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Editors: Matilda Lici - Central Region; Caroline Bedard - East Region

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Property Rights of Common Law Partners Upon Death

Property Rights of Common Law Partners Upon Death

  • November 17, 2020
  • Angela Ogang, newsletter editor, OBA Young Lawyers Division (Central)

Social conventions in Canada have evolved to the point where more and more couples are choosing to live together as common law partners. Yet in Ontario, there is a huge distinction between common law partners and married couples in terms of property rights and entitlements upon death. This article looks at some important issues that common law partners should consider sooner rather than later.

Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division
3 Types of People That Make the Greatest Social Impact, and Why You Should Be One of Them

3 Types of People That Make the Greatest Social Impact, and Why You Should Be One of Them

  • November 10, 2020
  • Daniel Lo

The recent social distancing initiatives and work from home policies have left us with a lot of time on our own. Why not use this excess introspective time to make small changes in the way you interact and communicate with others? In this article, Daniel Lo identifies the three types of people that make the greatest social impact and shares his perspectives on the benefits of working on your personal brand.

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Reflections on Hispanic Heritage Month and the Ethics of Solidarity

Reflections on Hispanic Heritage Month and the Ethics of Solidarity

  • November 02, 2020
  • Rolando Aguilera, legal counsel – Indigenous Justice Division, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

In this thought-provoking article, Rolando Aguilera reflects on Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 and shares candidly what he understands to be his responsibilities and duties to others, as informed by his parents’ teachings and guidance.

Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division
Judicial Diversity Highlighted at this Year’s Hispanic / Latin American Heritage Month Celebration

Judicial Diversity Highlighted at this Year’s Hispanic / Latin American Heritage Month Celebration

  • November 02, 2020
  • Veronica Marson, former president and current treasurer of the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association

The Law Society of Ontario and the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association marked this year's Hispanic Heritage Month with a timely discussion on diversity in the judiciary. It is an issue that is particularly important to the Hispanic and Latin American community in Canada, given that there are currently no federally appointed Latino judges and only one provincially appointed Latino judge. This article highlights some key points from the panel discussion and shares practical tips from the panelists.

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Practical Considerations for Starting a Solo Practice: Expectations, Startup Costs and Client Acquisition

Practical Considerations for Starting a Solo Practice: Expectations, Startup Costs and Client Acquisition

  • November 02, 2020
  • Sukhi Hansra, Hansra Law

During these unprecedented times, it is important for young and senior lawyers alike to know the realities of starting a solo practice and what really goes into it. This article aims to provide sufficient information to anyone considering a solo practice to allow them to make a better assessment about the options and choices available to them.

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Auto Accident Mediations: Tips Sheet

  • October 13, 2020
  • Joseph Sullivan

The significant lengthening of civil proceedings has naturally led to an extraordinary increase in legal costs associated with these cases. Our law respecting Offers to Settle is designed to make the loser pay the winner’s legal fees. This creates significant risk in almost every personal injury case. Because of the increased expense of trials, settlement at private mediation must almost always be considered.

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Insurance Law, Student Forum and 1 more..., Young Lawyers' Division

5 Things to do during Winter Quarantine to Help Advance your Career

  • September 22, 2020
  • Marlee Olson, staff lawyer at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

As lawyers, we are always looking for ways to improve our abilities both in and outside of the office. Here are five ways you can boost your skills during the possible winter quarantine.

Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division
2020 Forum on Diversity on the Federal Bench

2020 Forum on Diversity on the Federal Bench

  • September 22, 2020
  • Angela Ogang, newsletter editor, OBA Young Lawyers Division (Central)

The need to combat systemic racism in the courts and the importance of bringing more people of colour into the judiciary were among the topics discussed during a legal forum, which featured the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and four trailblazing women from the legal community.

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The Disparate Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Tax Litigators and Tax Planners

  • September 22, 2020
  • Milosz Zak, associate, Farber Tax Law

Specialization is much lauded within the legal profession, with lawyers touting themselves as experts in one field or another. However, the shift of work from tax litigation to tax planning during the lockdown and beyond made those few tax law practitioners who are versatile in both areas far more competitive than those who just focused on tax litigation alone. If the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated anything, it is the necessity for professional versatility—at the very least—in tax law.

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