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Province gives ‘meaningful guidance’ around multiple wills

Recent guidance from Ontario’s Ministry of Finance is helpful to estate lawyers looking to minimize probate-related expenses through multiple wills, says Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag. Read more

Psychologist’s testimony leads to greater access for father

A father has gained generous access to his toddler after Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman called a prominent U.S. psychologist to testify that even young children benefit from overnights with both parents. Read more

Condo corporations, start your charging stations

Condo boards have to be prepared to deal with requests from residents for charging stations as electric cars become more commonplace, says Toronto condominium lawyer Warren Kleiner. Read more

Workplace complaints process: early assessment

Employers who rush their response to harassment complaints can increase their legal exposure, says workplace violence and elder abuse specialist Denise Koster . Read more

Police use of facial recognition tools destroys privacy

Four troubling areas arise from the use of facial recognition tools by law enforcement, Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser tells The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

Shareholders’ agreement should account for divorce

When it comes to protecting a business from a triggering event such as a marital breakdown, it’s worth reviewing the different approaches when drafting a shareholders’ agreement, says Toronto corporate lawyer Anton Katz. Read more

Lawsuit seeks justice for residential day school victims

A class action could bring some measure of justice to victims of a residential day school, says Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey. Read more

Buyer beware: consumer tips for purchasing new, used cars

Before stepping into a new or used car showroom, consumers need to brush up on the rules and regulations that govern vehicle sales, says Toronto licensing and compliance lawyer Anar Dewshi. Read more

Legislate property rights for common-law spouses: Nathens

Many Ontarians will be surprised to learn that common-law spouses do not have a legal right to share in the increase in value of property assets that accumulate in their partner’s name over the course of their relationship, Toronto family lawyer Ken H. Nathens writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

Condo boards struggle to deal with delinquent pet owners

Condominium boards have options to regulate pets, but requiring animal owners to pay an extra fee is not one of them, says Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb. Read more

‘Unwanted pregnancy’ case raises interesting med-mal issues

Winning a medical malpractice claim can be a challenge even if it’s clear that a doctor has made a mistake, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Jessica Mahabir. Read more

Miller lauds B.C.'s plan to improve technology in courtrooms

Toronto litigator Jonathan Miller tells The Lawyer’s Daily that it’s commendable for British Columbia to look at ways to improve technology in its court system. Read more

Fight extradition orders until all appeals exhausted: Botting

It’s always wise to fight an extradition order because you never know what legal hornet’s nest you may be flying into in a foreign country, says British Columbia criminal lawyer Dr. Gary Botting. Read more

TLA courthouse libraries the ‘great equalizer’ for lawyers

Lawyers looking to do research can find the information and professional support they need at the Toronto Lawyers Association’s Courthouse Library, says TLA executive director Joan Rataic-Lang. Read more

Matrimonial home often hotly contested in divorce

The unique status of the matrimonial home makes it one of the most hotly disputed elements of a divorce, says Toronto family lawyer Glen Schwartz. Read more

Courts would benefit from efficiency of e-scheduling

As provinces such as British Columbia look at ways to introduce more technology into courtrooms, e-scheduling of court dates is one issue that needs to be tackled, as it will lead to greater efficiencies in the court system, Toronto business lawyer Inga Andriessen tells The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

Parties in mobility applications need comprehensive plans

Recent amendments to the Divorce Act have to be taken into consideration when parents seek the court’s approval to relocate children, says Toronto family lawyer Michael Stangarone. Read more

Changes to OINP promising but still room for improvement

Changes to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) will boost the province’s competitiveness, says Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman. Read more

Time to re-examine changes to provocation defence: Zita

Changes to the Criminal Code stipulating when provocation can be mounted as a defence are very restrictive and could deter people from legitimately using it, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jessica Zita. Read more

Lawyers must not be punished for representing any client: Rosen

The decision by the dean of Harvard College to not renew the appointments of two faculty deans because one of them is representing a reviled criminal defendant is "outrageous and an affront to the fundamental principles of criminal justice necessary for any free and democratic society," says Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen. Read more