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Sealed warrants aim to ensure fair trial for accused

Calgary criminal lawyer Ian McKay worries that the man accused of being the Toronto serial killer won't get a fair trial if the legal battle to have warrants in the case ... Read more

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Extra default judgment steps exacerbating justice system problems

Judges are adding to the cost and delay of an already overburdened court system by requiring plaintiffs to serve motion records on defendants before judgment, even after ... Read more

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OCA clarifies s. 4 of Interest Act

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling on interest disclosure is likely a relief to lenders as it confirms that a small violation of s. 4 of the Interest Act will not ... Read more

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Pair of SCC decisions 'progressive,' in step with the digital age: Zita

A Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision likening text message exchanges to a telephone conversation is a “progressive step” which clarifies many murky areas around ... Read more

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Exes benefit from mediation for temporary arrangements: Benmor

Separating or divorcing couples can derive great benefit from working with a mediator to negotiate temporary arrangements before reaching a long-term settlement, says Toronto ... Read more

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Court of Appeal upholds $200,000 damage award in sexual assault case

By Kathryn Marshall In this case , the Court of Appeal upheld a damage award of $200,000 (generals $175,000 and punitive damages of $25,000). The plaintiff was a colleague of the defendant ... Read more

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‘How much does a criminal lawyer make?’

By Ryan Handlarski I get asked this question a lot and before I answer, I need to know what you are thinking in asking it. Most people that ask this question are making a logical mistake. The ... Read more

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My son the gondolier: Strigberger

By Marcel Strigberger My wife and I visited Venice not long ago. It was a fine summer evening, and we decided to do what comes naturally in this charming city, namely, take a gondola ride. I asked ... Read more


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Case illustrates why wills are vital for dependants
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A recent matter where the common-law spouse of a man who died without a will was awarded the entire estate highlights the importance of dependant support claims, Toronto trusts ... Read more

Post-accident finances can be difficult to discuss
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Getting injured in an accident can have devastating physical and emotional effects, but those stresses may be compounded by financial issues, Easy Legal Finance Inc. ... Read more

A failure to mediate can be costly: Romero
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A recent Ontario Superior Court ruling is a cautionary tale that a defendant's refusal to mediate could increase the award, says Toronto arbitrator and mediator Victoria Romero . ... Read more

Employers must not be penny wise and pound foolish
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Consulting a lawyer before you sign an agreement with a contractor could save you time, trouble and, most importantly, money, Toronto employment lawyer Matthew Wise tells ... Read more

Giving children a voice in mediation provides clarity
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Including the voice of the child in mediation can shed light on how they feel about certain parenting arrangements — without going through the expensive process of a full ... Read more

Lawsuit over solitary confinement in Ontario jails certified as class action
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TORONTO — A lawsuit alleging the Ontario government violated the rights of inmates by placing them inappropriately in solitary confinement can proceed as a class action, a ... Read more

B.C. judge tiptoes through divorce assets of decades long cannabis grow op
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VANCOUVER — A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has been placed in the difficult position of dividing assets in a divorce when the couple's "family business" for over two ... Read more

GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants 'fairness'
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WASHINGTON — Christine Blasey Ford may testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all, her attorney said, breathing new life into the prospect of a dramatic ... Read more

Radnoff: OCA's anti-SLAPP guidance helpful to a limited extent
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The Ontario Court of Appeal’s decisions in six cases related to the Protection of Public Participation Act highlight that plaintiffs must approach anti-SLAPP motions ... Read more

Appeal court judgment good news for auditors
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A recent decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal makes it more difficult for auditors and other professionals to be sued by individuals who were not their clients, says Toronto ... Read more

Parents have an obligation to financially support the children
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Divorced parents are required to maintain a consistent level of income to support the family and could face financial consequences if a court finds that either party is ... Read more

How many hats does your health organization wear?
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When Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst advises organizations on how to protect themselves from legal risks, she often finds herself talking about hats — and occasionally ... Read more

Investment in legal advice pays off for landlords, tenants
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Landlords and tenants should resist the temptation to go it alone when they encounter legal troubles, Toronto landlord/tenant lawyer Caryma Sa’d tells AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

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Important steps to take after a slip and fall
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By John McLeish and Courtney Stewart You have been injured after a slip and fall – now what? If you have slipped and fallen on someone else’s property due to the negligent care of ... Read more

Part-time employees must be paid at same rate as full-time workers
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By Amelia Phillips Formerly, the Employment Standards Act , 2000, S.O. 2000, c. 41 (the ESA) did not require an employer to compensate a part-time, temporary, casual or contract employee the ... Read more

Does your estate plan need a touch up?
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag If you have a will, you’re one of a minority of Canadians who have taken that crucial step in the estate planning process. A recent survey revealed that 51 per cent of ... Read more

‘Courtesy calls’ and enforceability of non-solicitation clauses
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By Laura Williams Employers regularly include restrictive covenants, such as non-solicitation clauses and non-competition clauses, in employment agreements. Non-solicitation clauses enable ... Read more

The perils of do-it-yourself wills
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By Lisa Laredo Have you ever thought about using an online service to write a will instead of hiring a lawyer to draft one for you? After all, dozens of websites offer to make will-writing ... Read more

A different approach to work-life balance
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By Ian Hull A recent Globe and Mail article on vacation time caught my eye. In it, Elizabeth Renzetti notes an ADP Canada study that found that: only one in three employees take ... Read more

How to increase your law firm’s billable hours
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By Amir Tajkarimi Over the course of this article, we’ll show you how to increase your law firm’s monthly billables by at least 10 hours in only 30 days, while reducing overhead. ... Read more

Five things your disability insurance lawyer wants you to know
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By Nainesh Kotak Being denied short or long-term disability benefits or having your insurance benefits terminated can plunge you into a financial crisis and increase your stress burden. ... Read more

‘How do you represent the people you represent?’
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By Ryan Handlarski I have represented everyone from accused drug traffickers, to accused sexual assaulters, to accused murderers. The stock answer to this question from most criminal lawyers ... Read more

Choice of mediator critical to dispute resolution
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By Peter Israel Whether as a result of Ontario’s mandatory mediation program or — as I’d like to believe — the growing appreciation of the benefits of alternative ... Read more

Nursing home negligence
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By Patrick Brown and Taraneh Etemadi With our aging population, we may all know someone who has been in a nursing home or another form of assisted living facility. According to Statistics ... Read more

Child support for estranged adult children
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By Andrew Feldstein The parties were married for 15 years and had two children. This motion concerned the younger child, an 18-year-old university student. At the age of 13, she made it known ... Read more

What to expect if police suspect you are driving on drugs
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By Joseph Neuberger It is no mystery why Ontario law enforcement and safety advocates urge drivers to stay off the road after they have been using any substances that may result in impairment. ... Read more

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