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Formal agreements help avoid family business friction

For those building a successful business, it can be hard to also maintain good family relationships — the key is to draw a distinct line between the two, Toronto business ... Read more

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So you registered your trademark. Now what?

By Inga Andriessen So you’ve gone to all the time and expense of developing a brand, establishing goodwill in the marketplace and even registering your trademark ... Read more

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Mock trial brings together lawyer mentors, 'phenomenal' students

Seeing high school students embrace the law is just one of the benefits of organizing an event like the Halton High School Mock Trial Championship, Toronto business lawyer  ... Read more

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Marlin Horst thrives on sophisticated transactions

Toronto lawyer Marlin Horst says he finds corporate lending work intellectually stimulating and most enjoys putting together the “pieces of the pie.” ... Read more

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Lawyer/client confidentiality and the Panama Papers

By Inga Andriessen If you’re reading this blog and are not sure what the “Panama Papers” are, please do a quick Google search and then return to this blog. ... Read more

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A step in the right direction at the Human Rights Tribunal

By Inga Andriessen In Ontario, if you lose in a civil lawsuit, you generally have to pay the legal fees of the winner. The rationale behind this is, in part, it prevents ... Read more

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Compliant minute book important in case of sale, audit

A corporate minute book should be complete and up to date in order to avoid problems further down the road, says Toronto business lawyer Anton Katz . “A minute book ... Read more

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Law firms should update potential electronic security vulnerabilities

The Panama Papers scandal should prompt law firms, and other professional services firms, to update their electronic security measures, says Toronto business lawyer Joel ... Read more

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Andriessen re-elected treasurer of Halton County Law Association

Toronto business lawyer Inga Andriessen was re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Halton County Law Association (HCLA), which marks her third term as treasurer. ... Read more

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Small business owners feeling the pinch

Toronto business lawyer Inga Andriessen has seen a marked increase in clients pursuing collection litigation, which she says is an indication small businesses are having a ... Read more

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Why yes, you do have to prove your case

By Inga Andriessen At the end of last week, the judge handed down his decision in the Jian Ghomeshi case. The finding was that the Crown had not proven its’ case ... Read more

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Scams that businesses fall for

By Inga Andriessen The news recently has been blanketed with accounts of the immigration and CRA frauds making the rounds in the GTA. In these frauds, people phone ... Read more

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Corporate directors, shareholders should not let bylaws be bygones

Canadian corporate directors and shareholders should show initiative and leadership by enacting corporate bylaws that include arbitration provisions, Toronto commercial ... Read more

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Equity kicker not considered interest for purposes of Criminal Code

A Superior Court decision in a shareholder dispute raises the novel issue of whether an equity kicker can be considered interest pursuant to the Criminal Code, Toronto corporate ... Read more

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Read the Rules already!

By Inga Andriessen This post is directed to lawyers (though non-lawyers are welcome to read as well) in particular, newly-called lawyers. Please. Litigators. Read the Rules ... Read more

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Baby boomer businesses bring opportunities for lawyers

With a desire to keep contributing after they retire, many baby boomers — particularly government employees — have been setting up businesses, which has ... Read more

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Shareholder agreement helps guide parties in exiting corporation

Like marriage, not all business partnerships will work out, which is why it’s crucial to have a shareholder agreement in place from the start, says Toronto business lawyer ... Read more

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Errors in annual minutes may cause problems later on

Just because you can prepare your annual business minutes on your own, doesn’t mean you should, says Toronto business lawyer Inga Andriessen . “Sometimes people ... Read more

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Law firms bringing accountability to debt collection

Advances in technology are allowing major institutions to place their outstanding debt with respected law firms instead of collections agencies, so that legal staff can ... Read more

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Big changes to the Repair and Storage Liens Act in Ontario

By Inga Andriessen On July 1, 2016, changes to the Repair and Storage Liens Act (RSLA) come into effect in Ontario. The industries that will be most heavily affected are ... Read more

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