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Tuesday, September 01, 2020 @ 9:37 AM

COVID-19 pandemic brings sea change to law schools as classes shift online Back to Law School image sm

A new school year can often bring apprehension and anxiety for students, as thoughts go through their head of what their next eight months will look like as they walk among the trees and ivy-covered walls of campus. But this year law students are being faced with a new reality — coping with a massive shift to online learning as universities from coast-to-coast continue to adjust to the new realities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 01, 2020 @ 8:22 AM

Today’s law firm recruiting takes massive stakeholder co-operation | Julius Melnitzer BTLS

A monumental, pressure-packed collaboration has headed off the threat that COVID-19 presented to the 2020 law firm recruiting season. ... [read more]

Monday, August 31, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

The impact of COVID-19 on Canadian law students | Serena Eshaghurshan btls 320x210

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented period of uncertainty and challenges, and law students are not exempt from facing these obstacles. In a time of so much uncertainty, many law students have grappled with remote classes, job scarcity and economic uncertainty. As many JD students prepare to enter the job market, it has become an unfortunate reality that articles are becoming fewer and harder to find. Fortunately, students and law schools are resilient and have proposed alternative learning and employment options to cope with the pandemic. While it has been challenging and overwhelming at times, students know they are not alone and can reach out for guidance and support. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Is your beneficiary designation safe? dad_child_money_sm

On March 16, 2020, Justice R.A. Lococo of the Ontario Superior Court released his reasons for decision in Calmusky v. Calmusky 2020 ONSC 1506. As part of his reasons, he applied the principles surrounding the presumption of resulting trust established by the Supreme Court of Canada case Pecore v. Pecore 2007 SCC 17, to two separate issues, one of which is cause for concerns among estate planners, financial advisers and estate solicitors across the province. ... [read more]

Friday, August 21, 2020 @ 1:22 PM

What executors can learn from Quadriga CX: Underlying technology of blockchain forensic_accountant_sm

In 2019, Quadriga Fintech Solutions Group (Quadriga) gained notoriety with the suspicious death of co-founder and CEO, Gerald Cotten, when it was reported that Cotten had died in India in December 2018 without leaving the private keys (passwords) to Quadriga’s digital wallet(s) that held all the clients’ cryptos estimated at $180 million. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 @ 9:28 AM

Young Bar of Montreal to hold free legal helpline Aug. 29-30

The Young Bar of Montreal (YBM) announced that its Legal Helpline is back for the benefit of the people of the province of Quebec. On Aug. 29 and 30, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., volunteer lawyers and notaries will answer the public’s questions by phone and provide them free legal advice as well as information on the various methods of dispute prevention and resolution processes available to them. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 @ 8:46 AM

Inconsistent definitions of common law spouse affect estate, family law mystery_spouse_sm

Do you know who your spouse is? This is not a question anyone might expect to be asked, but the definition of common law spouse varies between provinces and between different laws within provinces. It is overdue for Ontario, and other provinces, to review their laws governing common law spouses’ rights on relationship breakdown and death. ... [read more]

Monday, August 17, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

Tips, tricks for a telephone court hearing Telephone headset and laptop

COVID-19 has caused sweeping changes in the legal system and society in general. One of the most significant changes to the legal system has been the rapid modernization of court processes, including court hearings conducted in modalities other than in-person court attendances, such as hearings by telephone. ... [read more]

Friday, August 14, 2020 @ 10:24 AM

Whaley Estate Litigation Partners adds associate

Whaley Estate Litigation Partners (WEL) announced that former summer and articling student Bryan Gilmartin has joined the firm as an associate lawyer. ... [read more]

Friday, August 14, 2020 @ 9:51 AM

Top OBA leadership begins new era of diversity Charlene Theodore sm

As a longtime advocate for diversity in the legal profession, Charlene Theodore says she’ll continue that work in her new role as president of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), while supporting members still grappling with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]