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Changes to Law, Major Case Decisions, Industry Trends, & Other Legal Issues

Estate Planning for Blended Families

By Theresa Arsenault, Q.C.
There are a whole new set of challenges when making an estate plan for a blended family.

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Insurance Law: Material Non-Disclosure Results in No Coverage

By Jeremy Burgess
It is not an usual story: an insurance applicant does not make full and frank disclosure in their insurance application.

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The (Un)Enforceability of Non-Competition Agreements

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
Many employment agreements contain non-competition clauses that seek to prevent an employee from later working for a competitor.

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Varying a Will – What Does the Court Look At?

By Vanessa DeDominicis
When deciding whether to vary a Will, Courts must consider whether the Will makes adequate provision for children and spouses of the deceased.

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Fixing a Defective Will

By Angela Price-Stephens
The recent case of Re Cook Estate 2019 confirms the two-part test for considering applications to cure a defective will under Section 58 of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act.

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All About Judicial Case Conferences

By Leneigh Bosdet
Categories: Blog, Family Law
A Judicial Case Conference is usually the first step in a family law case after you have filed your claim.

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Insurance Deductibles: Without Proper Notice, They Aren’t Payable

By Jeremy Burgess
Categories: Blog, Litigation
It is no secret that insurers are motivated to find ways to deny part or all of a claim.

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What If a Beneficiary Witnesses a Will? Is their Gift Invalid?

By Vanessa DeDominicis
The Wills, Estates and Succession Act (“WESA”) states at section 40 and 43 as follows: 40 (1) Signing witnesses to a will-maker’s signature must be 19 years of age or older; (2) A person signing may witness a will even though he or she may receive a gift under it.

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The Perils of Probationary Periods

By Colin Edstrom
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
Employers frequently misunderstand their obligations when dismissing probationary employees.

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