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Waddell launches lawsuit on behalf of 60,000 taxpayers

Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell of Waddell Phillips Professional Corporation and Landy Marr Kats LLP have launched a proposed $800-million class-action lawsuit ... Read more

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Estate planning for prisoners and their families

For families with a loved one who is in prison, routine financial issues such as making a will, keeping a family business afloat and supporting children are fraught with ... Read more

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Nova Scotia modernizes capacity law

Nova Scotia’s new capacity law takes its lead from Ontario legislation by tightening up the requirements for courts to appoint guardians for intellectually disabled adults, ... Read more

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Coach helps lawyers remove their ‘warrior masks’

After helping several colleagues get “unstuck” with their legal careers, Toronto lawyer Michael Bury decided to turn his skills into a new business, he tells ... Read more

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Digital branding gives lawyers an edge

Lawyers need to keep their digital edge sharp or risk being left behind, Toronto criminal lawyer Jordan Donich tells AdvocateDaily.com . Though lawyers constantly work on ... Read more

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Property division very different for unmarried couples

Toronto family lawyer Lisa Gelman uses a simple example to illustrate the difference between married and common-law when it comes to dividing property after a breakup. The ... Read more

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More training needed before paralegals can practise family law

Paralegals would need additional training before taking on any family law work, Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar tells AdvocateDaily.com . In a report released ... Read more

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School community watching outcome of historical sex abuse cases

Parents and students will likely be carefully watching the outcome of two lawsuits that allege a private Ontario boarding school is liable for the sexual misconduct its chaplain ... Read more

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Sexual harassment at home

By Nicole Simes Trigger warning: this blog contains content about sexual harassment and violence Rental housing and accommodation is a protected social area under the Human Rights Code ... Read more


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Support change for disabled adult child long overdue
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The provincial government’s move to give adult children with disabilities access to child support is long overdue, says Toronto family lawyer Christine Marchetti . As ... Read more

Reforms will cost employers, bring positive change for workers
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The Ontario government’s workplace reforms will improve the lives of many employees but will sharply increase business costs, says Toronto employment lawyer Anatoly Dvorkin ... Read more

Lawyers Financial launching investment program Nov. 1
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A relaunch of the Lawyers Financial investment program is coming Nov. 1, with a 200 per cent increase in investment fund options for clients, says Dawn Marchand , ... Read more

Proper planning best way to address complex blended family estates
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Blended family situations have become increasingly common as many people remarry after a divorce or the passing of their spouse — but these individuals need to be aware that ... Read more

Sexual harassment brought to forefront again with Weinstein scandal
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While society is seeing more harassers such as Harvey Weinstein exposed and penalized than ever before, there’s still “a long way to go,” Toronto-area employment ... Read more

Claims for affected family members important in sex assault cases
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In many cases, the impact of sexual abuse and assault is not only felt by the survivor but also by those close to him or her, making it vital for personal injury lawyers to ensure ... Read more

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

Only irrevocable beneficiaries can be sure of life insurance proceeds
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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

Legal advice a must for separation agreements
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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

Copyright decision spells out 'fair dealing' for Canadian universities
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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

Better outcomes for children through mediation
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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

New rules seek to improve workplace complaints process
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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

Natalie MacDonald launches new employment law firm
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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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Dishonesty you can’t come back from
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By Laura Williams Employees have an implied duty of faithfulness and honesty to their employers. However, as disconcerting as it is for many employers to learn, dishonesty by an employee is not ... Read more

The employment agreement – trickier than you think
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By Brian Greenspan I am no longer surprised when I meet with employers and employees and they cannot recall: (a) if they have an employment agreement ; or (b) what the terms of the ... Read more

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

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

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

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