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Estates & Wills & Trusts

Changes to asset value may create unintended will inequities

It’s important to periodically track changes in value when bequeathing specific assets to individuals in your will, says Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Patrick J. Aulis.

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Fertility

Health Canada misses mark with AHR Act changes: Cohen

New regulations within the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA) do not go far enough in allowing reimbursements for surrogates and egg donors, says Toronto fertility lawyer Sara ... Read more

Criminal Law

Failure to meet Gladue requests results in stay of charges

Toronto lawyer Tyler Smith foresees an increase in applications to stay charges in cases involving Indigenous offenders in light of recent cuts to legal aid in Ontario. Read more

Intellectual Property

Lawsuit shows why copyright can be ‘tricky area of the law’

The extent to which copyright protects concepts is at the heart of a recent lawsuit involving Canadian icon and fictional character Anne Shirley, says Toronto intellectual property ... Read more

Criminal Law

Oland trial demonstrates DNA not always absolute proof

Dennis Oland’s acquittal on a second-degree murder charge in the 2011 bludgeoning death of his multimillionaire father, Richard, should serve as a reminder to police and ... Read more

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Five myths about electronic monitoring and bail

Electronic monitoring has become a common consideration during bail hearings, but there are still some misconceptions about its use, says Peter Marshall, in-house counsel and CEO ... Read more

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Commercial Litigation

Advise clients properly in writing about merits of case

A recent estates ruling which awarded full recovery costs against the defendants’ counsel highlights the perils of taking an untenable legal position, says Toronto commercial ... Read more

Insurance

Proposed auto insurance changes a good start: Vaughan

Proposed changes to regulations governing Ontario’s auto insurance are welcome, even though it’s not clear if they will be extensive enough, says insurance defence ... Read more

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Strategic, defined hiring process will net diverse candidates

Whether you’re looking to hire a hotshot rainmaker or add staff to boost expertise in a particular area, recruiting requires a multifaceted approach, says Catherine Moffitt, ... Read more

Employment & Labour

Microaggression is ‘like a virus’ creating toxic workplaces

When a complaint about racism in the workplace has been lodged, it often stems from a litany of microaggressions, says Toronto employment lawyer John Donkor. Read more

Legal Supplier

Higher rates of pedestrian deaths, injuries in poorer areas

Recent studies which show pedestrians in low-income areas face a higher risk of getting killed or injured in collisions is disheartening and further contributes to the cycle of ... Read more

Legal Supplier

CosmoLex helps law firms clear administration hurdles

CosmoLex marketing director Joshua Goldberg says his company’s cloud-based legal practice management software can help overcome five common challenges law firms face. Read more

Employment & Labour

Wright Henry brings experience, quality to employment, labour law

Senior executives and other professionals can find the legal advice they need at Wright Henry LLP, says founding partner and Toronto lawyer Michael Wright. Read more

Corporate

Trusted legal adviser key team member for smaller businesses

For small and medium-sized companies without in-house counsel, developing an ongoing relationship with a trusted adviser that you can turn to for assistance and guidance on a ... Read more

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Clinicians must step up or risk being policed by someone else

Clinicians should not be scared to opine on their peers’ work in medical malpractice cases, says Toronto orthopedic spine and trauma surgeon Dr. Michael Ford.  Read more

Civil Litigation

Quality nursing home care a public policy concern, says Rashid

A recent decision awarding $640,000 in a nursing home death that included $25,000 in punitive damages, sends a message that the issue of care is a “public policy ... Read more

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Take stock today to plan your retirement: Marchand

Taking stock of how you live today can help you develop a plan for your retirement years, says Dawn Marchand, vice-president of marketing, product and direct distribution for ... Read more

Criminal Law

Police need more than just a tip before a warrantless search

The Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) has sent a strong message to police that they can’t take anonymous tips at face value but must investigate them further, says Ottawa ... Read more

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