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Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 2:21 PM

What you have to know when pandemic forces you to work from home | Russell Bennett

When I started my law firm (of one) almost two years ago, I decided to work from home. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 1:19 PM

Canadian tax basis bump: Threshold questions Tax planning

As discussed in part one, the bump denial rules will apply when, in the course of an acquisition, certain types of people (colloquially referred to as “bad people”) have acquired certain types of property (“bad property”). The following threshold questions may assist in determining whether the bump could be available by determining which shareholders may be “bad people” and whether any of these bad people might acquire bad property. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 11:25 AM

COVID-19: Family law going forward | Gary Joseph

The rush to find alternate ways to assist clients is remarkable. The level of suffering from this pandemic is undeniable but for the family law bar, adversity has spawned a reinvigorated effort to find ways to move matters forward, creatively craft dispute resolution methods and work towards settlement. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 9:58 AM

FINANCE - Taxation - Real or immovable property assessment

Appeal by three commercial property owners from a chambers judge’s decision setting aside the City of Edmonton Assessment Review Board’s decision excluding evidence from the appellants’ assessment appeals. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 2:42 PM

Good advice for small business during pandemic Businessman on laptop

The economic impact relating to the COVID-19 virus will be felt by every corner of the world. There is simply no escaping it. As a lawyer, I have many small-business clients who are now asking, “What should we do to protect ourselves during this unprecedented time?” ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

Top next generation lead boosting tactics for law firms | Fran Jakubowicz

In terms of marketing spend, the legal industry is one of the most aggressive, with North American law firms spending anywhere from two to 10 per cent of their revenue on marketing activities, and 65 per cent of that amount is devoted to digital marketing activities. Yet, with law firms everywhere scrambling for space on every available digital platform, and with an average conversion rate of approximately two per cent on traditional website lead generation forms, conventional digital marketing tactics are having to create new ways to reach their audience. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 8:22 AM

COVID-19 court closures: What to make of it and what to do | Gary Joseph

At the risk of some serious pushback, am I the only one upset by the Supreme Court of Justice shutdown? We are facing a serious health crisis that cannot be understated. We all need to implement safe office procedures, limit personal contact and perhaps more but we also have to continue to represent families who cannot sit on the sidelines while the courts are closed. Many are in need of support and cannot bring motions. Many are not seeing their children and cannot seek access. What happened to telephone conference calls, Skype and Zoom access? Do we simply park all our matters that are urgent but will not meet the test for urgency? ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 5:44 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 6:34 PM

Ottawa pledges billions in COVID-19 economic relief; ‘non-essential’ travel to and from U.S. to be barred Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced billions in proposed measures to be rolled out soon as part of the first phase of the government of Canada’s “COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.” The economic measures the prime minister announced March 18 include up to $27.4 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses. This is in addition to $55 billion in tax deferral until September 2020 for individual and corporate taxpayers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 9:04 AM

B.C.’s real estate speculation tax fought in human rights tribunal, courts

British Columbia introduced its real estate speculation and vacancy tax in 2018 to great fanfare, but now it is facing fights on two fronts as it faces challenges before the courts and the provincial human rights tribunal. The tax was brought in as a means of cooling B.C.’s hot real estate market, which has left buying a home an unattainable goal for many in the province. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 9:17 AM

‘Limited practitioners’ needed for access to justice in Manitoba, says official Kris_Dangerfield_sm

With the ever-increasing costs of legal services placing the hiring of lawyers beyond reach for more and more people, Manitoba’s law society is welcoming proposed legislation that would allow for “limited practitioners” in that province. On March 9, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced proposed amendments to the province’s Legal Professions Act which, if passed, will pave the way for the Law Society of Manitoba (LSM) to designate a category of non-lawyers and allow them to provide a limited scope of legal services. ... [read more]