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Monetary gifts can't become loans just because the marriage is over

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision highlights the importance of detailing on paper any significant financial transactions with family members, Toronto family lawyer ... Read more

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Beware of extortionists using #MeToo backdrop for financial gain: Webb

Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb says she has witnessed an increase in extortion attempts coinciding with the emergence of the #MeToo movement. "I’m seeing ... Read more

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Get familiar with LTD policy before making a claim: Hoffman

It’s very important that employees familiarize themselves with their employer’s long-term disability (LTD) policy in the event they need to make a claim, Toronto ... Read more

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Gun crime mandatory minimums interfere with Gladue principles: Dale

A Nunavut decision shows mandatory sentences for gun crimes inappropriately constrain judges when dealing with Aboriginal offenders, Toronto criminal and civil litigator Laurelly ... Read more

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Pension battle a cautionary tale for divorcing couples, lawyers

A pension battle involving one of his clients that has been before the Ontario courts for nine years is a cautionary tale, says Toronto family lawyer, mediator and parenting ... Read more

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Bury gives legal career advice in new #thelawyercoach column

With more than 25 years of legal experience, Toronto lawyer and certified executive coach Michael Bury has seen it all — career meltdowns, narcissists, sociopaths, ... Read more

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Avoid emotional family disputes by pre-arranging funeral, writing a will

A dispute between siblings over where their deceased mother’s body should be buried brings up issues around the advantages of making your funeral wishes known, ... Read more

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Brain injury among the most catastrophic car accident injuries

By Nainesh Kotak Acquired brain injury refers to a brain injury sustained after birth. More than 1.5 million Canadians currently live with acquired brain injury. Motor vehicle accidents are ... Read more

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Does your elderly parent need help?

By Ian Hull It’s a situation shared by many – you have a single elderly parent living alone. They’ve always been able to handle their day-to-day needs, with the ... Read more


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Hicks' client not guilty of first-degree murder — convicted of manslaughter
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A Toronto man was found not guilty of first-degree murder but convicted of the lesser offence of manslaughter in the 2015 beating death of an Ottawa music journalist and ... Read more

Ignore complaints to college at your own peril: Sunshine
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Health professionals need to pay close attention to complaints lodged against them with their college because the consequences can be dire, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse ... Read more

Crossing U.S. border a catch-22 for those in cannabis business
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A plan by the U.S. border agency to ban visitors for life if they have any connection to the now-legal Canadian marijuana industry puts travellers in a catch-22 and will cause ... Read more

Shared-services boards rife with conflict of interest potential: O'Brien
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Hospitals need to guard against conflicts of interest that can arise among the directors they nominate to sit on boards of shared-services organizations, Toronto health lawyer ... Read more

Revoking job offer over applicant's immigration status 'discriminatory'
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A precedent-setting decision from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) addresses the growing issue of employers refusing to hire a person unless they are a Canadian ... Read more

Lawyers' lawyer Upenieks serves local and legal communities
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Brampton civil litigator Edwin Upenieks is every inch the lawyer’s lawyer. During more than three decades at the bar, Upenieks, partner with Lawrence, Lawrence, ... Read more

Siegel works in lockstep with family law clients
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Clients who hire Toronto family lawyer Brahm Siegel should get used to the sound of his voice. Siegel, senior partner with Nathens Siegel Barristers LLP , tells ... Read more

Radnoff joins Toronto office of U.S.-based Dickinson Wright
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Toronto commercial litigator and appellate counsel Brian Radnoff says he moved his practice to U.S.-based Dickinson Wright LLP to leverage the firm's cross-border business ... Read more

Craft beer boom sets stage for fresh trademark battles
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Canada’s current craft brewery boom could turn out to be the precursor for a new skirmish in the ongoing beer wars, Toronto intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish tells ... Read more

Money laundered before it enters B.C. housing market: Reilly
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Although the government of British Columbia continues to focus on the issue of money laundering in the province’s real estate sector, the problem is that it is occurring ... Read more

SSOs create buying power for hospitals, fairness for vendors
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The use of shared-service organizations (SSO) for the procurement of goods and services in the health sector can provide better value for money and a more transparent process, ... Read more

Children benefit from finality in parenting arrangements
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A child's need for certainty should guide the parties in a custody dispute, Toronto family lawyer Erin Chaiton-Murray tells AdvocateDaily.com . Chaiton-Murray, partner with ... Read more

Certified video analyst can assist police forces on a contract basis
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Smaller police departments that are unable to budget for a full-time video analyst may benefit from contracting out major cases, Crystal Beach forensic video analyst Michael ... Read more

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Send in the Martians: Strigberger
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By Marcel Strigberger So the Insight spacecraft has landed on Mars. Is this huge? I’m not sure. This is the eighth spacecraft to land on the red planet but I am actually totally disappointed ... Read more

The technology ghosts of law firms past — and present
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By Amir Tajkarimi Many businesses have come to rely on the office trifecta: Word , Outlook and the fax . Law firms are no different, but there some pretty convincing reasons to question ... Read more

Valuing employee pensions in wrongful dismissal cases
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By Doug MacLeod A long service, older worker is terminated. Under the terms of the individual’s pension plan, the employer is not permitted to continue his participation in the pension ... Read more

Cross-examination by video conferencing: still the exception
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By Amelia Phillips Under what circumstances can a witness be compelled to attend cross-examination outside of the jurisdiction in which he/she lives versus, say, by video conferencing? While the ... Read more

Holiday RIDE program facts every Ontario driver needs to know
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By Céline Dostaler With the holiday season underway, so too are the holiday RIDE program checkpoints. Each year, law enforcement agencies across Ottawa and throughout Ontario set up checkpoints ... Read more

Who gets the kids for the holidays?
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By Marcus Sixta Deciding on a holiday parenting schedule can be very difficult. The holiday season can be especially difficult to navigate for newly divorced or separated couples. In a family ... Read more

Access to justice – watering down lawyer relationship not the answer
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By Inga Andriessen Warning – rant ahead. Worse, it’s a rant that only lawyers probably care about. Read on at your own peril. There are many days, well frankly all of them, that ... Read more

Resealing of foreign orders appointing guardians
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By David M. Smith and Yasmin M. Vinograd In some cases, an incapable person residing outside of Canada has assets in Canada. Can a guardian appointed outside of Canada have access to the incapable’s Canadian ... Read more

Happy Holi-daze – an update on social host liability
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By Mackenzie Irwin As we head into the holiday season, many employers will be hosting holiday parties for their employees. With the recent legalization of cannabis and a new decision out of the ... Read more

What should a dentist do if an instrument breaks during treatment?
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By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine In a recent decision , the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) affirmed the obligations of a dentist when a surgical instrument broke ... Read more

Child access in same-sex relationships
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By Andrew Feldstein Notions of the “traditional” family unit have evolved over time. Accordingly, the judicial system needs to adapt to be better equipped to adjudicate new issues ... Read more

Like it or not: forcing the sale of the matrimonial home
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By Lisa Gelman The court recently examined the interesting question of whether, and under what circumstances, a party can obtain an order to sell their matrimonial home even when their ... Read more

Legal tech part two: five legal tech plays
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By Alan Bass and Michael Sauber In our post, " Legal tech shows no signs of slowing ," we examined the drivers behind the use of technology in legal practice. In this post, we make the ... Read more

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