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Door opened to abuse as beneficiaries left in the cold

When Adalgisa Di Michele died in 1996, she left her house to three of her children. None of them now owns any part of the Mississauga, Ont., home thanks to a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision on the power of an estate trustee that lawyers say leaves a door open to abuse.
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SCC consideration of adviser penalties significant for lawyers

In a case with significant implications for lawyers, the Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to consider whether adviser penalties found in s. 163.2 of the Income Tax Act are penal or administrative in nature.

Panel considers bid for restorative justice for lawyers

In what was the first argument for restorative justice for a non-aboriginal person, a Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel has considered — but ultimately rejected — a case for rehabilitating a lawyer found guilty of misconduct related to real estate fraud.

Paralegal advertising under the microscope

A paralegal in Toronto is facing a potential misconduct hearing over allegations that his “we win or it’s free” claim in his online advertising is misleading to clients.
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Who are the top-earning lawyers in Ontario’s public sector?

Who were the biggest earners among public-sector lawyers last year?

Lawyer describes ‘craziest legal odyssey’

Nestled between the shores of the Credit River and Mississauga Road, Glatt’s Lane is a quiet, discreet little stretch next to seven picturesque homes in Mississauga, Ont., that became the unlikely subject of a lawyer’s legal odyssey recently.
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Portable courtroom on tap for Barrie

A temporary courtroom under construction at the Barrie, Ont., courthouse is “bound to be an eyesore,” but when it comes to court facilities, esthetics come second to need, according to some members of the bar in that city.

Ontario lawyers weighing in on Trinity Western

More than 100 lawyers, groups, and members of the public have weighed in on the debate over whether the Law Society of Upper Canada should accredit Trinity Western University’s planned law school.
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Surge of racial profiling complaints possible as procedural hurdle cleared

Police forces across the province could face a surge of racial profiling complaints as the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario is allowing discrimination hearings to proceed despite police arguments that their internal disciplinary systems have already dealt with the matters.

Law society critic among 2014 medal recipients

On Feb. 28, Toronto lawyer Bill Trudell answered a surprise call from Law Society of Upper Canada Treasurer Tom Conway telling him he was among the 2014 recipients of the law society medal.

Partisanship bill a big worry for federal lawyers

Amid concerns about a new lifelong gag order for government lawyers who’ve seen top-secret documents, the union that represents Department of Justice counsel says it’s paying more attention to a partisanship bill that will affect 40 lawyers.

Speak up, defence advised

A recent case in which a trial judge “usurped the role of Crown counsel” highlights the need for defence counsel to speak up when they feel a judge is crossing the line, criminal lawyers say.
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