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NEW Fall is back to school time for lawyers: TLA offers CPD

It’s back to school time for lawyers who want to head into the classroom for some of the Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) education sessions to help meet their Law ... Read more

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Only irrevocable beneficiaries can be sure of life insurance proceeds

Individuals who expect to collect on life insurance need to make sure they are designated as irrevocable beneficiaries under the policy following a Court of Appeal ruling, says ... Read more

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Legal advice a must for separation agreements

A high-flying surgeon’s failed attempt to set aside an unfavourable separation agreement shows the value of obtaining legal advice, Toronto family lawyer Shelly Kalra ... Read more

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Copyright decision spells out 'fair dealing' for Canadian universities

A Federal Court decision that backs a copyright collective in its battle to collect royalties from an Ontario university cannot be ignored by Canadian post-secondary ... Read more

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Better outcomes for children through mediation

Couples in the midst of a biter breakup may want to think twice before starting litigation as a contentious divorce can have long-term negative impacts on the children, Toronto ... Read more

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New rules seek to improve workplace complaints process

Toronto civil litigator Stephany Mandin hopes Ontario’s new rules governing workplace sexual violence and harassment will give employees the courage to report such ... Read more

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Natalie MacDonald launches new employment law firm

Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald has launched another new boutique employment law firm but this time, all on her own. MacDonald & Associates has been ... Read more

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Avoiding tragedy: children first in custody disputes

Child custody battles are typically fraught with high emotions, control issues, hostility and — in many cases — a lack of consideration for the best interests of the ... Read more

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Did the employee quit? When a resignation is actually a termination

By Miriam Anbar Consider you have a disgruntled employee working for you and you suspect he wants to quit. However, you are also prepared to terminate him. One day, the employee verbally ... Read more


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Medical residents: the need to address regulatory difficulties early
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It's critically important for medical residents who find themselves in academic or professional difficulty to address the problem early and head-on, says Toronto health lawyer ... Read more

Lady Gaga's fibromyalgia admission a boon for fellow sufferers
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Lady Gaga’s willingness to open up about her experience with fibromyalgia will be a boost for other sufferers of invisible illnesses, says Toronto personal injury lawyer ... Read more

Human rights tribunals an increasingly popular option for sex assault victims
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Civil justice forums can provide sexual assault victims with a friendlier environment to seek redress than the criminal justice system, says Hamilton employment lawyer Jennifer ... Read more

Fintechs should get tough on patent assertion entities
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Fintech firms should take a more aggressive approach to filing and acquiring patents to defend against patent assertion entities, Toronto patent lawyer Aaron Edgar tells ... Read more

Meeting CRA deadlines critical in audit process
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A number of circumstances may put an individual or business on the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) radar — but when an audit letter does arrive, it is crucial for ... Read more

Sex-assault settlement confidentiality a 'necessary evil:' Grace
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Properly drafted confidentiality agreements can be beneficial for sex assault and harassment victims, Toronto civil sexual abuse lawyer Elizabeth Grace tells CBC’s The ... Read more

Time to withdraw from Safe Third Country Agreement: Jeffery
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Since the United States can no longer be considered a “safe third country” for refugee claimants, Canada should withdraw from the agreement that prevents individuals ... Read more

Toronto house copyright case raises questions about the law
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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

Handling the financial disruption of divorce
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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

The importance of clear mission, vision and value statements
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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

The unique challenges around medical device class actions
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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

Action needed on correctional report recommendations
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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

Women should assume key role in long-term wealth, estate planning
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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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Employee mental health
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By Bram Lecker and Ian Hurley An employee of a live chat provider made the news recently. She needed a couple of mental health days off and wrote an email to her coworkers explaining this. ... Read more

The rights of unionized employees
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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

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

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

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