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OCA ruling underscores the need for documentation in gifts, loans

Toronto family lawyer and mediator Patrick Aulis warns that family members need to keep records when money changes hands for a mortgage, as too often disagreements lead to ... Read more

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Politicizing gun violence issue 'won’t get us anywhere:' Dale

There are no simple answers to the problem of gun violence, Toronto criminal and civil litigator Laurelly Dale tells AdvocateDaily.com . Dale, principal of Dale Legal Firm ... Read more

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Technology and the rules of evidence: part 2

In the second instalment of a series exploring the impact of technology on rules of evidence, Toronto family lawyer Gary Joseph provides an overview of some of their key ... Read more

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Therapeutic jurisprudence: a criminal justice revolution

In the first instalment of a four-part series examining therapeutic jurisprudence, Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner discusses how the way an accused is treated in court ... Read more

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Pot law changes prompt dispute resolution service

Toronto litigator and commercial arbitrator Marvin Huberman has helped launch the Canadian Cannabis Dispute Resolution Centre to advise clients of their rights and the law ... Read more

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Legal recourse for getting out of jointly held property

People who want to extricate themselves from joint-ownership of a property with a sibling, friend or family member who is not a spouse can do so simply and quickly, Barrie civil ... Read more

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PTSD and the availability of aggravated damages

By John McLeish and Nicole Fielding Last week, Canadians recognized Veterans Week, reflecting on the service and sacrifices of members of our Armed Forces. Canadians recognize the trauma that ... Read more

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Tech upgrades that will benefit both your law firm and clients

By Amir Tajkarimi Legal technology hasn’t really made a great deal of headway in most law offices. Your current and future clients have, however, become used to a certain level of ... Read more


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Oland mistrial and proceeding judge alone is 'correct' decision: Hicks
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A mistrial has been declared in the retrial of Dennis Oland for the second-degree murder of his father, with the jury dismissed over police ``improprieties'' and the case to be ... Read more

Sentencing policy 'more informed by fiction than fact:' Fennel
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Actuarial risk assessments are routinely misunderstood and misapplied by the justice system, leading to the over-incarceration of offenders, says Toronto criminal lawyer John ... Read more

Foreseeability of risks key to claims against sports leagues, coaches
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There are limits to the risks sports administrators and volunteer coaches can be expected to anticipate, Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel tells AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

Consequences of not having a will far outweigh the cost of drafting one
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Creating a will can be overwhelming — hence why many people put it off — but Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Daniel Bernstein tells his clients not to think too ... Read more

Tips for winning body language in the courtroom
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A courtroom is in part a stage and lawyers must realize they are among the players, Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser tells AdvocateDaily.com . Presser, ... Read more

Remain mindful of social media limitations during IPO period
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Although there are no specific regulations surrounding social media posting for companies launching an initial public offering (IPO), general rules on publicity and disclosure do ... Read more

Parents should take care when advancing funds to married children
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Parents who advance money to a married adult child must treat it as a loan at the time of advancement if they expect to enforce repayment, Toronto family lawyer Christine ... Read more

Benjamin order can protect trustee if there's a missing beneficiary
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When a beneficiary of an estate remains missing following reasonable searches, there are some approaches estate trustees can take to protect themselves, Toronto-area estates ... Read more

Kotak Law’s Military Appreciation Day honours service men, women
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Toronto personal injury and disability lawyer Nainesh Kotak tells CHCH that he hosts the Kotak Law Military Appreciation Day each year as a way of giving back to the men and ... Read more

Connecting losses to alleged negligence key in class action: Waddell
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A judge’s decision to deny certification of a pharmaceutical class-action lawsuit demonstrates how important it is for plaintiffs to connect losses to alleged negligence, ... Read more

Labour pains: updating the Assisted Human Reproduction Act
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Surrogates who give families the gift of children should be paid for their work, not just reimbursed for expenses, Toronto fertility lawyer and mediator Kelly D. Jordan tells ... Read more

First online condo tribunal decisions offer guidance to boards, owners
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As the first few cases trickle out of the new Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT), Toronto condominium lawyer John De Vellis says the decisions released so far largely follow ... Read more

Ontario's cannabis retail gold rush part 1
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In the first instalment of a two-part series, Toronto corporate lawyer Peter Murphy looks at the issues facing cannabis store retailers. Prospective cannabis retailers need ... Read more

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Cannabis and the workplace: what employers need to know
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By Laura Williams Recreational cannabis use is now legal across Canada. Many employers are concerned about the impact of legalization on the workplace and how they can navigate the new ... Read more

Avoiding probate just got a little harder — but don’t panic
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By Timothy N. Sullivan Canadians are in the fortunate position that there are no succession duties or death taxes. However, some institutions or agencies require authentication of the last will. ... Read more

Update on the law of social host liability
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By Patrick Brown and William Harding This case remains the leading authority on social host liability. In the decision, it was found that social hosts do not owe a duty of care to people ... Read more

The great estate – five ways to make it happen
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag As estate litigators, we’ve seen a lot of bad estates and bad estate situations. The good news is because we know the bad, we can advise clients on how to avoid it and ... Read more

Police record checks – new law on background checks
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By Stuart Rudner and Anique Dublin On November 1, 2018, the process for conducting police record checks will change dramatically. On that date, the Police Record Checks Reform Act (the Act) ... Read more

Working both sides of business law — litigation and transactions
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By Inga Andriessen When I started practicing law over 26 years ago, I was a purely business law litigator. About three years into my career I became tired of litigating on poorly drafted ... Read more

A title by any other name is not a rose
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By Marcel Strigberger What’s in a name? Or rather what’s in a title to a name? A 10-year-old boy in North Carolina recently got punished by his teacher for calling her ... Read more

Criminal clients don't play golf
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By Ryan Handlarski To whoever said that “golf is a good walk spoiled” – I say amen brother! Before you read this post and think I am crazy, you have to understand that I am ... Read more

Why staying well can be a living hell
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By Ian Hull Have you followed the wellness industry lately? The New York Times recently published a lengthy feature on Gwyneth Paltrow and her wellness company Goop. In it, the author ... Read more

The position of executor: from cradle to grave – Part V
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By Avi Dahary for AdvocateDaily.com Personal and Estate Income Tax Part four of this series covered the executor’s duty to ascertain and discharge the debt obligations of the deceased. This ... Read more

Challenging a separation agreement
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By Usman Sadiq You’ve signed a separation agreement, but now you regret it. Is it too late? Can you challenge a separation agreement? It depends. In most cases, a separation agreement ... Read more

No matter is too small – the case for email threading
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By Wendy Cole Consider for a moment the last time you had to review email messages for discovery or pay counsel to do so on your behalf. The endless toil of slogging through random ... Read more

When did you last update your will?
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By Lisa Laredo If you’ve written a will—congratulations—you are amongst the half of Canadian adults who say they’ve written a will . If you are amongst the other 50 ... Read more

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