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Shifting cases from Superior Court just 'optics': Neuberger

The federal government's latest plan to reduce Superior Court backlogs will just burden lower courts with a heavier workload, Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger tells ... Read more

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'Good faith' at issue in athlete's lawsuit

An American lawsuit involving a professional baseball player and a lending firm shines a light on the importance of the good-faith principle and how unfair bargaining practices ... Read more

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Easy Legal Finance focuses on strategic growth, acquires lending firm

In a move that aims to position Easy Legal Finance Inc. for long-term growth in new markets within Canada, the legal financing firm has acquired Edmonton-based Rhino Legal ... Read more

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Drafting a solid will helps ward off estate disputes

The death of a loved one is an emotional time for a family and can sometimes lead to disputes over the estate, but there are ways to draft a lawsuit-proof will to ensure that ... Read more

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Mental illness a unique challenge for mediation process

Mediators need to become more aware of mental health issues so they can respond appropriately — and effectively help parties settle their disputes, says Toronto lawyer and ... Read more

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Shorter timelines needed in all areas of law

While R. v. Jordan has gone a long way to make the criminal system more efficient, there’s a need in all other areas of law to set timelines that prevent cases from ... Read more

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Medical marijuana and workplace intoxication

By Bram Lecker and Jordan Reiner Marijuana is in the news almost daily with legislation underway to legalize it. Our Parliament is currently debating Bill C-45 (The Cannabis Act). Canadians ... Read more

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Billionaire's estate will not go to his family

By Charles Ticker A recent story online found here reveals the estate plan of the billionaire founder of a furniture giant. The man (March 1926 – January 2018) founded the furniture ... Read more


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SCC creates more conflict in international custody cases
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The Supreme Court of Canada’s (SCC) new guidelines for international child custody cases will prompt more litigation and conflict in Hague Convention matters, Ottawa family ... Read more

New EU data protection law to impact Canadian businesses
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The European Union’s new rules for data protection that come into force on May 25 will have far-reaching implications for Canadian companies, both large and small, Toronto ... Read more

Recommendations for conducting unbiased workplace investigations
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An organization that decides to conduct an internal investigation when a harassment complaint is lodged by an employee must ensure that it’s carried out by unbiased, trained ... Read more

Open source intelligence going mainstream: Duquette
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Open-source intelligence (OSINT) gathering is going mainstream, says Ryan Duquette , principal of Oakville-based Hexigent Consulting . While much of Hexigent’s work ... Read more

It's time to expand mandatory mediation in civil litigation
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After almost 20 years operating in just three jurisdictions, it’s time to expand Ontario’s mandatory mediation program across the province, Toronto mediator Victoria ... Read more

Spousal support axed after lack of self-sufficiency
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A recent Ontario Superior Court decision terminating a woman’s spousal support after more than two decades is a reminder that there is an obligation to attempt to become ... Read more

Mindset barriers to software adoption
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This is part one of a two-part series where Korbitec president Alan Bass explores some of the myths and common hurdles lawyers and law firms face when considering new technology. ... Read more

Cohabitation agreements limit exposure to property claims
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In Ontario, living in a common-law relationship is not the same as being married, so if a couple ends up separating, a completely different set of rules apply when it comes to ... Read more

Determining value, share of corporate trust can get messy
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Asset-valuation and equalization of corporate trusts in family law matters is a complex and growing area of practice, Toronto corporate lawyer Marlin Horst tells ... Read more

Insurance trusts control timing, use of funds upon death
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An insurance trust is a good mechanism for controlling the use and timing of life insurance proceeds following the death of the insured, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa ... Read more

Calculating the ROI of eDiscovery tools
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Lawyers who have been slow to embrace eDiscovery technology tend to focus on the upfront cost while ignoring the considerable savings that come as the process progresses, says ... Read more

Daudlin embraces challenges of family law
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Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Daudlin loves a challenge in both her professional and private lives. The lifelong athlete persevered through a series of debilitating ... Read more

Public consultation welcome in LCO class-action review
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Twenty-five years after the enactment of the Class Proceedings Act , 1992 (CPA), the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has recognized that a lack of empirical data on class ... Read more

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When a motion to change to vary child support is successful
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By Andrew Feldstein After eight years of marriage and two children, the parties separated in February 2004 . The parties entered into a separation agreement that included a shared custody ... Read more

Termination clause upheld by Ontario’s Court of Appeal in recent case
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By Doug MacLeod Recently, Ontario’s Court of Appeal concluded in this case that the following termination clause was legally enforceable and that the terminated employee who had been ... Read more

Sperm donor who donated to lesbian couple denied parental rights
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By Lisa Gelman A recent decision by an appeal court in New York state has denied a sperm donor’s request to have a paternity test in order to be recognized as a child’s legal ... Read more

Accident in the U.S.? Do you need more auto insurance?
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By David Hollingsworth The last thing you need is an accident in the U.S. For those who are lucky enough to have a springtime getaway planned, this means you may be embarking on a family road trip ... Read more

How NOT to work with your employment lawyer
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By Stuart Rudner and Nadia Zaman Our goal is to provide our clients with sound advice and zealously advocate on their behalf. Presumably, that is why they retain us. Yet it is often ... Read more

Make it your year for ‘best picture’ critical thinking
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By Ian Hull Do you ever wonder how your emotions impact your decision-making? Or more specifically, how many sub-optimal decisions you make based on emotion? We get caught up in the ... Read more

IPC issued new guidelines for disposing of electronic information
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By Kate Dewhirst The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released new guidelines recently for disposing of electronic media . These guidelines explain what it means to take ... Read more

Using psychology to turn leads into clients
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By Tom Ball Understanding the way people think is the key to persuasion. There are many mental triggers that can be influential when trying to get someone to think like you or, in this ... Read more

The two parts of R. v. Gladue
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By Kristin Bailey We all know that Aboriginal offenders are grossly over-represented in the Canadian criminal justice system. R. v. Gladue was released by the Supreme Court of Canada almost ... Read more

CPSO publishes new draft policy on closing a medical practice
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By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is currently reviewing and updating its policy, Practice Management Considerations for Physicians ... Read more

Such a law office: Shuber
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By Jennifer Samara Shuber A friend stopped by my office this morning between meetings. I gave her a quick tour of the larger firm and also brought her to see my office. Her observation on leaving? ... Read more

The ultimate 'selfie': video record your health care wishes
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag In an ideal situation, if you suffer a health crisis, you’ll be able to communicate your health care preferences directly to your doctors or hospital staff. But if ... Read more

Review of discipline decision not available where right of appeal exists
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By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine In this blog post, we summarize this case , a recent decision from the Ontario Divisional Court. Although the case specifically involved a ... Read more

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