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Monday, November 28, 2022 @ 2:26 PM

Licensee, stakeholder feedback leads LSO to extend virtual verification policy exemption Michael Lesage, LSO bencher

After receiving feedback from the profession, benchers and stakeholders, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has extended its “temporary pandemic measure of allowing virtual verification without authentication until January 1, 2024.” ... [read more]

Friday, November 25, 2022 @ 1:04 PM

Justice for all is justice we should aspire to | Chris Bentley

My colleague, Guy Pratte, questions whether virtual justice is “real justice’’ in his recent opinion piece (The Lawyer’s Daily, Oct. 26, 2022). He argues that a return to the in-person proceeding is essential for “real justice,” with anything else apparently being of lesser worth. ... [read more]

Friday, November 25, 2022 @ 9:31 AM

My wish for 2022? The Family Law Services Provider licence | Michelle Lomazzo

On Dec. 1, Convocation of the Law Society of Ontario will vote on the Family Law Services Provider (FLSP) licence. My wish for 2022? That most benchers will vote in favour of the FLSP licence. There is widespread agreement among the judiciary, family law bar, the paralegal community and family law litigants that an access to justice crisis exists in family law matters. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 24, 2022 @ 11:43 AM

New lawyer for Dunton Rainville

Dunton Rainville welcomed lawyer Kevin Lauzon to the firm. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 24, 2022 @ 11:42 AM

Edmonton firm opens new family law practice, adds two lawyers

Edmonton law firm Ogilvie LLP announced a new practice area to the firm’s offering. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 24, 2022 @ 11:41 AM

Feds seek judicial review of human rights ruling that rejected $20-billion settlement as too narrow David Lametti

The federal government has asked for judicial review in Federal Court of a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) decision last month that declined to endorse a $20-billion final settlement agreement that would compensate individual First Nations children and family caregivers for many years of Ottawa’s discriminatory underfunding of on-reserve child welfare services. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 @ 9:38 AM

For modern families, modern estate planning Many different diverse families

I recently had the pleasure of participating in a webinar for the Canadian Legal Innovation Forum on contemporary drivers, trends and disruptive forces in estates practice and how estate lawyers are evolving their practices to meet them. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 @ 6:18 AM

MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT - Child support - Retroactive awards

Appeal by the father from parenting and child support orders. He argued that the trial judge erred by misapplying the best interests of the child test, including by underemphasizing the importance of the father’s access to the child and by giving insufficient reasons as to why she ignored the agreement reached between the father and mother to substitute child support and overlooked the consent agreement signed in 2016. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 @ 2:41 PM

High net worth spouses and divorce Hands with divorce papers

This article covers some of the legal issues facing families that enjoy a high net worth. More specifically, how gifts and inheritances are treated in separation or divorce, what happens to funds gifted to the children by grandparents, and how the couple can manage working with a number of advisers. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 @ 1:17 PM

The worst people to run law firms are lawyers | Murray Gottheil

I was the managing partner of a law firm once. I came to the job with little aptitude for management and even less experience and training. Of course, I was qualified to be the managing partner because I had high personal billings and a whole whack of originating credits. ... [read more]