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New Criminal Appeal Rules to Be Released November 1, 2021


The following is a message from the Court of Appeal for Ontario: New Criminal Appeal Rules for all criminal matters at the Court of Appeal for Ontario will come into force on November 1, 2021. On that day, the current Criminal Appeal Rules, SI/93-169, 1993 Canada Gazette, Part II, will be revoked. In general, the… Read More »

Categories: Criminal Law

When You Get a Call About a Will You Drafted… What Is Your Next Step?


You’re sitting at your desk on a typical weekday afternoon when, out of the blue, you get a call related to a will file. As soon as this happens, be wary. Your first instinct may be to try to help. But calls around wills you’ve prepared raise issues around confidentiality and privilege. Trying to recall… Read More »

Categories: Wills & Estates, LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – September 30th

September 30th marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day was created by an Act of Parliament to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s call to action number 80 which called upon “the Federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Limitations Claims

Superior Court of Justice amends its’ Consolidated Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding the Small Claims Court


Today the Superior Court of Justice amended its Consolidated Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding the Small Claims Court to: Provide for scheduling terms of payment hearings and new trials. Add a reminder to file all documents that a claim is based on. Explain that the Court is not dismissing actions for delay until… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation

10 Tips to Adapt to the New Contingency Fee Regime


On July 1, 2021 Ontario’s contingency fees will be subject to significant changes, with amendments to both the Solicitors Act and the Law Society Rules of Professional Conduct coming into force. The changes will affect how contingency fees are calculated and will impact how contingency fee matters are managed from marketing and new client intake… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation

Tips to Manage the Important New Changes to Wills, Powers of Attorney and Succession Law


The government has enacted 4 important changes regarding wills, powers of attorney (POAs) and to the administration of an estate with Bill 245 – Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021 which received Royal Assent on April 19, 2021. (See amendments in Schedule 8 – Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 and Schedule 9 – Succession Law Reform… Read More »

Categories: Wills & Estates

New 60 Day Notice Requirement in Occupiers’ Liability Act (Injury from Snow or Ice) Overview


Bill 118, An Act to amend the Occupiers’ Liability Act, received royal assent on December 8, 2020 and came into force on January 29, 2021. The amendment introduces a new 60-day notice requirement for claims for personal injury caused by snow or ice which, if not met, will bar actions unless an exception applies. The… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Limitations Claims
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