Get contract revisions in writing to save on litigation costs

A simple email or text message could net huge savings for companies or individuals following revisions to construction contracts, says Toronto senior litigation lawyer Jeffrey C. Silver. Read more

Hire a lawyer when facing a LSO investigation: Singer

Even the best litigators need someone to advocate for them at Law Society of Ontario (LSO) disciplinary hearings, says Toronto civil litigator Darryl Singer. Read more

Legal aid cuts an attack on ‘the socially disenfranchised’

Provincial funding reductions for Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will limit access to justice and significantly worsen court delays for those who rely on the non-profit corporation, says Toronto criminal lawyer Roots Gadhia. Read more

Planning key to avoiding probate fee ordeal for B.C. executors

A law that requires executors-to-be in British Columbia to pay probate fees when applying for a grant of probate can cause a significant practical problem for those administering valuable estates — but with some advance planning, it is possible to avoid running into these challenges, says Vancouver corporate lawyer Jonathan Reilly. Read more

A thorough workplace investigation is vital: Hawryliw

Failing to address a workplace harassment complaint in a timely fashion can end up being more costly than an investigation, says Barrie employment lawyer Scott Hawryliw. Read more

Options remain after OCA rejects harassment tort

Harassment victims still have legal recourse despite the Ontario Court of Appeal’s (OCA) rejection of it as a freestanding civil tort, says Vaughan labour and employment lawyer Arthur Zeilikman. Read more

Gossin starts new chapter at Devry Smith Frank

The latest chapter in the storied career of Toronto mediator Eric Gossin begins today when he joins Devry Smith Frank LLP. Read more

Fund provides financial help to uninsured accident victims

While insurance coverage is mandatory for both on- and off-road vehicles, there may be a way for the uninsured to get some financial help if they’re injured in an accident, says Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Read more

Parents should choose civility over confrontation: Tailor

Effective co-parenting requires communication and an agreement as to what will happen if there is conflict or even divorce, says Mississauga family lawyer Deepa Tailor . Read more

How to deal with problem condo residents: Berkovitz

An amendment to Ontario’s Condominium Act outlining the legal test for requiring an owner to sell their unit, won’t make the process of removing an owner any easier for condo corporations, says Toronto condominium lawyer Joel Berkovitz . Read more

Condo resolution tribunal still a work in progress: Loeb

Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb says she is encouraged by the initial progress made by the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) but that it has the potential to do much more. Read more

Manitoba moves to modernize family justice system

A Manitoba proposal to give dispute resolution officers (DROs) authority to make decisions on routine family law matters will provide a welcome option for self-represented litigants facing a clogged court system, says Toronto family lawyer Kathryn Hendrikx. Read more

Privacy class actions present challenges for plaintiffs

A recently denied certification motion — stemming from a cyberattack of a casino’s computer systems — is a cautionary tale about bringing privacy class actions that don’t have common issues, says Toronto class-action and appellate counsel Brian Radnoff . Read more

Time to consider a ‘digital detox:’ Bury

Digital wellness has become a serious concern as more people realize the toll smartphones are taking on their day-to-day lives, says Michael Bury , a certified coach with Blue Pond Coaching. Read more

Stay safe on the roads this summer: Herscu

With summer officially underway, it’s important to conduct a safety check-up before having fun in the sun, says Easy Legal Finance Inc. president and CEO Larry Herscu. Read more

Cost of experts in family law an access-to-justice issue

Other jurisdictions in Canada could take a cue from British Columbia, which implemented a mandatory requirement for the use of joint experts on financial issues in family cases, writes Toronto family lawyer Gary Joseph in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Harassed employee awarded $200,000 from former employer

A $200,000 damage award in favour of a fired employee should serve as a warning to all employers to take the problem of harassment seriously, says Toronto employment lawyer Bram Lecker. Read more

‘Coercive caring’ crosses the gender divide: Wong

While it may be more common for women to feel financially dependent in relationships, making it difficult to leave situations of physical or emotional abuse, the same can be true for men when roles are reversed, says Toronto family lawyer Geoffrey Wong. Read more

Delays could come at a cost in Licence Appeal Tribunal hearings

Unsuccessful parties may still be entitled to costs at Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) hearings if the other side acts unreasonably or unnecessarily delays the proceedings, says Ottawa personal injury lawyer Najma Rashid. Read more

Mandatory minimums weaken the justice system: Forstner

Mandatory minimum sentences “suck the air” out of a courtroom, weakening the chances of arriving at a just result, says Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner. Read more