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Monday, September 21, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Will pandemic finally lead to lower annual fees for Ontario licensees? | Andrew Puiras

Annual fees have been a sort of perennial issue in Law Society of Ontario (LSO) politics, causing groans but never erupting to the forefront. In the 2019 bencher election, many candidates made lowering annual fees part of their platform, but annual fees got lost in the shuffle as the statement of principles took centre stage. In 2019, Convocation lowered 2020 annual fees for lawyers by $135 to $2,066, a modest decrease of approximately six per cent from the previous year. ... [read more]

Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

LSO fee relief motion a matter of disaster relief for members | Gerard Charette

This Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher from Windsor would like to offer a view different from that espoused by Joe Groia in his column of Sept. 16 (LSO budget balance: Support for licensees and public). Unlike Joe, I firmly support bencher Geoff Pollock’s motion to reduce members’ fees by 25 per cent for the upcoming year (the “Fee Relief Motion”). That motion comes before Convocation on Sept. 24. Sadly, a motion to table (defer) bencher Pollock’s Fee Relief Motion might be made without allowing there to be any debate. But in any event, there will be some important points raised. So, please tune in to the LSO’s public access of the Sept. 24 Convocation. ... [read more]

Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

Gap in the law: Exposure to your ex even when you have a will bridge_gap_sm

In part one of this series we discussed the significant and often unexpected problems that can arise when a separated spouse dies without a will. We noted how such discussions are important given the significant proportion of Ontarians who simply have not executed a will. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 3:59 PM

COVID-19 forces changes on majority of law practices: Survey Jana Schilder

A new survey of 400 legal professionals across Canada reveals that 67 per cent of those surveyed expect to see, or are currently experiencing, practice-related changes due to COVID-19. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 8:18 AM

LSO budget balance: Support for licensees and public | Joseph Groia

These are difficult times for many members of the legal professions. Like so many others across the province, the country and the globe, lawyers and paralegals have seen COVID-19 have a material impact on their practices. Now is the time for the legal community to come together and work collaboratively to respond to the very real social and financial effects of COVID-19. And, we need to do this in a thoughtful, strategic and disciplined way — resisting reckless responses in direct contrast to the havoc of the pandemic itself. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 @ 12:46 PM

McInnes Cooper expands by 10 associates

McInnes Cooper announced that the following associates have joined its team: Brianna Barry (Saint John), Erin Devine (Charlottetown), Hilary Gilroy, Rebecca Khan, Emily McCormick, Paige McInnis, Natasha Puka, Elizabeth Salami, Carolyn Suley (Halifax) and Myriam Whalen (Fredericton). ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 @ 8:37 AM

Occupation rent in estate litigation house_brokenchain_sm

A claim for occupation rent consists of a claim seeking an order that a party pay rent for occupying a property for a specific duration of time. There are several leading cases which establish the governing principles and legal test to establish and succeed on a claim for occupation rent. ... [read more]

Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 11:44 AM

How COVID-19 will change legal innovation robots

When Ryan Edmonds, a Toronto-based employment lawyer, launched his firm in 2014 he didn’t set out to be an early adopter of legal technology. Cost and flexibility, he says, made setting up a cloud-based paperless system an easy choice. ... [read more]

Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 10:43 AM

Five new associates join Lenczner Slaght litigation lineup

Lenczner Slaght announced that Sean Blakeley, Mari Galloway, Katie Glowach, Devyn Noonan and Brianne Westland have joined the Toronto litigation firm as associates. ... [read more]

Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 8:40 AM

Paper-based vs. paperless vs. digital paperless_office_sm

Recently I spent three days in a law firm boardroom digitizing the entirety of a law firm’s corporate minute book collection. One by one we combed through the pages of the binders, carefully disassembling decades-old records to be fed through the scanner that worked effortlessly, albeit with a faint hum. ... [read more]