Estate administration and blended families

In the first instalment of three-part series on family law issues in the context of estate administration , Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo focuses on blended families and dependant support claims. Read more

Liability in slip and falls on private, public properties

Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth’s successful result in a recent case shows that property owners must provide effective signage in order to be found not liable in slip and falls that result in injuries. Read more

Pot pardon legislation doesn’t ‘go far enough,’ says Dostaler

Impeding legislation which would grant free pardons for Canadians convicted of simple marijuana possession is a “great start” but could be better, says Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler. Read more

Identification evidence is all about reliability: Neuberger

Juries must be very careful when assessing the reliability of eyewitness evidence, as there is a very good chance it is incorrect, says Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger. Read more

Having a positive impact on client’s life ‘most rewarding’

His passion for defending the rights of others stems from a law course he took in high school, says Toronto criminal lawyer Mitchell Huberman. Read more

Remaining franchise term plays role in injunction cases

In determining whether to grant an injunction involving the termination of a franchise agreement, the courts will look at the length of the term remaining and whether any claims of damages can be quantified, says Toronto franchise lawyer Idan Erez. Read more

Business Corporations Act changes aim to provide transparency

Privately owned firms governed by the Canada Business Corporations Act will now have to register the names of those who have significant control of their companies, says Toronto corporate lawyer Marlin Horst. Read more

School boards need to address growing bullying issue: Singer

Toronto personal injury lawyer Darryl Singer says his growing file of lawsuits against school boards is proof that not enough is being done to address racism and bullying. Read more

Time to tax digital streaming services: Fisher

The federal government is missing out on a lucrative revenue source by failing to tax over-the-top (OTT) media services, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer Kevin Fisher. Read more

Key for evaluative mediator to know subject matter

In the third instalment of a series on the benefits of estate mediation , Toronto trust and estate litigator and mediator Felice Kirsh discusses how to select a suitable mediator. Read more

Expert blocking adding to cost, delay in justice system: Ford

Parties to personal injury litigation should be barred from burying unfavourable expert reports, says Toronto orthopaedic spine and trauma surgeon Dr. Michael Ford . Read more

Addressing toxicity in teams a big issue in health-care field

Getting to the root cause of a toxic workplace can involve some deep digging and tough choices for senior leadership at health-care organizations, says Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst. Read more

Credibility, preparation important in family law cases: Joseph

Maintaining credibility and preparing your client for questioning — whether as part of the pre-trial process or at trial — is essential to the success of a case, Toronto family lawyer Gary Joseph writes in the Ontario Family Law Reporter . Read more

Court challenge a lesson in communication, compromise: Kulish

Toronto charity and not-for-profit lawyer Taras Kulish says his firm’s recent court victory is a reminder that communication is key among boards, and compromise can be more effective than litigation. Read more

OCA decision may mean more work for lawyers: Romero

Personal injury lawyers may have to change how they present cases that seek damages for motor vehicle accidents following a recent ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA), says Toronto mediator Victoria Romero. Read more

CARE model gives employers control of workplace complaint process

In the first instalment of a two-part series, workplace violence and elder abuse specialist Denise Koster discusses the basics of how companies should address complaints when someone has a bullying or harassment issue while on the job . Read more

Self-reps clogging criminal courts, adding to cost: Hicks

Criminal defendants unable to afford lawyers are increasingly clogging up the court system amidst a massive misallocation of resources, says Toronto criminal defence lawyer Christopher Hicks. Read more

Liberals misleading public with 'assault-style' firearms

The latest gun control statements from the federal minister investigating ways to curb organized crime are nothing more than “political rhetoric designed to install fear in urban Canadians,” says Calgary criminal lawyer Greg Dunn. Read more

Neesons makes court reporter switch seamless

Switching to Neesons Court Reporting after starting with another firm is easier than litigants might think, says company founder and president Kim Neeson. Read more

Software streamlines family law financial disclosure process

Darren Gingras, executive director of SIËSDE Dispute Resolution Technologies , says his company has developed software that will ease a major “pain point” in family law settlements. Read more