Opinion

Independent legal advice (ILA)

By Usman Sadiq Independent legal advice (ILA) in family law matters refers to the legal advice a party receives from their own lawyer. Read more

Taking the stress away from back to school time

By Angela Princewill It’s that time of the year again, and for some, this may be a first. The school year is fast approaching and for newly separated parents this can be an overwhelming and stressful time. Read more

No criminal cannabis impaired charges laid in B.C. since legalization?

By Sarah Leamon It’s been nearly a year since cannabis was legalized, but there have been zero – count that, zero – cannabis-related driving offences laid under our new criminal law…in B.C. at least. Read more

Changes to the Canada Labour Code happening Sept. 1

By Doug MacLeod Federally regulated employers should be aware that various changes to the Canada Labour Code are set to be in place as of September 1, 2019. Read more

Wills, succession, estate planning?

By Matthias Duensing Is it inadvisable to write my own will? Do I really need a lawyer to plan affairs relating to my estate? These are questions I get asked all the time. Read more

Who cares what works for others: what works for you?

By Inga Andriessen It’s the last week of August and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one whose news feed is being hit with news feeds about work/life balance these days. Read more

The admissibility of surveillance at trial

By Patrick Brown and Brock Turville In personal injury trials, defence counsel commonly uses video surveillance to bring the severity or existence of the plaintiff’s injuries into question. Read more

Why corporations cannot ignore the Forfeited Corporate Property Act

By Anton Katz The Forfeited Corporate Property law affects all corporations in Ontario. What does it mean for your corporation’s operation and finances? Read more

Tips on appealing disability claim denial

By Nainesh Kotak You cannot work due to injury or illness. You let your employer know and then complete an application and submit it to your disability insurance company. Read more

Employee fraud: think before you fire

By Dave Oswald Fraud can happen in any company. Once it’s discovered the one thing not to do right away is to fire the suspected employee. Read more

What information do I need before meeting with a PI lawyer?

By Steve Rastin We understand even the thought of having to meet with a lawyer, in general, can cause feelings of anxiety. Read more

Cohabitation agreement – the ‘prenup’ for unmarried couples

By Usman Sadiq If you are in a common-law relationship or about to move in with a partner, you should seriously consider a cohabitation agreement. Read more

Auto insurance social contract ‘an illusion’ for many Ontarians

By Stephen Pauwels for AdvocateDaily.com Mandatory auto insurance is a social contract many insurers are in breach of. Read more

OCA distinguishes employee rights v. shareholder rights

By Barry B. Fisher In this case, the Court of Appeal revised a trial decision where an executive was given 26 months notice. Read more

Determining spousal support: who qualifies as a 'spouse'?

By Lisa Gelman In a recent decision, an Ontario court found that a woman was entitled to indefinite spousal support from her partner even though they had maintained separate residences. Read more

Ire, ire, ants on fire

By Marcel Strigberger My house has been invaded. I'm under siege. If I step out onto my back patio, I risk getting mauled by red ants. Does anybody have a solution? Read more

Non-competition and non-solicitation: Achkar

By Christopher Achkar Employers often include what are called “restrictive covenants” within their employment contracts, i.e. non-competition and non-solicitation clauses, with a view of protecting their business after the employment relationship comes to an end. Read more

How can I prevent embezzlement at my law firm?

By Erica Birstler Running an effective law practice means you can’t always be involved in every single detail of the firm’s operations. Read more

When should a court order a temporary advance of fees?

By Andrew Feldstein In this case, the court was tasked with determining whether to award the applicant with interim costs and disbursements in the amount of $150,000 in anticipation of her legal fees moving forward. Read more

(Yet) another termination clause bites the dust

By Doug MacLeod There are many ways to attack the termination clause in an employment contract. Read more