Creative problem-solving core to Dunn’s financial practice

When Toronto financial services lawyer Timothy R. Dunn is handling a corporate restructuring or helping a company on the verge of bankruptcy, he doesn’t just think about the legal issues involved in the process — he also truly considers the people whose future will be impacted by the success or failure of the business. Read more

Allocate funding wisely for gun reduction strategy: Dale

The federal government’s pledge to provide $54 million over three years to support Ontario’s Guns, Gangs and Violence Reduction Strategy (GGVRS) will not amount to much if the money is not allocated to the right resources, says Toronto criminal lawyer Laurelly Dale. Read more

Change in family situations can trigger need for new will

Families grow and change over time and when life events such as remarriage or the birth of new grandchildren occur, it might be time to revisit your will, says Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Patrick Aulis. Read more

Counterfeit-stamped gold entering the market: Oswald

Illegally mined and smuggled gold is making its way into the financial market under cover of gold bars with forged stamps that claim the precious metal is coming from major refineries and mints, says Toronto forensic accountant and investigator Dave Oswald. Read more

Set goals, protect income when starting solo: Marchand

New lawyers practising on their own should develop a business plan and set goals to be achieved, says Dawn Marchand, vice-president of marketing, product and client experience for Lawyers Financial, which offers insurance and investment products to lawyers, their families and staff. Read more

Parties usually consent to minor claim amendments: O'Connor

Parties in civil cases can usually amend statements of claim at any stage of litigation, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor. Read more

Naked B.C. man who jumped in Toronto shark tank pleads guilty to mischief

TORONTO — A British Columbia man who stripped naked and jumped into a shark tank at a Toronto aquarium last year apologized for his actions Thursday as he pleaded guilty to mischief. Read more

Case demonstrates usefulness of anti-SLAPP legislation

A recent case involving an employee who spoke out against alleged discriminatory practices at a large insurance company demonstrates an appropriate use of Ontario’s anti-SLAPP legislation, says Toronto defamation lawyer Brian Radnoff. Read more

Judges don’t want to make parenting decisions: Simpson

Divorce is difficult for everyone in a family, but when parents can’t agree on matters related to their children, it can be beneficial to call on the services of a mediator or parenting co-ordinator, says Toronto family lawyer Erin Simpson. Read more

DIY wills are a recipe for disaster: Kirsh

Do-it-yourself (DIY) will kits can end up costing more than they save in legal fees, says Toronto trust and estate litigator Felice Kirsh, who is often called upon to litigate cases where testators created their own faulty estate documents. Read more

‘Complete autonomy’ essential when drafting a will: Horst

A recent Nova Scotia Supreme Court decision upholds the legal principle that people can leave their estate to whomever they want, provided they are fulfilling their support obligations, says Toronto wills and estate lawyer Marlin Horst. Read more

Stigma of criminal activity lingers: Dunn

A criminal conviction brings an element of social stigma to those involved, but when information can live forever online, even being charged can affect your reputation indefinitely, says Calgary criminal lawyer Greg Dunn. Read more

Change in long-term care homes requires holistic response

If adopted, recommendations to address systemic failings identified by a public inquiry into long-term care homes in Ontario could result in new staffing models and improved medication management systems, says Toronto health lawyer Lisa Corrente. Read more

Understanding class-action lawsuits

Class-action lawsuits provide a “low risk” option for those seeking justice, says Toronto civil litigator Darryl Singer, who is leading the Capital One database breach claim. Read more

Questions remain over ‘laudable’ 911 service change proposal

The provincial government’s proposal to amend regulations around how ambulance and the 911 services work has some laudable goals along with potential hotspots, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine. Read more

Decision-making time should count towards Jordan deadlines

Judges should be required to deliver their decisions within deadlines set by the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) or risk breaching defendants’ Charter rights, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser, who will appear before the nation’s top court this month representing an intervenor in an appeal involving the issue of delay. Read more

Judgment could have impact on condo industry: Mackey

A recent court ruling that saw a condominium owner lose her unit due to the actions of her tenant is good news for condo residents but could have a “chilling effect” on investors, says Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey. Read more

‘Knowledge and approval’ will challenges tough to prove: Smith

Litigants face an uphill battle when challenging a will on the basis of the testator’s lack of knowledge and approval, says Toronto estate litigator David M. Smith. Read more

Seek legal advice for professor abuse of power: Tsinman

In the academic environment, a student-professor relationship can start as one of mentorship but may slip over the line into one of intimacy and manipulation, placing someone in an uncomfortable power dynamic, says Toronto family lawyer Inna Tsinman. Read more

Strigberger offers up humour to keep presentations lively

Stress and anxiety are parts of everyday life, but humourist and author Marcel Strigberger believes humour is a great way to cope with most situations people face. Read more