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Estates bar relieved by competing decision on validity of dual wills

The estates bar can breathe a collective sigh of relief now that a Superior Court judge has declined to follow the example of a colleague on the bench whose decision called the ... Read more

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Radnoff: SCC decision not 'all doom and gloom' for journalists

Media outlets should be pleased in principle with a Supreme Court of Canada decision even though it forced the journalist at the centre of the case to hand over his materials to ... Read more

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What you should know about powers of attorney for personal care

In the final instalment of a two-part series on powers of attorney, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Elinor Shinehoft discusses POAs for personal care. Laypeople can ... Read more

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Court awards damages to physician dismissed from hospital

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that a physician who was terminated without cause is entitled to damages despite any difficulties he may have had in the workplace, Toronto ... Read more

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Agreements around insurance premiums, benefits should be in writing

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision highlights the value of conducting periodic “legal checkups,” Ottawa family and estates lawyer Timothy N. Sullivan tells ... Read more

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Dostaler’s client acquitted of care and control charges

Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler ‘s successful result in having her client acquitted of drunk driving charges turned on the fact that the woman's only ... Read more

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Once resignation accepted by employer, employee cannot resile

By Barry B. Fisher In this case , the judge had a situation where an employee gave her employer four months’ notice of her resignation because she did not want to be involved in an ... Read more

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Unfounded allegations against dismissed employees can be costly

By Laura Williams Dismissing an employee from their position can be one of the most challenging aspects of workplace management faced by employers. When an employer decides to dismiss an ... Read more


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Monetary gifts can't become loans just because the marriage is over
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A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision highlights the importance of detailing on paper any significant financial transactions with family members, Toronto family lawyer ... Read more

Beware of extortionists using #MeToo backdrop for financial gain: Webb
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Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb says she has witnessed an increase in extortion attempts coinciding with the emergence of the #MeToo movement. "I’m seeing ... Read more

Get familiar with LTD policy before making a claim: Hoffman
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It’s very important that employees familiarize themselves with their employer’s long-term disability (LTD) policy in the event they need to make a claim, Toronto ... Read more

Gun crime mandatory minimums interfere with Gladue principles: Dale
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A Nunavut decision shows mandatory sentences for gun crimes inappropriately constrain judges when dealing with Aboriginal offenders, Toronto criminal and civil litigator Laurelly ... Read more

Pension battle a cautionary tale for divorcing couples, lawyers
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A pension battle involving one of his clients that has been before the Ontario courts for nine years is a cautionary tale, says Toronto family lawyer, mediator and parenting ... Read more

Bury gives legal career advice in new #thelawyercoach column
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With more than 25 years of legal experience, Toronto lawyer and certified executive coach Michael Bury has seen it all — career meltdowns, narcissists, sociopaths, ... Read more

Hicks' client not guilty of first-degree murder — convicted of manslaughter
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A Toronto man was found not guilty of first-degree murder but convicted of the lesser offence of manslaughter in the 2015 beating death of an Ottawa music journalist and ... Read more

Ignore complaints to college at your own peril: Sunshine
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Health professionals need to pay close attention to complaints lodged against them with their college because the consequences can be dire, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse ... Read more

Crossing U.S. border a catch-22 for those in cannabis business
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A plan by the U.S. border agency to ban visitors for life if they have any connection to the now-legal Canadian marijuana industry puts travellers in a catch-22 and will cause ... Read more

Shared-services boards rife with conflict of interest potential: O'Brien
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Hospitals need to guard against conflicts of interest that can arise among the directors they nominate to sit on boards of shared-services organizations, Toronto health lawyer ... Read more

Revoking job offer over applicant's immigration status 'discriminatory'
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A precedent-setting decision from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) addresses the growing issue of employers refusing to hire a person unless they are a Canadian ... Read more

Lawyers' lawyer Upenieks serves local and legal communities
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Brampton civil litigator Edwin Upenieks is every inch the lawyer’s lawyer. During more than three decades at the bar, Upenieks, partner with Lawrence, Lawrence, ... Read more

Siegel works in lockstep with family law clients
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Clients who hire Toronto family lawyer Brahm Siegel should get used to the sound of his voice. Siegel, senior partner with Nathens Siegel Barristers LLP , tells ... Read more

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Brain injury among the most catastrophic car accident injuries
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By Nainesh Kotak Acquired brain injury refers to a brain injury sustained after birth. More than 1.5 million Canadians currently live with acquired brain injury. Motor vehicle accidents are ... Read more

Does your elderly parent need help?
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By Ian Hull It’s a situation shared by many – you have a single elderly parent living alone. They’ve always been able to handle their day-to-day needs, with the ... Read more

Send in the Martians: Strigberger
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By Marcel Strigberger So the Insight spacecraft has landed on Mars. Is this huge? I’m not sure. This is the eighth spacecraft to land on the red planet but I am actually totally disappointed ... Read more

The technology ghosts of law firms past — and present
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By Amir Tajkarimi Many businesses have come to rely on the office trifecta: Word , Outlook and the fax . Law firms are no different, but there some pretty convincing reasons to question ... Read more

Valuing employee pensions in wrongful dismissal cases
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By Doug MacLeod A long service, older worker is terminated. Under the terms of the individual’s pension plan, the employer is not permitted to continue his participation in the pension ... Read more

Cross-examination by video conferencing: still the exception
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By Amelia Phillips Under what circumstances can a witness be compelled to attend cross-examination outside of the jurisdiction in which he/she lives versus, say, by video conferencing? While the ... Read more

Who gets the kids for the holidays?
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By Marcus Sixta Deciding on a holiday parenting schedule can be very difficult. The holiday season can be especially difficult to navigate for newly divorced or separated couples. In a family ... Read more

Access to justice – watering down lawyer relationship not the answer
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By Inga Andriessen Warning – rant ahead. Worse, it’s a rant that only lawyers probably care about. Read on at your own peril. There are many days, well frankly all of them, that ... Read more

Resealing of foreign orders appointing guardians
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By David M. Smith and Yasmin M. Vinograd In some cases, an incapable person residing outside of Canada has assets in Canada. Can a guardian appointed outside of Canada have access to the incapable’s Canadian ... Read more

Happy Holi-daze – an update on social host liability
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By Mackenzie Irwin As we head into the holiday season, many employers will be hosting holiday parties for their employees. With the recent legalization of cannabis and a new decision out of the ... Read more

Child access in same-sex relationships
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By Andrew Feldstein Notions of the “traditional” family unit have evolved over time. Accordingly, the judicial system needs to adapt to be better equipped to adjudicate new issues ... Read more

Like it or not: forcing the sale of the matrimonial home
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By Lisa Gelman The court recently examined the interesting question of whether, and under what circumstances, a party can obtain an order to sell their matrimonial home even when their ... Read more

Legal tech part two: five legal tech plays
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By Alan Bass and Michael Sauber In our post, " Legal tech shows no signs of slowing ," we examined the drivers behind the use of technology in legal practice. In this post, we make the ... Read more

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