It’s 2021 and the world and the practice of family law is changing. Are you up to date on two of the biggest developments family law practitioners have seen in years? Bill C-78 amended three federal family laws: the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act. The coming into force of most of the amendments to …

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In April 2020, the Canadian Mental Health Association called for immediate action to avoid the potential of an "echo pandemic" of mental health issues resulting from COVID-19. In subsequent months, studies revealing dramatically increased rates of anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts among Canadians have indicated that the echo pandemic has become a devastating reality. At this critical …

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As Canadians increasingly turn to assisted human reproduction (AHR) procedures to help build their families, more lawyers need to ensure they have a basic understanding of this growing area of client need. Once the niche of only a handful of fertility law specialists, today lawyers in every practice area, including family law, estate planning, employment law and contract drafting, are …

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Multiple wills are an established and increasingly popular estate planning strategy. Useful for a number of objectives, they often appeal to business owners, owners of foreign real estate, and individuals seeking additional privacy. While having multiple wills may seem like a simple solution to some testamentary issues, lawyers who prepare these documents must carefully draft them, with adequate …

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The questions of whether discipline is warranted and what constitutes an appropriate penalty are perennially contentious issues for workplace parties. These issues are further compounded by the fact that disciplinary sanctions change in accordance with evolving societal attitudes, with some forms of misconduct meriting harsher disciplinary consequences than in the past. In this session …

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