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Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 3:21 PM

New partner for Dentons’ Toronto office

Nicole Woodward has joined Dentons Canada LLP as a partner in the tax group and as a member of the firm’s trusts, estates and wealth preservation group. ... [read more]

Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

Ambiguity about end-of-life wishes can lead to conflict among decision-makers Living will

When drawing up a health care directive, clients often want to include a general clause leaving it up to their appointed decision-maker to determine whether care should be withdrawn. While generality does serve a purpose, as it is impossible to foresee every possible scenario, three cases illustrate how clarity is often preferable. ... [read more]

Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 11:56 AM

McLeod Law adds wills and estates associate

Beverly Mendoza is the newest associate at McLeod Law LLP, even though she’s not new to the Calgary firm. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 10:38 AM

Ontario court allows parent charity to change its governance structure

A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision highlights the importance of following corporate procedure, as well as judicial reluctance to interfere in board decisions made in accordance with a charitable corporation’s internal documents. ... [read more]

Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

Pro Bono Ontario offers free legal advice over phone Pro Bono Ontario Hotline

After being in a soft-launch mode for 10 weeks, Pro Bono Ontario has officially launched its Free Legal Advice Hotline. ... [read more]

Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 8:44 AM

Judges urge changes to speed up discovery process, adopt technology Fred_Myers_and_Andrew_Peck

Judges on both sides of the Canada-United States border want to see more efficient discovery processes and more use of predictive coding/technology assisted review (TAR). ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

Make a Will Month provides an annual checkup for lawyers and the public Estate planning

According to a 2012 survey conducted by lawyers’ insurance company LawPRO, 56 per cent of Canadian adults do not have a signed will and 71 per cent do not have a signed power of attorney. The Ontario Bar Association hopes to tackle this issue during its public outreach campaign in November. ... [read more]

Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9:32 AM

County of Carleton Law Association creates free online will registry Suzana Popovic-Montag sm

How do you find a will if you’re not sure one exists? ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 9:28 AM

University can recoup pension payments over ‘unjust enrichment,’ court rules Tina Hobday

Carleton University won the right to reclaim nearly $500,000 in pension benefits made to a former political science professor who was missing for years before his remains were found in the woods near his Quebec home after the Quebec Court of Appeal held that the pension plan plainly states that the benefits ceased when the beneficiary died. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 9:20 AM

Retaining wills and estate planning documents: Welcome to my nightmare Wills nightmare

The obligation is onerous, the rules are numerous and there are many unanswered questions. For example, does the retention of original wills impose an obligation to read the obituary pages to determine if a client has died? Fortunately, there are steps that lawyers can take to make the task less scary. ... [read more]