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Thursday, February 11, 2021 @ 1:26 PM

Stop making fun of lawyers, even when they are cats | Alistair Vigier

Over the past two days, since the “cat attorney” video went viral, the many videos of it collectively have over 13 million views. For those that haven’t seen it, here it is. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 09, 2021 @ 1:30 PM

The Coach: Small firm succession planning part two | Gary Mitchell

In part one of this column, I covered the first three steps to succession planning: deciding on your timeline for retirement, increasing the value of your practice or firm, and branding/setting up a new legal entity. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 09, 2021 @ 9:41 AM

Understanding title insurance: Fraud flags, private mortgages Golden house with keys

At times, title insurers advertise their underwriters as offering a second set of eyes, which can assist in identifying red flags indicative of fraudulent current transactions or past conveyances. When placing a title insurance order, for instance, one question queries whether a transfer/deed has been registered in the past six months in order to help identify flip frauds. This would occur if a recently transferred property has drastically increased in value, and the fraudsters secure mortgage funds of 80 per cent of the higher property value before disappearing. In such scenarios, a second set of eyes reviewing title can offer a valuable protective function. ... [read more]

Monday, February 08, 2021 @ 2:29 PM

Blaney McMurtry promotes two to partner

Blaney McMurtry announced that Jodi Solomon and Anthony H. Gatensby have joined the partnership. ... [read more]

Friday, February 05, 2021 @ 11:51 AM

Understanding title insurance: Coverage for building permit claims Grey House with keys through roof

“Insurance underwriters are premium lovers.” While this insurance slogan pun originally made me cringe a bit upon reading it, I thought it was fitting for this article on building permit claims. After all, at its most basic level, underwriting involves the insurance company taking on financial responsibility for certain risks in exchange for the insured paying the policy’s premium. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 04, 2021 @ 2:14 PM

Dentons boosts Canadian insurance practice

Dentons announced that it has strengthened its insurance capabilities in Canada by adding a team of nine lawyers and legal professionals. The team joins from Cassels, Brock & Blackwell LLP and includes five partners, three associates and one paraprofessional with expertise spanning corporate, regulatory and litigation. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 04, 2021 @ 2:13 PM

Beard Winter promotes one to partner, hires real estate associate

Beard Winter LLP announced that Jillian Van Allen has joined the partnership and that Harjot Atwal is the newest associate in the firm’s real estate group. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 04, 2021 @ 12:46 PM

Quebec insurers’ duty to defend: Moving towards a solution Book with words "Insurance Law" on page, with glasses and pen

In December 2020, Minister of Finance Éric Girard tabled a bill titled An Act respecting mainly the implementation of certain provisions of the Budget Speech of 10 March 2020. Among other things, the bill sought to address challenges surrounding Article 2503 of the Civil Code of Quebec, which provides for the duty of liability insurers to pay the defence costs of their insureds above policy limits. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 03, 2021 @ 3:00 PM

Stocking your resilience toolbox: How to be proactive in managing stress | Rob De Toni

There was a time when I thought that being resilient simply meant I had to suck it up and put on a brave face whenever I was going through something difficult. No complaining and no whining. Just tough it out, and, in the end, I will be stronger for it. I mean, as a litigation lawyer, shouldn’t I just be able to put on my armour to make everything OK? ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 03, 2021 @ 2:19 PM

Wellness: Rights and obligations | Darryl Singer

I, like most Ontarians, am tired. Tired of the stay-at-home order that’s more of a suggestion than an actual order. Tired of not being able to go the places I enjoy. Tired of not being able to take a long overdue vacation to somewhere warm. Tired of not seeing the sunshine for the last two months. Tired of my family (I love them but if we’re being honest, we all need a teensy break from one another right now). Tired of following the rules. And yet, the last 10 months have also allowed me to shelter in place with a harmonious family, continue to do the work I love with colleagues who motivate and challenge me, earn a living and reclaim all of that commuting time to actually be less stressed and spend more quality time with my family.   ... [read more]