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DivorceMate's arrival 30 years ago made support calculations faster

When DivorceMate Software Inc. founder Mark Harris created the family law software at his dining room table in 1987, there was no Internet and most lawyers didn’t ... Read more

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Increase focus on case conferences to address court delays

An increased focus on case conferences would ease some of the burden faced by the family court system across the country, says Toronto family lawyer Richard Diamond . ... Read more

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Managing medicinal marijuana in the workplace

As the government makes plans to legalize recreational marijuana, employers are still struggling to understand their obligations to employees who may be using weed medicinally or ... Read more

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SCC matter will likely give further guidance on court delay

A case currently before the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) will likely result in further guidance to the application of principles set out in R. v. Jordan around court delays, ... Read more

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Family violence can impact custody, access decisions

While evidence of domestic violence does not impact the financial outcome of a separation, it can factor into decisions around child custody and access, says Vaughan ... Read more

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Legalized marijuana brings complex driving-related challenges

While there are several compelling arguments in favour of legalizing marijuana, this shift in drug policy also ushers in a number of challenges, particularly those related to ... Read more

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Use caution when granting power of attorney for property

Powers of attorney are often granted in anticipation of an individual becoming incapable of managing property, but as Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa ... Read more

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New bill could allow police more leeway to stop impaired driving

By John Navarrete In most cases, simple suspicion is insufficient grounds for a police officer to detain a citizen. Probable cause is required in most instances before an officer may probe a ... Read more

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Therapeutic jurisprudence and impaired driving

By Lawrence Forstner In my first blog post, I mentioned the term therapeutic jurisprudence. For a general description of what the term means, read up about it here . It is a field I ... Read more


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Crane rescue highlights mischief charges
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TORONTO — A young woman stranded for hours after scaling a construction crane in the middle of the night is a thrill seeker, a friend said Thursday. Marisa Lazo, 23, ... Read more

No obligation to mitigate losses for stiffed commercial landlords
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Commercial tenants should think twice about halting their rent payments if they have the money to cover them, says Toronto real estate lawyer Andrew Fortis . In 7Marli ... Read more

Stress of continuous contract work can lead to mental breakdown
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An increase in the number of contract and part-time workers in Ontario is an issue that is gaining much-needed attention, says Toronto employment lawyer Nicole ... Read more

Loom Analytics launches 'Second Chair' mobile app
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Loom Analytics is launching a mobile app that provides convenient smartphone access to the company’s legal analytics platform. The app, called Second Chair, ... Read more

Million-dollar lien claim stymied by diplomatic immunity
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Hamilton commercial litigation lawyer Mark Abradjian says contractors in disputes with foreign embassies may have trouble collecting on judgments after a judge ruled a Saudi ... Read more

Law on side of employees when changing jobs
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In competitive industries like technology where workers may be privy to valuable information, the threat of getting sued by a former employer after leaving the company can present ... Read more

Korbitec: saving time, avoiding error in court documents
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Korbitec Inc . is a software company with automated solutions that make document assembly quick and clean, with tricky formatting "a thing of the past," says company ... Read more

Smith represents man charged in beating/stabbing death
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Toronto criminal lawyer Tyler Smith is appearing before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to represent a man charged with first-degree murder in connection with the 2012 ... Read more

Family communication key to avoiding estate litigation
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In some families, the death of a loved one can spark a dispute that results in expensive and protracted litigation — but it is possible to minimize conflict by taking ... Read more

Streamlining welcome, but OSC should be allowed to order costs
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Recent changes proposed by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) that aim to address the reality of self-represented litigants in securities proceedings are welcome, but in the ... Read more

Tighter restrictions on referral fees welcome: Marshall
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TORONTO — Lawyers in Ontario should have their fees for referring clients to another lawyer capped at a maximum of $25,000, a report released on Monday recommends. ... Read more

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Court awards commissions owing at time of termination, severance
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By Barry B. Fisher In Carroll v. Purcee Industrial Controls Ltd. (2017 AMQB 516) Madam Justice Dawn Pentelechuk had to deal with two issues regarding commissions. Commissions on deals ... Read more

Judge says treat high conflict parents like children
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By Jennifer Samara Shuber In an earlier blog post, I made reference to a November 2016 decision of the Honourable Mr. Justice Alex Pazaratz and his denunciation of the parties’ practice of ... Read more

Spring cleaning for social media
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By Joanne Rossi It is the time of year that everyone is cleaning out their closets, their homes and their offices. But did you remember to scrub your social media? For those of you ... Read more

Administration of Prince estate becomes more complicated
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By Charles Ticker When Prince passed away on April 21, 2016, he left behind an estate believed to be worth several hundreds of millions of dollars. He died without a will and without a spouse or ... Read more

Termination clause unenforceable due to 'potential violation'
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By Paul Willetts In the recent decision of Covenoho v. Pendylum Ltd. , the Ontario Court of Appeal awarded a former employee of Pendylum 40 weeks' pay ($56,000), overturning the ruling ... Read more

Three legal questions every clinician should know how to answer
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By Kate Dewhirst If you are a practicing clinician (nurse, doctor, dentist, midwife, psychologist, OT, PT, social worker etc.) there are three legal questions you should be able to answer: ... Read more

Trademark provisions under the new Cannabis Act
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By John Simpson The federal government’s recently tabled Cannabis Act (Bill C-45) – which will legalize the recreational use of cannabis in Canada –will affect, in ... Read more

Motorcycle safety series: post-winter safety
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By Joseph Cescon and Bryan Sansom, articling student Once spring hits, the weather warms up and many motorcyclists are eager to get their bikes out of storage and hit the road for that ... Read more

Can delivery of a gift precede intention?
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag In the recent decision of McKendry v. McKendry , the British Columbia Court of Appeal considered the elements of a valid inter vivos transfer of ... Read more

Five tips for finding a family lawyer that is the right fit
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By Sharon Silbert With hundreds of lawyers serving the residents of Niagara, selecting someone to help you navigate your legal matters can feel like an overwhelming task. Fortunately, with a ... Read more

What happens when a trustee's claim seems excessive?
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By Matthias Duensing There is no question that estate trustees are entitled to compensation for their work. But the amount they claim can be contentious. When a trustee’s ... Read more

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