Lawyers

The Most Dangerous Client a Lawyer Could Have? Rob Ford and Legal Ethics

Adam Dodek | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada
Adam Dodek

At various times, Rob Ford has revealed an alarming capacity for lack of candour and an inability to listen to the advice of those closest to him. There is no indication that these sorts of behaviours would be any different with a lawyer. I would not take Mayor Ford on as a client. But then again, he is unlikely to ask me.

Canadian Law Students Who Article Are Vulnerable to Abuse

Adam Dodek | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Business
Adam Dodek

I was concerned about Kate and I met with her in person. When she told me what was going on at her firm, it became clear that there was an element of sexual discrimination or harassment. Articling students facing such harassment have few choices. They could make a complaint to the Law Society, file a complaint under the firm's internal workplace harassment policy (assuming it exists), consult an employment lawyer or perhaps bring a human rights complaint. The power dynamics of articling make such options not particularly appealing to most students. So most would stick it out.

Not Just Parliament with Ethics Issues, Watch Your Lawyer

Tim Paziuk | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Business
Tim Paziuk

Canadian news is mired in ethical debates these days, from questions over government officials' rising salaries, to charity speaking fees, travel expe...

Why Rob Ford Blamed His Lawyer

Steven Skurka | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada
Steven Skurka

Why didn't the mayor issue his denial sooner? He had never demonstrated any reluctance to defiantly challenge his accusers in the past. The mayor is a pitbull, not a puppy. At his press conference, Rob Ford revealed the reason for his silence: ''For the past week, on the advice of my solicitors, I was advised not to say a word.''

Executor to Someone's Estate? You Might Qualify for Compensation

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 06.16.2013 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

When a person is an executor of another's estate, it is a lot of hard work. The task often puts the individual in an unpleasant position of conflict. In order to remunerate these individuals for the risks and efforts that they have undertaken, attorneys, executors and trustees may claim compensation for their work out of the assets which they administer.

Try This Alternative to Estate Litigation

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 06.10.2013 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

Estate litigation can be costly, both financially and emotionally. Thankfully, there is another avenue besides the courtroom that can serve to reduce both types of stress: alternative dispute resolution. Alternative dispute resolution mechanisms allow for disputes to be dealt with outside of the courtroom and are often an attractive means for litigants wishing to push toward settlement.

Don't Delay, Make a Legal Will Today

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

Approximately one half of Canadians do not have a will. For those who do, many are in need of an update. While preparing a will is not a priority for many of us, the reality is that nobody lives forever. The need for valid, well-prepared wills has never been more pressing.

The Importance of Leaving a Will

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

Even carefully drawn wills can become the subject of disputes and litigation. Having a poorly drafted will, or no will at all, increases those odds exponentially. Despite this, over 50 per cent of Canadians do not have their testamentary wishes written down in the form of a will.

Can QuickLaw Really Help Lawyers?

Joshua Slayen | Posted 03.08.2013 | Canada Business
Joshua Slayen

LexisNexis and Microsoft have teamed up to offer a new solution called Quicklaw for Microsoft Office. They say it is designed to simplify legal research and ultimately save time for lawyers. I took it for a test drive to see if it's all they say it is.

Tweeting up a Storm to Fight Injustice in Iran

Maryam Nayeb Yazdi | Posted 12.19.2012 | Canada Impact
Maryam Nayeb Yazdi

Nasrin Sotoudeh, an award-winning lawyer held unlawfully in Evin Prison since 2010, is on her third day of hunger strike. To show their solidarity with this incredible woman, human rights and online activists have organized a "Tweet Storm" for Friday. The online event is an urgent call to take action for her release.

Why You Shouldn't Be Your Own Lawyer

Gary Joseph | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada Business
Gary Joseph

Bowing to pressure from politicians and judges, we have encouraged people to be their own lawyer. Programs and clinics have been set up to assist the "self-rep." Our courts are now flooded with these would-be Perry Masons! The problems this has caused the judicial system are endless.

Even Divorce Lawyers Can't Afford a Divorce Lawyer

Georgialee Lang | Posted 11.09.2011 | Canada Living
Georgialee Lang

It should come as no surprise to anyone that many Canadians cannot afford a lawyer. In fact, lawyers often joke that if they had to pay a lawyer, they too couldn't afford it. Nowhere is this dilemma more obvious than in family courts.

Businesses Thinking of Switching From Facebook to Google+?

Garry J. Wise | Posted 09.19.2011 | Canada Business
Garry J. Wise

At very least, I suspect Google+ will emerge as a central social media hub for lawyers and businesses. Its video conferencing capability is certainly going to be extremely tempting. The virtual courtroom, for example, could be much closer to reality than we think.

Is Collaborative Divorce a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?

Georgialee Lang | Posted 09.19.2011 | Canada
Georgialee Lang

Collaborative divorce sounds wonderful and for some separating couples it is effective. Whether it can be said to be less expensive is another issue.