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How to increase your company’s value before selling

Doing research before you put a business on the selling block and gathering a team together to help can increase the value of a company by up to 50 per cent, says Edmonton real ... Read more

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Surety bonds offer comfort to property owners

Surety bonds offer a measure of reassurance to property owners embarking on large construction projects, Fredericton litigator Matthew Pearn tells AdvocateDaily.com . Pearn, ... Read more

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Take care with reconciliation clauses in separation agreements

Reunited couples should pay close attention to the reconciliation clauses in their separation agreements to avoid being burned should they split a second time, Toronto family ... Read more

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Court not the best place for neighbour disputes

A combination of high emotion and low judicial tolerance makes mediation the best route for neighbour disputes, Toronto mediator and settlement counsel Mitchell Rose tells ... Read more

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Innovation, speed crucial when filing blockchain patents

Being ahead of the curve is key in the red-hot blockchain sector, but those looking to file patents in the space should be sure their filing is not simply an application of ... Read more

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Daya keeps watch over firm’s financial health

Toronto personal injury lawyer Jasmine Daya tells Law Times that when she made the leap from partner to principal, her top priority was getting a better handle on the ... Read more

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Ontario ruling key to aboriginal sentencing

A key 2017 Ontario Court of Justice decision is an impactful judgment that modernizes a Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling from 19 years ago that carried widespread ... Read more

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Four new health privacy decisions of the IPC released

By Kate Dewhirst On Friday, Jan. 12, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released four new decisions. Here is my updated summary of all 64 IPC PHIPA decisions . ... Read more

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The bitcoin estate plan

By Suzana Popovic-Montag As I write this, a single bitcoin is worth more than US$8,200. It will undoubtedly be worth a different amount by the time you read this because the value of bitcoin can ... Read more


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Report warned rights of N.S. people with disabilities 'verging' on violation
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HALIFAX — An external report warned more than a decade ago that a Nova Scotia hospital was ``verging'' on violating the basic rights of people with disabilities by forcing ... Read more

Legal advice on marijuana crucial for condo boards
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Condominium boards should think about whether restrictions on marijuana smoke are needed in their buildings before legalization takes effect later this year, says Toronto ... Read more

French LPP boosts Ontario's Francophone community
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The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) French Law Practice Program (LPP) is a boost to the province’s French-speaking bar and broader francophone community, Brampton ... Read more

Drunk in a self-driving vehicle – what’s the law?
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As vehicles become more sophisticated and require less human interaction, self-driving autos could change how impaired driving statutes apply, Toronto civil and commercial ... Read more

Personal touch sets Allinotte apart
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Approachability is the key to Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte’s practice. Allinotte, the owner of Allinotte Law Office Professional Corporation , ... Read more

Ron Strike helps accident victims feel empowered
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Bowmanville personal injury lawyer Ron Strike cringes every time he sees a law firm advertisement on the back of a bus or overlooking the highway. Strike, counsel to Will ... Read more

Be aware of ‘choice of law’ clauses from other jurisdictions
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When faced with a contract from another jurisdiction, lawyers should check for a “choice of law” clause that could alter their involvement in the matter, Toronto ... Read more

Novel legal process preserves the right to an appeal
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In a rare legal procedure, Toronto criminal lawyer Tyler Smith ’s client preserves his right to appeal a first-degree murder conviction after waiving the bulk of the ... Read more

Jury calls for consecutive life sentences, but judge has final say
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A judge has the option of sentencing two men who were convicted in the murder of an Ontario woman to consecutive life sentences because they are currently serving time for another ... Read more

Taxpayer's responsibility to review accountant-prepared return
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Although many Canadians hire a professional to prepare their tax return, the courts have generally been unwilling to allow taxpayers to rely entirely on their accountant to ensure ... Read more

Trademarking ‘Taco Tuesday’ a tough task
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A large chain of taco restaurants will have a tough time trying to keep others from using “Taco Tuesday,” Toronto business lawyer Bill Northcote tells Metro News ... Read more

Pot legalization: Canadians need to educate themselves
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OTTAWA — The federal public safety minister says people shouldn't jump to conclusions about when they'll be able to buy marijuana legally, as a key federal bill makes its ... Read more

LSO disciplinary actions show flexibility
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A recent decision by the Law Society Tribunal in Ontario to convert a conduct application into an invitation to attend is an example of the willingness of a governing body to be ... Read more

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There is power in keeping it personal
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By Tom Ball According to Harvard Business Review , the most effective way to connect with clients is at an emotional level, tapping into their fundamental motivations and fulfilling ... Read more

Disinherited children may have claims against estate
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By Charles Ticker Disinherited children may be entitled to share in lottery winner’s estate A recent story from New Zealand found here is a very interesting scenario involving the ... Read more

Sexual assault and sexual harassment at work
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By Nicole Simes In the wake of workplace sexual assault allegations against the former leader of the Ontario PC party, I continue to reiterate what employers of any kind can do to try and ... Read more

Complaints process not forum to seek action for failure to pay judgment
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By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen A recent decision of the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) serves as a reminder that not every type of complaint that a person may have ... Read more

The paradox of sexual misconduct and people with disabilities
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By Lorin MacDonald As a human rights lawyer and a woman living with a disability, I am troubled by some reactions to the resignation of the federal Minister of Sport and Persons with ... Read more

Involving the Office of the Children’s Lawyer
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By Lisa Gelman An Ontario court recently considered a situation where the parties’ custody and access proceedings were adjourned so that the Office of the Children’s Lawyer ... Read more

What you need to know about a workplace injury
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By David Hollingsworth Workplace injury A workplace injury can happen anywhere. A workplace injury can also go far beyond the industrial and construction site accidents that we hear about in ... Read more

Five more reasons you need to write a will now
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By Lisa Laredo January has come and gone but we’re still going on about the New Year’s resolution that should have been at the top of the list for at least half of Canadians ... Read more

A ‘dose of pragmatism’ from Court of Appeal: Dillon
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By Peter Dillon Ontario’s Court of Appeal released its much-anticipated decision in this case on Jan. 25, 2018. I say much-anticipated because the summary judgement decision of ... Read more

The number one target for credential theft emails
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By Ryan Duquette According to the Proofpoint 2017 Human Factor Report , Apple ID's are the #1 target for credential theft emails. The other top targets are Microsoft Outlook and Google ... Read more

Simplifying the search for a deceased’s life insurance policy
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By Ian Hull Beneficiary designations for life insurance policies can be an integral part of one’s estate plan. As designated policy proceeds typically pass outside of an estate, and ... Read more

The de-stressed court reporter
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By Kim Neeson As a working real-time court reporter and owner of Neesons, I’ve experienced stress in its many forms over the years. When I started court reporting, lawyers and judges ... Read more

The duty to accommodate and frustration of an employment contract
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By Laura Williams Appropriately accommodating an employee’s disability is often a challenging task for employers. It is often difficult to determine at what point the accommodation ... Read more

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