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Inconsistent policies lead to inequities in searching accused

Ontario police forces continue to conduct unnecessary strip searches despite constant criticism and admonishment from within the justice system, says Toronto criminal lawyer ... Read more

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Cost, time key to deciding whether to settle business lawsuit

There is no such thing as a ‘sure win’ in any dispute — and while it does make sense to litigate to a conclusion in some cases, in other situations, businesses ... Read more

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Sometimes it’s prudent ‘to slow it down’ during a court case

A judge has stayed a man’s sex assault charges after Toronto criminal lawyer Lindsay Daviau argued his right to a timely trial had been infringed upon due to late ... Read more

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Family member immigration amnesty ‘rights a wrong:’ Jeffery

A two-year pilot project that will allow for the sponsorship of previously undeclared family members is a welcome development, says Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery ... Read more

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Uphill battle for parties appealing support orders

Spouses face an uphill battle to overturn family support decisions on appeal, says Toronto family lawyer Ken H. Nathens . In a recent judgment , a unanimous three-judge ... Read more

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Laugh at death (on us)

By Ian Hull During the past Halloween season, I couldn’t help laughing as I drove by a home in the country that had a very realistic looking, life-sized grim reaper on the front ... Read more

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Grow your firm with data-driven decisions

By Erica Birstler Making data-driven decisions is a powerful tactic that can help any business, including law firms. Basing strategy and initiatives off of numbers and trends makes it much ... Read more


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Kawhi takes to a different court looking for victory
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Toronto Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard’s fight to regain rights to the logo he says he created is a reminder to consider every contingency when it comes to protecting your ... Read more

Mediation underused for settling temporary issues in divorce
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Mediation is underrated as a technique for resolving temporary or interim issues between splitting couples, says Toronto family lawyer Steven Benmor . Benmor, principal of ... Read more

Progressive discipline vital in just-cause terminations
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Progressive discipline is critical in terminations alleging just cause, says Toronto employment lawyer Soma Ray-Ellis . In a recent Canada Labour Code decision , an ... Read more

Exclusion endorsements carry over to new vehicles, case confirms
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Unless an insurance company removes the Excluded Driver Endorsement, excluded drivers should always assume they won’t be covered on an insurance policy — even if they ... Read more

CosmoLex helps firms sharpen their competitive edge
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Time is money and Rakesh Kabra, president of CosmoLex , says his firm’s practice management system is geared to saving lawyers both. The company offers value to Canadian ... Read more

Victim advocacy plays key role in domestic violence situations
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A local women’s shelter is the best starting point for victims of domestic violence, says Toronto family lawyer and divorce recovery coach Leanne Townsend . Townsend, ... Read more

Protecting social benefits for children with disabilities
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Caring for a child with a disability is more than a lifelong commitment, and parents can ensure their loved ones are supported even after their passing with the right ... Read more

Collaborative divorce enables couples to tailor settlements
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If a couple opts to have a collaborative divorce, and then things go off the rails, there is still a good chance the process can get back on course, says Toronto family lawyer ... Read more

Cost to be paid for courtroom antics: Cormier
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If a court case is unnecessarily extended due to the behaviour of one party, that side could very well end up paying a disproportionate share of the costs after the verdict is ... Read more

Catastrophic benefit increase favourable to accident victims
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News that the province plans to restore the default benefit limit for catastrophic injuries to $2 million is a “step in the right direction,” but it is still not ... Read more

Life insurance a helpful business tool when used properly
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Life insurance can be an effective business tool for co-owners of businesses, but it has to be structured appropriately, says Edmonton corporate lawyer Kirk Goodman . ... Read more

Legal Aid cuts in Ontario ‘a devastating affront to justice’
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Budget cuts to Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) are an attack on the access to justice movement , Toronto criminal lawyer Jessica Zita tells The Lawyer’s Daily . ... Read more

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Top five reasons HR professionals should use digital forensics
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By Tyler Hatch HR professionals get involved when employees are disciplined or dismissed for contravening workplace policies . Computers, smartphones, tablets and the internet are ... Read more

Meng extradition political poppycock: Botting
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By Dr. Gary Botting for AdvocateDaily.com The attempted extradition of Chinese corporate executive Meng Wanzhou by the United States is entirely political. The chief financial officer for Huawei was reportedly ... Read more

Mutual release set aside due to fraudulent misrepresentation
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By Barry B. Fisher In this case , the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the lower courts’ decision to set aside a settlement with its ex-employee to whom they had paid 36 months severance ... Read more

Living apart together relationships require planning and advice
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By Michele Allinotte A recent Globe and Mail article reviewed the lives of several couples who chose to live apart in long term relationships. Full disclosure, I was one of the individuals ... Read more

Costly mistakes for startups
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By Christopher Achkar Startups are infant businesses and most have doomsday clocks – a deadline by which they must become profitable to survive. Success in the startup sphere depends on ... Read more

Anonymity in family law litigation: sealing orders, publication bans
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By Andrew Feldstein The parties in this matter have one change. A final order was in place that provided the father access to the child on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as every other ... Read more

Happy 60th — now start saving
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag There are lots of positives to retirement and your senior years: fewer costs, more leisure time, and less daily stress to name a few. And these are all worth celebrating. But ... Read more

Harassment at work? Employers, take heed!
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By Bram Lecker and Simon Pelsmakher In recent years, the media has cast a spotlight on the topic of harassment at work. As employment lawyers, we regularly bear witness to this despicable phenomenon through our ... Read more

Can an employer rely on the findings of a criminal trial?
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By Laura Williams When an employee is convicted of a criminal offence, employers can be left wondering what to do. Depending on the nature of the crime, an employer may feel that the ... Read more

Find out if you qualify for the new FBAR filing extension
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By Alexey Manasuev U.S. citizens and Green card holders living in Canada or otherwise outside the United States may have FBAR filing obligations. If the aggregate maximum value or the balance of ... Read more

Not every breach of contract is cause for dismissal
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By Stuart Rudner and Anique Dublin A British Columbia court recently ruled that an employer did not have just cause to terminate an employee even though the employee was in breach of her employment ... Read more

Is parental alienation a mental health issue?
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By Lisa Gelman The concept of parental alienation can, unfortunately, be common in the practice of family law; one that can affect decisions relating to support or even custody in some ... Read more

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