Spell everything out when contracting a home reno project

All home renovation projects should start with a clearly written contract detailing exactly what the project encompasses and the costs involved, says Barrie civil litigator Scott Hawryliw. Read more

Condo corporations can access units without owner approval

Owners cannot prevent condominium corporation representatives from entering their units if they are fulfilling the corporation’s duties under the Condominium Act and if reasonable advance notice has been given, says Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant. Read more

Employee can rescind ‘equivocal’ resignation: OCA

The Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) has confirmed that for a resignation to be effective it must be clear and unequivocal, Vaughan labour and employment lawyer Arthur Zeilikman tells The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

SCC convicts man despite errors in application of rape shield law

TORONTO — A man who argued misapplication of Canada's rape shield law had unfairly hamstrung his defence had his conviction restored last week even though the country's top court found errors in how judges had applied the provisions. Read more

Results of CRA’s OTIP program ‘drop in the bucket’: Rotfleisch

While the first payments have reportedly been made to eligible whistleblowers under an income tax program aimed at catching Canadian taxpayers with unreported offshore income, the amount collected by the initiative so far has been disappointing, says Canadian tax lawyer David J. Rotfleisch. Read more

Limiting occupiers’ liability notice to impact accident victims

Proposed legislation that will require individuals to bring claims within 10 days for injuries sustained on private property as a result of negligent snow or ice removal has the potential to bar innocent accident victims from recovering for their losses, says London personal injury lawyer Maia Bent. Read more

Top 5 tips for finding the right court reporter

Not all court reporters are created equal, says Veritext-Canada principal Kim Neeson. Read more

Proposed tax changes to ESOs could affect child support

If you pay child support in Ontario, proposed changes to the tax treatment of employee stock options (ESOs) could affect you, Markham family law lawyer Andrew Feldstein writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

OCA cost decision a boon to a duly funded legal aid system

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) received some timely relief when the province’s appeal court overturned a potentially crippling cost decision against it, says Toronto family lawyer Gary Joseph. Read more

Case offers ‘good news’ for franchisor’s voluntary disclosure

Despite the common practice of Ontario franchisors providing voluntary disclosure to prospective franchisees, caution is required to ensure they are not unwittingly triggering the Arthur Wishart Act (AWA), says Toronto franchise lawyer Joseph Adler. Read more

Regular review of your will is important: Allinotte

Regularly reviewing your will is a vital part of estate planning, especially for those in their golden years beginning new romantic relationships, says Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte. Read more

How do CPP-D benefits impact LTD claimants?

For individuals who are unable to work due to a disability, there are several reasons to apply for Canada Pension Plan-Disability (CPP-D) benefits, even if it may impact the benefit they receive from a private insurer, says Oakville personal injury lawyer Jill Edwards. Read more

Supreme Court reminds police of arbitrary detention rules

A recent court decision should remind police that they cannot just walk onto someone’s property and demand to see identification or randomly detain someone they believe is involved in illegal activity, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi. Read more

Discussing future of cottage can alleviate family disputes

While summer is the perfect time to relax at the cottage, it may also be the ideal opportunity for families to start considering what will happen with that property once the parents who own it pass away, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi. Read more

SCC dissenting voices speak volumes in sexual assault case

It’s significant that the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) found a trial judge erred in not allowing a line of questioning surrounding the pregnancy of the complainant in a sexual assault case, says Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger. Read more

Seek legal advice with addictions in the workplace: Irwin

Employers need legal guidance when dealing with addictions in the workplace as case law is continually developing in this area, says Toronto employment lawyer Mackenzie Irwin. Read more

Government has power to walk away from long-term contracts

Businesses signing long-term contracts with governments do so at their own peril, says Toronto civil litigator Patricia Virc. Read more

Determining income loss in personal injury cases a complex task

The rise of the gig economy is changing how courts determine awards for future earning capacity in injury cases, says Oakville personal injury lawyer Weston Pollard. Read more

Grauer finds 'perfect fit' at DDO Health Law

The next chapter of Toronto health and corporate lawyer Shanon Grauer’s career promises to be the most fulfilling yet. Read more

Unreasonableness amid divorce can be costly

High-conflict litigants risk high-value costs awards if they’re defeated in court, says Markham family law lawyer Andrew Feldstein. Read more