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Thursday, May 26, 2022 @ 4:23 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2022 @ 4:27 PM

LSO debates need for professional name reader, mailing of certificates at call to bar ceremonies Atrisha Lewis, LSO bencher

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) grappled with two motions relating to operational changes to modernize the upcoming call to the bar ceremonies by having a professional name reader call the names of new licensees and by having certificates mailed out instead of issued in person during the call. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 1:58 PM

Birth of the metaverse: Practical actions for estate lawyers Digital hand juggling virutal objects

In part three of this series, we looked at examples of new digital experiences in the metaverse. Part four examines how estate lawyers can prepare to meet client expectations. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 11:24 AM

Three new appointments at Aird & Berlis

Aird & Berlis has appointed two new associates and a consultant to the firm. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 8:35 AM

Gone phishing: panel discusses perils of remote work, surveillance risks to lawyers, clients Kevin Lo, Froese Forensic Partners Ltd.

In a panel discussion highlighting the shift to remote work, speakers emphasized the need for lawyers to turn their minds to privacy and security issues when working from home, noting that technology adopted during the pandemic can have surveillance impacts that can not only affect a lawyer’s practice, but their clients as well. ... [read more]

Friday, May 20, 2022 @ 3:15 PM

Minden Gross promotes one to partner, adds associate

Minden Gross LLP announced that Reshma Kishnani has joined the firm as a partner in its employment and labour and wills and estates groups. In addition, Estee Nemetz has joined the firm as an associate in its commercial real estate group. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 19, 2022 @ 12:22 PM

Executor of deceased’s estate fails to escape personal tax liability House sitting on calculator

Executors of the estate of a deceased can be held personally liable for its tax arrears. That is why it is important that a legal representative of the estate, such as an executor, obtain a clearance certificate from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) before the disposition of estate assets. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 19, 2022 @ 10:50 AM

Will challenges can be a costly experience Dollar sign attached to an ascending balloon

Will challenges, while necessary in many circumstances, can be costly for parties and take years to be adjudicated. In the absence of reasonable grounds or suspicious circumstances that are not rebuttable, parties would be well advised to reconsider their positions and to resolve matters without litigation. The recent Court of Appeal decision in the matter of Leonard v. Zychowicz, 2022 ONCA 212, reminds us of the challenges of attacking a will on the grounds of suspicious circumstances, undue influence and lack of testamentary capacity in the absence of reasonable grounds and the length of time and costs associated with litigation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 3:22 PM

Importance of Supreme Court’s decision on Charter territoriality | Christine Van Geyn

On May 19, the Supreme Court will again be faced with the question about when and how the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms applies outside the borders of our country. The case is called R. v. McGregor [2021] S.C.C.A. No. 157. Corporal C.R. McGregor v. The Queen, and it involves sexual assault, voyeurism, hidden cameras and Canada’s military. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 @ 12:03 PM

Harper Grey welcomes business law associate

Harper Grey LLP announced that April Wilkinson has joined its business law group. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 @ 8:58 AM

Court considers if donors can bring class action against charity Magnet pulling cash from charitable donors

In Zentner v. GFA World, 2022 ONSC 1683, decided on March 17, 2022, a former donor brought a class action proceeding in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, alleging that an American charity, its Canadian affiliate, and four directors “defrauded thousands of individuals and churches from across Canada […] by diverting those funds to improper purposes.” ... [read more]