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Allowing paralegals to represent family law litigants not a solution

Granting paralegals a specialized licence to handle some family law matters is not the answer to the growing problem of people representing themselves in custody disputes, ... Read more

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New legislation: a mixed bag for surrogacy in Ontario

Although the new All Parents Are Equal Act contains positive provisions related to gamete donation, the legislation contains few benefits when it comes to surrogacy agreements, ... Read more

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Caring for Fido and other family pets in estate plans

Pets are a much-beloved part of many families so it’s not surprising more people are making provisions for them in their estate plans, says Toronto trust and estate lawyer ... Read more

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Success is an inside job: Janice Quigg

Toronto lawyer, life and business strategist, mediator and author Janice Quigg is on a mission to help lawyers and other high-octane professionals lead exceptional lives by ... Read more

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How to be successful in small claims court

If litigants don’t adequately prepare for small claims court, even a successful judgment won’t help them recoup any money, says Toronto litigator François ... Read more

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Private member's bill seeks to cap contingency fees

An Ontario private member's bill seeking to cap contingency fees would force some lawyers to revert to an hourly rate, Toronto personal injury lawyer Darryl Singer tells The ... Read more

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Joint ownership to reduce probate fee can prove problematic

Although the estate administration tax has some lawyers and their clients focusing on probate fee reduction strategies including the transfer of assets to a joint owner, this can ... Read more

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Relationship tips: talk, listen and love

By Jennifer Samara Shuber I was watching a rerun of “Modern Family” the other night. In the episode, Phil learns a neighbour’s wife has left him. Phil tells the viewer that ... Read more

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ONCA: summary judgment not so simplified

By Nicole Simes Since the Supreme Court decision in Hryniak v. Mauldin , terminated employees are increasingly seeking summary judgment. This method of resolution offers ... Read more


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SCC decision in Oland 'historic:' Hicks
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OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada says Dennis Oland was wrongly denied bail pending an appeal of his second-degree murder conviction. The unanimous high court decision ... Read more

Supreme Court awards driver damages in claim against insurer
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The reverberations of a Supreme Court of Canada decision to award a Nova Scotia man damages in a claim against his insurance company will likely be felt in courtrooms across the ... Read more

Surveillance a reality in most personal injury cases: Paciocco
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A sudden feeling of being followed or watched may not be paranoia for injured people fighting insurance cases, says Windsor personal injury lawyer Gino Paciocco . ... Read more

Don't expect a windfall from a defamation action
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Former war reporter Arthur Kent’s $250,000 legal cost award is a reminder that plaintiffs should never enter defamation actions in hopes of a big payday, says Toronto ... Read more

New Brunswick lawyer remembered for contributions to profession
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Long-time New Brunswick lawyer Tom Drummie is being remembered as a “legal giant” and devoted father, reports the Telegraph-Journal . A partner at several ... Read more

Preliminary inquiry not like an ‘optional car feature’
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Before any decisions are made about abolishing – or limiting – the preliminary inquiry in Canada, there should be careful research and consideration of the issues, ... Read more

Personal injury work revs Bennett's engine
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In his early days of practice, Kitchener civil litigator Graham Bennett cut his teeth in northern Ontario’s criminal and civil courts. “It was a great ... Read more

Fairness, co-operation key in 'grey divorce'
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Statistics show divorce is on the rise amongst older Canadians, and Toronto family lawyer Rick Peticca tells CTV News and BNN that he advises established couples who ... Read more

The effect of top-performing lawyers leaving a firm
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Although new U.S. research suggests it’s healthy for companies and law firms to allow top performers to move on, Toronto family lawyer Lisa Gelman tells The ... Read more

More police accountability needed after SIU probes
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It’s troubling that Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has highlighted new cases that involve problematic officer conduct by the Toronto police and that ... Read more

Paralegals should handle less complex family matters
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Allowing paralegals to take on simple divorce and custody cases is a smart way to reduce pressure on the family courts, says Toronto family lawyer Usman Sadiq . The cost of ... Read more

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Ask a lawyer: when should I go to small claims court?
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By Timothy N. Sullivan The Small Claims Court jurisdiction permits cases of a total amount value of $25,000 plus interest, plus costs. (This value was raised from $10,000 in 2010 in an effort to move ... Read more

AML compliance: some perspective about Manulife
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By J. Bruce McMeekin I have been reading with interest the press reports criticizing FINTRAC for its decision in 2016 to publish, anonymously, the $1.15 million in administrative penalties levied ... Read more

Questions about becoming a surety
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By Melissa McCormick Getting a phone call from the police telling you that your loved one has been arrested is one of the scariest things that can happen to you. You immediately go into panic mode ... Read more

How to respond to requests for family status accommodation
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By Doug MacLeod Because of changes in demographics and other reasons, employees are increasingly asking for changed work schedules or time off work to care for children and elderly parents. ... Read more

Heirs fighting over estate of famous harpist
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By Charles Ticker A recent story from London, England is a great example of a will challenge caused by a beneficiary being disinherited. The dispute involves the heirs of Jack ... Read more

Health professionals must exercise caution in legal proceedings
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By Lonny Rosen & Elyse Sunshine The decision of JK v. BJH 2016 CanLII 85163 (ON HPARB) reminds health professionals to be very careful when preparing affidavits for use in legal proceedings in ... Read more

Who owns what when (or bona fide purchaser without notice)
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By Inga Andriessen Occasionally this blog draws on recent cases in the firm and this blog is one of them. A fraudster provided a fake cheque as form of payment for a piece of equipment and the ... Read more

What FHT board members need to know about risk, statutory compliance
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By Kate Dewhirst Hello? Are you still there? This is not the most exciting topic in the universe – I know. But, it is really important. Risks There are six types of risk you ... Read more

Pull out your calculator: presentence custody and enhanced credit
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By Karri-Lynn Hennebury It happens almost every week. I talk to a client who has talked to someone else, who heard from their best friend’s neighbour’s uncle’s friend in law school ... Read more

Latest IBM notice case sets clear rules on calculating damages
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By Barry B. Fisher In Patterson v. IBM (2017 CarswellOnt 2625) Justice Dunphy determined the appropriate notice period for a 67-year-old Band 6 IT specialist with 22 years’ service making ... Read more

The position of executor: from cradle to grave – Part III
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By Avi Dahary Taking inventory of estate assets In part two of this series, I explored the initial steps one needs to take when they are named an executor in a deceased’s ... Read more

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