Nine points to help child protection agencies prepare for change

It’s important that Ontario children’s aid societies start addressing pending privacy legislation, says Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst, who has developed a nine-point guideline intended to help in the transition. Read more

Loeb: Tarion needs to require more standard-form agreements

Tarion Warranty Corp.’s recent efforts to provide more consumer information on the risks of pre-construction condominium purchases don’t go far enough, and the new home regulator should take an aggressive role in requiring more standard-form agreements, Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb tells The Globe and Mail. Read more

Pharmacist disciplined for snooping in private records

Regulated professionals who access health records for personal reasons are abusing their privilege and could receive disciplinary action, says Burlington compliance lawyer Cathi Mietkiewicz. Read more

Make-A-Will-Month a great excuse to get estate in order

November is the Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) Make-a-Will Month, and Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo says there’s no better time to act for those without an estate plan, no matter their age. Read more

Police investigating own alleged misconduct ‘offensive’

Reports of years-long delays in investigating allegations of criminal behaviour by Quebec police against Indigenous people should be concerning to all Canadians, as they point to evidence of a broader, more systemic problem in the way the province’s authorities deal with complaints, says Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey. Read more

Informed consent at the heart of most medical procedures

The threshold for obtaining a patient’s informed consent varies depending on the nature of the medical procedure performed, says Toronto orthopedic spine and trauma surgeon Dr. Michael Ford. Read more

Do a solid for charity, cue up team for Billiards with the Bar

Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) executive director Joan Rataic-Lang is hoping those in the legal profession will take the cue and sign up for Billiards with the Bar: Chalk One Up Against Hunger — 2019 in support of Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry. Read more

Do you need a ‘pet-nup’?

Owning an animal is a privilege and responsibility, so owners need to make arrangements for their pet’s care in wills and possibly even in prenuptial agreements, says Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte. Read more

Challenge of running your own firm worth the reward: Gosai

Women “shouldn’t be afraid to play by their own rules” when it comes to opening their own law firm, says Brampton personal injury lawyer Nital Gosai. Read more

Seek informed divorce advice when dealing with autism issues

Child support, custody, and access issues arising in a divorce become more complicated when a child of the marriage is on the autistic spectrum, says Mississauga family lawyer Deepa Tailor. Read more

Divorced parents: kids are the priority when holiday planning

Holiday planning is essential, especially when it comes to reaching a time-sharing agreement for children after a divorce, says Toronto family lawyer and divorce recovery coach Leanne Townsend. Read more

Brown urges province to use roadside tech to catch cell users

Ontario personal injury lawyer and road safety advocate Patrick Brown tells CBC News he is lobbying the province to implement technology that would allow police to conduct roadside tests to see if drivers are using their cellphones behind the wheel. Read more

Money can’t compensate for death of loved one: Grillo

TORONTO — A fatal boat crash on an Ontario lake this summer has prompted a wrongful death lawsuit against celebrity businessman Kevin O'Leary and his wife Linda O'Leary, who was driving their vessel. Read more

Third parties can help executors avoid pitfalls, focus attention

Administering an estate is a daunting task that can require extensive skills beyond the scope of some executors, and seeking guidance from knowledgeable third parties can be an important part of ensuring all responsibilities of the role are met, says Avi Dahary, founder of AccounTrust. Read more

Employers can be liable for employee assaults on colleagues

Employers must perform their due diligence when appointing supervisors following a recent decision in which a magazine company was found vicariously liable for one employee’s assault on another, says Toronto employment lawyer Christopher Achkar. Read more

Buying property with friends can be a risky investment

Toronto’s inflated housing prices have forced would-be homeowners to get creative when it comes to finding a place to call their own, including teaming up with friends, says Toronto real estate lawyer Matthias Duensing. Read more

Learn from other cities’ problems with e-scooters: Pollard

As the popularity of e-scooters grows, so do the problems that accompany them, Oakville personal injury lawyer Weston Pollard writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

U.S. case could alter Canadian opioid crisis strategy: Dale

The manslaughter conviction of a U.S. doctor resulting from his prescribing of opioids could be the “catalyst” in the creation of a special narcotics prosecutors office in Canada, Toronto criminal lawyer Laurelly Dale tells The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

Statements of claim should not be seen as absolute fact: Daya

It is important to not assume statements of claim are absolute fact when considering allegations contained in a lawsuit, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Jasmine Daya. Read more

Marine expert opinion needed in wrongful death claim

A fatal boat crash on an Ontario lake this summer will require expert evidence from a marine accident reconstructionist, and investigators may be able to obtain important data from the watercraft involved in the accident, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Rohan Haté. Read more