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Tuesday, November 26, 2019 @ 12:31 PM

Digital assets deep dive: Tech solutions digital_lightbulb

In my practice, I have spoken at many workshops and conferences with estate lawyers, estate planners, clients and the general public. Regardless of the audience, some of the first words often blurted out are, “password managers,” or the question is asked, “what about password managers” in an effort to tidily solve the entire digital assets dilemma in one fell swoop. We live in a complicated world where every minute of the day is taken by orchestrating client commitments, and we just don’t have the time to investigate a new and evolving digital domain that requires more research than can be handled with a passing comment. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 @ 11:49 AM

Corporate reorganizations can trigger general anti-avoidance rule Tax

The Federal Court of Appeal recently affirmed the Tax Court of Canada’s decision in Birchcliff Energy Ltd. v. Canada. It held that the general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR) applied to an amalgamation. ... [read more]

Monday, November 25, 2019 @ 1:48 PM

Employer responsibilities, liabilities during party season officeparty_sm.jpg

As an employer, if you organize a company party or similar work-related social gathering for your employees, you have certain legal responsibilities. An employer can be held liable for not taking adequate precautions to protect its employees from foreseeable and preventable harm. ... [read more]

Monday, November 25, 2019 @ 1:00 PM

November ‘Make a Will Month’ in Ontario make_will_sm

For wills and estate lawyers however, solicitors and litigators alike, November is associated with only one thing: wills. This is because November is “Make a Will Month” in Ontario. “Make a Will Month” is a public awareness campaign championed across Ontario by the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). ... [read more]

Monday, November 25, 2019 @ 11:41 AM

Changes in IP rules affecting transactions, day-to-day operations Mindmeld

The past few years have seen many changes in intellectual property (IP). Some of it is driven by treaty implementation. Other changes are driven by government initiatives that try to modernize and strengthen IP or improve fairness. The result has been that IP practices appear to have become more complex across the board. ... [read more]

Monday, November 25, 2019 @ 9:09 AM

Breaking up with clients: It’s not you, it’s me Frustrated businesspeople in shadow

While many of my coaching engagements involve how to get good clients, recently there has been a demand for learning how to avoid or get rid of the bad ones. Bad clients will cost you money and valuable time and can damage your reputation. So how do you identify the clients who will cause you grief? ... [read more]

Monday, November 25, 2019 @ 8:48 AM

NEXUS: Stick to rules when travelling in fast lane start_line_sm

With air travel steadily increasing, trusted traveller programs offer members faster service through expedited clearance through security screening and dedicated customs and immigration lanes. The NEXUS program began as a pilot project in 2000. Due to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, NEXUS applications were suspended while security measures were reviewed and implemented. ... [read more]

Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 2:07 PM

Death while divorcing Wilted roses in snow

A relationship has broken down and now the parties have separated and agreed to divorce. But what happens when someone dies in the midst of divorce proceedings? Where does that leave things? ... [read more]

Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 1:56 PM

Amicus curiae appointments in class actions extra_lawyer_sm

From time to time, the court, in a class proceeding, has appointed counsel as amicus curiae. Amicus curiae, is Latin for “friend of the court.” This is someone not already counsel for a party in the proceeding. In the class proceedings context, an amicus appointment may be particularly helpful at points in the proceeding where the reasonableness of a step has to be considered by the court in a non-adversarial setting, including at the settlement approval stage of the litigation and on a motion to approve class counsel’s legal fees. ... [read more]

Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 9:04 AM

Preserving disability support benefits and post-mortem planning disability_wheelchair_sm

We all want quality of life for our loved ones — especially those with special needs. However, planning for them can be fraught with difficulties, some of which may jeopardize their entitlement to Ontario Disability Support Program Act benefits (ODSP). ... [read more]