario ombudsman’s new powers over school boards appear to be unnecessary given the built-in oversight and appeal processes already encompassed in the province’s ... Read more

Former cop appeals conviction in masseuse sex assault
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A former Toronto police officer is appealing his criminal conviction and jail sentence in a sexual assault case involving a Chinese immigrant who was forced to perform oral ... Read more

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Court finds motion to reduce support deliberate attempt to avoid obligations
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By Tushar Pain In the recent case of Myers v. Myers , 2014 ONSC 1804 (CANLII), the husband/father had brought a motion seeking to change the child and spousal support ordered against him and ... Read more

A cautionary tale on separating legal costs
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By Noah Weisberg The recent decision in  Georganes  v.  Bludd  2014 ONSC 4655 (CanLII)  addresses the issue of the entitlement of an estate trustee (in defending ... Read more

Rise of co-parenting in family law
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By Kathryn Hendrikx A recent report  establishing some form of joint custody or shared parenting as the most common post-separation parenting arrangement is in line with what I’m ... Read more

Should I sign a release?
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By Arthur Zeilikman At Zeilikman Law we are often confronted with the following situation: an employee has just been dismissed by their employer and as part of their termination they have been ... Read more

Government introduces legislation to create a provincial pension plan
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By Doug MacLeod On Dec. 8, 2014, the Ontario government introduced Bill 56, which, if passed into law, will be called the Ontario Pension Plan Act, 2014. Under Bill 56, employees who are ... Read more

The single person’s estate plan
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag Landmark events are a common occasion for people to turn their minds to making or altering their estate plans. For many, such a trigger may be marriage, having children or ... Read more

Divorced and travelling during the holidays?
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By Rick Peticca With the holiday season right around the corner, many people are starting to think about planning for their travel to visit loved ones. For those whose travel plans need ... Read more

Questions of sexual assault draw sharp focus this winter in Ontario
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By Stacey Nichols In contrast to the normal holiday festivities, this winter is quickly becoming characterized as a time of heightened concern over sexual misconduct. In particular, allegations ... Read more

Toronto: it’s Uber hard to do business here
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By Inga Andriessen As a business law firm, we have a good amount of experience in the various rules and regulations Ontario cities require that businesses comply with in order to carry on ... Read more

Converting prospects to paying clients more important than generating leads
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By Jana Schilder   Pssst! Pssst! Can we talk about conversion rates? At your firm? It’s almost 2015, and many law firms with a consumer-based practice are obsessing about ... Read more

Tax treatment of Bitcoins
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By David Rotfleisch Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies such as Litecoin, Dogecoin and Mazacoin are attracting more attention from the media and from Canadian taxpayers. Due to their nature ... Read more

'Grey divorces' in Canada
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By Rick Peticca You may have heard the term “grey divorce,” referring to a divorce between couples, usually from the Baby Boomer generation, who have been married a significant ... Read more

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