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NEW Cybersecurity should be top of mind for all

TORONTO — What is nearly imperceptible, leaks important secrets and can keep Canada's top bankers up at night? A cyberattack. It's not a punch line but a seriously ... Read more

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The role of medical experts in malpractice suits

Expert witnesses in a medical malpractice lawsuit may not necessarily be diametrically opposed in their opinions, but the testimony of one might be persuasive enough to sway the ... Read more

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Health professionals and patients: the need for appropriate boundaries

The disciplinary proceedings against an Ontario family physician who admitted to showing naked pictures of himself to patients highlights the importance of all health ... Read more

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Joint accounts: the gift that keeps on giving (to estate litigators)

Conflicting court decisions are contributing to a rise in estate litigation over joint bank accounts, Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker writes in ... Read more

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Invisible injuries: legal roadblocks

In Part 2 of a three-part series on concussions, Toronto personal injury lawyer Alison Burrison describes the legal roadblocks faced by clients suffering from the long-term ... Read more

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The nightmare of retaining estate planning documents

Like most of her estate-planning colleagues, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi retains the originals of clients’ wills — encompassing wills and other ... Read more

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Tips for surviving divorce in the digital age

While it may be tempting to bad-mouth your estranged spouse on social media, Markham family law lawyer Andrew Feldstein says it’s important to resist. “The stakes ... Read more

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Beware HST issues in new condo flips

Condo flippers should be prepared for HST issues when they assign purchase contracts for newly constructed units to a third party, says Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel ... Read more

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Bales is skeptical that Unified Family Courts will become a reality

Toronto family lawyer Karon Bales tells Law Times that while she supports the move to expand Unified Family Courts throughout the province, she remains skeptical that the ... Read more

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Momentum gathering behind equal shared parenting law

A combination of positive social science research and sympathetic public opinion has set the scene for a fresh attempt to make equal shared parenting (ESP) the default position in ... Read more

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Time to up the ante on advice and wealth planning for women

By Ian Hull There are a few holdovers from the Mad Men era of 50 or 60 years ago when men were the primary breadwinners and wealth managers – and women looked after the home and ... Read more


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Forcillo's alleged bail breach and what it may mean for further release
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TORONTO — A Toronto police officer convicted of attempted murder in the fatal shooting of a teen on an empty streetcar four years ago has been charged with breaching his ... Read more

More civil cases involving sex assaults expected: O'Connor
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TORONTO — There are several advantages to an Ontario woman's plan to sue Harvey Weinstein over alleged sexual assaults, say legal experts who believe civil court offers ... Read more

Distracted walking bill unfairly targets pedestrians
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Fining distracted pedestrians would unfairly shift the onus away from drivers for improving road safety, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Jessica B. Mahabir . A private ... Read more

Accidents abroad: protect yourself part 2
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In part 2 of our mini-series on accidents abroad, Kitchener litigation lawyer Graham Bennett discusses what you should do if you get into an accident abroad. Saying ... Read more

Opportunity to ‘tell story’ in mediation paves the way to settlement
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Over more than 30 years of practice, Toronto litigator and mediator Howard Winkler has always taken a problem-solving approach to his clients’ needs. “When they ... Read more

Justice system delays compound crash victims' suffering
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Delays in the justice system are compounding the suffering of road crash victims, Toronto critical injury lawyer Patrick Brown writes in The Lawyers Daily . Brown, a senior ... Read more

Equal shared parenting proposal doesn’t serve children: Diamond
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Despite calls for new legislation that establishes equal shared parenting as the default position in custody disputes, Toronto family lawyer Richard Diamond tells Law Times ... Read more

Immigration numbers ‘not radically different’ under new plan
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Canada’s new immigration plan might add clarity, but it doesn't substantially increase the number of immigrants, Toronto immigration lawyer Andrew Carvajal tells The ... Read more

Collaborative settlement reduces negative impact on children
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Parents who are divorcing can seek a meaningful settlement through alternatives to the adversarial court system and reduce the stress on family members, including children, says ... Read more

Feds tout expanded parental leave, new caregiver benefit as questions remain
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OTTAWA — New parents planning to begin parental leave on or after Dec. 3 will be able to spread their federal benefits over more months, but many will have to wait on ... Read more

Broaching difficult conversations with aging parents
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Having a conversation with aging parents about their wishes once they’re unable to care for themselves is difficult, so Toronto litigator Matthew Urback advises adult ... Read more

Life insurance — why and how much?
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It would be reckless for someone with debts and dependents not to have life insurance, says Dawn Marchand , vice-president of marketing and direct distribution for the Canadian ... Read more

Private member's bill raises concerns about pedestrian liability
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Toronto personal injury lawyer Paul Cahill tells The Lawyer’s Daily that a proposed private member’s bill designed to boost awareness about distracted walking ... Read more

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Canada’s vague surrogacy laws raise questions
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By Lisa Gelman Surrogacy is strictly controlled in Canada, with limits on compensating surrogates, and correspondingly stiff penalties for any infractions. However, surrogacy experts say ... Read more

Garbage in means garbage out in litigation and in life
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By Inga Andriessen The title of this blog is often used in terms of data management to mean that if you input garbage your results will not be impressive. As a litigator, this also applies to ... Read more

Cross-border tax compliance for professional athletes
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By Alexey Manasuev With the globalization of sports around the world, and an unparalleled opportunity to get rare talent on one’s team, the professional sports leagues and teams in the ... Read more

Case provides guidance for psychologists
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By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine A psychologist (Dr. A) was cautioned, provided advice, and was required to complete a Specified Continuing Education and Remediation Program (SCERP) ... Read more

When does a compliment constitute sexual harassment?
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By Doug MacLeod Despite a number of legislative initiatives that are intended to reduce and ultimately eliminate sexual harassment in society, sexual harassment continues to be a problem in ... Read more

Are employers responsible for harassment by employees, managers?
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By Laura Williams Over the last year, much attention has been paid to the September 2016 Bill 132 amendments to the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (the OHSA ) and the obligations ... Read more

Matrimonial home: special asset for married spouses
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By Jennifer Samara Shuber Any property used by married spouses at the date of separation as a family home is a “matrimonial home” under the Family Law Act . A matrimonial home is special ... Read more

Second life for post mortem tax planning
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By Matt Trotta and Josh Proulx The “death” The Department of Finance released potential changes to the Income Tax Act on July 18, 2017, that would restrict the conversion ... Read more

A ‘toxic environment’ in Tinseltown
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By Miriam Anbar In the wake of a string of accusations ranging from assault and sexual harassment to rape, The Weinstein Company recently announced that it has fired its co-founder, ... Read more

Nurse punished for Facebook post appealing fine and costs order
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By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen A nurse in Saskatchewan who is facing a $1,000 fine and a $25,000 costs order after using social media to complain about her grandfather’s care at a ... Read more

Mental illness and the appointment of a litigation guardian
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By Andrew Feldstein This case set out a strict interpretation of the test for the appointment of a litigation guardian. The parties were married for 18 years and had two children. Both children ... Read more

Have you looked at your professional staff rules, regulations lately?
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By Kate Dewhirst Back in the 1980s and 90s, many hospitals published medical staff “rules and regulations.” And in some cases, that package then went dormant as hospital-wide ... Read more

The position of executor: from cradle to grave – Part IV
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By Avi Dahary The determination and discharging of debts and liabilities In part three of this series, I discussed identifying the assets that become part of the estate immediately ... Read more

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