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Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 1:44 PM

The other over 80 Senior driver

Ask a criminal lawyer about driving over 80 and they will immediately launch into a diatribe about Charter protections, the intersection of criminal and regulatory law, the difference between impairment and legal limits or, God forbid, war stories from their career. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 8:39 AM

Rethinking the obituary in digital age: Planning and guidance digital_obituary_sm

Discussion about one’s e-mail and obituary has not been traditionally part of an estate lawyer’s conversation with the testator (or will-maker). But in the digital age, not only should digital assets and the client’s ever-expanding digital estate be part of the conversation, but so should a risk assessment of the role facing the executor. In other words, is the executor up to the task of handling the digital estate? ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 12:50 PM

Access and custody rights of extended family members Multigenerational family

In many cultures, parents, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles and even cousins often live together under one roof, playing an integral role in the upbringing of the children of the home. Upon a relationship breakdown, the close bonds these children develop with their extended family members are at genuine risk. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 12:26 PM

Loosening rules for non-lawyers needed for north Saskatchewan: law society president Gerald_Tegart_sm

Relaxing the rules around tasks paralegals and other non-lawyer service providers are barred from performing could be a key to greater access to justice in northern Saskatchewan, says the new president of that province’s law society. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 10:45 AM

Why evolution of legal model desperately needed | Shama Rafiq

When it comes to access to justice, we often forget that the old law firm structures are a major deterrence to ensuring that anyone and everyone has a fair chance to having their day in court. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 12:12 PM

NL non-profit expands free legal clinics due to high demand Kevin O'Shea

Individuals in Newfoundland and Labrador looking for legal advice — but not necessarily looking to hire a lawyer — are getting a helping hand from the province’s legal community. Legal clinics launched in the St. John’s area in 2016 have expanded outside the capital city to Gander and Grand Falls. Further expansion is planned for this year. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 8:51 AM

DOMESTIC CONTRACTS AND SEPARATE AGREEMENTS - Consensus, lack of - Misrepresentation

Appeal by the wife from a decision of a chambers judge finding that the parties’ settlement agreement was binding. ... [read more]

Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 2:52 PM

The impact of self representation: Long-term views | Gary Joseph

Much of the debate surrounding the tidal wave of self representation has focused on the difficulties posed by untrained individuals before the courts. Cases, previously advanced on the basis of fact and law, now often become overly emotional battlefields for the vetting of marital discord. Separated spouses can be subjected to aggressive and unnecessary cross-examination by a self-represented individual and judges, vexed between neutral adjudication, maintaining the dignity of proceedings and fair treatment to all, are being drawn into the process in a manner not consistent with their historical common law role. ... [read more]

Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 8:41 AM

CHILD PROTECTION - Protective agencies and institutions - Supervision or guardianship

Appeal by the mother from an order placing her daughter in the Minister’s permanent care. The child was taken into care in 2016 at age four months and the mother was involuntarily hospitalized for a period. ... [read more]

Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 2:26 PM

New family law self-represented litigant project launches in Toronto Andrea Himel sm

Ontario’s family law bar has come together to launch a project aimed at assisting self-represented litigants through the system at the  Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. ... [read more]