Rights to the matrimonial home upon death of a spouse

It’s important to understand who will have rights to the matrimonial home following the death of a spouse when drafting your will, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo. Read more

‘In development’ health teams on cusp of approval: Gleeson

Outside help can push prospective Ontario Health Team (OHT) members judged to be “in development” over the threshold to full applicant status, says Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson. Read more

Eliminating peremptory challenges puts judges in charge

Criminal Code reforms being rolled out this fall include the elimination of peremptory challenges — where trial participants can reject a certain number of potential jurors without stating a reason — which Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen says will cause “chaos in the courts.” Read more

Videoconferencing services trim travel time, expenses: Neeson

Reducing participants’ carbon footprint while cutting travel costs are key advantages that videoconferencing offers legal firms, says Kim Neeson, vice-president of Canadian operations for Royal Reporting/A.C.E. Reporting, Veritext Companies. Read more

Shpigelman’s varied practice rooted in candour

Clients come first for Toronto lawyer Svetlana Ora Shpigelman. Read more

Seek advice when considering change to support payments

Payees and payors can apply for a change in spousal support if there is a material change in circumstances, but both sides should have legal counsel guide them through the process, says Mississauga family lawyer Deepa Tailor. Read more

Details are essential when it comes to writing a will

It’s not enough to simply make a will if you fail to provide specifics of your last wishes, says Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles B. Ticker. Read more

Decision clarifies rescission notice under AWA

A recent decision provides both franchisees and franchisors with some clarity on what constitutes notice of rescission under the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 (AWA), says Toronto civil litigator Stephany Mandin, who acted for the successful plaintiffs in the case. Read more

Sometimes you ‘just gotta sue’: Huberman

While mediation and other alternatives to litigation have their place, “sometimes you just gotta sue,” says Toronto litigator and commercial arbitrator Marvin Huberman. Read more

Revamped program gives victims of violence immediate compensation

Starting on Oct. 1, people suffering from a violent crime can get immediate compensation from the Victim Quick Response Program+ (VQRP+) in Ontario, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Andrew M. Lee. Read more

Ontario housing policy could have unforeseen consequences

It’s critical for the province to define what criminal offences are covered by its new policy that allows housing providers to permanently ban community housing tenants who have committed “serious crimes,” Toronto criminal defence lawyer Rashmi Kumar tells Law Times. Read more

Keep tabs on shifts in tax law for estate planning: Aulis

When it comes to estate planning, the idea is to make sure as much of your wealth stays with your beneficiaries instead of the tax collector, so it’s vital to stay on top of changes in this area of the law, says Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Patrick Aulis. Read more

Travelling now a potential ticket to trouble: Botting

Travelling anywhere in the world has become more dangerous in recent years, as high-profile arrests in Cuba and Canada show, says British Columbia criminal lawyer Dr. Gary Botting, who works extensively on extradition cases. Read more

Caucus approach to mediation often more effective: Rudner

Being able to adapt your approach to the circumstances and participants is the mark of a good mediator, says Toronto-area employment lawyer Stuart Rudner. Read more

Location of mediation doesn’t have an impact: Gossin

Home-field advantage isn’t enough of a factor in mediation to warrant renting a pricey neutral venue, says Toronto mediator Eric Gossin, who is called upon to be the impartial voice in a wide variety of mediated disputes. Read more

All legal gun owners must learn to deal with stereotypes

Shooting can be an empowering sport for women, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist, who is a licensed firearm owner, sport shooter and gun collector outside of her practice, a significant portion of which involves defending people charged with firearms offences. Read more

Colman believes in a different way to resolve conflict

Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman believes his firm has found “a better way to approach dispute resolution” that includes civility as the anchor. Read more

Dying without will can expose families to financial hardships

TORONTO — Dying without a will is a selfish decision that can add financial hardship to families suffering with grief, legal experts say. Read more

Decision adds context to SCC ruling on end-of-life care

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision advances the law on end-of-life care, says Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen. Read more

Understanding equalization – the matrimonial home

Title is important when it comes to assets like the matrimonial home, especially if a married couple separates and the home subsequently enjoys a significant increase in value, says Toronto family lawyer Ken H. Nathens. Read more