Wednesday, July 27, 2016

LawFact of the Day: Family Law

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The first same-sex marriage in Ontario occurred on January 14, 2001. Its legality, along with the legality of many other same-sex marriages, was affirmed by the Ontario Court of Appeal on June 10, 2003 in a case called Halpern v. Canada.

Same-sex marriage and divorce have been recognized throughout Canada since July 20, 2005, when the Government of Canada passed the Civil Marriage Act, which newly defined marriage in a gender-neutral manner.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

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It is very difficult for employers to prove “just cause” for termination, unless there is evidence of gross or wilful misconduct, like theft, fraud, or intentional dereliction of duties.

To establish “cause” for termination because of performance concerns, employers must typically provide several written warnings as well as adequate opportunity for the employee to improve job performance.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Monday, July 25, 2016

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Friday, July 22, 2016

LawFact of the Day: Wills and Estates

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Friday July 22, 2016. Today we are talking about Wills and Estates.

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A last will cannot have provisions that run contrary to public policy.

For instance, a will cannot discriminate against a family member because of religion, marital status, or sexual orientation and it cannot encourage people to do illegal acts.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

LawFact of the Day: Civil Litigation

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Examinations for Discovery are oral examinations of a party to a lawsuit under oath that occur after a case has been commenced. 

The lawyer for the party being questioned is also present during the Examination, and may object to any irrelevant or improper questions asked. 
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

LawFact of the Day: Family Law

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In difficult custody cases, a Court may request that the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) become involved to investigate and make recommendations to the Court or to provide legal representation for a child.


The OCL is an Ontario government agency that employs lawyers and social workers. It works to provide independent information to the Court about a child’s needs, wishes and legal interests.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

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Under Ontario’s Human Rights Code, where discrimination or harassment has been proven the Tribunal can award significant remedies to employees.  

A Human Rights Tribunal has power to order reinstatement of employment, restitution, monetary compensation for wage loss, and damages  for injury to dignity, feelings and self-respect.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Monday, July 18, 2016

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- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Friday, July 15, 2016

LawFact of the Day: Wills and Estates

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In Ontario, you may complete a Power of Attorney for Personal Care to appoint one or more trusted persons to make medical decisions on your behalf in critical circumstances where you are unable to provide medical direction or informed consent on your own.


In your Power of Attorney for Personal Care, you may also indicate whether you wish extraordinary measures to be taken to resuscitate you or to extend your life in the event of a critical, terminally illness where there is no prospect of your recovery.


- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

LawFact of the Day: Civil Litigation

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In many Ontario civil cases, a full trial is no longer required for a court to rule.

Courts may now decide lawsuits on summary judgment motions that streamline and shorten the process.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

LawFact of the Day: Family Law

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Many couples live separate and apart “under one roof” following martial separation, and do not immediately physically separate by changing residency.

Legal advice should be obtained as to whether a separation has occurred that would be recognized under Ontario law.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

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The amount payable to wrongfully dismissed employee depends on the length of employment, age, salary and several other factors.

It can be as much as one month for each year of service, or even more in exceptional circumstances.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Monday, July 11, 2016

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Friday, July 08, 2016

LawFact of the Day: Civil Litigation

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Parties in Ontario civil cases are required to make full disclosure of all paper and digital documents that are relevant to the litigation.

In Superior Court cases, each party must deliver a sworn Affidavit of Documents that includes a complete listing of all relevant documents. These documents must be produced to all other parties in the lawsuit.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Thursday, July 07, 2016

LawFact of the Day: Wills and Estates

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Life insurance policies that designate a beneficiary become that beneficiary's property on the day the insured dies.

They don't become part of the insured's estate and they aren't subject to estate tax

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

LawFact of the Day: Family Law

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A final divorce judgment cannot be granted until one year following the date a married couple separates (unless special grounds for divorce are proven)


A divorce application may be commenced by either spouse at any time following separation.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

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“My ex-employer just gave me a severance proposal, but I was only given 3 days to respond. Is that legal?”

The law does not address this question. As a courtesy, you or your lawyer should advise you former employer in writing  if an extension is required.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Monday, July 04, 2016

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

LawFact of the Day: Wills and Estates

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Estate property over $200,000 is divided between the deceased’s spouse and children, in proportions that depend on the number of surviving children. 

Where there are no surviving spouse or children, parents inherit. If there are no surviving parents, siblings will inherit.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

LawFact of the Day: Civil Litigation

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Ontario’s Small Claims Courts have jurisdiction to award damages of up to $25,000 in lawsuits brought before the Court.  

In 2012-2013, almost 43% of all new civil proceedings in Ontario were commenced in the Province’s Small Claims Courts.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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