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What happens to my will if my lawyer dies, retires or moves?

By Michele Allinotte Someday, I hope to retire and enjoy my life after law with my family and loved ones. However, I will not be “riding off into the sunset” ... Read more

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Trademark law is changing in Canada — is your brand ready?

By Inga Andriessen On June 17, 2019, a big change is taking place in Canada’s trademark world and it will matter to your brand if you don’t already have a ... Read more

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Does your lawyer use inclusive language?

By Michele Allinotte Legal documents are not always the most pleasant things to read. Even if the documents are for a good thing (buying a home or adoption), it is easy ... Read more

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Validity of foreign divorce: Feldstein

By Andrew Feldstein In this case , the applicant mother sought to invalidate a divorce granted in Russia, an increase in temporary spousal support, and an increase in ... Read more

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What happens if you lose a patient record?

By Kate Dewhirst The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario has issued a new health privacy  Decision 86 . A woman contacted a hospital to have access to her ... Read more

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Slap across the face gets plaintiff $65,000

By Barry B. Fisher In this case , the judge, in a motion for default judgment, had the following fact situation: The plaintiff, a 73-year-old female clerk with 19 ... Read more

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How we're changing the way we make the record

By Kim Neeson   For years, most of Canada has experienced a decline in shorthand reporters who have always been the recognized guardians of the record. As Canada's ... Read more

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New changes to the Employment Standards Act: Bill 66

By Christopher Achkar Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019 has just received Royal Assent on April 3, 2019. Schedule 9 of Bill 66 addresses matters ... Read more

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Government disbands the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

By Anna Matas Recently, the Conservative government of Ontario tabled a budget titled “Protecting What Matters Most.” Unfortunately for survivors of violent ... Read more

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Boston Tea Party revisited — lawyers wanted

By Marcel Strigberger The Law Society of Ontario (LSO), the province’s governing body for lawyers, has imposed a requirement for its lawyers to annually affirm ... Read more

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What is a review at the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board?

By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen The Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) is an independent adjudicative agency that, on request, reviews ... Read more

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What your children need to know about your divorce

By Steven Benmor Most people believe that their children are unaware of marital problems in the home. This could not be further from the truth. Children of all ages are ... Read more

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If I don’t own anything, why do I need a will?

By Michele Allinotte One of the most frequent questions people ask me is “Do I need a will?” When I say yes, everyone over the age of 18 who is competent to ... Read more

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Vaccination of children in family law cases

By Marcus Sixta Vaccination of children is a hot topic in British Columbia and around the world and this issue comes up in family law proceedings. In Canada, it is not ... Read more

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Severance pay calculation under ESA based on Ontario payroll: OLRB

By Doug MacLeod Under s. 64 of the Employment Standards Act (ESA), an employee with five years’ service is entitled to one week severance pay for each year of ... Read more

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Is a crypto-will a new frontier for estate planning?

By Ian Hull The popularity of cryptocurrencies has heightened the world’s attention on the versatility of blockchain technology. An interesting development is the ... Read more

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Court orders mother to undergo a capacity assessment

By Lisa Gelman In some situations, one party in a proceeding may ask the court for an order directing the other party to undergo a capacity assessment. An Ontario court  ... Read more

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Family members awarded substantial damages in car accident lawsuit

By Nainesh Kotak A mother was driving her car through an intersection when another driver entered against the red light and violently crashed into the family ... Read more

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Protect your elderly parents from robocalls

By Dave Oswald We’ve all received at least one phone call where a pre-recorded message plays, indicating that you’ve won a prize, your taxes are owing or some ... Read more

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HRTO: no authority to award costs to a successful party

By Stuart Rudner What if someone files an entirely frivolous lawsuit against you, refuses to settle, and forces you to go all the way to trial, where you successfully defend ... Read more

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