Immigration system praised but it could be better: Jeffery

An international report praising Canada’s immigration system is “good news,” says Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery, who agrees with the assessment that it can be improved. Read more

Situation dictates reasonable force in defending property

When determining what kind of force can be used to defend your property, the circumstances dictate what is considered appropriate, says Calgary criminal lawyer Greg Dunn. Read more

Constructive dismissal risky for employees

Employees who believe they have been constructively dismissed take a risk when they walk away from their job, says Toronto labour and employment lawyer John De Vellis. Read more

Banning of CBD user at U.S. border ‘ridiculous’: Neuberger

Canadians must heed warnings that even though marijuana products are legal in many states, taking them across the U.S. border is not, says Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger. Read more

Statement of claim is not a notice of rescission: Adler

A recent case illustrates that when seeking to rescind an agreement with a franchisor, a franchisee must give proper notice and can’t do it at the eleventh hour in a lawsuit, says Toronto franchise lawyer Joseph Adler. Read more

Cancer treatment error not necessarily a slam-dunk lawsuit

Errors can occur with surprising frequency when someone is being treated for cancer, says Oakville personal injury lawyer Meghan Walker. Read more

Transgender case could open new avenues in law: Marshall

The issue of transgender rights has created new challenges when it comes to human rights protections, says Toronto employment and human rights lawyer Kevin Marshall. Read more

Punishing your way out of problems is ‘counterintuitive’

Extrajudicial measures are a great tool to keep youths out of regular courts while encouraging them not to reoffend, says Toronto criminal lawyer Ryan Handlarski. Read more

Britain’s domestic abuse law to recognize financial control

Canada is joining other countries in recognizing that domestic abuse includes economic control, but further steps must be taken to ensure the abused spouse is protected, says Toronto family lawyer Inna Tsinman. Read more

Special training gives investigators edge in fraud detection

When it comes to accounting, the numbers never lie, but you have to know what you’re looking for, says Toronto forensic accountant and investigator Dave Oswald. Read more

Don’t miss out on caregiver tax credits: Pope

Families caring for a relative with a disability frequently miss out on tax credits because they don’t know about them, or aren’t aware that there have been changes in eligibility, says Ottawa estate planning and disabilities lawyer Kenneth Pope. Read more

Timely legal advice for startups key to avoiding pitfalls

For new business owners, seeking legal advice at the outset on everything from shareholders’ agreements to intellectual property rights can be a crucial step in order to avoid headaches and disputes later on, says Toronto corporate lawyer Sammy Redlick. Read more

Class-action lawsuit makes 'important' social point: Waddell

A class-action lawsuit against a social media giant claiming age and gender discrimination in employment and housing applications by its advertisers is “forging new ground,” says Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell. Read more

Trampolines pose danger to children, risk to homeowners

Toronto personal injury lawyer Alison Burrison has some simple advice for parents thinking of taking their children to a trampoline park or buying one of these structures for the backyard: don’t. Read more

Resist temptation to use boilerplate contracts

Toronto commercial litigator Kevin Fisher says using boilerplate contracts or repurposing old ones for new projects can end up being a costly mistake. Read more

Update law to deal with common-law property division: Gelman

The time has come for Ontario to enact a law to govern the division of property when common-law couples split up, says Toronto family lawyer Lisa Gelman. Read more

Rejecting LSO Statement of Principles would be a ‘black eye’

Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks says he is mystified by the fierce opposition to the Ontario Law Society’s (LSO) requirement that members adopt a statement of principles promoting diversity. Read more

Stiff costs trending against unreasonable family law litigants

Unreasonable family law litigants face an increasing risk of heavy costs awards, says Toronto-area family lawyer Reesa Heft. Read more

Self-represented parties should do their homework: Miller

People planning to represent themselves in court should take the time to learn about the process and their obligations — and opposing legal counsel should also assist as much as possible in those circumstances, says Toronto litigator Jonathan Miller. Read more

Options available if you discover Kitec plumbing: Cormier

If you have bright blue or orange lines running from your water heater or baseboards, there is a good chance your home’s plumbing needs to be replaced — and you will have to pick up at least some of the tab, says Toronto trial and appellate lawyer Joel Cormier. Read more