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Mirror Wills vs. Mutual Wills: Differences and Considerations

Spouses often choose to draft Wills with reciprocal terms that leave their respective Estates to each other, and then if one of them predeceases the o...
Oct 2018
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Joint Ownership with Your Adult Child: Be Sure to Document Your Intention

It has become increasingly common for individuals to hold their assets jointly with their adult children.  Some may do so as an estate planning s...
Oct 2018
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Recent Developments in Dependent Support from Estates

On December 5, 2016, the Ontario Legislature passed new legislation, called the All Families Are Equal Act, 2016 S.O. 2016, c.23 (Bill 28) (“the...
Aug 2017
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When Written Contracts Just Aren’t Enough - Grounds for Setting Aside Domestic Contracts

Many spouses are now choosing to enter into domestic contracts, either at the outset, during, or after their marriage or cohabitation has ended. The ...
Aug 2017
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Understanding Retroactive Child Support

In the current era of “Big Data” and information overload, law is no different from other aspects of life in the sense that one must be ca...
Aug 2017
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New Record Keeping Requirements For Corporations

If you are involved in a private Ontario corporation, whether as a director, officer or shareholder, you may be aware that there are a number of recor...
Aug 2017
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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities

In 2005, the Ontario government passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“the Act” or “AODA”).  The ...
Aug 2017
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Caught In The Middle: Custody And Access Rights Of Third Parties & Grandparents

As an increasing number of families in Ontario are experiencing conflict or a devastating event in their relationship, more and more third parties, in...
Mar 2017
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Last Wishes and The Authority of an Estate Trustee

Imagine that you are an Estate Trustee for a family member or friend’s Estate, and that she has asked you to cremate her body and to dispose of ...
Mar 2017
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Trust Claimants VS. Secured Lenders

There has been much discussion in recent years concerning the decision in Royal Bank of Canada v. Atlas Block. That 2014 decision of the Ontario Super...
Mar 2017
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Intellectual Property – The Basics

Intellectual property (or “IP”) has tremendous value to the company.  IP can be thought of as real estate of the mind.  IP is co...
Mar 2017
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A Pipe Runs Through It: Legal Rights when Municipal Public Utilities are Installed on Private Property

The infrastructure for many public utilities must run through or on private land. Buried cables and pipes are typical examples of public utilities tha...
Mar 2017
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Flow-Through Shares for Canada's Innovation Sector?

What is to be done for Canada’s innovation sector when our banks are the most risk averse in the OECD, our venture capitalists venture little an...
Oct 2016
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Tax Loopholes: Devious Dealings or Dumb Drafting?

Original published on LinkedIn This week’s announcement that Ottawa is closing a loophole which allows non-residents of Canada to claim the prin...
Oct 2016
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Minimizing the Costs of Separation/Divorce: The Collaborative Process

When it comes to a separation, there are different types of costs to consider. Right away, most people think about the financial cost. However, there ...
Oct 2016
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A Victory in Child Protection Law

In an almost fairytale-like ending to a four year battle with the Toronto Children’s Aid Society (C.A.S.), Jim Peluch of the SorbaraLaw Family L...
Oct 2016
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Testamentary Freedom vs. Public Policy

A recent wave of Canadian case law has shone some light on testamentary freedom, and the exceptions to this freedom. An individual has the freedom to ...
Oct 2016
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Tax Traps of US Business Travel

The next time you travel to the US and a customs official asks whether your purpose is business or pleasure, consider the consequences. Outside the U....
Mar 2016
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Agribusiness: Compensable Pest Control Product Registrations

The regulation of pesticides in Canada is shared between the federal and provincial levels of government. The federal government is responsible for pr...
Mar 2016
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Compensation for Executors and Attorneys under Power of Attorney

Acting as an attorney under a Continuing Power of Attorney for Property (PoA) for an incapable person or as the Executor of an Estate, can involve con...
Feb 2016
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The Latest Baby Boomer Dilemma: Spousal Support Obligation and Early Retirement

Family law lawyers are increasingly encountering issues arising on the breakdown of a marriage where the parties previously agreed that one spouse cou...
Jan 2016
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When Revenge isn’t Sweet

As a result of what appeared to be a misguided attempt to “get even” with his (ex-)wife for calling the police following a domestic assaul...
Dec 2015
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Title Insurance: Your Guardian Angel When Things Go Wrong

Your home is likely your biggest investment and it is important to protect it. Real estate lawyers often recommend that their clients purchase title i...
Dec 2015
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A Corporate Law Makeover

Ontario’s Ministry of Government Services recently published a Report calling for the transformation of the province’s business legislatio...
Dec 2015
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