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Thursday, July 27, 2023 @ 12:56 PM

LSO allows ‘virtual verification of client identity with authentication’ effective Jan. 1

As of Jan. 1, 2024, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) will “allow virtual verification of client identity where the licensee determines that the client’s government-issued photo identification is authentic.” ... [read more]

Thursday, July 27, 2023 @ 11:38 AM

[ Legal Wire ] - Court: Foreign buyer’s tax doesn’t violate refugee’s Charter rights

The B.C. Supreme Court has struck claims against British Columbia’s additional property transfer tax (ATT) brought by an Iranian refugee, who alleged that the imposition of the tax on his purchase of house in Vancouver violated his Charter rights. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 27, 2023 @ 8:59 AM

Pursuing a civil appeal: The top five errors lawyers make Red hand held up in Stop signal

After a decision on a motion, application or action has been rendered, the losing party will almost always want to consider an appeal to a higher court. The temptation is strong to demand a reconsideration of the order as a matter of course. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 26, 2023 @ 1:41 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Federal Court rules CRA handled rejected benefits application unfairly

The Federal Court has allowed an application for judicial review of a decision by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) denying an applicant benefits under Canada Recovery Benefits Act, finding that the agency handled the application in a procedurally unfair manner. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 25, 2023 @ 2:01 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Federal Court authorizes minister to obtain merchant information from payment platform

The Federal Court has authorized the national revenue minister to compel a digital payment platform to disclose information on Canadian merchants utilizing its services as part of an effort to identify audit targets. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 25, 2023 @ 11:24 AM

Estate law: The importance of keeping legal terms straight List of words with check marks

This article is a nod to all of our clients who think they are appointing us (their lawyer/attorney) as their “attorney” for property. We’ve put together this helpful resource of important legal terms in the Ontario estate and trust planning context. We hope this is a helpful tool or refresher for our readers and will make these legal terms less confusing. ... [read more]

Monday, July 24, 2023 @ 2:46 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Federal Court: Denial of CRB application based on negative net income reasonable

The Federal Court has dismissed an application seeking judicial review of a decision by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) denying a Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) application. ... [read more]

Monday, July 24, 2023 @ 11:38 AM

Talking to partners about problems | Murray Gottheil

Since I retired, I do not speak to law firm partners very often, which is just fine with me. For one thing, I cannot afford to speak to them about professional matters. For another, I have had quite my fill of speaking to partners about topics that they know precious little about, such as how to run a law firm profitably while maintaining a positive and welcoming culture. ... [read more]

Monday, July 24, 2023 @ 11:12 AM - Last Updated: Monday, July 24, 2023 @ 7:18 PM

Eyes turn to Supreme Court of Canada’s western vacancy after close of applications Supreme Court Group Fall 2022 with Brown, O'Bonsawin

Before applications for the Supreme Court of Canada’s western and northern vacancy closed July 21, Law360 Canada spoke with lawyers, judges and academics about which qualified jurists might be appointed to the seat on the top court vacated last month by former justice Russell Brown. ... [read more]

Friday, July 21, 2023 @ 2:36 PM

Tax can be fun | Faye Kravetz

Rhyming is one of my favourite past times and I have recently realized that there are not nearly enough rhymes in our Canadian income tax resources. I have therefore married two of my favourite things, tax law and poems, to try to both add some fun to an otherwise (somewhat) tedious topic. ... [read more]