New rule may curb practice of paying HST out of benefits

Lawyers for injured plaintiffs are hopeful that a recent change to clarify the requirement for insurers to pay HST over and above accident benefit limits will increase compliance with the law and allow individuals to preserve room in their benefit entitlement, says London personal injury lawyer Maia Bent. Read more

Reflecting on evolution of murder trials over five decades

Drawing on five decades of experience in representing people accused of murder, Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen says Ontario’s judicial system has evolved into one of the best in the world. Read more

Discussing your split is a social media taboo when divorcing

People going through a divorce should stay off social media or at least avoid discussing their failed marriage and ex-partner online, says Toronto family lawyer Leanne Townsend. Read more

Mediation the key to uncovering future working relationships

Mediation can uncover opportunities for a continued working relationship in employer-employee disputes, says Toronto mediator and settlement counsel Mitchell Rose. Read more

Professional development program LSO accredited

A tailor-made continuing professional development program provided by Neesons, a Veritext Company, helps lawyers and their staff to better serve clients with varying degrees of hearing loss, says founder and principal Kim Neeson. Read more

Tips for successfully defending against class actions

Toronto civil litigator John Campion has been defending institutions against class actions almost from the inception of Ontario’s class proceedings regime more than 25 years ago. Read more

An ounce of prevention could save your business: Harris

It’s important for companies to assess their level of exposure to fraudulent activities that, left unchecked, could devastate your business, says forensic accountant and chartered business valuator Patricia Harris. Read more

Experience is vital to navigate complex financial matters

When dealing with equalization in family law matters that involve complex assets, make sure the right people are involved, says Mississauga family lawyer Deepa Tailor. Read more

Cautionary tales highlight importance of CASL compliance

Recent enforcement actions related to Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) contain a number of cautionary tales for businesses, and more are likely on the way — underscoring the need for companies to ensure any communications they send out comply with the law, says Toronto business lawyer Inga Andriessen. Read more

Post-investigation issues – what they are, how to handle them

When the ink is dry on a workplace investigation, the job is far from done, says Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner. Read more

First-time homebuyer program beneficial outside GTA: Samaroo

The federal government’s new homebuyers program could help many get that elusive dream home, but it’s not expected to have much of an effect on those living in high-priced urban centres like Toronto and Vancouver, says Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo. Read more

Points to consider in selecting a suitable mediator

People who choose to resolve disputes through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) should opt for a mediator who has proficiency in the field, says Brampton civil litigator Edwin Upenieks. Read more

Removing executor of a will cannot be done on a whim: Horst

Removing the executor of a will is a difficult proposition — and for good reason, says Toronto wills and estate lawyer Marlin Horst. Read more

Unbundled services ideal for simple divorces

Unbundled law services give self-represented litigants better access to justice because they are affordable and effective, says Toronto family lawyer Numan Bajwa. Read more

Equalization of net family property after a spouse dies

Many people do not know that upon the death of their spouse, they can either receive an inheritance under the will or claim an equalization of net family property, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo. Read more

Ruling shows unpredictability of court system: Paciocco

It is important to “be prepared for any outcome” when you are dealing with the judicial system, says Windsor personal injury lawyer Gino Paciocco. Read more

Supreme Court decision on life insurance guided by fairness

A recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling shows how judges are guided in their decision-making by a sense of fairness, says Toronto family lawyer Ken H. Nathens. Read more

Gosai tailors approach to clients’ specific requirements

Brampton personal injury lawyer Nital Gosai lives her childhood dream every day she goes to work. Read more

Assignment agreements with condos a tricky business

Assigning or “flipping” a condo unit is risky for both parties, so be sure to get legal advice from someone well-versed in this area of law, says Toronto condominium lawyer Warren Kleiner. Read more

It’s conviviality outside courtroom – all business inside

Lawyers should maintain good relations with colleagues but not at the expense of strong courtroom advocacy, says British Columbia criminal lawyer Dr. Gary Botting. Read more