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An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure: The Six Most Common Mistakes When Drafting Financial Statements and How to Avoid Them

  • December 05, 2018
  • Robert Shawyer, M.A., LL.B., lawyer, collaborative practitioner, OAFM certified mediator; and Andrew Sudano, LL.B.

A family lawyer's liability can often be triggered by mishandled financial issues. This article points to six common mistakes that are made by lawyers when preparing client Financial Statements , and how to avoid them. Just as importantly, these six pointers can be used to scrutinize Financial Statements that are received from the opposing party to aid in defeating claims made against one's own client as well.

Family Law, Student Forum

The World Wide Web: A cross-examiner's new toolbox

  • December 04, 2018
  • Steve Benmor, Benmor Family Law Group

This fascinating article focuses on the internet as a resource for lawyers when seeking evidence to use in a case. Steve Benmor outlines both how the internet and all of the information therein can be used against a litigant and he provides a cautionary tale for litigants who may wish to consider what they post on-line about themselves and others. He also provides a useful list of cases that held that social networking websites are a legitimate source of evidence for the Court.

Family Law, Student Forum

‘Predator’ Spouse, take note of Hunt v. Worrod

  • April 08, 2018
  • Dagmara Wozniak, Siskinds LLP

With respect to predatory marriages, too often in the past, the predatory spouse has prevailed because the common law offers limited recourse; that is, until Hunt v. Worrod. Released in December 2017, Hunt v. Worrod may just have changed the legal landscape of predatory marriage in Ontario.

Elder Law, Family Law, Trusts and Estates Law


  • April 08, 2018
  • John Polyzogopoulos

Topics covered this week included franchise law and rescission, liability for wrongful patent enforcement, the duty to defend in the MVA context, family law (custody and access and breach of court orders), securities class actions, and mortgage enforcement. John Polyzogopoulos

Civil Litigation, Family Law, Franchise Law and 4 more..., Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law, Insurance Law, International Law, Real Property Law

Judicial Activism?

  • February 13, 2018
  • Barry Corbin

Barry Corbin discusses the recent decision of Justice de Sa in Cotnam v. Rousseau, 2018 CarswellOnt 69. An application under Part V of the SLRA.

Family Law, Student Forum