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Wednesday, February 10, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

Penny-wise, pound-foolishness in arbitration Man falling off caution sign

Writing for the B.C. Court of Appeal in Nolin v. Ramirez 2020 BCCA 274, Justice Elizabeth Bennett, with the concurrence of Justices Mary Saunders and David Harris, observed at the outset that: ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 03, 2021 @ 2:18 PM

Strategic plan to guide B.C. law society in 2021: president B.C. law society president Dean Lawton

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has jumped into 2021 with a new head at its bencher table and a new strategic plan to guide its efforts. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 02, 2021 @ 2:49 PM

OBA names new Innovator in Residence

The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) announced that Friedrich Blase has been named this year’s OBA Innovator in Residence. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 02, 2021 @ 8:37 AM

Digitization of estate industry: Contextual framework Hand holding a digital lightbulb

Part three in this estate industry digitization series delved into the five considerations for digitization readiness. This article examines the contextual framework for success. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 @ 9:38 AM

Nova Scotia court to launch pilot for electronic filing by police

Changes made to operations due to the pandemic have prompted Nova Scotia’s provincial court to launch a pilot project in two urban centres that will allow police to fax criminal charges needing to be sworn. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 @ 2:28 PM

Digitization of estate industry: Five steps to readiness digital lightbulb

The second article of this series named five considerations members of the estate profession should bring to bear in terms of leadership and client value-added knowledge. In this article I will elaborate. ... [read more]

Monday, January 18, 2021 @ 2:15 PM

Ontario continues rollout of electronic filing system for criminal charges

Ontario is expanding its e-Intake technology for electronic police filing of criminal charges to include northwestern Ontario. The system, developed by Stratford, Ont.-based eJust Systems, was originally piloted in Barrie and Orillia from November 2019 to September 2020 and launched in northeastern Ontario in December 2020. ... [read more]

Monday, January 18, 2021 @ 8:25 AM

Access to Justice: Fragility and resilience: Lessons of 2020 and 2021 potential | Beverley McLachlin

One could be forgiven for some hyperbole when writing a column about the past year. The year 2020 and the beginning of 2021 has been a time of historic, and largely negative, extremes across the health, environment and social landscape. We have been personally and institutionally tested in ways that most of us could not previously have imagined. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 1:34 PM

Digitization of estate industry: Table stakes lightbulb_digital_sm

Part one in this series discussed the pandemic paradigm as the impetus for digital transformation in the industry. The point being, estate lawyers shouldn’t underestimate the speed of what once was a competitive advantage turning into a competitive necessity. In the financial sector, nobody today would dream of starting a financial institution or bank without a mobile client app. If we parallel the estate industry’s digitization along the continuum of the financial sector’s transformation, consider the shifts in focus from retail banking, to mobile banking, to investment banking, to retirement banking, and now what I coin as integrated estate banking. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

The year that flew by in slow motion | William Woodward

What a year 2020 was. As I entered into my role as chair of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) in November of 2020, I contemplated the year ahead and the goals FOLA hoped to achieve. ... [read more]