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Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Quebec legal tech company, law firm team up to tap into entrepreneur market Gilles de Saint-Exupéry

A Quebec regional law firm has signed an exclusive partnership agreement with a Montreal legal tech firm to offer turnkey, fixed-price legal services to Quebec entrepreneurs in a move that legal insiders forecast will be occurring more frequently in the Quebec legal scene. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 @ 8:59 AM

Hi-Tech: Legal translation technology a matter of trust | Luigi Benetton

Companies that file documents with the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) often need to ensure they are in both of Canada’s official languages. Document translation is expensive. Can businesses avoid this expense? After all, it’s 2019. Free translation services abound online. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ 10:53 AM

Courthouse libraries association’s web app called ‘a win-win’ for lawyers Christiane Wyskiel sm

The Ontario Courthouse Libraries Association (OCLA) is taking the provision of access to information to the next level by developing a mobile-friendly web app to assist lawyers using courthouse libraries across the province.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 @ 10:34 AM

AI could play a big part in reducing future legal fees AI_research_sm

Recently, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in the case of Cass v. 1410088 Ontario Inc. 2018 ONSC 6959 commented on the use of artificial intelligence in reducing a successful defendant’s motion preparation costs, notably, the amount of paid resources used to engage in “legal research” prior to the motion. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 @ 2:23 PM

Toronto virtual law firm expands practice areas

ClearWay Law has expanded its family and immigration law firm to include wills, estates and commercial law, CEO Alistair Vigier announced on Dec. 4. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 @ 9:53 AM

#MeToo, #TimesUp movement create chance to push for equality, new OBA president says Lynne Vicars sm

The Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) new president, Lynne Vicars, knows what it’s like to face gender inequality in the workplace. “It’s something I’ve lived personally,” she said, noting as an example a conversation she had during an articling interview. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 9:13 AM

Unlocking the mysteries of the ‘smart contract’ smart_contract_sm

Smart contracts are a source of intrigue and speculation among the legal profession. Counsel are well-served to understand the smart contract and position themselves to advise on whether implementation is both practicable and advantageous. In a word, smart contracts have transformational potential, but their application is not all-encompassing; there are inherent flaws and limitations. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 01, 2018 @ 11:58 AM

Breaking down organizational barriers helps access to justice, panel says TAG

Family law is in the midst of a crisis, as an increasing number of self-represented litigants attempt to tackle complex legal issues in an overloaded court system. In response to the many access to justice issues the family bar is facing, legal organizations have turned to teleconferencing, plain language documents and interdisciplinary relationships to try to close the gap in representation. ... [read more]

Monday, October 29, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

LSO approves 2019 budget, improvements to Practice Management Helpline Peter Wardle sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has approved enhancements to its Practice Management Helpline to further assist lawyers and paralegals with “just in time” guidance on critical issues in their practice. “This is a success story. We want it to continue to be a success story and we want the helpline to continue to grow and innovate,” said Peter Wardle, chair of the Professional Development and Competence Committee, at Convocation on Oct. 25. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 9:06 AM

Judgment Day: The rise of AI in immigration robot_business_sm

Fans of The Terminator series understand “Judgment Day” as the day that the artificial intelligence Skynet becomes self-aware and starts a nuclear strike, killing three billion people in its wake. While this is the material of science fiction, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and automated decision making is a part of our reality and already deployed in myriad ways whether we know it or like it. ... [read more]