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Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

Your client’s web domains: Financial, marketing, sentimental value Shopping basket of web domains

Part one in this series introduced the subject of web domains. This second article covers the financial and brand value of web domains, their purpose and domain registration. ... [read more]

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 6:15 AM

INTEREST IN LAND - Life estates - Rights of life tenant

Appeal by Fownes from a decision dismissing her claim for partition. The parties inherited a joint life interest in a large tract of largely undeveloped land. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 11, 2021 @ 1:18 PM

Bill 245 and predatory marriages in estate law A black heart

On March 2, 2021, Bill 245, the Accelerating Access to Justice Act, passed its second reading in the Ontario legislature. There remains to be a third reading before the Act can receive royal assent, but from reading the Hansard debates, it is optimistic that Bill 245 will become law. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 12:56 PM

Lessons from the pandemic | Jennifer Lynch and Margot Mary Davis

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. The pandemic drastically altered many individuals’ lives. People could no longer do many day-to-day activities like meet up with friends. The world went virtual. New terminology entered the lexicon like “social distancing” and “flattening the curve.”  ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 09, 2021 @ 2:11 PM

From a former moot hater: Do a moot | Kara Cao

When I first entered law school, mooting was the last thing on my to-do list. I remember doing a mini-moot in a three-week block course back in 1L. I can’t say I liked it at the time. I felt like it was over before I even realized what happened. Was I the appellant or respondent? I don’t even remember. This year however, I somehow talked myself into signing up for a credit moot. Although it was daunting for me in the beginning, it was definitely one of the best highlights of law school. Here are some things I learned through a moot and why you should consider doing one as well. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 09, 2021 @ 1:38 PM

Two new partners for Robins Appleby

Robins Appleby LLP announced that Heela Walker and Tara Welat are the newest members of the firm’s partnership. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 12:27 PM

Does a judge’s physical location matter? Two stick figures conferring online

In the past weeks, there have been suggestions that judges of both the Ontario Superior Court and the Ontario Court of Justice have been hearing matters while outside the country. This is causing great debate about whether this should be allowed and whether it even can be allowed. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 1:36 PM

Your client’s web domains: Why more than estate lawyers should care Shopping basked full of web domains

Digital assets and our clients’ digital lives have become a mainstream topic, made so unwittingly by the pandemic. We’ve learned that our clients’ use of digital assets and the Internet plays havoc on estate planning and estate administration. First, as a new asset class within our clients’ personal lives, second, the fiduciary’s paper trail is now digital, and third because our clients’ digital lives are intertwined with their physical lives. And this only considers how our clients’ circumstances have become digitized day to day. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 9:15 AM

Agenda offers ‘roadmap to action’ on revamping justice system in British Columbia: bar association CBABC president Jennifer Brun

Despite the watershed (and much-needed) change foisted on the justice sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) says much more needs to be done to improve access to the system. It has now set out a plan of action for the province to achieve that goal. The CBABC’s Agenda for Justice 2021 offers more than 40 recommendations in 22 key areas and essentially runs the gamut of the entire justice system, from legal aid to court modernization to contracts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 @ 2:01 PM

In defence of B.C.’s pronoun practice directives | Brad Regehr and Jennifer Brun

The rights of transgender and non-binary persons to equality and dignity are not open to debate — they are a matter of law. ... [read more]