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Franchisors should ensure agreements comply with OCA

Toronto commercial litigator Darren Smith says franchisors should make sure their franchise agreements comply with the Court of Appeal’s decision in 2176693 ... Read more

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Officers' lawsuit against attorney general unusual: O'Connor

A lawsuit launched by three senior Toronto police officers against Ontario’s attorney general is highly unusual and contains allegations that will likely be onerous to prove ... Read more

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Peter Dillon, Siskinds LLP endorsed in 2016 Legal Lexpert Directory

London lawyer Peter Dillon is named in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a consistently recommended practitioner for his expertise in assisting ... Read more

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Court reporters – building your brand on social media

By Kim Neeson  Independent freelance court reporters can use social media to put themselves in front of firm owners in their area. While this isn’t the same as traditional ... Read more

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Seek support from colleagues to manage articling stress

Articling can be a stressful time, as students are in a new environment and often hoping to be hired back by the firm after their year is up — making it important for ... Read more

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Public servant patent decision troubling for Canadian Armed Forces

While a recent Federal Court of Appeal decision has alleviated concerns that issued patents could be invalidated for failing to disclose that an inventor was a public ... Read more

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AODA update: new regulation taking effect July 1

By Doug MacLeod  The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is constantly changing. So when there has been yet another change to AODA it takes all of my energy not to cover my ... Read more


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OCA: lower court erred in finding woman had no money of her own
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Toronto wills and estates lawyer Daniel Bernstein says a recent decision by the Court of Appeal is “insightful” in its take on beneficial ownership of a house ... Read more

Panama Papers divorces underscore need for full and frank disclosure
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Hiding income and assets from an ex-spouse further complicates the eventual divorce settlement, says Toronto family lawyer Katherine Robinson . ... Read more

Wills can reduce conflict, taxes with inheritance boom on horizon
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With wealth transfers expected to boom over the next decade, now is the time to set up a will and discuss it with your loved ones, says Ottawa family and estates lawyer ... Read more

Understanding liability in personal injury cases
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If you are hurt in a slip and fall in a bank or from spilled hot coffee from a restaurant, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have a viable lawsuit, says Toronto personal ... Read more

Filing tax returns crucial — even for part-time earners
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A student’s part-time earnings may seem too insignificant to file on a tax return, but there are potential advantages to doing so, including the ability to claim credits and ... Read more

Navigating family law matters a challenge for self-reps
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More than half of Ontarians lack legal representation in family court — a situation that not only affects the bench and bar, but has also left many self-represented ... Read more

Important to strike right balance in health information disclosure
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Ontario’s privacy laws strike the right balance when it comes to protecting the rights of individuals and those of their families to know about the mental health struggles ... Read more

Excessive family lawyers' fees forcing clients to self-represent
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Family lawyers are pricing themselves out of the market, forcing more people to represent themselves in court, says Toronto family lawyer Mark Seymour . “You often ... Read more

High stakes in family law cases require lawyer's expertise
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Driven by the high number of self-represented parties in Ontario’s family courts, a review is looking into whether non-lawyers should be allowed to handle certain matters ... Read more

Students with special needs aged 18 and older falling between the cracks
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School boards and parents are grappling with a gap in services for children with special needs between the ages of 18 and 21, says Windsor education law lawyer Sheila MacKinnon . ... Read more

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Wills basics: revocation, revival, republication
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By Ian Hull  The nature of a will is that it is revocable, meaning that testators can change their mind, cause their will to no longer be in effect, and make a new will at any time. ... Read more

How to fight after your LTD claim has been denied
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By Brian Goldfinger  Here’s the scenario: You’ve been working diligently for the same employer, at the same job for years. You’ve given it your all. Countless hours of ... Read more

Are you ready for the summer? Overnight camp and divorce
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By Jennifer Samara Shuber  So, school is almost out. My son finishes today at noon. He is one of the many kids counting down the days until he leaves for overnight camp – a countdown that began in ... Read more

Anti-bribery, corruption enforcement protects whistleblowers
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By Norm Keith  The international landscape on the law with respect to whistleblowing is changing dramatically and quickly. The Supreme Court of Canada is the first national high court in the ... Read more

The difference between a will, living will and ethical will
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By Jasmine Sweatman  Do you find it confusing and difficult to distinguish between a will, living will and ethical will? Let’s help to clarify. A will is a written and signed document that ... Read more

What is a layoff?
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By Nicole Simes  What is a layoff? This question may seem simple to many, but it is not. Employees and employers often misuse the term layoff and the effects can be significant. A true ... Read more

Eviction from castle estate may follow nasty sibling dispute
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By Charles Ticker  A recent story published in The Telegraph (found here ), shows the kind of hostility that can occur in a sibling estate dispute. One of the parties in this dispute is ... Read more

Continued medical treatment triggers discoverability principle
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By Michael Lesage  In a significant decision, the Court of Appeal held that the limitations period was tolled (or that the discoverability principle applied) where a patient suffered severe ... Read more

Child support for children over the age of majority
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By Andrew Feldstein  Coté v. Coté, 2015 ONSC 6924: Given the increasing demand for further education in the marketplace, and the challenges that young adults now face trying to ... Read more

Talking before suing
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By Inga Andriessen  I came across a blog recently that talked about an American law regarding poisoned workplaces and how “not everything your boss asks you to do is poisonous.” The ... Read more

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