Focus On

Wills, Trusts & Estates


Friday, February 12, 2021 @ 3:16 PM

Harper Grey adds associate counsel, associate to business law group

Harper Grey announced the addition of associate counsel Jeff Sheremeta and associate Jeanne Posey to its business law group. ... [read more]

Friday, February 12, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

Digitization of estate industry: Starting with one change Hand  holding a digital lightbulb

We are on the precipice of the largest disruption to date of any industry. What will be the tipping point? ... [read more]

Friday, February 12, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

The rights of Larry King’s seven wives Hand dividing bags of money

It was recently announced that Larry King, the famous talk show host known for interviewing movie stars, musicians, authors and world leaders, has passed away at the age of 87. King’s show, Larry King Live was CNN’s longest standing program of 25 years, with over one million viewers per episode. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 11, 2021 @ 1:26 PM

Stop making fun of lawyers, even when they are cats | Alistair Vigier

Over the past two days, since the “cat attorney” video went viral, the many videos of it collectively have over 13 million views. For those that haven’t seen it, here it is. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

Penny-wise, pound-foolishness in arbitration Man falling off caution sign

Writing for the B.C. Court of Appeal in Nolin v. Ramirez 2020 BCCA 274, Justice Elizabeth Bennett, with the concurrence of Justices Mary Saunders and David Harris, observed at the outset that: ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 09, 2021 @ 1:30 PM

The Coach: Small firm succession planning part two | Gary Mitchell

In part one of this column, I covered the first three steps to succession planning: deciding on your timeline for retirement, increasing the value of your practice or firm, and branding/setting up a new legal entity. ... [read more]

Monday, February 08, 2021 @ 9:58 AM

Medical malpractice claim restored by Ontario Court of Appeal Valerie Wise, the principal at Toronto’s Wise Health Law

A Toronto health lawyer says medical malpractice defendants should be wary of using Rule 21 motions on limitations issues after Ontario’s Court of Appeal restored a late-filed claim by the family of a patient against the hospital where he died. ... [read more]

Friday, February 05, 2021 @ 2:09 PM

European ‘forced heirship’ in estate planning: A case study Painting of rural Italian villa

Canadians who own real estate, art and other personal property, investments and business interests, or any other type of asset in certain European countries need to be aware of what happens to those assets upon death.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 03, 2021 @ 3:00 PM

Stocking your resilience toolbox: How to be proactive in managing stress | Rob De Toni

There was a time when I thought that being resilient simply meant I had to suck it up and put on a brave face whenever I was going through something difficult. No complaining and no whining. Just tough it out, and, in the end, I will be stronger for it. I mean, as a litigation lawyer, shouldn’t I just be able to put on my armour to make everything OK? ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 03, 2021 @ 2:19 PM

Wellness: Rights and obligations | Darryl Singer

I, like most Ontarians, am tired. Tired of the stay-at-home order that’s more of a suggestion than an actual order. Tired of not being able to go the places I enjoy. Tired of not being able to take a long overdue vacation to somewhere warm. Tired of not seeing the sunshine for the last two months. Tired of my family (I love them but if we’re being honest, we all need a teensy break from one another right now). Tired of following the rules. And yet, the last 10 months have also allowed me to shelter in place with a harmonious family, continue to do the work I love with colleagues who motivate and challenge me, earn a living and reclaim all of that commuting time to actually be less stressed and spend more quality time with my family.   ... [read more]