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Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 9:22 AM

INTERESTS IN LAND - Easements - Creation - By prescription

Appeal by the Kroekers from a decision granting the respondents’ application for a prescriptive easement over two lots for an unregistered access road affecting three cottage properties. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 12:45 PM

Law society aiming to broaden scope of services for Ontario paralegals, says treasurer Paralegal series logo

The Law Society of Ontario will continue to look at ways to expand the services that paralegals can provide across the province, including through a comprehensive study of the profession that is ongoing, said LSO treasurer Teresa Donnelly. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 9:16 AM

Aird & Berlis welcomes new partner

Aird & Berlis announced that Leonard Baranek has joined the firm as a partner in the real estate group. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 8:25 AM

Don’t count on ‘zombie deeds’ in estate planning: Part two deed_signing_sm

As we stated in part one of this series, the court in Thompson v. Elliott Estate 2020 ONSC 1822 chastised the actions of the lawyer who registered the transfer of the deed of Alitha Elizabeth Elliott on April 18, 2017. Elliott died three days earlier on April 15. In making required statements in the transfer on behalf of Elliott on her age and spousal status, the court stated that the lawyer “knew or ought to have known that this was clearly not the case” and that if Elliott’s death had been known by the Land Registry Office, “severance of the joint tenancy would have been properly rejected.” ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 6:05 AM

PROCEEDINGS - Practice and procedure

Appeal by the plaintiff, Siebring, from dismissal of his claim against the defendant Strata Plan for compensation for water damage. The appellant was a self-represented litigant who alleged his unit was damaged by water from leaking pipes situated in common property. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 12:40 PM

Why paralegals are force behind innovation in law firms paralegals_sm

Paralegals are already a vital resource to law firms, but with the onslaught of tools on the market that help automate the more mundane and repetitive parts of their work, they are about to become much more valuable. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

More tax advantages from incorporation for professionals, business owners Youngwomanlooking.jpg

In the first part of this article, I discussed the principle that allows a significant tax saving from incorporation. This occurs when the owner retains the income within the corporation. The corporate tax rate that is taken off this is very low, at the small business tax rate (12.2 per cent in Ontario). This means that there is much more capital to invest on which future compounding will occur than if it had been immediately received as personal income and taxed at the high personal marginal tax rate. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 1:51 PM

Tax reduction advantages from incorporation for self-employed Youngwomanwithaclipboard

There are many advantages to incorporation. One of the biggest of these is the very low corporate tax rate on what is called small business income, which also applies to professional income. Self-employed professionals who earn high incomes can significantly leverage the power of compounded investment returns and end up with a much higher net worth. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 12:56 PM

Paralegals and access to justice | Grazia Condello paralegal_sm

Long before becoming a licensed paralegal, I began my career in 1998 as a law clerk in a law firm. Part of my role involved reviewing disclosure and going to the Law Library at 130 Queen St. in Toronto to research case law (before legal research was revolutionized by the Internet). ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 9:40 AM

Canada has mixed approach on regulating paralegals; greater acceptance needed: industry voices paralegal sm

A handful of Canada’s law societies continue to wrestle with the possibility of regulating paralegals, but lawyers at large must first be willing to accept them, appreciate their abilities and relinquish some “turf” in the name of greater access to justice, voices in the industry say. Judi Simms, of the Paralegal Society of Canada, said this greater acceptance of paralegals would be essential if additional jurisdictions are going to regulate them and expand the services non-lawyer practitioners are able to provide to the public. ... [read more]