OCL can help settle custody disputes: Simpson

Ontario’s Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) can have a decisive impact on custody and access matters, says Toronto family lawyer Erin Simpson. Read more

Six steps to selecting an employment mediator

Choosing the right mediator is a vital first step in settling your case, so it’s essential to make an informed decision, says Toronto employment mediator and arbitrator Barry B. Fisher. Read more

McLeish alerts public to danger of ethanol-fueled devices

Ontario personal injury lawyer John McLeish tells CBC’s The National that his firm is handling seven instances where people were either severely injured or killed due to dangerous ethanol-fueled firepots and portable fireplaces. Read more

Digital estate plan can save loved ones added grief, expense

Failing to account for monetary and personal digital assets in your will could have devastating consequences for your surviving family members, Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Suzana Popovic-Montag tells Maclean’s magazine. Read more

Losing licence for cleaning wife’s teeth ‘highly problematic’

The case of a dental hygienist who was in a technical breach of “sexual abuse” provisions and lost his licence after treating his wife highlights the absurdity of a provincial law, says Vaughan labour and employment lawyer Arthur Zeilikman, who also provides representation to licensed employees facing professional discipline. Read more

Creating a will crucial for parents of child with disability

Many people avoid making a will not solely due to procrastination but from a morbid aversion that, in doing so, there’s a sense they’re one step closer to acknowledging their own mortality, says Ottawa estate planning and disabilities lawyer Kenneth Pope. Read more

Bad behaviour carries costs risk in family litigation

Bad behaviour in court proceedings can come back to bite litigants, says Toronto family lawyer Usman Sadiq, who has had to battle on behalf of his clients against the poor conduct of their spouses. Read more

Think carefully before posting to firm’s social media accounts

Twitter and other social media accounts can be useful marketing and engagement tools for lawyers — but it is important to remain mindful that everything you are posting is a reflection of your firm, says Toronto business lawyer Inga Andriessen. Read more

Home insurance a wise investment in the face of a lawsuit

Homeowners without insurance are taking a risk as there is always a chance someone will get hurt on their property, says Barrie civil litigator Scott Hawryliw, who often represents people in that precarious situation. Read more

Class-action filed on behalf of former day school students

Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey has filed an application to certify a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Indigenous day students who claim to have suffered negligence and abuse at a denominational day school five decades ago. Read more

Adding prosecutor puts teeth in Alberta farm protest proposal

Proposed legislation to address protesters who trespass on Alberta farms and agricultural land sends a strong message that if you break the law, you’ll pay the price, says Calgary criminal lawyer Greg Dunn. Read more

Have mechanism to remove disruptive condo board members

Having a code of ethics in place for a condominium’s board of directors assists in holding members accountable if they become disruptive, problematic or violent, says Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb. Read more

Knowing risks, red flags can reduce occupational fraud

Being aware of the common risks and red flags can help reduce your company’s exposure to occupational fraud, says forensic accountant and chartered business valuator Patricia Harris. Read more

Cannabis legalization having little impact in family law

The legalization of cannabis for recreational use has made little difference to family law proceedings, says Markham family law lawyer Andrew Feldstein. Read more

DivorceMate’s cloud platform expands to Alberta

DivorceMate Software Inc.’s integrated software can give Alberta family lawyers a significant efficiency boost, says the company’s president Michael Perlman. Read more

Police use of genealogy sites without warrants ‘frightening’

The fact that police have access to the genetic building blocks of tens of millions of people in North America through non-criminal DNA databases is “frightening” and requires swift judicial or legislative review, Toronto criminal lawyer Laurelly Dale tells The Lawyers Daily. Read more

Use of memes can give rise to numerous IP issues: Simpson

Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson says there’s never a simple answer to whether it’s legally OK to use a meme. Read more

Promptly seek legal advice on making occupation rent claim

When a marriage breaks down and one spouse leaves the family home, that person should seek legal advice on whether they are entitled to a claim for occupation rent, says Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Daudlin. Read more

Always consider privacy rights when implementing tech: Rosen

Health professionals can minimize the risk of reputational damage by focusing on privacy when implementing technology, says Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen. Read more

Claiming to be regulated professional can land you in hot water

Whether you’re seeking public office or a new career opportunity, claiming to have professional credentials you don’t possess can come back to haunt you, says Burlington compliance lawyer Cathi Mietkiewicz. Read more