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Lawyers play key role in helping common law spouses with wills

When it comes to drafting a will and estate plan, common law couples can bring unique challenges to the table, Ottawa family law and estate lawyer Timothy N. Sullivan writes in ... Read more

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SCC asked review dangerous offender ruling: Botting

British Columbia criminal lawyer Dr. Gary Botting has been approved by Nova Scotia Legal Aid to represent at the Supreme Court of Canada a Halifax man who was recently ... Read more

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Mediation a great option in estates disputes

The number of interested parties in estates matters makes mediation a great option for settling disputes, says Toronto estates litigator Alexander Turner . Under the Rules of ... Read more

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Understanding motivation key to resolving legal disputes: Rosenbaum

As a teenager, Toronto labour and employment lawyer Stefan Rosenbaum's part-time job as a grocery store cashier in Winnipeg gave him an early taste of workplace issues that ... Read more

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Hexigent Consulting: helping lawyers with their digital needs

With backgrounds in tech-crime policing and enterprise cyber security, the principals of Hexigent Consulting , an Oakville-based digital investigations and cybersecurity firm, ... Read more

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Dewhirst offers training in evolving health privacy compliance

The legal role and importance of a privacy officer is growing in every health-care facility and case law is now assessing financial penalties for non-compliance and errors, ... Read more

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Q&A: the rights of Ontario employees to overtime pay

By Paul Willetts Q&A is a recurring series on the Vey Willetts LLP blog . The aim is to provide quick answers to questions we commonly encounter in our day-to-day practice of ... Read more

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Dividend tax insights

By Dennis Nerland Dividends themselves can be either eligible or non-eligible. An eligible dividend is subject to a 38 per cent gross-up. The dividend is generated by the active business income ... Read more


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Real-time captioning helps overcome hearing loss: Neeson
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Real-time captioning offers opportunities for those hard-of-hearing to integrate in school and work, says Neesons Court Reporting founder and president Kim Neeson . She ... Read more

All taxpayers feel impact of construction sector's cash economy
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For the average homeowner, it is important to pay contractors via cheque or credit card and receive a receipt, as participating in the underground cash economy can have severe ... Read more

Electric boats, docks blamed for increase in water-shock drowning
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By Alison Burrison and Nicole Fielding, summer student Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) is the all-encompassing term for water-shock injuries or fatalities. ESD occurs in the water when an ... Read more

Careful planning critical for bequests to dependent child
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Financial planning for a child deemed incompetent is needed to ensure a smooth transition and inheritance through succession law, says Ottawa disabilities and estate planning ... Read more

Mediation an effective tool for harassment complaints
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Mediation can be an effective way to address complaints of workplace bullying and harassment, Vancouver employment lawyer Heather Hettiarachchi tells AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

Will Davidson LLP hosting seminar on diversified litigation
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Toronto personal injury law firm Will Davidson LLP is hosting in September its Diversified Litigation Series Seminar, says partner Paul Cahill . It's the second conference ... Read more

Termination of employees on disability: a primer
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There are no hard and fast timelines about how long an employee on sick leave can be off work, Toronto labour and employment lawyer Deborah Howden tells AdvocateDaily.com ... Read more

Texas defamation suit picture of an online nightmare: Dykeman
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A social media campaign by former clients that destroyed a Texas photographer's business is a "cautionary tale" of how quickly reputations and businesses can be ... Read more

Provincial nominee boost for low-skilled immigrants
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Ontario’s new provincial nominee stream gives immigrants in low-skilled occupations a path to permanent residence for the first time, says Toronto immigration lawyer ... Read more

Daya launching lawsuits against nightclub security
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Toronto personal injury lawyer Jasmine Daya says she's putting the final touches on two separate lawsuits involving nightclub security teams who allegedly used excessive force ... Read more

Use prison segregation sparingly: Goldlist
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Solitary confinement in prisons should be used as a problem-solving or assessment tool rather than as punishment, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana ... Read more

When family, estate law converge
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How a life insurance policy impacts an estate depends on a variety of factors, including family circumstances, Toronto estate and family lawyer Karon Bales tells ... Read more

Disproportionate litigation not in the public interest
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A recent seven day small claims trial plus an appeal to the Divisional Court over a $10,000.00 dispute is an example of a waste of judicial resources, says Toronto ... Read more

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Everything you need to know about naming a POA
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By Lisa Laredo Two of the three most important documents every person should have are a Power of Attorney (POA) for Personal Care and a POA for Property (the third is a will). Yet, only ... Read more

OHSA in wonderland: through the looking glass
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By Doug MacLeod Section 50 of the Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) prohibits an employer from disciplining an employee who has sought enforcement of this law. Guilty ... Read more

So, why should I settle?
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By Mitchell Rose So, why should I settle my legal dispute? Here are six reasons: Before you (or, if you are a lawyer or paralegal, your clients) say “no!”, carefully ... Read more

New obligations on custodians in event of privacy breach
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By Lonny Rosen & Elyse Sunshine Since the implementation of the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) in 2004, Health Information Custodians (custodians) have had a ... Read more

Trusts and family property – when can you trust a trust?
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By Ian Hull The laws relating to trusts are complex enough before issues relating to family law are introduced. Even at the best of times, individuals establishing trusts need the advice ... Read more

New developments regarding the TTC ‘Fitness for Duty’ policy
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By Laura Williams In an early application of its “Fitness for Duty” policy (the policy), the Toronto Transit Commission (the TTC) has suspended a driver who tested positive for a ... Read more

Holograph will at centre of $30 million estate dispute
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By Charles Ticker Holograph will handwritten by Dallas Cade deals with $30 million estate A recent story serves as an interesting example of an estate dispute based on a ... Read more

Racial divide in criminal charges for marijuana use in Toronto
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By John Navarrete Toronto, Ont. is often seen as a multicultural city where multiple races enjoy opportunity and equality. However, a Toronto Star analysis recently showed that Black people ... Read more

Plaintiff wins summary judgment, gets $24K for claim, $35K costs
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By Barry B. Fisher In this case, the judge found that a 72-year-old security guard with 12 years’ service was entitled to 8.6 months notice and $7,500 for mental distress. In the ... Read more

Ontario’s minimum wage increase puts strain on HR professionals
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By Laura Williams It’s fair to say that employers across Ontario were prepared for the provincial government to introduce at least some labour reforms as part of the Changing Workplaces ... Read more

So you want to get paid?
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By Inga Andriessen One of the things our firm is great at is helping businesses get paid. By the time we’re involved, it’s usually a litigation matter, however, we like to encourage ... Read more

Canada Labour Code vs. the courts: the devil is in the details
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By Richard Johnson In Canada, most non-unionized employees have one primary means of recourse (absent a human rights claim) for challenging a dismissal: litigation through our civil court system. ... Read more

Getting paid by two employers at the same time
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By Nicole Simes Wrongful dismissal damages are normally subject to mitigation, which means that income from a new job after termination is deducted from the damages a terminated employee can ... Read more

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