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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 11:37 AM

Reconciliation and the interaction between standard form agreements and common law Hands holding

Separating spouses and their counsel must take care when relying on standard reconciliation clauses in separation agreements, as highlighted by the Court of Appeal for Ontario in the recent decision of Miaskowski v. MacIntyre 2020 ONCA 178. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 3:29 PM

Nova Scotia Supreme Court taking ‘first step towards our new normal’

Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court will move away from its essential services model put in place during the COVID-19 crisis and will begin allowing in-person hearings for non-urgent matters.     ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 2:45 PM

Tax planning strategies in a market downturn: Trusts Two people with calculator

In last week’s article, we discussed some tax-planning strategies for taking advantage of lower business and asset valuations brought about by COVID-19 in the context of personal and estate planning. This week, we will discuss certain asset-protection measures that taxpayers may wish to undertake when worried about possible lawsuits or creditor claims. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 1:01 PM

Laws alone are only part of answer | Pamela Cross

Since Gabriel Wortman killed 22 people in Nova Scotia in April, there has been much talk about what needs to be done to stop anything like this from happening again. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 12:52 PM

In confinement as a lawyer and mom Kidsindaycare

I would have liked to write my first article for The Lawyer’s Daily under other circumstances but the COVID-19 situation — still an unfortunate reality — demands my attention. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 12:41 PM

Implementation of Divorce Act reforms postponed from July 2020 to March 2021 due to COVID-19

Ottawa is delaying its planned implementation of much-anticipated federal Divorce Act reforms by eight months — from July 1, 2020, until March 1, 2021 — in order to give the pandemic-pre-occupied provinces and territories more time to get ready. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 9:45 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 11:43 AM

‘Everything is on the table’ as Ontario eyes a return to courts, says attorney general Doug Downey

As Ontario moves toward a July 6 target date for resuming in-person proceedings amid COVID-19, Attorney General Doug Downey says his Ministry is consulting closely with two health experts and is even considering using gymnasiums to enable physical distancing. “Health and safety are at the centre of everything we’re doing,” he told Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) president John Struthers during a June 4 CLA webcast. “People need to feel safe, as well as be safe.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 4:06 PM

Ontario extends emergency orders, suspension of legal limitation periods

The Ontario government is extending all emergency orders currently in force under the province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until June 19 and the suspension of limitation periods and time periods in legal proceedings until Sept. 11. ... [read more]

Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 1:49 PM

Senior family court judge fears self-represented litigants being left behind by COVID-19 Suzanne Stevenson

Ontario’s most senior family court judge is sounding the alarm about a significant drop in self-represented litigants brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re trying to get the message out there that we are open, but they are not coming to court, and that’s a huge concern for access to justice,” Justice Suzanne M. Stevenson, senior judge of the family court, said in a May 28 fireside chat organized by the Ontario Bar Association. ... [read more]

Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 11:24 AM

B.C. Supreme Court releases info on courtroom procedures, chambers applications

The Supreme Court of British Columbia is advising the public that changes to court configurations and some in-court processes are required to comply with public health directives and orders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic as trials resume at some locations in the province on June 8. ... [read more]