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Thursday, July 07, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

‘Above all don’t pester your lawyer’ | Jo-Anne Stark

Dear Jo: ... [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 @ 11:39 AM

Determining when parental relocation becomes parental abduction Silhouette mother and child

When a parent who has primary decision-making responsibility for a child decides to relocate after a divorce or separation for a new career, to be closer to family, or due to a relationship, the move will undoubtedly affect the access parent. ... [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 @ 4:27 PM

Canada reaches $20-billion agreement on compensation for First Nations children, families David Lametti, minister of justice and attorney general of Canada

On July 4, the federal government, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the plaintiffs in the Moushoom and Trout class actions announced, “a final settlement agreement” was signed “regarding compensation for First Nations children and families harmed by discriminatory underfunding of the First Nations Child and Family Services program and the federal government's narrow definition of Jordan’s Principle.” ... [read more]

Monday, July 04, 2022 @ 9:44 AM

MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT - Mediation and arbitration

Appeal by Esfahani from chambers judge’s direction that an application for permission to appeal and the actual merits of Samimi's appeal of child support award be scheduled and heard together in a one-day special hearing. Esfahani submitted that the chambers judge erred in directing the application for permission to appeal and the merits of the appeal be heard at the same time because permission to appeal must be obtained first before an appeal on the merits could be scheduled. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 @ 3:01 PM

Rethinking Barendregt v. Grebliunas on relocation | Rollie Thompson

Shortly after the Supreme Court handed down its reasons in Barendregt v. Grebliunas, 2022 SCC 22, I wrote an article for The Lawyers Daily on May 30, titled “What to take from Supreme Court of Canada in Barendregt v. Grebliunas.” In preparing for a Canadian Bar Association webinar on this and the other recent Supreme Court of Canada parenting decisions, I read and reread Barendregt, paying much closer attention to the relocation analysis of Justice Andromache Karakatsanis. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 @ 8:02 AM

Office of B.C. Ombudsperson finding path | Jay Chalke

When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released the summary of its final report in 2015, the commission chair, The Honourable Murray Sinclair, enjoined all Canadians to do the work of reconciliation with his formidable challenge: “We have described for you a mountain. We have shown you a path to the top. We call upon you to do the climbing.” The release of the TRC report and his challenge coincided with the start of my first term as the ombudsperson of British Columbia and resonated powerfully with me. ... [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]