Rape shield amendments interfere with access to justice

A recent case illustrates how amendments to the rape shield provisions of the Criminal Code have “thrown criminal litigation into insane disarray,” says Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger. Read more

Guard against letting emotions drive your divorce

Divorcing couples should resist the temptation to let emotion rule the process, says Toronto family lawyer and divorce recovery coach Leanne Townsend. Read more

Four tips for getting most out of first summer after divorce

Newly divorced parents can shape their children’s memories of the first summer following the split, says Toronto family lawyer and mediator Steven Benmor. Read more

When a contract is not a contract

Until you cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s, a contract is nothing more than an unenforceable piece of paper, says Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein. Read more

Older workers short-changed by employment laws

Older workers are getting a raw deal in the workplace, says Toronto employment lawyer Bram Lecker. Read more

Dental malpractice lawsuits part 2

In the final instalment of this miniseries, Fredericton personal injury lawyer Matthew Pearn explains the steps a person should take when suing a dental professional. Read more

Overturned dismissal for delay a warning shot to lawyers

A recent decision involving a case that was dismissed for delay should serve as a reminder to lawyers to impose a robust “tickler system” at their firm, says Brampton civil litigator Edwin Upenieks. Read more

Bans fail to address root issues behind gun violence

Handgun bans are not the solution to violent crime because they chiefly affect law-abiding citizens, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist. Read more

Using mediation for the finer details avoids court costs

For separating spouses, mediation can provide a non-adversarial approach to resolving issues that courts often don’t handle, says Oakville family lawyer, mediator and arbitrator Cathryn Paul. Read more

False sex assault claims damaging to everyone: Daya

False sexual assault claims have a damaging effect on society because they cast suspicion towards legitimate complaints, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Jasmine Daya. Read more

Seek legal advice, take your time with severance offers

Terminated employees should not feel pressured into accepting a severance package, says Vaughan labour and employment lawyer Arthur Zeilikman. Read more

Client can make or break a lawsuit: Lee

A credible, likable client is one of the pillars of a successful lawsuit, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Andrew M. Lee. Read more

Employers have duty to act before workplace bullying starts: Low

In the final instalment of a two-part series on bullying at work, Toronto employment lawyer Ellen Low discusses employer obligations and the results of a recent study. Read more

Take action if wrongdoing is suspected within your business

Initiating a forensic accounting investigation is critical for entrepreneurs facing suspicious activity within their business, says forensic accountant and chartered business valuator Patricia Harris. Read more

Considering a plea deal begins with the client: Daviau

A client's intentions must be top of mind when advising whether to accept a plea deal, says Toronto criminal lawyer Lindsay Daviau. Read more

Government’s proposed insurance changes a start: Derfel

The Ontario government’s plan to reinstate a $2-million default benefit limit for catastrophic injuries is welcome news, says Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel. Read more

Mediating neighbour disputes can save time, money: Rose

In the first instalment of a three-part series on the benefits of mediation in disputes where there are ongoing relationships that need to be managed quickly and inexpensively, Toronto mediator and settlement counsel Mitchell Rose focuses on neighbours. Read more

Detailed will can reduce disputes between heirs

The more detail a testator can put into a will, the better, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Elinor Shinehoft. Read more

Dictionary definition helps decide will challenge

Testators should steer clear of ambiguous language if they wish to avoid a will challenge after their death, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Matthew Urback. Read more

Reasonable steps requirement weakens presumption of innocence

A dissenting Supreme Court (SCC) judge was right to declare unconstitutional a section of the internet child-luring law that essentially obliges the accused to prove their innocence, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi. Read more