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Tuesday, July 12, 2022 @ 2:48 PM

Benchers botch decision on grandparenting certified specialists | Barry Corbin

When the Law Society of Ontario's Convocation met in late May of this year to consider the report of its Competence Task Force (CTF), the benchers agreed with the CTF’s recommendation that the Certified Specialist Program (CSP) that had been established in 1986 be terminated in September of this year. ... [read more]

Monday, July 11, 2022 @ 2:42 PM

Mediation: Moving beyond the virtual vs. in-person debate Scales of justice in the cloud

In my previous article about virtual mediation for this publication in early January, I boasted that I was “reasonably confident we won’t return to in-person mediations this year, nor will they be the default mode beyond that.” ... [read more]

Friday, July 08, 2022 @ 1:45 PM

What I would have done differently | Murray Gottheil

I whine a fair bit about the legal profession. Occasionally someone asks me what I would have done differently if I could go back and start over. Of course, the trite answer is “be an optometrist.” (Some neat things about being an optometrist: (i) you get to wear a white coat; (ii) the hours are fairly regular; (iii) you rarely have to worry about getting sued for prescribing the wrong lenses; and (iv) according to Dr. Google, your average salary will be higher than the average salary of a lawyer.) ... [read more]

Thursday, July 07, 2022 @ 9:27 AM

Estate administration deadlines, concerns Woman working at desk with calendar

Overused quote alert! “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 05, 2022 @ 2:26 PM

Co-owners without contracts run risk of partition and sale House divided into four equal parts

Anyone who has seen a graph of average Toronto house prices over the last couple of decades can understand why co-ownership is an increasingly conventional choice for prospective property buyers. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 05, 2022 @ 9:19 AM

The Coach: Your time is worth taking a look at | Gary Mitchell

Aside from your experience and expertise, your time is likely your most valuable asset. You don’t like to waste time. You don’t want to be doing things that others could easily be doing? Right? Well, one of the first exercises I have my clients go through is to conduct a time audit. This is where you keep track and record all the time you spend on non-billable, practice-related tasks. The reason for this is to determine which tasks could easily be delegated. Delegated to a paralegal, or assistant. ... [read more]

Monday, July 04, 2022 @ 11:30 AM

Boutique law firm has a new name

Rayman Beitchman LLP, a Toronto-based boutique firm focused on expropriation, planning law and commercial litigation is continuing its practice as Rayman Harris LLP. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 4:48 PM

LSO issues call for comment on mandatory succession planning for licensees in private practice Jacqueline Horvat, LSO treasurer

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has amended commentary to the Rules of Professional Conduct to “provide licensees with guidance in respect of their obligations relating to technological competence” and has issued a call for comment on implementing a “mandatory succession planning requirement for licensees in private practice.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 10:51 AM

End of Roe: Glaring blight on judicial legitimacy, progressive democracy | Ryan Wozniak

The fight over abortion rights in the United States has always been far more political than legal. The U.S. Supreme Court’s scandal-ridden decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overrule Roe v. Wade was made not because of evolutions in the principles of constitutional interpretation or after careful judicial deliberation, but simply because one group of justices had secured more votes than the other. The court’s granting of certiorari in Dobbs was a Trojan Horse: once in the building, the new majority of highly conversative Trump-appointed justices could finally slay the beast they had been chasing for decades. ... [read more]

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 4:44 PM

Parliament passes self-induced extreme intoxication and budget bills before rising for summer David Lametti

Before MPs fled Ottawa for the summer, the minority Liberal government managed to enact its multipronged 2022 omnibus budget bill, as well as a new Criminal Code amendment that restricts the use of the self-induced extreme intoxication defence in prosecutions for violent crimes. ... [read more]