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Wednesday, July 31, 2019 @ 9:14 AM

Powers of attorney and advanced care planning: Property power_of_attorney_sm

Statistics show many Canadians are living with disabilities and many will have a long-term disability. Coupled with our aging population, there is a serious need for everyone to have properly planned for incapacity. Our first article reviewed the legislative framework in Ontario for powers of attorney, reviewed the two most common types in Ontario and discussed what happens if you don’t make powers of attorney prior to becoming incapable. This article considers important issues involving continuing powers of attorney for property. ... [read more]

Monday, July 29, 2019 @ 12:58 PM

Three Nunavut initiatives to aid access to justice, families get $1.8 million in funding

Federal Minister of Justice David Lametti on July 29 announced a total of $1.8 million in new funding for three Nunavut initiatives to increase access to justice and support the well-being of women and children. ... [read more]

Monday, July 29, 2019 @ 12:31 PM

Family law prof fears desires of parents placed over children’s interests Rolli_Thompson_sm

An East Coast legal scholar is calling two recent appeal decisions worrisome in their use of “maximum contact” laws in divorce cases to seemingly place parents’ desire for more time with their children over what may be best for the kids. ... [read more]

Monday, July 29, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

CHILD PROTECTION - Permanent appointment or Crown wardship

Appeal by the paternal grandmother from an order of Crown guardianship without access. The subject child was born in 2016. The parents lived intermittently with the appellant and her husband. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 @ 2:47 PM

Proposed changes to tax treatment of stock options could affect support payments Stock certificate

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled his fourth budget this March, which may impact the tax treatment of employee stock options. If your client pays child or spousal support, you may be wondering how these changes will affect their payment obligations. Although the employee’s taxable income will increase significantly, their line 150 income will remain unchanged and support calculations could even decline. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 @ 11:11 AM

Divorce no longer a social taboo | Steve Benmor

There once was a time when divorce was considered shameful. Even the word was whispered quietly from one person to another. Divorce was an embarrassment; it was rare, avoided and considered a failure. ... [read more]

Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 2:13 PM

Crowning achievement | Kurt Sandstrom

In May, the B.C. government announced the establishment of a new Crown agency for the delivery of support enforcement services. For the past 30 years, government delivered the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP) under contract with a private company. During this time, government remained responsible for the legislation that directed enforcement services, and for the policies under which the program was delivered. The recent change moves the services closer to government. ... [read more]

Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 10:51 AM

Power of attorney compensation checklist paid_stamp_sm

If your client is appointed as attorney for property and/or attorney for personal care under a power of attorney document, here is a quick checklist of how to advise them on their compensation. ... [read more]

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

Access to Justice: Legal aid critically important part of justice system | Beverley McLachlin

This spring, the Ontario government announced drastic cuts to legal aid in Ontario. The Legal Aid Ontario budget was cut by almost 30 per cent and funding was eliminated for refugee and immigration cases. This meant deep cuts to clinics and services, striking hard at the province’s most vulnerable inhabitants. These cuts were felt especially strongly in the larger centres, including Toronto. ... [read more]

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 8:57 AM

Four new associates for Clark Wilson in Vancouver

Clark Wilson LLP announced that four new associate lawyers have joined its team in Vancouver: Alexandra Madden, Emily Raven, Erin Barnes and Scott McLeod. ... [read more]