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New and exciting opportunities – and claims risks: Marijuana law

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As recreational marijuana makes its way onto Ontario store shelves, lawyers are gearing up for the new market. From producers to retailers, and everything in between – retail stores, physicians, banks, transportation companies, accountants, you name it – clients will come from all segments of industry. Here we take a look at some of the… Read More »

Categories: Uncategorized, Communication Errors, Risk Management Strategies, Law Practice Management, Risk Management & Claims Prevention

New in the practicePRO Library: The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Acrobat DC

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PDFs have become the standard in the legal and business communities for creating, analyzing, storing, and exchanging digital documents, and for filing documents in courts with electronic filing systems. Written by practitioners with extensive experience in using Adobe Acrobat DC for their firm, this book provides step-by-step instructions and screenshots showing users how to get… Read More »

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Ontario’s New Construction Act Arrives on July 1, 2018: Don’t get Caught by the Transition Rules

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[This article was edited on June 7, 2018] The Construction Lien Act amendments will begin to take effect July 1, 2018. Hailing big changes to timelines, procedures and the manner in which many disputes will be resolved, the new legislation includes a gradual transition to help you avoid a misapplication of the new provisions. Among… Read More »

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New Standard (Residential) Lease Template in Ontario as of April 30, 2018

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The Ontario government is requiring all landlords to use a standard lease template for all new leases beginning April 30, 2018. Lawyers are encouraged to make themselves familiar with the terms of this new lease so they can advise clients of their obligations and rights under the new lease. The information below is taken from… Read More »

Categories: Uncategorized, Precedents, Real Estate, Risk Management & Claims Prevention

Mediation required before setting down: Amended GTA Practice Direction Effective May 1, 2017

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Effective May 1, 2017 the Consolidated Practice Direction for Civil Actions, Applications, Motions and Procedural Matters in the Toronto Region is amended such that most cases in the GTA will likely require mediation before setting an action down for trial. See the amendment to para. 57: 57. Court staff will not accept for filing a… Read More »

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Don’t let personal issues lead you to bend the rules

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At least two of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s discipline decisions in the last few months referenced a lawyer’s “loss of moral compass.” Even honest and well-intentioned lawyers have, when under pressure or when suffering from illness, addiction or a personal crisis, succumbed to the belief that it’s perfectly fine to bend the rules… Read More »

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Ontario Court Fees Changes In Effect November 6, 2016

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The Ministry of Attorney General has announced changes to court fees effective November 6, 2016, thanks to a number of regulations which have been amended under the Administration of Justice Act. The changes apply to cases in the Superior Court of Justice and the Small Claims Court. Matters affected include civil litigation, estates, construction liens,… Read More »

Categories: Uncategorized, Wills & Estates, Family Law, Civil Litigation, Risk Management & Claims Prevention
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