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Liquid assets

  • Wine can often be the most illiquid asset in an estate
Written by Posted Date: May 23rd, 2011
Photo: Hemera
Photo: Hemera
Wine, ironically, is often the most illiquid asset in an estate. Whether the estate is the result of a death, divorce, or bankruptcy, laws dating back to the days of prohibition restrict avenues available to administrators and executors. In this article we explore the methods of realizing cash or a taxable benefit from the fruit of the vine.

Movin’ on up: effective motion advocacy

  • Arguably the Best
Written by Posted Date: May 23rd, 2011
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_leon_agarwal.jpgThis is the fourth instalment of Arguably the Best, our year-long series on improving your litigation skills.

Immigration policy about more than economics

  • The Immigration Line
Written by Posted Date: May 23rd, 2011
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer-nees.jpgAs an immigration lawyer, I have seen first-hand stories of individuals who arrived to Canada as skilled workers, highly trained and very well educated, who find themselves unable to find work in their field. Lack of Canadian experience, “foreign” accents, and great expense for accreditation of foreign credentials all become insurmountable barriers for many of the world’s foreign skilled workers who come to Canada.

Notable developments south of the border

  • Definitely Mabey
Written by Posted Date: May 16th, 2011
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_stephen-mabey.jpgThis month’s column is focused on current awareness.

You should be thinking about client data protection

  • The IT Girl
Written by Posted Date: May 16th, 2011
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sarah-dale-harris.jpgMany people associate client data protection (CDP) with large global transactions. Outsourcing-related deals in all likelihood contemplate some form of access to and transmission of, and possibly the retention, storage, and/or destruction of client data. But it is also true that if you have resources (people) supporting your projects from oversees (Europe or India) or you have servers outside the jurisdiction in which services are being delivered, you need to think about whether there are contractual provisions in place and laws that apply to you with regard to data (be it personal, health, relating to children, etc.) that isn’t yours.

Helpless tells only half the story

  • Law Library
Written by Posted Date: May 16th, 2011
Helpless: Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, and How the Law Failed All of Us; By Christie Blatchford, Doubleday Canada, 2010, pp. 258, $32.95
Helpless: Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, and How the Law Failed All of Us; By Christie Blatchford, Doubleday Canada, 2010, pp. 258, $32.95
To understand what happened in Caledonia, Ont., in 2006, you have to understand what happened in Ipperwash, Ont., in 1995.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_lee_cutforth.jpgMy 12-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, loves to play baseball. This past year, she found herself as the only girl on her little league team, and one of the few girls in the entire league. Observing her over the course of that season, I was able to reflect on some of the struggles she was facing as a girl in a sport dominated by boys, and as a bit of an innocent, unaccustomed to the intensely competitive attitude that often is found even at the level of little league.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_andre_bacchus.jpgOnce we finish law school many of us dive headlong into our legal careers, whether it is working in big law, government, public interest, in-house, or in a sole practice. But how many of us really give much thought to what comes next now that we have “arrived” and how to succeed on our chosen path? The following five simple steps will help you avoid some of the pitfalls and missteps that can sideline your hopes of getting ahead.

Class counsel fees are not dirty words

  • Trials & Tribulations
Written by Posted Date: May 9th, 2011
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_margaret-waddell.jpgGreed. Economic opportunism. Conflict of interest. Potential for abuse. I’ve heard all the negative epithets that have been directed at class counsel seeking court approval of the fees they have earned following the successful prosecution or settlement of a class action. The not-so-subtle message conveyed by comments such as these, is that class counsel are considered to be a particularly unethical and avaricious breed of lawyers who prey on their own clients for personal profit.
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