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NEW Quebec parties meet to discuss ways to better support sexual assault victims

MONTREAL — Members of Quebec's three main opposition parties met with the justice minister recently to discuss how to reform the way Quebec adjudicates sexual assault cases. ... Read more

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MLSE wants Snoop to drop 'Leafs' logo like it's hot

The latest trademark faceoff between the Toronto Maple Leafs and rapper Snoop Dog will be one to watch on both sides of the border, Toronto intellectual property lawyer John ... Read more

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Bencher candidate Lesage running to be 'voice' of small firms

Toronto litigator and Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher candidate Michael Lesage says it’s crucial that the voices of the smaller firms are heard at Convocation. ... Read more

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Employers must exercise caution in for-cause terminations

Companies that try to avoid paying proper severance by claiming “just cause” when they terminate the employment of long-term staff members are taking a big financial ... Read more

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Injunctions an effective tool to tackle unauthorized practice

Court injunctions are a good alternative to prosecution for regulatory bodies attempting to stop unlicensed practitioners, Burlington health lawyer Cathi Mietkiewicz tells ... Read more

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Estates bar relieved as court endorses dual wills

The estates bar breathed a sigh of relief after the Divisional Court overturned a decision that called the use of dual wills into question, Toronto wills and estates lawyer ... Read more

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Immediate action needed on cannabis amnesty: Conron

The federal government needs to act on its promise to create a pardon process for cannabis-related criminal convictions, London criminal lawyer Carolynn Conron tells ... Read more

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Divorce recovery workshop takes holistic approach to healing

Recovering from a divorce can be a long and difficult process, so guidance on how to cope with the new reality can be very helpful, Toronto family lawyer and divorce recovery ... Read more

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Family law costs should be fair, reasonable: OCA

A recent ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal provides clear direction on how costs should be awarded in family law matters, running contrary to a long-held belief that they ... Read more

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Want to be creative with your will? Get a lawyer

By Suzana Popovic-Montag If you’re a regular reader of obituaries, you’ve undoubtedly seen some creative writing touches in remembering a departed family member. While traditional ... Read more

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Ontario Divisional Court offers another take on termination clauses

By Laura Williams A series of Ontario decisions in 2017 and 2018 demonstrated that termination clauses are tricky business! Many employers include termination clauses in employment agreements, ... Read more


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Crown's financial motive theory in Oland murder trial a 'red herring'
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The Crown's pursuit of a financial motive is inconsistent with its theory of the case in the second-degree murder trial of Dennis Oland, says Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher ... Read more

Court reporters hailed for importance to the justice system
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It’s National Court Reporting & Captioning Week, a time to celebrate the skilled professionals who produce quick and accurate transcripts of live events, Neesons Court ... Read more

No predictability of property division in common-law splits
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Alberta recently enacted legislation that governs how common-law couples should divide property when they break up, and Toronto family lawyer Barbara Kristanic says Ontario ... Read more

Trial-ready Cormier tells it like it is to clients
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Toronto trial and appellate lawyer Joel Cormier has no interest in telling his clients what they want to hear. Cormier, associate with Will Davidson LLP , tells ... Read more

It's experience that makes you a true private investigator
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While a 50-hour training course will put you on the path to becoming a private investigator in Ontario, it takes much more than that to excel in the profession, Toronto-area ... Read more

How to be successful in small claims court
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In this first instalment of a three-part series on how to be successful in small claims court, Toronto litigator Stefan Rosenbaum discusses how to get a claim started. While ... Read more

Medical evidence on mental health can help or hinder client's case
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Expert evidence on the mental health of a client can be a double-edged sword, Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel tells AdvocateDaily.com . Fennel, associate with Hicks ... Read more

A primer on deferred prosecution agreements: Oswald
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When a company is facing criminal allegations, a deferred prosecution agreement allows it to avoid court proceedings if certain conditions are met, namely admitting to an agreed ... Read more

Document loans, gifts to married family members to avoid litigation
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Family members who advance money to married relatives should be explicit about whether it was intended as a gift or a loan, Toronto family lawyer Gary Joseph tells ... Read more

Policy needs effective enforcement: bencher candidate Rastin
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Barrie-area litigator Steve Rastin , says if elected as a Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher, he will strive to find "ways to ensure lawyers can continue to provide outstanding ... Read more

Cost-sharing agreements between adjacent buildings - a legal primer
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Shared facility disputes are a frequent source of litigation which is why cost-sharing agreements are worthwhile to iron out ahead of time, Toronto real estate lawyer Megan ... Read more

Parents frequently 'dragged into' children's divorce proceedings
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Parents who contribute to a married child should formalize the arrangement in writing to avoid legal trouble should the marriage break down, says Toronto family lawyer Ken H. ... Read more

Build fair dispute resolution plans into employment contracts: Rudner
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Dispute resolution clauses are a productive method of ensuring that employment-related disputes can be resolved efficiently and effectively — provided they’re properly ... Read more

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Disbursement funding options
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By Katie Armstrong A client’s ability to fund disbursements is always a key consideration when preparing a legal budget. Historically, litigation funders would typically only consider ... Read more

Can your employer ask for passwords to your social media accounts?
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By Amelia Phillips The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) is the federal privacy law for private-sector organizations. The Act sets out the ground rules for ... Read more

Better late than never - retroactive child support
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By Marcus Sixta The obligation to pay child support after separation and divorce is mandated by both federal and provincial legislation in Alberta. This obligation is something that most ... Read more

Catastrophic injury impairment
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By David Hollingsworth Automobile insurance is constantly changing. It seems that the government continues to strip away at some of the most vital services required for injured people, especially ... Read more

‘Advances’ on settlement funds and the personal injury lawyer
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By Amanda Bafaro for AdvocateDaily.com Should personal injury lawyers lend money to their clients? If you don’t lend your clients money, is it ok to have family or friends lend them money? It’s ... Read more

Five common will drafting mistakes
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By Lisa Laredo Write your will right and it will do exactly what you want and need it to do when you die. Your will is your roadmap to your loved ones and a properly written will ensures ... Read more

What I’m looking for in a bencher
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By Inga Andriessen If you’re not an Ontario lawyer, then this blog is not for you. This is about our upcoming bencher election for the Law Society of Ontario (LSO). Benchers are elected ... Read more

Justice minister has statutory discretion to drop extradition proceedings
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By Dr. Gary Botting for AdvocateDaily.com The online edition of South China Morning Post recently trumpeted, “Donald Trump could change the course of Meng Wanzhou’s ‘years-long’ battle ... Read more

The ways to ruin your chances of settling your divorce in mediation
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By Steven Benmor Mediating your divorce is an opportunity to try and settle your case without going to trial. Mediation is a fast, fair and cheap process. Litigation is long, hostile and very ... Read more

Handling mortgage debt depends on circumstances at time of death
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By Mary Wahbi for AdvocateDaily.com Your mortgage lives on even after you die, and one way or another, the lender will want to get paid. That's because mortgages are attached to the property, as well as ... Read more

Liability for the tort of intentional infliction of mental suffering
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By Mackenzie Irwin The tort of intentional infliction of mental suffering (IIMS) is not awarded often and requires the plaintiff to meet a very high threshold. The elements required to ... Read more

The limitations of keywords
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By Candice Chan-Glasgow A high-profile case making headlines again this week illustrates the frailties of relying on keyword searching alone when searching for relevant documents in any document ... Read more

Unbundled legal services
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By Cathryn Paul If you are representing yourself in a family law matter, you are not alone. Over half of the litigants in family court are not represented by lawyers. For many, it is because ... Read more

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