A medical professional's obligations regarding police requests

Health-care providers need to stand their ground when police officers express an interest in patients’ medical information, says Toronto health lawyer Brooke Shekter. Read more

Family law agreements not romantic, but they are prudent

Romance and rationality clash when couples broach the topic of cohabitation agreements and marriage contracts, says Toronto family lawyer Erin Simpson. Read more

The cost of incivility in litigation: Cormier

Incivility during litigation can needlessly delay proceedings and result in significant cost increases for everyone involved, says Toronto trial and appellate lawyer Joel Cormier. Read more

Harassment complaints part 1: Employers’ duties

In the first instalment of a two-part series on harassment complaints, Toronto civil litigator Stephany Mandin discusses an employer’s duty to investigate. Read more

HRTO backlog calls for innovative outsourcing

Out-of-the-box thinking is required to address the backlog of cases at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) due to a shortage of adjudicators, says Toronto mediator Bernard Morrow. Read more

Financial stress exacerbated post-accident: Herscu

As people struggle with debt and finance-related anxiety it’s not surprising that Canadians ranked money as their greatest stressor, says Easy Legal Finance Inc. president and CEO Larry Herscu. Read more

The dangers of joint ownership of the family cottage

In the final instalment of a four-part series on transferring ownership of the family cottage, Winnipeg wills and estates lawyer Cynthia Hiebert-Simkin discusses the potential pitfalls of joint ownership . Read more

Paralegals can help small businesses recover debts: Murray

Small businesses that are owed money for their services have another option after a collection agency fails, says Ottawa paralegal Amri Murray. Read more

Economic coercion not bound by social class

The murder of a prominent family physician by her neurosurgeon husband demonstrates that violence and domestic abuse transcend socioeconomic status, says Toronto family lawyer Inna Tsinman. Read more

Beware of inheritance scams: Popovic-Montag

Although a law firm may conduct a search to find a missing heir, potential beneficiaries are never required to send money or banking information, says Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag. Read more

Mere possibility of harm insufficient to deny access to records

Health-care organizations must provide individuals with all of their personal health information — including the names of those individuals providing the service — unless one of the exemptions in the law applies, says Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen. Read more

Resemblance does not amount to positive identification: Smith

Even highly trained police officers, schooled in observing suspects, can make errors, says Toronto criminal lawyer Tyler Smith , who recently had charges against a client dropped due to misidentification. Read more

In mediation, final offers are a road to nowhere

The mediation table is already packed with drama — back and forth negotiations, emotion, and trials and tribulations — so the last thing it needs is for one party to table a final offer, says Toronto mediator and employment lawyer Peter Israel. Read more

AIDSBeat 2019 goes ‘Back to the Movies’ June 7

AIDSBeat 2019 brings together the top legal minds in Toronto Friday night to clash on the stage, instead of the courtroom, in an epic battle-of-the-bands fundraiser in support of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research’s (CANFAR) mission to end HIV in Canada. Read more

The burden of proof in abuse, addiction allegations

When people in a family law dispute make addiction or abuse allegations against their partner, those claims have to be treated with respect and caution, says Fredericton family lawyer Jennifer Donovan. Read more

Do homework when buying a condo before it’s built: Laredo

Buyers looking to purchase a pre-construction condo unit should do their research to avoid cancellations, Toronto real estate lawyer Lisa Laredo tells CTV News Read more

Official Languages Act review a good first step: Deliscar

The federal government’s review of the Official Languages Act is a welcome development, says Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar . Read more

Case comes down to communicated consent: Rosen

A hearing to determine whether and to what extent that an alleged victim’s sexual history can be entered into evidence should have been held prior to the trial of an Ontario truck driver charged in the death of a sex trade worker, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen. Read more

Preparation key to successful Ontario Health Team application

Organizations hoping to be part of an Ontario Health Team (OHT) should be fine-tuning plans before invitations to submit a full application go out next month, says Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson. Read more

$20-million obituary piracy judgment likely a symbolic victory

A $20-million judgment against a website for pirating obituaries may turn out to be a symbolic victory for the families of the deceased, says Toronto business lawyer Bill Northcote. Read more