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B.C. right on track with personal injury expert limits: Ford

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

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SCC ruling a call to action for the Crown: Grey

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

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Annulment case supports Tsinman’s call for economic coercion tort

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

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Ontario's auto insurance reform needs more details: Herscu

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

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Mediation is affordable, timely alternative in family law

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

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'Distinguished' Court of Appeal justice Sharpe to speak at TLA event

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

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Voice of the Child reports empower youth in family disputes

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

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Criminal trials not credibility contests: Webb

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

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Robots showing promise in mediation: Huberman

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

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Kopping-Pavars incorporates ancient teachings into law practice

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

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Court orders mother to undergo a capacity assessment

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


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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

Common sense should prevail in get-rich-quick schemes
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Investors should perform their due diligence before making a financial commitment, because a company's claims that sound too good to be true, usually are, Toronto forensic ... Read more

Loose group lottery play leads to lawsuits
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Players may find themselves in court fighting over winnings if they fail to follow suggested guidelines for groups purchasing lottery tickets, Toronto civil litigator Sarah ... Read more

Video forensics requires same respect as other evidence
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The justice system needs to take video evidence more seriously, Crystal Beach, Ont., forensic video expert Michael Plaxton tells AdvocateDaily.com . “In my experience, ... Read more

Legislated 'exit ramps' needed to rectify inequality: Fennel
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A recent decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal calling for the federal and Ontario sex-offender registries to provide “exit ramps” to those found to be not ... Read more

When families, doctors disagree on end-of-life care
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Oakville personal injury lawyer Meghan Walker and other lawyers are glued to a civil case underway in Ontario that they hope will clarify whether doctors can override the ... Read more

Top five estate planning mistakes
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With almost a decade of experience behind him, Toronto litigator Matthew Urback has seen it all when it comes to estate plans. Urback, partner with Shibley Righton LLP , ... Read more

Current legal practices, procedures must be streamlined: Lesage
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It is time to acknowledge that many current legal practices and procedures are out of line with the value of the interests at stake and the profession must take steps to address ... Read more

Conant supports fixing new home warranty program
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Creating a separate regulator for builders of new homes is a “step in the right direction on many fronts,” Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant tells The ... Read more

Having professional support key in shareholders disputes
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Having an experienced accounting team in your corner can make a big difference in a shareholder dispute, Toronto forensic accountant and chartered business valuator Patricia ... Read more

When neighbour disputes turn ugly
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The idea that a person’s home is their castle, combined with the concept that proximity breeds contempt, can lead people to take extreme positions about what appears to be ... Read more

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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

You can stand on the other side of humanity and be right
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By Ryan Handlarski For virtually my entire life, I have been in the minority when it comes to thinking. I can remember examples of this throughout my life from the time I was nine years old and ... Read more

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