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Precedent-setting ruling nets client $331,000 from ex-spouse

A client of Calgary and Vancouver family lawyer Marcus Sixta has recouped more than $300,00 from his estranged spouse following a precedent-setting ruling from the Supreme ... Read more

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Take action if wrongdoing is suspected within your business

Initiating a forensic accounting investigation is critical for entrepreneurs facing suspicious activity within their business, says forensic accountant and chartered business ... Read more

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Considering a plea deal begins with the client: Daviau

A client's intentions must be top of mind when advising whether to accept a plea deal, says Toronto criminal lawyer Lindsay Daviau . "First and foremost, it's the client's ... Read more

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Government’s proposed insurance changes a start: Derfel

The Ontario government’s plan to reinstate a $2-million default benefit limit for catastrophic injuries is welcome news, says Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel . ... Read more

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Mediating neighbour disputes can save time, money: Rose

In the first instalment of a three-part series on the benefits of mediation in disputes where there are ongoing relationships that need to be managed quickly and ... Read more

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Detailed will can reduce disputes between heirs

The more detail a testator can put into a will, the better, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Elinor Shinehoft . Shinehoft, principal of Shinehoft Law , says a recent ... Read more

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Dictionary definition helps decide will challenge

Testators should steer clear of ambiguous language if they wish to avoid a will challenge after their death, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Matthew Urback . In a recent ... Read more

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Reasonable steps requirement weakens presumption of innocence

A dissenting Supreme Court (SCC) judge was right to declare unconstitutional a section of the internet child-luring law that essentially obliges the accused to prove their ... Read more

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Mobile forensics pro a valuable ally in family law disputes

Smartphones and social media applications help people stay connected, but they can also facilitate online harassment and spying once a relationship breaks down, says Tyler ... Read more

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Suing the city part 2

In the final instalment of a two-part series, Kamloops personal injury lawyer Matthew Ford discusses the steps to take when filing a negligence claim against a city or ... Read more

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Reasonable for psychiatrist to decline patient’s request

By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen A patient complained about the conduct of a psychiatrist, stating that the psychiatrist wrote false information in the patient’s medical records, but would not amend it. ... Read more


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Vital for injured cyclists to quickly collect evidence
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When a bike and a car collide, and the cyclist suffers head injuries, it is essential to start gathering evidence as soon as possible, says Toronto critical injury lawyer ... Read more

Case may clarify how platforms treat defamatory content: Winkler
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An ongoing lawsuit in British Columbia could help define what responsibility online platforms have once they are notified that content on their site is defamatory, Toronto lawyer ... Read more

Mixed news for accident victims in auto insurance reforms
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Small savings on premiums can leave big deficits in care after an accident, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Gary Will . As part of his first budget, Ontario’s ... Read more

Recourse for employees who aren’t paid on time
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Toronto employment lawyer Mackenzie Irwin says employees who aren’t being paid on time have a number of options to remedy the situation. Although suing the employer is ... Read more

A tightly drafted will can spare litigation
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A recent Alberta will challenge illustrates the danger of a loosely drafted will, says Toronto-area estates litigator Charles B. Ticker . The province’s Court of Appeal ... Read more

New legal expense insurance trend represents challenge for PI lawyers
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Legal expense insurance (LEI) was initially designed to increase access to justice for injured plaintiffs who would otherwise be unable to proceed to trial, but a recent ... Read more

Long-term, involved engagement key to profit planning success
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While almost any law firm can benefit from profitability improvement planning, Toronto legal management consultant Mark Dormer says there are specific indicators that should ... Read more

Appeal court: doctors have to give referrals for services they oppose
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TORONTO — Ontario’s highest court ruled Wednesday that doctors in the province must give referrals for medical services that clash with their religious beliefs, ... Read more

Personal injury fakers should be prosecuted: Ford
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Police should consider laying fraud charges when surveillance evidence reveals accident victims have been faking their injuries, says Toronto orthopaedic spine and trauma surgeon ... Read more

FOLA: Province paying lip service to consultation on critical issues
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The Ontario government’s lack of commitment to meaningful consultation is striking another blow to access to justice, says Michael Winward, chair of The Federation of ... Read more

Ontario trying to attract more foreign workers with changes
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Proposed changes to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program ( ONIP ) should benefit people wanting to become permanent residents and companies in need of skilled employees, says ... Read more

Ban bully offers, double-ending to improve fairness: Samaroo
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Banning bully offers and double-ending by realtors would make the real estate market fairer for consumers, says Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo . CBC News reports ... Read more

Bar set high for awarding costs against counsel
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Seeking costs directly from opposing counsel is an uphill battle, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor . O’Connor, principal of O’Connor Richardson ... Read more

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Variation of a lifetime spousal support agreement
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By Andrew Feldstein The parties separated after being married for 17 years and entered into a settlement that was incorporated into a court order under the Divorce Act . The divorce judgment ... Read more

Seasons change and so do employment laws
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By Stuart Rudner Employers will be forgiven if they are tired of hearing about “changes to employment laws.” As Rudner Law discussed in our 2018 Year in Review , we have seen ... Read more

What is a ‘bad faith’ request for access to health records?
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By Kate Dewhirst In a new health privacy decision of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, we find out what needs to be proven to show a patient is making a request for access ... Read more

Reasons a disability claim may be denied and what can be done
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By Nainesh Kotak This a list of five reasons that a disability claim may be denied. Has your disability claim been denied? See if any of these reasons fit your situation. Reason #1: Your ... Read more

We can’t cut our smartphone habit — but we can cut the cost
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag Talk to someone who lives in Europe or travels there for extended periods. Ask them what they pay for their phone plan. You’ll be shocked and disheartened. The costs are ... Read more

What to do if you think you’ve been defrauded
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By Dave Oswald Each year thousands of Canadians lose millions of dollars to fraudulent scams. Nobody is immune; it can happen to young people, teenagers, and corporate executives. Did you ... Read more

The termination letter: Lecker
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By Bram Lecker and Jordan Reiner If you have just lost your job , do not sign the termination letter or release until an employment lawyer has vetted the documents properly for you. Any experienced lawyer ... Read more

Dentists have discretion to implement cancellation, late arrival policies
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By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine A patient complained about the conduct of his dentist, stating that the dentist’s cancellation policy and possible refusal to provide treatment violated the ... Read more

A funny thing happened to me on the way to the Ukraine
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By Marcel Strigberger Congratulations to Volodymyr Zelensky, the new president of the Ukraine. Volod Z is actually a comedian who won a landslide victory over the incumbent. He starred in a ... Read more

Critical law society documents
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By Erica Birstler Getting audited is inevitable and when the time comes you want to be prepared with all of the documents and reports the law society will want to see. While you may know about ... Read more

Court determines that it lost jurisdiction in custody dispute
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By Lisa Gelman Is it possible for a court, which has jurisdiction to deal with a matter, to subsequently lose jurisdiction? In a recent decision , an Ontario court found that, indeed, it ... Read more

Ontario’s new employer-friendly employment laws
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By Doug MacLeod Some recent changes in the law make Ontario’s employment laws more employer-friendly – especially for small businesses. This blog discusses five of these changes. ... Read more

Moms, take care of your family — have a will!
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By Lisa Laredo Many say that moms hold the family together. They love their kids unconditionally, often take them wherever they need to go and always, always know where everything is ... Read more

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