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Case illustrates why wills are vital for dependants

A recent matter where the common-law spouse of a man who died without a will was awarded the entire estate highlights the importance of dependant support claims, Toronto trusts ... Read more

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Post-accident finances can be difficult to discuss

Getting injured in an accident can have devastating physical and emotional effects, but those stresses may be compounded by financial issues, Easy Legal Finance Inc. ... Read more

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A failure to mediate can be costly: Romero

A recent Ontario Superior Court ruling is a cautionary tale that a defendant's refusal to mediate could increase the award, says Toronto arbitrator and mediator Victoria Romero . ... Read more

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Employers must not be penny wise and pound foolish

Consulting a lawyer before you sign an agreement with a contractor could save you time, trouble and, most importantly, money, Toronto employment lawyer Matthew Wise tells ... Read more

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Giving children a voice in mediation provides clarity

Including the voice of the child in mediation can shed light on how they feel about certain parenting arrangements — without going through the expensive process of a full ... Read more

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Important steps to take after a slip and fall

By John McLeish and Courtney Stewart You have been injured after a slip and fall – now what? If you have slipped and fallen on someone else’s property due to the negligent care of ... Read more

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Part-time employees must be paid at same rate as full-time workers

By Amelia Phillips Formerly, the Employment Standards Act , 2000, S.O. 2000, c. 41 (the ESA) did not require an employer to compensate a part-time, temporary, casual or contract employee the ... Read more


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Lawsuit over solitary confinement in Ontario jails certified as class action
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TORONTO — A lawsuit alleging the Ontario government violated the rights of inmates by placing them inappropriately in solitary confinement can proceed as a class action, a ... Read more

B.C. judge tiptoes through divorce assets of decades long cannabis grow op
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VANCOUVER — A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has been placed in the difficult position of dividing assets in a divorce when the couple's "family business" for over two ... Read more

GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants 'fairness'
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WASHINGTON — Christine Blasey Ford may testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all, her attorney said, breathing new life into the prospect of a dramatic ... Read more

Radnoff: OCA's anti-SLAPP guidance helpful to a limited extent
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The Ontario Court of Appeal’s decisions in six cases related to the Protection of Public Participation Act highlight that plaintiffs must approach anti-SLAPP motions ... Read more

Appeal court judgment good news for auditors
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A recent decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal makes it more difficult for auditors and other professionals to be sued by individuals who were not their clients, says Toronto ... Read more

Parents have an obligation to financially support the children
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Divorced parents are required to maintain a consistent level of income to support the family and could face financial consequences if a court finds that either party is ... Read more

How many hats does your health organization wear?
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When Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst advises organizations on how to protect themselves from legal risks, she often finds herself talking about hats — and occasionally ... Read more

Investment in legal advice pays off for landlords, tenants
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Landlords and tenants should resist the temptation to go it alone when they encounter legal troubles, Toronto landlord/tenant lawyer Caryma Sa’d tells AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

Family home is an emotional asset in a volatile market
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Splitting the matrimonial home upon separation is an emotional task at the best of times but can be downright dreadful in today’s real estate landscape, Toronto family ... Read more

Why busy law practices need a business lawyer
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Incorporation, employment concerns and lease agreements are issues that inevitably come up for lawyers running their own firms — but unless you practise business law, it is ... Read more

Collecting, preserving digital evidence can make or break a case: Plaxton
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Experience counts when dealing with crucial video evidence says Crystal Beach, Ont. forensic video analyst Michael Plaxton — a member of an elite crowd of only 57 forensic ... Read more

Temporary layoff law widely misunderstood
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Many businesses and their employees have a poor understanding of Ontario’s temporary layoff laws, Vaughan labour and employment lawyer Arthur Zeilikman tells ... Read more

SCC clarification hoped for in medical malpractice case
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A recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling provides some guidance for malpractice cases when a number of people are responsible for causing a problem and allows a way for the case ... Read more

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Does your estate plan need a touch up?
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag If you have a will, you’re one of a minority of Canadians who have taken that crucial step in the estate planning process. A recent survey revealed that 51 per cent of ... Read more

‘Courtesy calls’ and enforceability of non-solicitation clauses
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By Laura Williams Employers regularly include restrictive covenants, such as non-solicitation clauses and non-competition clauses, in employment agreements. Non-solicitation clauses enable ... Read more

The perils of do-it-yourself wills
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By Lisa Laredo Have you ever thought about using an online service to write a will instead of hiring a lawyer to draft one for you? After all, dozens of websites offer to make will-writing ... Read more

A different approach to work-life balance
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By Ian Hull A recent Globe and Mail article on vacation time caught my eye. In it, Elizabeth Renzetti notes an ADP Canada study that found that: only one in three employees take ... Read more

How to increase your law firm’s billable hours
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By Amir Tajkarimi Over the course of this article, we’ll show you how to increase your law firm’s monthly billables by at least 10 hours in only 30 days, while reducing overhead. ... Read more

Five things your disability insurance lawyer wants you to know
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By Nainesh Kotak Being denied short or long-term disability benefits or having your insurance benefits terminated can plunge you into a financial crisis and increase your stress burden. ... Read more

‘How do you represent the people you represent?’
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By Ryan Handlarski I have represented everyone from accused drug traffickers, to accused sexual assaulters, to accused murderers. The stock answer to this question from most criminal lawyers ... Read more

Choice of mediator critical to dispute resolution
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By Peter Israel Whether as a result of Ontario’s mandatory mediation program or — as I’d like to believe — the growing appreciation of the benefits of alternative ... Read more

Nursing home negligence
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By Patrick Brown and Taraneh Etemadi With our aging population, we may all know someone who has been in a nursing home or another form of assisted living facility. According to Statistics ... Read more

Child support for estranged adult children
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By Andrew Feldstein The parties were married for 15 years and had two children. This motion concerned the younger child, an 18-year-old university student. At the age of 13, she made it known ... Read more

What to expect if police suspect you are driving on drugs
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By Joseph Neuberger It is no mystery why Ontario law enforcement and safety advocates urge drivers to stay off the road after they have been using any substances that may result in impairment. ... Read more

Should mediators work on contingency?
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By Mitchell Rose Recently, someone asked me if mediators ever work on contingency. The question took me by surprise. To me, the answer seemed obvious, and so I replied: “No, of course ... Read more

Suing your lawyer not a do-it-yourself affair
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By Michael Lesage In 2006, a woman was injured in a car accident. Subsequently, she retained a lawyer to pursue damages against the driver of the vehicle. The lawyer handled her car accident ... Read more

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