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Ruling brings clarity to sharing health-care providers' names

The default position of health-care organizations should be to share service providers’ full names to patients on request, Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst tells ... Read more

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Abandoning justice triage system not advisable: Dunn

It would be a mistake to scrap the triage policy that directs Alberta prosecutors to abandon lesser criminal cases in favour of more serious files, Calgary criminal lawyer Greg ... Read more

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Reasonable expectation of privacy depends on context: SCC

A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision about privacy provides some important guidelines as invasive technology becomes more available, Ottawa criminal lawyer ... Read more

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Court clarifies motor vehicle accident mediation rules

A court ruling which clarifies who pays for mediation in motor vehicle accident claims is a “small victory” for plaintiffs, Ottawa personal injury lawyer Joseph ... Read more

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Decision provides guidance on therapeutic orders in family law

A recent ruling by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice provides clarity on how and when family courts should use therapeutic orders compelling parents and children to ... Read more

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Changes to refugee policy unnecessary: Jeffery

The federal government needs to rethink its plan to change the eligibility provisions for refugee claimants, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells AdvocateDaily.com ... Read more

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New life insurance product meets lawyers’ needs

Lawyers Financial has launched a whole life insurance product specifically designed for the needs of the legal community, says Dawn Marchand , vice-president of marketing, ... Read more

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LTD clients often need employment law advice

Long-term disability (LTD) lawyers need to boost their employment law knowledge to make sure their clients are protected, Oakville personal injury lawyer Jill Edwards tells ... Read more

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Privacy compliance for private sector cannabis retailers part 1

In the first instalment of a two-part series on privacy compliance for cannabis retail stores, Toronto business lawyer Peter Murphy looks at the role privacy will play in ... Read more

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Unbundled services empower self-represented family litigants

A limited-scope retainer is a great option for anyone whose income is too high to qualify for Legal Aid but below what’s needed to pay for the full services of a lawyer, ... Read more

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Is a crypto-will a new frontier for estate planning?

By Ian Hull The popularity of cryptocurrencies has heightened the world’s attention on the versatility of blockchain technology. An interesting development is the application of a ... Read more


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B.C. right on track with personal injury expert limits: Ford
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Ontario should follow British Columbia’s lead by imposing limits on the number of experts who can file reports in auto insurance claims, Toronto orthopaedic spine and trauma ... Read more

SCC ruling a call to action for the Crown: Grey
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A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling is a call to action for the Crown to reconsider how well the justice system balances people's rights with the goal of prosecuting ... Read more

Annulment case supports Tsinman’s call for economic coercion tort
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A case involving a woman — who was told her job would only be secure if she married her boss’s friend — would be a good fit for a new tort of economic coercion, ... Read more

Ontario's auto insurance reform needs more details: Herscu
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News that the province plans to restore the default benefit limit for catastrophic injuries to $2 million is a “major change for the positive,” says Easy Legal ... Read more

Mediation is affordable, timely alternative in family law
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Mediation is one of the best ways to provide access to justice in an affordable and timely way — especially in family law cases, says Toronto arbitrator and mediator ... Read more

'Distinguished' Court of Appeal justice Sharpe to speak at TLA event
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The Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) has secured a dynamic speaker and one of the best legal minds in the province for an upcoming event that promises to be an informative night ... Read more

Voice of the Child reports empower youth in family disputes
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A Voice of the Child (VOC) report can help settle family law matters before they reach court and is also a useful tool if a case proceeds to trial, says Toronto family lawyer ... Read more

Criminal trials not credibility contests: Webb
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A recent decision in a sexual assault appeal is a reminder of the high bar the Crown faces to achieve a conviction in a criminal trial — proving a charge beyond a reasonable ... Read more

Robots showing promise in mediation: Huberman
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Advanced robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) will play important roles in mediation and arbitration in the near future, predicts Toronto litigator and commercial arbitrator ... Read more

Kopping-Pavars incorporates ancient teachings into law practice
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A book based on ancient Toltec wisdom impressed Toronto-area family lawyer Nicolle Kopping-Pavars so much that she now incorporates its core messages not only into her personal ... Read more

Case law protecting digital privacy rights intact: Presser
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A solid body of case law protecting digital privacy rights remains unshaken following a Supreme Court decision that undercover police officers do not need to obtain a judicial ... Read more

Manage expectations when making charitable donations: Kulish
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A court battle filed by a man unhappy with how his $1-million charitable donation was being administered is a lesson for those who give, and those who receive, Toronto charity ... Read more

Ethics, integrity key components of court reporting at Neesons
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An ethical and integrous record of proceedings is much more than putting some words on a piece of paper, says Neesons Court Reporting founder and president Kim Neeson . ... Read more

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Court orders mother to undergo a capacity assessment
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By Lisa Gelman In some situations, one party in a proceeding may ask the court for an order directing the other party to undergo a capacity assessment. An Ontario court recently considered ... Read more

Family members awarded substantial damages in car accident lawsuit
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By Nainesh Kotak A mother was driving her car through an intersection when another driver entered against the red light and violently crashed into the family vehicle. The car accident resulted ... Read more

HRTO: no authority to award costs to a successful party
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By Stuart Rudner What if someone files an entirely frivolous lawsuit against you, refuses to settle, and forces you to go all the way to trial, where you successfully defend the action? One ... Read more

Help! I don’t want to be an executor
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By Lisa Laredo A family member or close friend passes away and amidst your grief, you discover that you have been named executor of their estate. You’re shocked because you ... Read more

Ontario’s 2019 auto insurance reform — a step in the right direction
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By John McLeish and Lindsay Charles The Ontario budget released on Thursday, April 11, 2019, addressed numerous contentious issues in the auto insurance sector. The Ontario government proposed many reforms that ... Read more

No ‘tort of harassment’ in Ontario
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By Laura Williams The Ontario Court of Appeal has found in this case that there is no “tort of harassment” in Ontario. The Court of Appeal reversed the 2017 Ontario Superior Court ... Read more

It makes a difference — why not pay attention?
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By Dawn Simons, for AdvocateDaily.com At some point during your client’s litigation, it is likely they will express to you their lack of resources and financial stress. We all know that claims can take years ... Read more

A cure for ageist thinking? It may not be needed
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag It’s taken decades, but we’re slowly coming to terms with a few of the “isms” in our culture – racism and sexism being two obvious ones. We can ... Read more

Increased court costs impair access to justice
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By Amanda Bafaro Because disbursements aren’t already high enough, the Ontario government has increased the fees associated with the filing of many of the most common civil court ... Read more

Trust accounting safeguards: CosmoLex
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By Erica Birstler Trust accounting is a critical function for law firms, as funds that are not yet earned or disbursed must be handled in compliance with state and federal requirements. Because ... Read more

Imparting wisdom, without sounding like a jerk
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By Inga Andriessen The Law Society of Ontario’s bencher elections are in full swing. There are many candidates, some running for specific causes and some running because they want the Law ... Read more

When the tax man calls – estates, family disputes, debts
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By Matthias Duensing for AdvocateDaily.com The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently ruled on a case involving parental estates and disputing brothers. The couple at the centre of the case were happily ... Read more

Frustration of employment contract can be plead by employee, employer
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By Barry B. Fisher In this case , the judge had a case where the plaintiff had been off on disability for eight years and had no hope of returning to work. This judgment confirmed that the ... Read more

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