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Online will kits better than nothing: Urback

Online will kits are affordable and easy to use, but they deny the testator the opportunity to have meaningful discussions with a professional about individual circumstances and wishes, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Matthew Urback. Read more

Company retreats can add value to law firm

Workplace retreats can be a valuable tool when building an efficient, profitable law firm, says Toronto legal management consultant Mark Dormer, president of Cosgrove Associates Inc. Read more

Sex assault training bill threatens judiciary independence

It’s a good thing that a bill requiring federal judges to undergo training on sexual assault died on the order table this summer, as it may have compromised the independence of the judiciary if it was passed, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen. Read more

Opioid addiction recognized as disability under the Code

Employers have to be mindful of their obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code when terminating someone, even if it seems like a “slam-dunk cause case,” says Vaughan labour and employment lawyer Arthur Zeilikman. Read more

Five tips for making the most out of 24 hours in your day

Lawyers struggling to fit everything into their day should change their focus and strive to create space in their lives instead, says Toronto health lawyer and coach Kate Dewhirst. Read more

MMIWG report chronicles loss of the ‘forgotten people’

Most Canadians have no idea of the anguish endured by residents of remote First Nations communities, Kenora criminal lawyer Laurelly Dale tells The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

Case shows courthouse doors closed to majority of Ontarians

Despite concerns from the Supreme Court of Canada that justice is increasingly available only to the rich, a recent decision illustrates that this message hasn’t gotten through to the lower courts, Toronto litigator Michael Lesage tells The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

Not guilty verdict the ‘only’ conclusion in Oland case: Hicks

A verdict of not guilty was the only reasonable conclusion to the second-degree murder trial of Dennis Oland, says veteran Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks. Read more

Injury, damage claims expected following Raptors parade

There will likely be numerous insurance claims in the wake of the Toronto Raptors championship parade — mostly due to a lack of resources and poor crowd control, Oakville insurance lawyer Weston Pollard tells Canadian Underwriter. Read more

Better communication with your ex? There’s an app for that

Separated parents can stay in touch about childcare and other issues by simply downloading an app to facilitate that communication, says Toronto family lawyer Julia Tremain. Read more

Affluent abuse a growing, global phenomenon

While domestic abuse is often considered to exist largely in the realm of the have-nots, Toronto family lawyer Inna Tsinman says, in fact, it has no socio-economic boundaries. Read more

Ryerson’s Law Practice Program a recipe for success

Hands-on experience is the main reason law school graduates are drawn to Ryerson University’s Law Practice Program (LPP), says André Bacchus, assistant director of the LPP’s work placement program. Read more

Conscientiousness rewarded in recent case

Applications to pass accounts and be compensated for acting as power of attorney can win the court’s approval — and even its praise — if everything is done properly, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Elinor Shinehoft. Read more

Let’s practise ‘belonging’ and stop talking about ‘inclusion’

It’s time for the legal profession to stop focusing on “inclusion” and instead focus on “belonging,” says Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell. Read more

Silver’s case shows witness arrogance can backfire

A dispute over life insurance on a mortgage shows how arrogance on the witness stand can backfire against parties in court, says Toronto senior litigation lawyer Jeffrey Silver. Read more

Protect record during trial in view of possible appeal

Lawyers conducting a criminal trial should always think about how to protect the record for a possible future appeal, says Toronto criminal lawyer Lindsay Daviau. Read more

Ontario Court of Appeal rejects tort of harassment

Just because Ontario's highest court has ruled that the tort of harassment does not exist, doesn’t mean there aren’t options available to wronged parties, says Toronto employment lawyer John De Vellis. Read more

Power of attorney a ‘powerful and dangerous’ document: Aulis

Lawyers and their clients must tread carefully when drafting and implementing a power of attorney (POA), says Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Patrick J. Aulis. Read more

Recreational cannabis opens whole new legal can of worms

Legalizing recreational cannabis has created a growing list of legal headaches, Toronto arbitrator Marvin Huberman tells Caregiver Solutions magazine. Read more

The history, implications of condo reform in Ontario

In many ways, the condominium industry was a victim of its own success, Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant tells #WeSpeakCondo. Read more