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How Does Legal Cannabis Impact Your Practice?

Cannabis has been legal in Canada for over a year now. Can you answer your clients’ cannabis related questions, with confidence?

Supreme Court of Canada Annual Review: 2019 Edition

This week we bring you the Toronto Law Association’s 6th annual Supreme Court of Canada roundup. The expert panel of seasoned lawyers and scholars returns to offer insightful comments about recent decisions by our top court and identify emerging trends in the areas of civil, criminal, and public law.

Do You Know How to Value a Company or any Income-Producing Asset?

Is your client planning on a merger or acquisition to achieve a better competitive position in the marketplace? To grow sales? To lower costs? To take advantage of synergies? Apparently, over half of all mergers & acquisitions fail to achieve their expected value. As a result, buyer’s often complain they "paid too much".

Life After Law: Succession and Retirement Planning

"Just remember, when you are over the hill, you begin to pick up speed!" - Charles Schultz. Catherine Phillips of the Law Society of Ontario shared the quote above, and 5 practical tips to create a roadmap for the future should you be unable to practice and need someone to take over.

A Practical Guide to Correctional Law Issues

Your client has been convicted and sentenced to a federal penitentiary. What is the process? How long will it take? What factors are considered by the parole officer when determining where your client will serve his or her sentence? Can your client object? Is habeas corpus available? When is your client eligible for parole?

Changes to the Divorce Act

Family law in Ontario faced some big changes in 2019 particularly with respect to Bill C-78, proposed changes to the Divorce Act. This Bill received Royal Assent on June 21, 2019.

Blockchain Explained: The Critical Concepts You Need to Understand

Most of us have heard the terms Blockchain, Distributed Ledger Technology, Cryptocurrency, or Bitcoin. But how does this technology work, how will it change the world, and how will it disrupt industries?

Strategies for Managing Client Expectations

Obviously, managing client expectations is absolutely essential to be an effective advocate or advisor. Managing expectations is also important as it remains the #1 reason clients sue lawyers – inadequate communication. In fact, a 2019 article from LawPRO states that 4 of every 5 lawyers can expect to be the subject of a claim during their career.

Perspectives on Advocacy - Frank, Straightforward and Relevant Tips

Dermot Nolan, a 40+ year litigator (and former actor with the Stratford Shakespearean Festival), shares important and straightforward reminders about succeeding in court.

What a criminal defence lawyer needs to know about advising or representing victims of a crime

Complainants in sexual assault cases have a statutory right to independent legal counsel. This right stemmed from proposals under Bill C-51 to the Criminal Code. In Ontario, there has been a policy decision to fund these cases and an agreement between the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Aid Ontario.

Defamation in the Internet Age

Over 25 million Canadians access social media every day, with Facebook having the majority of visits, according to Statista’s dossier on Social Networking in Canada. Given these statistics, has there been an upswing in defamation claims in Canada? My best guess is "yes".

Avoid Being Vexed by the Vexatious!

A statement of claim lands on your desk. You begin reading. You cringe, shudder, and maybe suppress a laugh. You think: this claim needs to be dismissed – but how?"

When is a Court Order Required to Rectify Title?

Solicitors tell me that it is relatively uncommon to draft motion materials to obtain a court order to rectify title. Here are some examples of when a court order may be required: the parties on title are long deceased, a historic/undischarged mortgage is present, or a vesting order is required.

Remotely Witnessing Documents - can you do this?

As you know, one of the main benefits of our CPDonline.ca service is the convenience. You don’t have to travel to learn and earn CPD credits. Have you implemented a video conferencing application such as Facetime, Skype or Zoom for your client meetings? What happens if you need documents witnessed or affidavits sworn? Can you witness these documents where your client is physically in one location and you are in another?

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