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Overturned dismissal for delay a warning shot to lawyers

A recent decision involving a case that was dismissed for delay should serve as a reminder to lawyers to impose a robust “tickler system” at their firm, says Brampton ... Read more

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Bans fail to address root issues behind gun violence

Handgun bans are not the solution to violent crime because they chiefly affect law-abiding citizens, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist . “Banning handguns, ... Read more

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Using mediation for the finer details avoids court costs

For separating spouses, mediation can provide a non-adversarial approach to resolving issues that courts often don’t handle, says Oakville family lawyer, mediator and ... Read more

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False sex assault claims damaging to everyone: Daya

False sexual assault claims have a damaging effect on society because they cast suspicion towards legitimate complaints, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Jasmine Daya . The ... Read more

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Seek legal advice, take your time with severance offers

Terminated employees should not feel pressured into accepting a severance package, says Vaughan labour and employment lawyer Arthur Zeilikman . Zeilikman, principal of ... Read more

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Client can make or break a lawsuit: Lee

A credible, likable client is one of the pillars of a successful lawsuit, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Andrew M. Lee . “I’ve been doing this for enough ... Read more

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Employers have duty to act before workplace bullying starts: Low

In the final instalment of a two-part series on bullying at work, Toronto employment lawyer Ellen Low discusses employer obligations and the results of a recent study. ... Read more

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What do I do now? I didn’t know I was an executor!

By Lisa Laredo Rule number one when writing your will: always ask your chosen executor before appointing them if they’re willing to take on the task. If you don’t, that person ... Read more

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Grocery store self-checkout: where will it lead?

By Ian Hull The move to retail automation amazes me – its impact is so unpredictable. The most recent kerfuffle relates to claims by one retailer's cashiers that they’ve been ... Read more


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

Take action if wrongdoing is suspected within your business
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Initiating a forensic accounting investigation is critical for entrepreneurs facing suspicious activity within their business, says forensic accountant and chartered business ... Read more

Considering a plea deal begins with the client: Daviau
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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

Government’s proposed insurance changes a start: Derfel
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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

Mediating neighbour disputes can save time, money: Rose
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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

Detailed will can reduce disputes between heirs
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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

Dictionary definition helps decide will challenge
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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

Reasonable steps requirement weakens presumption of innocence
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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

Mobile forensics pro a valuable ally in family law disputes
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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

Suing the city part 2
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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

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

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Reasonable for psychiatrist to decline patient’s request
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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

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

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