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Editor: Crystal Heidari


Spencer v. Riesberry: Trusts Trump Family

  • January 24, 2013
  • Sarah Boulby

Can a family home escape the designation of “matrimonial home” under s. 18 of the Family Law Act, with all the implications that flow from that, simply because it is held through the structure of a trust?

Did You Know...

  • October 24, 2012
  • Victoria Starr

Here is some of what’s going on in or related to family law…

The Unusual Story Behind The Usual – Courtroom Procedure

  • October 24, 2012
  • Jana Baca

It will not surprise you that most of our courtroom customs are based on English traditions and customs. What many of us don’t know and might find, if not surprising, then at least somewhat entertaining, are the reasons or folk-lore behind these traditions.

Clinical Services at the Office of the Children’s Lawyer

  • October 24, 2012
  • Lucy McSweeney, Nancy Webb

With a mandate deriving from legislation, the OCL protects the personal and property rights of children and youth under 18 in family law, civil litigation and trusts/estates matters. Its staff of 80 includes 25 in-house lawyers, and 10 in-house clinicians.

OBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Dinner 2012

  • October 24, 2012
  • Aaron Franks

On September 19, 2012, Philip M. Epstein, Q.C., LSM, Cert. F. Arb., a founding partner of Epstein Cole LLP, was honoured by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the OBA dinner as the 2012 recipient of the section’s Award for Excellence.



  • October 24, 2012
  • Jim MacDonald

“What do you do when you don’t have to work?” Long before retirement, I used to think about this. Without clients’ problems to deal with, documents to prepare, advice and arguments to organize and present, how would you fill the time?