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Friday, October 04, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Succession planning: The elephant in the law firm | Stephen Binder

I have been working with lawyers and law firms for a good part of my four and a half decades as an accountant and strategic adviser, and I can say this with some confidence: lawyers aren’t quite like everybody else, at least when it comes to the issue of retirement. While the rest of the world dreams of kicking back and relaxing after a lifetime of work, many lawyers — especially those who have risen to the upper echelons of their firms — seem terrified at the prospect of not coming to the office. In fact, one recent survey suggests that nearly four out of five senior partners never want to retire. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 03, 2019 @ 3:29 PM

Producing financial disclosure in family law: A poem | David Frenkel

When it comes to financial disclosure, some family law litigants just don’t seem to appreciate the importance of full and frank disclosure. While a few recent decisions are considered leading in the area, including Roberts v. Roberts 2015 ONCA 450, some people may just need a more simple way to understand that their inactions do more harm than good. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 02, 2019 @ 10:51 AM

Gig economy: California has fix for that | Rachel Goldenberg

California passed Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) recently changing the way gig economy contract workers are treated in the state. This marks one of the first major shifts in how gig economy workers are treated. The question I want to know is, who will be next in taking a stand to protect our workers? ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 01, 2019 @ 2:27 PM

Professional advisers should stay in their lane | Darren Coleman

As people’s financial situations become more complex, the need for comprehensive advice arises for legal, tax and investment matters. Unfortunately, this complexity can tangle up a professional adviser into giving commentary outside the limits of their expertise. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 01, 2019 @ 1:39 PM

Message to Wilson-Raybould still applicable today | David Milgaard

Two years ago, I wrote the following letter to the-then Minister of Justice and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 01, 2019 @ 9:23 AM

McLachlin memoir a great read but needs more on SCC decision making | Heather MacIvor

A good memoir inspires its readers to reflect on their own lives — those actually lived, and those that might have been. Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law, the new memoir by former Supreme Court chief justice Beverley McLachlin, does just that. ... [read more]

Monday, September 30, 2019 @ 11:44 AM

Worth the risk: Cost-benefit analysis of opioid crisis | Jordana Goldlist

In a 2017 decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal held that “offenders, even first offenders, who traffic significant amounts of fentanyl should expect to receive significant penitentiary sentences” (R. v. Loor 2017 ONCA 696). Fast forward two years and I now tell my clients charged with trafficking fentanyl that they, if found guilty, can expect to serve more time in jail than someone convicted of manslaughter.   ... [read more]

Monday, September 30, 2019 @ 8:58 AM

Federal Court reins in Immigration and Refugee Board | Julius Melnitzer

The Federal Court has limited the power of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada’s (IRB) chairperson to issue jurisprudential guides (JGs) on issues of fact, where the JGs create an “expectation” that board members were bound to follow the directives. ... [read more]

Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 10:35 AM

Welcoming Costa Rica’s work from home bill | Tara Vasdani

As a remote-first law firm, and passionate advocate for remote-work arrangements, I am thrilled to account on President Carlos Alvarado’s official signing into law of the work-from-home bill. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 26, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

Getting creative with dispute resolution | Stuart Rudner

When it comes to how we handle disputes, there are many options. And yet the reality is that most of us tend to do things the same way every time. ... [read more]