Same approach problematic for common-law, married spouses

Equal property rights for both common-law and married spouses would remove an element of choice from couples about their relationships, says Markham family law lawyer Andrew Feldstein. Read more

Chalk one up in the fight against hunger

Neuberger & Partners LLP, Hull & Hull LLP, and the Toronto Lawyers Association will host an annual fundraising event in support of the Lawyers Feed the Hungry program in November. Read more

Accord acknowledges Supreme Court independence: Hicks

An accord between Canada’s chief justice and its justice minister aimed at strengthening the independence of the Supreme Court is not legally binding but carries strong moral suasion, says Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks. Read more

Mother on hook after son crashes rented minivan

TORONTO — A woman who rented a minivan is on the hook for thousands of dollars after her son, who had a suspended licence, got behind the wheel and crashed, an Ontario judge has ruled. Read more

‘Renoviction’ victims have legal options: Murray

Tenants have options when a landlord attempts a “renoviction,” says Ottawa paralegal Amri Murray, who handles cases of this nature. Read more

Indigenous communities ill-served by ‘colonial policing’

It will take more than money to solve the problem of “colonial policing” in Indigenous communities, says Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey. Read more

ADR clause preempts time, cost of shareholder litigation

There are several benefits to including a dispute resolution mechanism within a shareholders’ agreement, says Toronto business lawyer Anton Katz. Read more

Unpaid contractors should seek prompt legal advice

Contractors owed money for work or materials have two options — a lien or a lawsuit — and in either case, it is helpful to seek legal counsel as early as possible, says Barrie civil litigator Scott Hawryliw. Read more

Companies can be held liable for injuries caused by product

Customers injured by faulty products could have a claim against the manufacturer, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Jasmine Daya, who helps plaintiffs seek recourse for injuries sustained as a result of defective items. Read more

Select an alternate caregiver for pets in your will

A small but growing number of pet owners express interest in making provisions for their pets in their estate plans, Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag tells The Canadian Press. Read more

Security screening at Toronto police HQ justified, appeal court rules

TORONTO — The threat of an attack on police headquarters in Toronto justifies the security screening of everyone entering the building, including people attending police service board meetings, Ontario's top court ruled on Thursday. Read more

Pedestrian deaths a public health issue ‘of crisis proportion’

The increasing number of injuries and fatalities to vulnerable road users has reached crisis proportions and requires a shift away from “car culture,” Ontario personal injury lawyer Patrick Brown tells the CBC. Read more

Case provides guidance on litigation privilege

Family law counsel should broaden their horizons for lessons on how to handle expert evidence, says Toronto family lawyer Gary Joseph. Read more

Workers have the right to unplug when workday is done: Low

Ontario employees have the “right to disconnect” if they are being asked to answer emails and make phone calls after work hours, and they should seek legal advice if told otherwise, says Toronto employment lawyer Ellen Low. Read more

Collection litigation valid option when invoice remains unpaid

Although the thought of collection litigation may seem daunting or bring negative connotations for some business owners, those who have provided a good or service deserve to be paid, says Toronto business lawyer Inga Andriessen. Read more

Terminated employees should seek legal advice promptly

Employees who accept the terms of a termination agreement without seeking legal counsel are doing themselves a disservice, says Vaughan employment lawyer Dennis Ovsyannikov. Read more

Mediating ‘grey’ divorce takes a different approach: Benmor

Getting to know your client in a “grey” divorce case is essential, says Toronto family lawyer and mediator Steven Benmor. Read more

Targeted police stop attracting attention from criminal bar

When it comes to police demanding roadside breath tests, there is a fine line between random stops, targeted stops, and those based on reasonable suspicion, says Kamloops criminal lawyer Lisa Mae Scruton. Read more

Be proactive when it comes to home insurance: Haté

Failing to properly insure your home, or not knowing what’s covered when making a claim, can be costly mistakes, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Rohan Haté. Read more

Tactics for success in high-stakes mediations

A vital part of a mediator’s responsibility in helping disputing parties reach a settlement is to outline the risks of not resolving the matter, says Brampton civil litigator Edwin Upenieks. Read more