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Monday, January 17, 2022 @ 1:59 PM

LSO client ID and verification requirements: What’s changed? | Julianne Trotman

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) recently updated its requirements for client identification and verification, as it relates to anti-money laundering. The changes came into effect on Jan. 1, 2022. ... [read more]

Monday, January 17, 2022 @ 10:56 AM

‘I can’t afford to hire me’ | Jo-Anne Stark

Dear Jo: As a family law practitioner, I’ve seen family law matters grow in complexity over the years. Matters seem to take longer and longer to resolve; often times, my clients try mediation to settle their case, only to end up in litigation and waiting for years to have their disputes decided. As a result, their legal bills are often astronomical. I couldn’t even afford to hire myself — so how can I expect clients to be able to cover the costs of litigation? ... [read more]

Friday, January 14, 2022 @ 2:36 PM

Keep the change | Marcel Strigberger

I’m sure we are all curious what Sir Winston Churchill said about change. This is as fine an hour as any to quote the statesman, who said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”  ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 @ 2:26 PM

No right to remain silent | Gary Joseph

As a teenager (with clear ambition to be a “trial lawyer”), I constantly watched police crime shows on the family black and white TV. I loved the action and the inevitable capture of the bad guys. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 @ 12:20 PM

Unforgiven | John L. Hill

It is commonly stated that a person is sent to prison “to pay for his [or her] crime.” But is the debt really cancelled? ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 @ 10:51 AM

How to blow a mediation | Stuart Rudner

As many readers know, I have expanded my mediation practice exponentially in recent years. I thoroughly enjoy this work, and find it extremely rewarding when I can work with counsel to help parties find a reasonable resolution to their issues. However, I am often left wondering why counsel do not make a full effort to do everything they can to ensure a successful mediation for their clients. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 @ 2:19 PM

Is online voting reliable? | Agnès Whitfield

Many organizations including municipal governments, educational institutions, condo associations, unions, and corporations now rely on online platforms to conduct their votes and surveys, a trend reinforced by the pandemic need for remote consultation. Online voting provides a quick, paperless, relatively inexpensive, and seemingly reliable way to canvas shareholders or electors. But how trustworthy are online voting services and what should counsel know about them to properly advise their clients and avoid litigation?  ... [read more]

Monday, January 10, 2022 @ 11:31 AM

When I die bury me by Chuck’s Roadhouse near the 401 | Jeffrey Hartman

“I’m numb from the waist down, feeling sorrow ... [read more]

Friday, January 07, 2022 @ 2:39 PM

Handling the Messiah, other 2022 predictions | Marcel Strigberger

I have some predictions for how our justice system will evolve in 2022. I will say that I am eminently qualified to make these predictions as I just acquired the long-lost Nostradamus crystal ball. I actually found it on eBay. I know it’s the real magical thing, responding to whoever touches it, as the courier who dropped the package off said, “I know what’s inside.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 05, 2022 @ 1:53 PM

No more 59-minute motions | Gary Joseph

Happy new year to my loyal reader(s). COVID-19 continues and our courts continue to struggle but are adapting to the constantly changing (and often inconsistent) lockdown and mitigation polices. ... [read more]