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Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 8:50 AM

Your client’s web domains: Digital assets’ iceberg Shopping basked of apps

Part three in this estate law series covered client web domain hosting, the geographic location of registrars and hosting companies, and who in the client’s sphere is in control of the domains, particularly in the case of charitable and non-profit organizations, along with the associated risks. Part four looks at digital asset estate planning considerations. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 1:58 PM

Fiduciary crash course: 5 estate law dos and don’ts Thumb up and thumb down signs

You will be acting as a fiduciary if you take on the role of executor, trustee or attorney for property. These roles are defined by the distinct set of legal principles and rules which constitute fiduciary law. Accepting to become an executor, trustee or attorney for property requires that you adopt a “fiduciary mindset,” and understand when your actions could cause a problem. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 12:44 PM

How court mediators are helping litigants (and courts) during COVID-19 Couple signs divorce papers with wedding rings in foreground

One year into this pandemic, family court litigants are feeling increased anxiety and distress. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 12:31 PM

Strain from too much screen time: The eyes have it Woman with closed eyes

It has been exactly a year since I wrote an article for The Lawyer’s Daily on the struggles of being a working parent at home while homeschooling children who are supposed to be learning on Zoom (but are, let’s face it, either playing video games in their room or hiding in their bed). Things were tough, but they were going to get better. After all, there’s no way these kids would still be virtual learning a year from now, right? ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 11:17 AM

Earth Day special: Future of hydrogen energy Hydrogen Atom

Hydrogen, first on the periodic table of elements, is the lightest and most widespread chemical element in the universe. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 8:47 AM

Animo revocandi and the presumption of revocation Hands tearing up a document

Animo Revocandi is a Latin term which means the intention to revoke. It is the state of mind to revoke, recall or annul. When an individual passes away with a will, but the original signed, witnessed will cannot be located, the law presumes that the testator intentionally destroyed the will. Absent a rebuttal of this presumption the individual’s estate will be administered in accordance with a prior will, provided the original can be found, or the individual will result in an intestacy. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 2:17 PM

Own funds, capital requirements People standing on piles of coins

This is the fourth instalment of a five-part series explaining the new investment firm regime in the U.K. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 1:15 PM

What federally mandated net-zero emission targets mean to Nova Scotia Lighthouse

Federal legislation designed to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 will be felt strongly in Nova Scotia. In the event the bill is passed (it is currently in its second reading) it will further impact Nova Scotian emitters already subject to strict emission, monitoring and reporting standards. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

Wolf in sheep’s clothing: The legacy of Bernie Madoff Wolf in sheep's clothing

On April 14, 2021, Bernie Madoff died in a federal prison in North Carolina at the age of 82, while serving a 150-year prison sentence for fraud. The victims of his infamous Ponzi scheme, upon hearing the news, were quoted as saying, “I couldn’t wish enough bad things on him.” and “Death is too good for him.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 10:18 AM

Ontario family justice in ‘lockdown’ Books, Blind Justice and COVID-19 virus

In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the family justice system into “lockdown.” Courthouses were closed, along with in-court services such as Family Law Information Centres (FLICs) and duty counsel. Courts initially heard only “urgent” matters, and a “triage” system was developed to determine which cases met the threshold for a hearing. ... [read more]