Blog Archive: 2020 |

Blog Archive: 2020

Supreme Court of Canada 2020 Case Trends

As we wrap up the year, it's time to take a look back at what's been happening at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2020.

What has Changed in the Courts in 2020: Technology in the court; Future of Advocacy

It's been a year! This week we are rounding up how the courts have changed in 2020 with some excellent content from the MLA Straight From the Bench virtual conference.

Estate Practice in the 21st Century: How has COVID Nudged Us Forward?

It's always useful to learn how our colleagues have faced up to challenges and made changes to their practices to keep up with a continuously evolving landscape.

Masters' Motions for Licensing Candidates and Recent Calls

In this TLA video you'll get the inside scoop from Masters before whom you might appear. This webinar is essential viewing for Licensing Candidates, recent calls and others who are new to arguing Masters' Motions.

Construction Law's New Era of Adjudication

The Construction Act’s new provisions have been in force for one full year. Adjudication is gaining momentum as a fast-track dispute resolution mechanism for construction disputes in Ontario. Watch this TLA Video to review the Act’s key updates and review Ontario’s first year of adjudication from the perspectives of both adjudicator and counsel.

Digest: Employment and Tax Law Update

The MLA regularly holds a Business Breakfast in which experts are invited to the table to give an overview of the latest updates across a number of topics.

7 Strategies to Make Your Emails User-Friendly!

Whether you are writing to your clients or your colleagues, it is guaranteed that they are juggling emails, instant messages, and social media. Therefore, your readers will prefer to receive correspondence that is easy for them to review.

We're All in this Together!

A recent LexisNexis study found that 67% of legal professionals in Canada are experiencing significant changes to their primary area of practice due to COVID-19. As a result, some lawyers are looking to expand into new practice areas.

How do Small Claims Court Increases Affect You?

As of January 1, 2020, the Small Claims court jurisdiction increased from $25,000 to $35,000. Given this substantial increase, it is important for lawyers, paralegals and students to be effective in this court.

Critical New Developments in Employment Law

The past year had already witnessed significant changes in employment law. Then COVID-19 hit and the world, and workplaces, were suddenly and dramatically transformed. Learn about these many changes from TLA's diverse panel of practitioners.

Advice for Trial Lawyers from the Appeal’s Perspective

Are you an experienced trial lawyer who wants to take steps to improve your client’s position on a possible appeal? Are you new to trial work and would like to know what you can do to protect the record? Would you like some tips and tricks for success on what might be your first appeal?

Remote Commissioning in Real Estate Transactions

The real estate industry continues to thrive in 2020, despite the pandemic, but we all know that new measures have changed how transactions are carried out.

Best Practices In High Conflict Family Law Matters

All family lawyers encounter high-conflict cases. Whether it’s the timing of the separation or intensity of the conflict, high-conflict separations can hijack a family lawyer’s practice.

Jury Trials From the Masters

When it comes to jury trials, the rules of engagement are a little different and require some subtle shifts in approach, along with special considerations that may not be immediately obvious. While you may already have experience with jury trials, it's always helpful and beneficial to hear from the masters and learn from their experiences.

Virtual Court Attendances: What You Need To Know As A Civil Litigator

As part of our continuing series on how to adapt to a post-pandemic world, today we are looking at litigating virtually. Virtual court attendances are growing in popularity at all levels of court in Ontario and we want to make sure you are prepared for the changing landscape.

How to Approach Virtual Discoveries & Mediations

Recently, we've been talking about the skills and information you need in order to adapt to practicing in the virtual world. Today, we have some practical advice for you, from other lawyers who are walking the walk.

How to Choose Marketing Options that Work For YOU

Marketing yourself or your small firm can be daunting! Websites, SEO, logos, taglines, social media, advertising - online and off, videos, direct mail, trade shows, networking, seminars and publications...

The Shape of Litigation to Come

Over the past few months of emergency-only hearings, courts and practitioners have had to adjust to modified timelines, working and arguing remotely, and new technology demands. But what will litigation look like in the post-Covid transition?

Michael Bay shares his personal reflections on the residential schools compensation process

Michael Bay shares his personal reflections on the residential schools compensation process as a former adjudicator for this special tribunal.

Estate Law in a COVID-19 Time

The practice of wills and estates law is very personal for clients. So how do you maintain that personal connection when you can't meet in person? With physical distancing measures in place, lawyers can still support clients using virtual technology.

What Law School Didn't Teach You

Having your own law practice can be rewarding but how do you create one? Law school didn’t teach you how to start a law firm! Many self employed lawyers learn by trial and error. Why buy an untried ladder to hang up your shingle when the TLA offers this program?

So You Want to be a Judge?

Have you ever thought about being a Judge? For many of us it seems like a far-fetched idea, but maybe it isn't! Watch the TLA expert panelists candidly discuss and de-mystify the judicial application and appointment process.

Practicing During the Pandemic

In this week's featured video, brought to us by the MLA, we hear from a civil litigator, a family law lawyer, and a criminal lawyer on how they have adapted their practice to the "new normal" during the pandemic.

Is Your Inbox Out of Control?

Are you overwhelmed by the number of emails you receive? What if you could use your inbox as a strategic tool to save you time and reduce stress, rather than being a burden? We can help.

The Quick and Dirty Personal Injury Update

Staying up-to-date can be challenging at the moment. If you are a Personal Injury Lawyer or you have colleagues and friends who are, here is a great set of new content that will keep your finger on the pulse.

Five Rules for Clear Legal Writing

Consider the following paradox: The better you understand a subject, the harder it is to explain that subject to someone else. In this program, you will learn about the five situations where a reader could misinterpret your writing.

Need a way to get your 2020 Real Estate CPD?

If you normally get your Real Estate CPD from conferences but are faced with no options this year due to cancellations, then we have a solution for you.

Family Law Updates

Getting your Family Law CPD is more challenging this year after the cancellation of in-person conferences due to the pandemic. Luckily, we've got you covered at CPDonline!

Mindfulness Tips for Lawyers

A 2017 article in the Globe and Mail referenced a Canadian research study that suggests lawyers are more likely to experience mental health struggles the more successful they are in their field. How awful. Furthermore, our self expectations may be holding us back from happiness and success.

Personal Branding for Lawyers

Have you thought about your personal brand recently? How attractive is it? Can you draw in the people – the perfect clients, lawyers, referral sources and business partners – who could make an enormous difference in your effort to share your unique gifts with the world and fulfill your highest potential?

Wills and Estate Update due to COVID-19

What’s that? Wills and powers of attorney can now be "virtually" signed and be legal? How has the Ontario government Emergency Order been interpreted and what does this mean for your practice?

RRIFs, RSPs and Insurance Investments in Estate Planning

There are many things to take into consideration when estate planning for your clients. One area which can be particularly tricky is how to account for registered financial investments like RSPs and RRIFs.

Understanding COVID-19 Federal Programs

Employers thought recent whipsawing between two revisions to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 in one year was confusing. That was nothing compared to the deluge of acronyms and information flooding us in this COVID-19 world.

AI and the Paperless Office

AI is often touted as something to be feared and that it will be the demise of our profession. The truth, while perhaps a little less dramatic, is that AI can and will improve our efficiency and results if we are willing to embrace new software applications and technology.

Does Being a Lawyer Take a Mental Toll on You?

Do you feel that being a lawyer comes with an unwritten rule that you have to always be strong? That you need to be perfect? That you always have to keep it together? A lot of lawyers feel that way, but it can lead us down some dark roads if we let it go unchecked.

Leveraging LinkedIn for Lawyers

You probably have a LinkedIn profile, and perhaps you've posted a few times or liked or shared a few posts. Is LinkedIn still a useful social media tool or is it a waste of time?

Mental Health and the Practice of Law

Recent studies have confirmed, perhaps unsurprisingly, that depression and anxiety are prevalent among lawyers. With our current reality in mind, I thought it was important to share content that addresses mental health and the practice of law. Now, more than ever, it is of critical importance to recognize the symptoms of depression and anxiety in ourselves and our peers, take it seriously, and be treated professionally.

Improve Your Virtual Meeting Skills in 4 Easy Steps!

We're all adapting to a new way of working with our clients this month. The leap from in-person conferences and client meetings to virtual online meetings and presentations may seem straightforward, but can you be sure that the experience is optimal for the person or people on the other side of the screen?

Is Your Pre-Trial Preparation Up to Scratch?

If you are a litigator, you are well aware of how prepared you need to be for pre-trials. However, do you have a checklist and a set of rules you follow to make sure you have covered all your bases and are able to bring your "A" game?

How to Market Your Law Firm Effectively

While we are all experts (or almost experts) in our field, we have a lot to learn when we start a firm or take on more management responsibilities such as accounting, HR, website design, sales, marketing and so much more. It can be daunting!

Excelling at Mediation Advocacy

Mitchell Rose, an experienced mediator, shares 40 tips to excel at "mediation advocacy".

Are You Up-to-Date on Driving Offence Provisions?

Despite substantial public attention and education due to the serious and often tragic nature of driving under the influence, and distracted driving, drivers continue to offend and are facing criminal charges.

Commercial Litigation: The Latest From the CCLA

In our third installment from the 2019 CCLA Civil Litigation Conference in November, we're covering the Commercial Litigation Panel.

What does privacy mean in the age of technology?

In this second installment from the 2019 CCLA Civil Litigation Conference in November, I bring you a fresh batch of CPD content for Employment Lawyers.

How the Internet Can Work For Or Against You!

Whether it is work, personal life or play, we are all connected all the time. Our phones, tablets or laptops are never far from our grasp and they know more about us, our activities, and our private information than ever before.

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".

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