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Support change for disabled adult child long overdue

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

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Reforms will cost employers, bring positive change for workers

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

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Lawyers Financial launching investment program Nov. 1

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

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Proper planning best way to address complex blended family estates

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

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Sexual harassment brought to forefront again with Weinstein scandal

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

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Claims for affected family members important in sex assault cases

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

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Dishonesty you can’t come back from

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

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The employment agreement – trickier than you think

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


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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

Avoiding tragedy: children first in custody disputes
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Child custody battles are typically fraught with high emotions, control issues, hostility and — in many cases — a lack of consideration for the best interests of the ... Read more

Medical residents: the need to address regulatory difficulties early
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It's critically important for medical residents who find themselves in academic or professional difficulty to address the problem early and head-on, says Toronto health lawyer ... Read more

Lady Gaga's fibromyalgia admission a boon for fellow sufferers
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Lady Gaga’s willingness to open up about her experience with fibromyalgia will be a boost for other sufferers of invisible illnesses, says Toronto personal injury lawyer ... Read more

Human rights tribunals an increasingly popular option for sex assault victims
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Civil justice forums can provide sexual assault victims with a friendlier environment to seek redress than the criminal justice system, says Hamilton employment lawyer Jennifer ... Read more

Fintechs should get tough on patent assertion entities
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Fintech firms should take a more aggressive approach to filing and acquiring patents to defend against patent assertion entities, Toronto patent lawyer Aaron Edgar tells ... Read more

Meeting CRA deadlines critical in audit process
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A number of circumstances may put an individual or business on the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) radar — but when an audit letter does arrive, it is crucial for ... Read more

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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

The rights of unionized employees
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By Nicole Simes Are you a unionized employee? Have you been terminated or have you experienced mistreatment in your workplace on the basis of your age, race, religious views, gender, sexual ... 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

Age 65 or older? There may be a trust for you
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By Ian Hull Trusts have been around for hundreds of years, so a type that’s only been around for 17 years is still considered “new” in the trust world. Two types of ... Read more

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