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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 11:06 AM

Interplay between Clare’s Law in Alberta and amendments to Divorce Act Woman talking to police officer

On April 1, 2021, Alberta followed the lead of Saskatchewan in proclaiming “Clare’s Law.” Only the second province to proclaim the legislation, Clare’s Law aims to prevent domestic violence by giving the victims or potential victims of violence in an intimate partner relationship access to information about the history of a partner’s violence or abuse. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 10:24 AM

Lawyer librarian symbiosis | Ciara Ward

“What would you be without us?” “What have you done for us lately?” ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 9:05 AM

Decision revisits intersection between a religious marriage and requirements under Family Law Act Muhammad Alam, founder and managing barrister, Mississauga-based Alam Law

A recent Superior Court decision in Ontario sheds light on a potential legal predicament that could affect couples who rely entirely on religious rites for marriage and divorce, says a lawyer involved with the case. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 2:50 PM

Problem with recordable trials microphone in court

The issue of whether a trial or preliminary hearing can proceed by Zoom has been largely focused on an accused person’s right to attend the trial in person. A judge has the power to determine many aspects of a trial such as allowing testimony to be heard remotely, allowing an accused to appear by video or even if the judge needs to be in the courtroom. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 10:32 AM

Podcasting for lawyers and law firms Microphone, headphones and "on air" sign

There’s a podcast for every topic under the sun, including the world of law and legal services. Podcasts are becoming a popular and effective forum for both content consumption and content generation. While some listen to podcasts for entertainment, for many, they are an educational and thought leadership tool. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 9:56 AM

New Indigenous law institute at Lakehead University meets growing need, says law dean Jula Hughes, Dean, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay

The launch of a new Indigenous law and justice institute at Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law will help meet the increasing demand for skills in Indigenous law in Northern Ontario and beyond, says dean of law Jula Hughes. The Thunder Bay, Ont.-based institute, which has been named Maamawi Bimosewag — They Walk Together, officially started operations April 1 thanks, in part, to $437,000 in funding from the federal Department of Justice’s Justice Partnership and Innovation Program. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 6:15 AM

DOMESTIC CONTRACTS AND SEPARATION AGREEMENTS - Prenuptial and marriage contracts - Enforcement

Appeal by the wife from the trial judgment refusing to set aside the parties’ 2008 marriage agreement. Pursuant to the agreement, each side would keep their own assets and the husband would pay the wife $450,000 to acquire a new home. ... [read more]

Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 1:16 PM

Can a sugar daddy avoid spousal support? Paper cutout family with scissors

In today’s article, I will discuss an interesting case law dealing with the definition of a spouse under the Family Law Act — Jackson v. Moore 2019 ONSC 6477. In this case, the parties were never married. ... [read more]

Friday, April 09, 2021 @ 9:48 AM

How wide is your community? | Wes Thiessen

The physical distance and living arrangements with others in any culture can be characterized on a continuum, with the two opposing ends labeled as “Communitarian” and “Individualist.” If you deal with clients who come from another culture, being aware of this mode of culture can be useful in better understanding your clients. ... [read more]

Friday, April 09, 2021 @ 8:24 AM

The Coach: Succession planning for larger firms part two | Gary Mitchell

If you follow my column, then you know what I consider to be the first steps in succession planning for larger firms. In this, part two of a two-part series, I will go over the following: 1. Qualities of your next leader. 2. Where do you find them? 3. Coaching and mentoring. 4. Transition. 5. The exit. ... [read more]