Decisions impact tax benefits in shared custody arrangements

Two recent decisions from the Federal Court of Appeal further complicate tax matters for shared parenting arrangements, says Canadian legal software supplier Christine Montgomery. Read more

New sex-ed curriculum doesn't move the dial enough: Imai

The revised sex-ed curriculum for Ontario elementary students won’t please social conservatives or progressive parents upset with Premier Doug Ford after he scrapped the version introduced by the former Liberal government, says Toronto employment and human rights lawyer Mika Imai. Read more

Best interests of child trump fairness of hearing: OCA

A recent Court of Appeal judgment is a must-read for counsel who engage in family law arbitrations, says Toronto family lawyer Gary Joseph. Read more

Conscious uncoupling enables child-centred resolution

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin made the phrase ‘conscious uncoupling’ famous when they divorced in 2014, and it’s something many ex-partners work towards for the sake of their children, says Oakville family lawyer and mediator Robina Khan. Read more

Residence exception rule changes impact capital gains taxes

Changes in the last few years concerning trusts and the principal residence exemption have fundamentally altered the estate planning process, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi. Read more

Mediation has advantages over litigation in high-asset divorces

Mediation is “a much more effective alternative to litigation” for divorces involving complex financial matters, says Toronto family lawyer and mediator Jennifer Samara Shuber. Read more

Honesty is the best policy when applying for life insurance

Knowing your medical history and being truthful can go a long way in avoiding a life insurance policy denial, says Oakville personal injury lawyer Jill Edwards. Read more

DFI Forensics going strong after one year in business: Hatch

When a cyberattack occurs, knowing who to call in those first hours after an incident can be critical to mitigating your exposure and locking down evidence, says B.C.-based digital forensics investigator Tyler Hatch. Read more

Harrison is a strong advocate for collaborative family law

Barrie family lawyer Peter Harrison has always enjoyed helping people, which is one of the key reasons he is passionate about his area of practice. Read more

CPLED transforms students into competency-trained lawyers

Law schools teach students the intricacies of the legal system and its guiding statutes, but not necessarily all of the skills they need to succeed in the profession, says Kara Mitchelmore, CEO of the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED). Read more

Health Canada misses mark with AHR Act changes: Cohen

New regulations within the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA) do not go far enough in allowing reimbursements for surrogates and egg donors, says Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen. Read more

Lawsuit shows why copyright can be ‘tricky area of the law’

The extent to which copyright protects concepts is at the heart of a recent lawsuit involving Canadian icon and fictional character Anne Shirley, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson. Read more

Oland trial demonstrates DNA not always absolute proof

Dennis Oland’s acquittal on a second-degree murder charge in the 2011 bludgeoning death of his multimillionaire father, Richard, should serve as a reminder to police and Crown prosecutors about the limitation of DNA evidence, says Toronto criminal lawyer Laurelly Dale. Read more

Five myths about electronic monitoring and bail

Electronic monitoring has become a common consideration during bail hearings, but there are still some misconceptions about its use, says Peter Marshall, in-house counsel and CEO of Recovery Science Corporation (RSC). Read more

Changes to asset value may create unintended will inequities

It’s important to periodically track changes in value when bequeathing specific assets to individuals in your will, says Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Patrick J. Aulis. Read more

Failure to meet Gladue requests results in stay of charges

Toronto lawyer Tyler Smith foresees an increase in applications to stay charges in cases involving Indigenous offenders in light of recent cuts to legal aid in Ontario. Read more

Wright Henry brings experience, quality to employment, labour law

Senior executives and other professionals can find the legal advice they need at Wright Henry LLP, says founding partner and Toronto lawyer Michael Wright. Read more

Advise clients properly in writing about merits of case

A recent estates ruling which awarded full recovery costs against the defendants’ counsel highlights the perils of taking an untenable legal position, says Toronto commercial litigator and appellate counsel Brian Radnoff. Read more

Proposed auto insurance changes a good start: Vaughan

Proposed changes to regulations governing Ontario’s auto insurance are welcome, even though it’s not clear if they will be extensive enough, says insurance defence lawyer Heather Vaughan. Read more

Strategic, defined hiring process will net diverse candidates

Whether you’re looking to hire a hotshot rainmaker or add staff to boost expertise in a particular area, recruiting requires a multifaceted approach, says Catherine Moffitt, an associate with legal practice management specialists Cosgrove Associates. Read more