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Toronto house copyright case raises questions about the law

A case involving a Toronto couple who alleged their neighbours copied the look of their home highlights how housing architecture can be copyrighted but to prove it, the structures ... Read more

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Handling the financial disruption of divorce

Divorcing couples may be prepared for the emotional upheaval of separation, but they’re often stunned by the financial impact, says Markham family law lawyer Andrew ... Read more

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The importance of clear mission, vision and value statements

Health-care organizations need to have clear, emotionally resonant mission, vision and value statements to guide them through their greatest challenges, says Toronto health lawyer ... Read more

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The unique challenges around medical device class actions

With an increase in the number of medical device liability class actions coming forward, some unique challenges of those types of cases are being recognized, says London ... Read more

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Action needed on correctional report recommendations

While it is significant that a recent report has highlighted a number of problems in the province’s correctional system, many are hopeful the government will now act on the ... Read more

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Women should assume key role in long-term wealth, estate planning

With high marital breakdown rates and a longer lifespan, 90 per cent of women will be solely responsible for their finances at some point in their lives, but all too often, in a ... Read more

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The rights of unionized employees

By Nicole Simes Are you a unionized employee? Have you been terminated or have you experienced mistreatment in your workplace on the basis of your age, race, religious views, gender, sexual ... Read more

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FATCA: for U.S citizens in Canada – form details, filing thresholds

By Alexey Manasuev Part II: FATCA for U.S Citizens in Canada - form details and filing thresholds IRS Form 8938 Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets was ... Read more


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Reversal of controversial tax policy a good thing: Achkar
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OTTAWA — The federal government appears to be doing away with a controversial tax policy interpretation that would have seen employees taxed for discounts they get at work. ... Read more

Bill 154 proposes long-awaited changes for not-for-profits
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Ontario’s introduction of Bill 154, the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act will, if passed, allow the province’s not-for-profit sector to begin to modernize in the way ... Read more

Invisible injuries: don’t dismiss concussion symptoms
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This is Part 1 in a three-part series on concussions. In this instalment , Toronto personal injury lawyer Alison Burrison explores the ways in which symptoms can manifest ... Read more

Clients play key role in helping to collect outstanding receivables
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When working with a lawyer to recover money owed, there are certain steps business clients can take to help speed up the process and ensure success, Toronto business lawyer Inga ... Read more

Bury's coaching practice helps lawyers move careers forward
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Through the years, friends and colleagues frequently brought their personal problems and professional challenges to Toronto lawyer Michael Bury , seeking his advice. "They ... Read more

Lawsuit over GA fee likely to end up before SCC
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It is likely that Canada’s top court will eventually weigh in on the issues raised in a recently launched lawsuit against the Ontario government, that argues the global ... Read more

Dismissal for off-duty conduct
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While what an employee does on their own time is their business, the law provides for discipline and dismissal as a result of off-duty conduct in limited circumstances, ... Read more

Sham marriages: when people marry for immigration status
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The allegation that someone married their partner because they're Canadian is often a source of conflict in a separation or divorce, but there is no remedy for that in the family ... Read more

Mediation favoured for resolving personal injury claims
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Without contingency fees, people would not otherwise be able to afford a lawyer, says Toronto mediator Victoria Romero . Those suing for pain, suffering and economic ... Read more

'Parenting time' replacing 'access' in family law lexicon
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Ontario’s family bar is phasing out the term “access” in favour of “parenting time,” Toronto family lawyer Katherine Robinson tells ... Read more

Let’s talk: mental health issues at work
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There are growing legal expectations for employers to be more proactive in accommodating employees who are dealing with mental health crises, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug ... Read more

CCLA & FOLA launches online will registry project
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The County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA), with support from The Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) , has launched a new project called Willcheck.ca that allows ... Read more

Sentencing vs conditional release: each serves a different purpose
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Conditional releases are part of the way Canada’s justice system reintegrates offenders into the community in a manner that still protects society, Hamilton criminal lawyer ... Read more

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Damages awarded in sexual assault false complaint case
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By Jacob Stilman The criminal offence of sexual assault is under-reported, under-charged and, when prosecuted, results in a disproportionate number of acquittals and withdrawals. In the ... Read more

The limited partnership protective shield
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By Dennis Nerland In contrast to a general partnership, a limited partnership must by law be composed of at least one general partner, who serves as the managing partner, and one or more ... Read more

What do we tell the kids? Talking about the breakup
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By Jennifer Samara Shuber Many of the clients I see have not yet separated. They are having problems in their relationships and they consult with me to discuss their rights and obligations in the event ... Read more

Two-pronged test for lack of work issue in Canada Labour Code
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By Barry B. Fisher In this case , the adjudicator commented on the test to be used in determining whether an employer could rely on the “lack of work” or ”discontinuance of a ... Read more

Q&A: Ontario severance packages and termination of employment
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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 employment ... Read more

The role of the Family Responsibility Office
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By Usman Sadiq After a separation or divorce, it is important that child support or spousal support that was ordered by a court or in a separation agreement are followed. The Family ... Read more

What happens when you die without a will
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By Lisa Laredo A will is one of the three most important documents every person should have (the other two being a Power of Attorney for Property and a Power of Attorney for Personal Care.) ... Read more

Can you set aside a marriage contract when seeking dependant's relief?
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By Kristine Anderson The existence of a marriage contract does not, on its own, disqualify someone from making a dependant's relief application under the Succession Law Reform Act (SLRA) for ... Read more

Age 65 or older? There may be a trust for you
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By Ian Hull Trusts have been around for hundreds of years, so a type that’s only been around for 17 years is still considered “new” in the trust world. Two types of ... Read more

Should you consider mediation in a separation or divorce?
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By Timothy N. Sullivan As with most things in law, the answer is “it depends.” Mediation is one way of resolving a dispute. It’s not the only way. It can be a great way to solve ... Read more

Insights into general partnerships
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By Dennis Nerland Family limited partnerships offer tax benefits, lawsuit protection, and financial control. To gain a full understanding of a family limited partnership, let’s first ... Read more

Are structured settlements considered property or income in divorces?
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By Lisa Gelman The Ontario Court of Appeal has clarified whether a structured settlement obtained in a personal injury case is considered property or income during the process of property ... Read more

Limitation periods and dependant's relief claims
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By Alexander Turner Following the coming into force of Ontario's Limitations Act, 2002 , litigants have had a reasonable degree of certainty that, in most cases, there is a two-year limitation ... Read more

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