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Was I just fired? Understanding your employer’s words and actions

By Nicole Simes Normally, an employee knows if he has been fired. The employer sits him down, provides a termination letter and often offers a severance package. However, on ... Read more

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Talking conflict on an FHT board

By Kate Dewhirst Family health teams are interesting creations. What are they? Multi-disciplinary teams providing primary care services to communities across Ontario. A ... Read more

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Changes reflect an early mediation trend

By Mitchell Rose On May 1, 2017, there was a significant change to paragraph 57 of the  Consolidated Practice Direction for Civil Actions, Applications, Motions and ... Read more

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Independent legal advice and how it works

By Timothy N. Sullivan “I had a marriage contract drawn up by my lawyer. My lawyer said my fiancé needs to get independent legal advice before she signs it. ... Read more

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The seven things prospects really want to know before they hire a lawyer

By Jana Schilder “I don’t know you. I don’t know your law firm. I don’t know your law firm’s services. I don’t know what ... Read more

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Communication, conflict concerns for independent health assessors

By Lonny Rosen   & Elyse Sunshine A  recent matter  before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) exemplifies the importance of open ... Read more

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Contractual obligations and estates

By Ian Hull An estate trustee may be bound to a contract previously entered into by the deceased. This duty is distinct from the duty of an estate trustee to discharge all ... Read more

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Reasons to ask a lawyer to review your severance package

By Doug MacLeod We have reviewed hundreds of severance packages on behalf of employees. Some of these packages are fair and some are really unfair. We can tell you whether we ... Read more

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Do not make a bad decision twice

By Inga Andriessen Sometimes the stress of cash flow, business planning and the general day-to-day grind of people’s jobs can lead to some really bad decisions. ... Read more

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Analysis of difference between independent, dependent contractor

By Barry B. Fisher In a recent case , the judge was faced with a plaintiff who during the course of his 23 years association with the defendant had been an independent ... Read more

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Motorcycle safety series: riding in bad weather

By Joseph Cescon  and Nicole Fielding, summer student Part of the thrill of riding a motorcycle is being immersed in the elements. However, the impact bad weather ... Read more

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Title trumps: the effect of placing a property in joint tenancy

By Jennifer Samara Shuber A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision has confirmed that placing a property in joint tenancy means sharing the property equally on ... Read more

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Lund business involved in dispute

By Charles Ticker A  recent story  summarizes the sibling dispute among the owners of the Lunds & Byerlys chain of grocery stores. Lunds & Byerlys ... Read more

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The reality of costs in family law disputes

By Lisa Gelman A  recent decision  by the Ontario Superior Court provides divorcing parents with a cautionary tale about allowing outstanding disputes to get out of ... Read more

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Court of Appeal strikes down termination clause

By Stuart Rudner  and Geoffrey Lowe  The ongoing saga of judicial interpretation of termination clauses continues: recently, the Ontario Court of Appeal released ... Read more

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Age and testamentary capacity

By Suzana Popovic-Montag “Testamentary capacity” is a term with a particular legal meaning: whether an individual has the necessary cognitive abilities to be ... Read more

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Changing employee’s shifts after medical leave is discrimination

By Nicole Simes Many employees require a medical leave at some point during their career. Often the difficult period begins when they return to work and are not ... Read more

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Protecting gifts and inheritances in family law

By Jennifer Samara Shuber In Ontario, marriages are deemed to be a form of economic partnership. As such, at the end of the marriage, under Ontario law, the spouses have a ... Read more

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‘Belligerent’ patient not an excuse for unprofessional behaviour

By Lonny Rosen   & Elyse Sunshine The Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario required a ... Read more

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The lawyer’s estate planning retainer with a married couple

By Ian Hull As an estate planner and a lawyer, it is important to remember that when creating an estate plan, familial relations may turn negative. It becomes crucial for ... Read more

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