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Law Help Centres too valuable to lose: O'Connor

Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor fears a valuable cost-saving program for self-represented litigants may never return if allowed to fail due to a lack of funding. ... Read more

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Confidentiality in mediation

Confidentiality means different things to different people, Toronto employment law mediators Barry B. Fisher and Peter Israel tell AdvocateDaily.com . The secrecy of ... Read more

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Managing the transition from ODSP to OAS/GIS for those with disabilities

People with disabilities may need help negotiating the tricky transition from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) to old age benefits after age 65, Ottawa disabilities ... Read more

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Law association membership helps young lawyers stand out: FOLA

Membership in a local law association can help new lawyers stand out from the crowd, says The Federation of Ontario Law Associations' (FOLA) new Chair Michael Winward. ... Read more

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Lines between civil, criminal law often blurred in domestic violence cases

In part two of a three-part series on domestic violence, Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Daudlin looks at the intersection of criminal and family law and how there is sometimes ... Read more

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Safety recommendations needed around truck-related deaths: Brown

A coroner’s review of truck-related deaths on Ontario’s highways is long overdue, Toronto critical injury lawyer Patrick Brown tells the Toronto Star . ... Read more

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Digital assets an increasingly important part of estate planning

Accounting for digital assets is becoming a bigger part of estate planning as people do more and more online, Toronto litigator Matthew Urback tells Law Times . “I ... Read more

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A title by any other name is not a rose

By Marcel Strigberger What’s in a name? Or rather what’s in a title to a name? A 10-year-old boy in North Carolina recently got punished by his teacher for calling her ... Read more


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Privacy update – changes in managing privacy in health care
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Privacy is such a dynamic area of law and health care that organizations need to pay attention to it constantly, says Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst . “It ... Read more

Experts who act for both sides more attractive to personal injury counsel
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Counsel are less likely to hire experts who exclusively testify for either plaintiffs or defendants following a recent decision which addressed the witnesses' apparent lack of ... Read more

Employers should foster workplaces that encourage reporting
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There can be many reasons why an employee fails to report sexual harassment in the workplace, but employers must take a strong stance and proactively identify problematic ... Read more

Speed is key when addressing hoarders, pests in condos
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Condominium boards and managers should deal with hoarding and pest issues quickly, going to court if necessary, to stay on top of potentially expensive problems, says Toronto ... Read more

Data security for law firms part 1
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In the first instalment of a two-part series, Korbitec president Alan Bass looks at data security for law firms. In the rush to stay on the cutting edge of data security, ... Read more

Fixed-fee services becoming more attractive to clients
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Fixed-fee services provide a range of options that an employer would not necessarily get by hiring counsel on an hourly basis, and this can help prevent potential legal issues ... Read more

Federal Court of Appeal upholds highly restrictive protective order
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A recent case gave the Federal Court of Appeal an opportunity to offer guidance on a rare type of court order that prevents one party from seeing parts of the opposing ... Read more

Children's aid societies potentially liable for injuries in care
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There are a number of ways a children’s aid society (CAS) can be found liable for injuries to children in their care, Toronto critical injury lawyer Rikin Morzaria tells ... Read more

Seek legal advice before giving money to adult children
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An Ontario Court of Appeal decision shows why parents should get legal advice before advancing funds to their adult children, Ottawa family lawyer Timothy N. Sullivan tells ... Read more

Tracking leads boosts client conversion
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Tracking intake calls is a proven method of helping law firms convert more prospects into clients, says Tom Ball of Alert Communications . The legal intake call centre ... Read more

Marriage revokes a will, but divorce or separation does not
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Failing to update a will following separation or divorce can create confusion and may lead to conflict when it comes to the distribution of assets following death, Cornwall wills ... Read more

TLA urges provincial government to save Pro Bono Ontario
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The provincial government must step in to save the vital cost-saving Pro Bono Ontario (PBO) program for self-represented litigants, Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) President ... Read more

Not criminally responsible ruling misunderstood: Gadhia
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TORONTO — It's "unfortunate" that some in the general public think a woman found not criminally responsible (NCR) for fatally stabbing a stranger "got off on a technicality" ... Read more

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Three simple ways to increase your firm’s profitability
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By Amir Tajkarimi Has your firm’s profitability flatlined? If so, you’re not alone. Although modest growth has been observed in the last couple of years, widespread ... Read more

Criminal clients don't play golf
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By Ryan Handlarski To whoever said that “golf is a good walk spoiled” – I say amen brother! Before you read this post and think I am crazy, you have to understand that I am ... Read more

Why staying well can be a living hell
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By Ian Hull Have you followed the wellness industry lately? The New York Times recently published a lengthy feature on Gwyneth Paltrow and her wellness company Goop. In it, the author ... Read more

The position of executor: from cradle to grave – Part V
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By Avi Dahary for AdvocateDaily.com Personal and Estate Income Tax Part four of this series covered the executor’s duty to ascertain and discharge the debt obligations of the deceased. This ... Read more

Challenging a separation agreement
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By Usman Sadiq You’ve signed a separation agreement, but now you regret it. Is it too late? Can you challenge a separation agreement? It depends. In most cases, a separation agreement ... Read more

No matter is too small – the case for email threading
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By Wendy Cole Consider for a moment the last time you had to review email messages for discovery or pay counsel to do so on your behalf. The endless toil of slogging through random ... Read more

When did you last update your will?
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By Lisa Laredo If you’ve written a will—congratulations—you are amongst the half of Canadian adults who say they’ve written a will . If you are amongst the other 50 ... Read more

Dying for a cruise? What about dying on a cruise
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag Our estate litigation practice by its nature concerns end of life issues. And while no one expects the “end of life” to happen on a vacation, we’ve been ... Read more

Oral caution unreasonable for retired nurse
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By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen In a recent review , the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) found that the decision of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee ... Read more

Summary judgment: fast tracking your wrongful dismissal lawsuit
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By Bram Lecker and Kimberley Sebag As the old saying goes, the wheels of justice turn slowly. This has never rung truer than it does right now. Ontario’s overtaxed court system ... Read more

When is imprisonment appropriate for non-payment of support arrears?
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By Lisa Gelman A recent Ontario decision examined both default hearings as well as how and when a jail committal order is appropriate to enforce spousal support and child support ... Read more

Am I separated from my spouse?
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By Marcus Sixta One question that often arises is “am I separated?” On the face of it, this seems like a simple issue, but if you are living in the same home as your former spouse ... Read more

What happens when divorced parents can’t agree?
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By Andrew Feldstein In this case , the parties involved had a shared parenting arrangement for their four-year-old child. The judge ordered that the mother could make decisions regarding health ... Read more

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