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Thursday, April 14, 2022 @ 3:15 PM

Considering contributions to cottage in cases of separation/divorce Hands holding house and keys

Finding an affordable home or cottage continues to be inaccessible to many young couples. If parents want to help with a down payment or with regular monthly contributions, they need to understand what will happen to their contribution if the couple eventually separates. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 @ 2:54 PM

Managing your judge: Avoiding judicial pet peeves | Kathryn Hendrikx

Over the course of the last two and a half years we have endured the shock and awe of the COVID-19 pandemic. No one will ever forget the first shutdown of the Superior Court of Ontario in March 2020. Two years later, our legal landscape has changed. Now that the pandemic has “subsided,” courts are returning to in-person conferences, motions and trials. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 @ 11:35 AM

Supreme Court of Canada’s trends disclose faster decision-making, more criminal cases in 2021 Supreme Court of Canada

More than half the cases heard by the Supreme Court of Canada last year were criminal appeals — with fewer than one-quarter of its hearings in 2021 involving private law, new court statistics disclose. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 @ 10:40 AM

Lead generation best practices for lawyers Hand holding magnet attracts people

The phrase “lead generation” may sound intimidating. Isn’t that a sales term? How does it apply to my law firm or legal practice? ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 1:26 PM

Attention library science deniers Librarian

In conversation with a library patron, I was told: “I hope perception [of your job] is changing, but I also think it’s that you’re a woman sitting behind a desk, so you’re obviously a secretary.” This was in response to a concern I shared that as a solo librarian running a “small” library I have many duties that go beyond a “regular” library job. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 10:44 AM

LSO licensing exam date change ‘undermines’ candidates’ mental health, competitiveness, student says Ryan Shah, University of Toronto

An open letter signed by over 500 law students has been sent to the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) requesting the regulator “provide lawyer licensing candidates the option to write the barrister and solicitor examinations according to the original schedule the LSO provided at the outset of the licensing process.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 10:16 AM

Lack of transparency shrouds lawyer compensation in secrecy, says CBA pay equity report Carly Romanow

Pay inequity and a gender pay gap for women lawyers continues to be a major issue in the Canadian legal workplace, affirms a recent report by the Canadian Bar Association even though it is difficult to quantify due to a lack of transparency shrouding lawyer compensation. The report found that firms’ and employers’ lack of transparency and explicit confidentiality policies, coupled with a reluctance by individual lawyers to discuss compensation issues, form formidable barriers towards identifying pay disparities in the practice of law. ... [read more]

Monday, April 11, 2022 @ 12:51 PM

Lunch and ‘recess’ are not for wimps | Rob De Toni

“Lunch is for wimps.” If you are into 1980s movies, you might recognize this line spoken by Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. Do you feel the same? How many days out of the year do you skip lunch or just eat at your desk while working? ... [read more]

Monday, April 11, 2022 @ 11:48 AM

New judge appointed to Ontario Court of Justice

On April 11, the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General announced the appointment of a new judge to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective April 21, 2022. ... [read more]

Monday, April 11, 2022 @ 6:36 AM

CUSTODY, PARENTING, AND ACCESS - Costs - Considerations

Appeal by father from judgment regarding costs of a parenting trial and pre- and post-trial applications. The main issue at trial was which parent would have primary parenting of their five children, and which parent would have scheduled access. After reviewing all the evidence, the trial judge was satisfied that it was in the best interests of the three youngest children for their mother to have primary care and their father to have generous access. ... [read more]