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

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

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

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

Microaggression is ‘like a virus’ creating toxic workplaces

When a complaint about racism in the workplace has been lodged, it often stems from a litany of microaggressions, says Toronto employment lawyer John Donkor. Read more

Higher rates of pedestrian deaths, injuries in poorer areas

Recent studies which show pedestrians in low-income areas face a higher risk of getting killed or injured in collisions is disheartening and further contributes to the cycle of poverty, says Rhino Legal Finance Inc. president and CEO Larry Herscu. Read more

CosmoLex helps law firms clear administration hurdles

CosmoLex marketing director Joshua Goldberg says his company’s cloud-based legal practice management software can help overcome five common challenges law firms face. Read more

Forstner considers pre-trial motion on closed-circuit TV

Defendants in poorly equipped courthouses are being placed at a disadvantage when witnesses testify via closed-circuit television, says Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner. Read more

Make sure to appoint a power of attorney: Allinotte

Drawing up a will can give you peace of mind but naming a power of attorney may be even more essential, says Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte. Read more

Separation deals can be challenging in abusive relationships

If allegations of domestic violence arise during a divorce, there is little chance a separation agreement can be reached without going to court, says Mississauga family lawyer Deepa Tailor. Read more

Clients favour flexible bespoke litigation funding solutions

For lawyers and plaintiffs seeking litigation funding options, the ability to access a solution that is tailored to each specific claim is essential — including the freedom to choose payment terms, or to be unconstrained by a roster of experts, says Dawn Simons, client relations manager with CaseMark Financial. Read more

Divorce Act changes to focus on best interests of children

Upcoming amendments to the Divorce Act will change the lexicon of family law and may result in a legal process that is fairer to both parents and their children, says Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman. Read more

Child support payments can extend beyond the age of 18

Child support obligations often do not end when a child turns 18, especially if there is a disability or if post-secondary studies are on the horizon, says Toronto family lawyer Erin Simpson. Read more

Take stock today to plan your retirement: Marchand

Taking stock of how you live today can help you develop a plan for your retirement years, says Dawn Marchand, vice-president of marketing, product and direct distribution for Lawyers Financial, which offers insurance and investment products to lawyers, their families and staff. Read more