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Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

Eleven simple but effective law firm marketing resources | Jana Schilder

You don’t have to spend a fortune to start marketing your law firm. Here are 11 free or almost free places to start. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 @ 2:00 PM

Rethinking the obituary in digital age digital_obituariy

We’re told not to click on links in e-mails, not to open attachments from unknown sources, and not to provide personal information to someone we don’t know on the phone or on the Internet. So why is it we still create obituaries, also known as death notices, as if we are completing a job application regardless if its purpose is a legal declaration or memorial announcement. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 @ 9:54 AM

The year Canada got serious about opt-out organ donation Hands holding heart

There are thousands of people in Canada on a waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant; hundreds die every year while waiting. One controversial option to improve this gained traction in Canada in 2019: an opt-out system. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 07, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

Women in rural, remote communities get long distance legal help Woman_with_laptop

Family law lawyers are thin on the ground in many rural and remote parts of Ontario. Those who take legal aid certificates and who have expertise in cases involving family violence are even more rare. After hearing repeatedly about the lack of access to legal representation for women in northern and small communities, Luke’s Place decided something needed to be done. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 07, 2020 @ 6:28 AM

MARRIAGE - Common law marriage - Property and benefits rights

Appeal by the father from an order determining parenting, support and property issues between the parties. ... [read more]

Monday, January 06, 2020 @ 2:42 PM

Multiple masters: A modern lawyer’s dilemma | Gary Joseph

The website for the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) states that it exists to govern the legal profession in the public interest. LSO governs its members through the Rules of Professional Conduct (the Rules). Professional standards for lawyers are governed by these regulatory codes but also by legal standards determined and imposed by the courts and by statute. The distinction between regulatory and court-imposed standards are often theoretical but at times not. The most recent example of where these standards may conflict can be found in the now resolved dispute between lawyer Joseph Groia and the LSO. ... [read more]

Friday, January 03, 2020 @ 6:20 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Conduct of parents - Parental alienation

Appeal by the mother from a 2019 trial decision granting sole custody to the father. ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 1:32 PM

My letter to Santa Claws | Victoria Shroff

Dear Animal Santy or equivalent for St. Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Hannukah, Solstice, Yalda, Christmas, Omisoka: ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 10:50 AM

How lawyers can stay safe in family violence cases Woman pushing against fist

Early in my law career, the opposing party on a family law file involving family violence was representing himself. I was retained on a bare bones legal aid certificate. In my naivete and desire to save my client the cost of hiring a process server, I decided to serve her ex myself. Fortunately for me, I did so without incident. ... [read more]

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 10:41 AM

Standard of review post-Dunsmuir: Reasonable or incorrect? | Heather MacIvor

In spring 2018 the Supreme Court of Canada signalled a seismic change in its jurisprudence on administrative law. It granted leave to hear three appeals — two of which were later merged into one — and invited submissions on the standard of review. The appeals were heard in December 2018, and the decisions finally issued on Dec. 19, 2019, (Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov 2019 SCC 65, and Bell Canada v. Canada (Attorney General) 2019 SCC 66). ... [read more]