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Canadian case provides valuable lessons for crypto users

While cryptocurrency exchanges may not be the Wild West they once were, consumers are still advised to venture carefully into online currency territory, says London, Ont. ... Read more

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Rape shield amendments interfere with access to justice

A recent case illustrates how amendments to the rape shield provisions of the Criminal Code have “thrown criminal litigation into insane disarray,” says Toronto ... Read more

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Guard against letting emotions drive your divorce

Divorcing couples should resist the temptation to let emotion rule the process, says Toronto family lawyer and divorce recovery coach Leanne Townsend . Given the personal and ... Read more

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Challenging a will not an easy task: Stairs

Beneficiaries and would-be beneficiaries are often unhappy about the contents of a will, but launching a challenge isn’t an easy thing to do, says Windsor wills and estates ... Read more

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Four tips for getting most out of first summer after divorce

Newly divorced parents can shape their children’s memories of the first summer following the split, says Toronto family lawyer and mediator Steven Benmor . Benmor, ... Read more

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When a contract is not a contract

Until you cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s, a contract is nothing more than an unenforceable piece of paper, says Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein . ... Read more

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Older workers short-changed by employment laws

Older workers are getting a raw deal in the workplace, says Toronto employment lawyer Bram Lecker . Lecker, principal of Lecker & Associates , says many older employees ... Read more

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Dental malpractice lawsuits part 2

In the final instalment of this miniseries, Fredericton personal injury lawyer Matthew Pearn explains the steps a person should take when suing a dental professional. ... Read more

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Five years doing zilch gets lawsuit booted for delay

By Barry B. Fisher In this case , the master dealt with a wrongful dismissal action where the employee was fired in 2011. The lawsuit was started in 2013, two days before the expiry of the ... Read more

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Limitation periods: Achkar

By Christopher Achkar The merits of your case are important, but respecting limitation periods is paramount. If you file your claim too late – it may be thrown out. Read More at Achkar ... Read more


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Overturned dismissal for delay a warning shot to lawyers
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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

Bans fail to address root issues behind gun violence
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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

Using mediation for the finer details avoids court costs
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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

False sex assault claims damaging to everyone: Daya
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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

Seek legal advice, take your time with severance offers
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Terminated employees should not feel pressured into accepting a severance package, says Vaughan labour and employment lawyer Arthur Zeilikman . Zeilikman, principal of ... Read more

Client can make or break a lawsuit: Lee
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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

Employers have duty to act before workplace bullying starts: Low
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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

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

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

Grocery store self-checkout: where will it lead?
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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

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

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

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