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Wednesday, February 17, 2021 @ 1:54 PM

You want a piece of me? The guardianship of Britney Spears Britney Spears' star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

The New York Times’ documentary, Framing Britney Spears, has been making waves across news and social media outlets these past weeks. Much of the documentary’s focus is on the relentless hounding to which Spears was subjected at some of her most vulnerable moments, though one wonders whether the film is hitting her one more time by republishing the very footage and photos it denounces. The film’s other main focus is the controversial conservatorship that has controlled every aspect of Spears’s life, including her estimated US$59 million fortune, for the past 12 years. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 @ 11:56 AM

Stocking your resilience toolbox: Being proactive in managing stress | Rob De Toni

In my article published in The Lawyer’s Daily on Feb. 3 (see below for link), I wrote about how we can proactively strengthen our resilience by using the tools we already have at our disposal. I called it “stocking our resilience toolbox,” and I focused on the physical tools that we could stock our toolboxes with. So, what mental health tools should we put in? ... [read more]

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]