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Technology efficiently lowers costs for client

Gone are the days when law firms could maximize efficiencies and satisfy clients with only the most basic office technology, says Alan Bass , president of Korbitec Inc. , a ... Read more

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Privacy interests of plaintiffs on social media 'still not settled law'

As a recent ruling suggests, allowing several 'friends' to access the private section of a Facebook account does not always mean a plaintiff is giving up privacy rights to that ... Read more

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Motion for financial disclosure: fishing expedition or balanced request?

Financial disclosure requests can become a battleground in hard-fought litigation, Toronto family lawyer Brian Ludmer tells AdvocateDaily.com . Ludmer, principal of ... Read more

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Who’s liable in a slip and fall?

Snow and ice are nothing new in most parts of Canada during the winter, and yet property owners continue to neglect to clear their sidewalks, resulting in slip-and-fall accidents ... Read more

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Domestic violence and the police: a primer

When alcohol or high emotions lead to physical conflict in a marriage, all too often one partner will call the police and then live to sorely regret it, says Toronto criminal and ... Read more

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Hiring a lawyer to defend a DUI charge

When hiring a lawyer to fight driving under the influence (DUI) charges, look for someone who can give you a complete picture of the pros and cons of your case, says Toronto ... Read more

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'Taco Tuesday' mark may not be distinctive enough to enforce

A trademark has to be “distinctive” of a single brand to be valid and enforceable, Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson tells MetroNews . A ... Read more

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Five threats to a healthy estate

By Ian Hull We need to be vigilant on a number of fronts every day – from health to financial security, to our relationships with others. But there’s another front – the ... Read more

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OHSA penalties, chronic mental stress benefit transition provisions

By Laura Williams On Dec. 14, 2017, Bill 177, the Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017 received Royal Assent and became law in Ontario. Bill 177 is omnibus legislation which, ... Read more


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Property rights lacking for Ontario common-law spouses
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Contrary to popular opinion, common-law spouses in Ontario enjoy very few of the property rights granted to married spouses, Toronto family and estates lawyer Karon Bales tells ... Read more

Creditors can seize funds despite Mareva injunction
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While a Mareva injunction is an effective tool to stop another party from dissipating their assets, a recent Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) ruling confirms that it will not keep ... Read more

Sexual misconduct: pros and cons of civil court actions
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The #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct and the media attention it’s received could encourage more victims to launch lawsuits to seek justice, but it’s important ... Read more

Be explicit when drafting termination clauses
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A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision offers further clarity for employers in drafting termination clauses in employment agreements, Toronto civil litigator Bruce Baron ... Read more

Lesage: court puts insurance industry ‘on notice’
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An Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision ordering an insurance company to pay full indemnity costs of $72,000 sends a strong message to the industry, Toronto litigator ... Read more

How to increase your company’s value before selling
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Doing research before you put a business on the selling block and gathering a team together to help can increase the value of a company by up to 50 per cent, says Edmonton real ... Read more

Surety bonds offer comfort to property owners
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Surety bonds offer a measure of reassurance to property owners embarking on large construction projects, Fredericton litigator Matthew Pearn tells AdvocateDaily.com . Pearn, ... Read more

Take care with reconciliation clauses in separation agreements
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Reunited couples should pay close attention to the reconciliation clauses in their separation agreements to avoid being burned should they split a second time, Toronto family ... Read more

Court not the best place for neighbour disputes
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A combination of high emotion and low judicial tolerance makes mediation the best route for neighbour disputes, Toronto mediator and settlement counsel Mitchell Rose tells ... Read more

Innovation, speed crucial when filing blockchain patents
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Being ahead of the curve is key in the red-hot blockchain sector, but those looking to file patents in the space should be sure their filing is not simply an application of ... Read more

Daya keeps watch over firm’s financial health
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Toronto personal injury lawyer Jasmine Daya tells Law Times that when she made the leap from partner to principal, her top priority was getting a better handle on the ... Read more

Ontario ruling key to aboriginal sentencing
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A key 2017 Ontario Court of Justice decision is an impactful judgment that modernizes a Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling from 19 years ago that carried widespread ... Read more

Report warned rights of N.S. people with disabilities 'verging' on violation
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HALIFAX — An external report warned more than a decade ago that a Nova Scotia hospital was ``verging'' on violating the basic rights of people with disabilities by forcing ... Read more

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Remedial agreement appropriate where concerns are acknowledged
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By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine This case involved a complaint about the care provided by a psychiatrist to the applicant’s son over the course of eight years. The Inquiries, ... Read more

Adoption orders: when court will dispense with biological parents’ consent
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By Lisa Gelman A recent Ontario decision outlines when a court might make an adoption order – even if the biological parents do not agree to such an order. What happened? The ... Read more

Four new health privacy decisions of the IPC released
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By Kate Dewhirst On Friday, Jan. 12, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released four new decisions. Here is my updated summary of all 64 IPC PHIPA decisions . ... Read more

The bitcoin estate plan
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag As I write this, a single bitcoin is worth more than US$8,200. It will undoubtedly be worth a different amount by the time you read this because the value of bitcoin can ... Read more

There is power in keeping it personal
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By Tom Ball According to Harvard Business Review , the most effective way to connect with clients is at an emotional level, tapping into their fundamental motivations and fulfilling ... Read more

Disinherited children may have claims against estate
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By Charles Ticker Disinherited children may be entitled to share in lottery winner’s estate A recent story from New Zealand found here is a very interesting scenario involving the ... Read more

Sexual assault and sexual harassment at work
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By Nicole Simes In the wake of workplace sexual assault allegations against the former leader of the Ontario PC party, I continue to reiterate what employers of any kind can do to try and ... Read more

Complaints process not forum to seek action for failure to pay judgment
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By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen A recent decision of the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) serves as a reminder that not every type of complaint that a person may have ... Read more

The paradox of sexual misconduct and people with disabilities
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By Lorin MacDonald As a human rights lawyer and a woman living with a disability, I am troubled by some reactions to the resignation of the federal Minister of Sport and Persons with ... Read more

Involving the Office of the Children’s Lawyer
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By Lisa Gelman An Ontario court recently considered a situation where the parties’ custody and access proceedings were adjourned so that the Office of the Children’s Lawyer ... Read more

What you need to know about a workplace injury
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By David Hollingsworth Workplace injury A workplace injury can happen anywhere. A workplace injury can also go far beyond the industrial and construction site accidents that we hear about in ... Read more

Five more reasons you need to write a will now
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By Lisa Laredo January has come and gone but we’re still going on about the New Year’s resolution that should have been at the top of the list for at least half of Canadians ... Read more

A ‘dose of pragmatism’ from Court of Appeal: Dillon
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By Peter Dillon Ontario’s Court of Appeal released its much-anticipated decision in this case on Jan. 25, 2018. I say much-anticipated because the summary judgement decision of ... Read more

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