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Joint ownership to reduce probate fee can prove problematic

Although the estate administration tax has some lawyers and their clients focusing on probate fee reduction strategies including the transfer of assets to a joint owner, this can ... Read more

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Private member's bill seeks to cap contingency fees

An Ontario private member's bill seeking to cap contingency fees would force some lawyers to revert to an hourly rate, Toronto personal injury lawyer Darryl Singer tells The ... Read more

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How to be successful in small claims court

If litigants don’t adequately prepare for small claims court, even a successful judgment won’t help them recoup any money, says Toronto litigator  François ... Read more

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Success is an inside job: Janice Quigg

Toronto lawyer, life and business strategist, mediator and author Janice Quigg is on a mission to help lawyers and other high-octane professionals lead exceptional lives by ... Read more

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Caring for Fido and other family pets in estate plans

Pets are a much-beloved part of many families so it’s not surprising more people are making provisions for them in their estate plans, says Toronto trust and estate lawyer ... Read more

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New legislation: a mixed bag for surrogacy in Ontario

Although the new All Parents Are Equal Act contains positive provisions related to gamete donation, the legislation contains few benefits when it comes to surrogacy agreements, ... Read more

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Allowing paralegals to represent family law litigants not a solution

Granting paralegals a specialized licence to handle some family law matters is not the answer to the growing problem of people representing themselves in custody disputes, ... Read more

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SCC decision in Oland 'historic:' Hicks

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada says Dennis Oland was wrongly denied bail pending an appeal of his second-degree murder conviction. The unanimous high court decision ... Read more

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New Brunswick lawyer remembered for contributions to profession

Long-time New Brunswick lawyer Tom Drummie is being remembered as a “legal giant” and devoted father, reports the Telegraph-Journal .  A partner at several ... Read more

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The effect of top-performing lawyers leaving a firm

Although new U.S. research suggests it’s healthy for companies and law firms to allow top performers to move on, Toronto family lawyer Lisa Gelman tells The ... Read more

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Fairness, co-operation key in 'grey divorce'

Statistics show divorce is on the rise amongst older Canadians, and Toronto family lawyer  Rick Peticca tells CTV News and BNN that he advises established couples who ... Read more

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Personal injury work revs Bennett's engine

In his early days of practice, Kitchener civil litigator Graham Bennett cut his teeth in northern Ontario’s criminal and civil courts. “It was a great ... Read more

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Preliminary inquiry not like an ‘optional car feature’

Before any decisions are made about abolishing – or limiting – the preliminary inquiry in Canada, there should be careful research and consideration of the issues, ... Read more

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Don't expect a windfall from a defamation action

Former war reporter Arthur Kent’s $250,000 legal cost award is a reminder that plaintiffs should never enter defamation actions in hopes of a big payday, says Toronto ... Read more

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Surveillance a reality in most personal injury cases: Paciocco

A sudden feeling of being followed or watched may not be paranoia for injured people fighting insurance cases, says Windsor personal injury lawyer  Gino Paciocco . ... Read more

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Supreme Court awards driver damages in claim against insurer

The reverberations of a Supreme Court of Canada decision to award a Nova Scotia man damages in a claim against his insurance company will likely be felt in courtrooms across the ... Read more

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Canadian man charged in Yahoo hacking case likely to get bail

A Canadian man charged in connection with the massive hack of Yahoo will most likely get bail as authorities in the United States take steps to extradite him, Toronto criminal ... Read more

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More police accountability needed after SIU probes

It’s troubling that Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has highlighted new cases that involve problematic officer conduct by the Toronto police and that ... Read more

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Paralegals should handle less complex family matters

Allowing paralegals to take on simple divorce and custody cases is a smart way to reduce pressure on the family courts, says Toronto family lawyer Usman Sadiq . The cost of ... Read more

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The perils of rushing to buy in a new development

Anyone considering buying a home in a new development should know what’s at stake when they rush to sign a purchase agreement, says Ottawa real estate lawyer Tanya ... Read more

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