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Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 6:05 AM

CHILD PROTECTION - Supervision or guardianship - Permanent appointment or Crown wardship

Appeal by the Indigenous parents from the dismissal of their application to vary a permanent committal order related to two of their children. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 2:52 PM

Family cottage: How can trusts protect heirs from matrimonial claims? Fancy

“Marriage is the agreement to let a family happen.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 9:18 AM

Law Society of B.C. launches ‘innovation sandbox’ on expanding access to justice LSBC president Craig Ferris

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has launched an “innovation sandbox” which will look at proposals from those who are seeking to address unmet legal need in the province. Those admitted to the innovation sandbox will pilot legal services and advice under the supervision of the law society. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 1:12 PM

Decision throws light on mechanics of parallel parenting parallel_parenting_sm

Parallel parenting has been recognized as a useful tool in high conflict cases. Decision making for the child(ren), often the core of the dispute, is parsed between parents. Educational decisions to one parent for example and medical decisions to the other. Religion and extracurricular may be split too. These arrangements can reduce parenting conflict and calm the seas of parental engagements. Courts have been increasing receptive to such accommodations. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

Action committee offers guidance on resuming court operations in remote, Indigenous communities Chief Justice Richard Wagner

A committee of justice officials established to guide court operations as they emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic has issued new guidance on the safe restoration on court operations for northern, remote and Indigenous communities. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 1:58 PM

Paralegal Roundup: News, analysis and opinion published this week paralegal

What is a paralegal and what legal services can they provide? Are paralegals regulated? Is “paralegal” even the proper term to use? The answers to these questions may vary depending on where you are in the country. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 12:50 PM

‘Family’ matters for personal injury claims Silhouette of family

While each of us defines family in our way, Canadian law does not provide the same flexibility. Specific statutes impose limits on the scope of family composition for our justice system. Fortunately, the Family Law Act (FLA) provides an avenue for specific family members to claim against a negligent party for the losses they experienced due to their loved one’s injury. This article will outline who can claim under the FLA and what kind of compensation they may receive. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 12:45 PM

Law society aiming to broaden scope of services for Ontario paralegals, says treasurer Paralegal series logo

The Law Society of Ontario will continue to look at ways to expand the services that paralegals can provide across the province, including through a comprehensive study of the profession that is ongoing, said LSO treasurer Teresa Donnelly. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 12:40 PM

Why paralegals are force behind innovation in law firms paralegals_sm

Paralegals are already a vital resource to law firms, but with the onslaught of tools on the market that help automate the more mundane and repetitive parts of their work, they are about to become much more valuable. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 11:13 AM

Will divorce lawyers be replaced with licensed paralegals? | Steve Benmor Paralegal

When the province of Ontario and the Law Society of Ontario appointed former Chief Justice Annemarie Bonkalo on Feb. 9, 2016, to study the challenges faced by separating spouses who required family law help, she found that 57 per cent of Ontarians could not afford lawyers and therefore had no legal representation in family court. ... [read more]