Wednesday, January 18, 2017

LawFact of the Day: Family Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Wednesday January 18, 2017. Today we are talking about Family Law.

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Where all matrimonial issues have been resolved as at the one-year anniversary of a separation, an uncontested divorce can proceed by filing specified paperwork with the Court.

Where issues remain unresolved, a divorce judgement can still be issued, and remaining issues can then be continued in a “corollary relief proceeding.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Tuesday January 17, 2017. Today we are talking about Employment Law.

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Ontario employees are prohibited from discrimination and harassment against any employee.

Employers may not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, citizenship, creed, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, record of offences, marital status or family status.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Top 10 Legal Headlines

Here are your Top 10 legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter last week.

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140Law: Legal Headlines for the week of January 16, 2017

Here are this week's leading legal news stories from Wise Law on Twitter


- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Friday, January 13, 2017

3 Things I've Learned as a Law Clerk

BY RACHEL SPENCE, LAW CLERK

Upon entering the legal field I was excited and eager to see if I had what it took to keep up in the real world, outside of school. I had been warned by other graduates that there was always a learning curve when starting, which I didn’t fully grasp until I arrived.


Looking back, I remember attempting to seek out blogs or articles just like this one, to see if anyone out there had any tips. In 2008, there was little to nothing as very few lawyers had websites or email addresses, let alone assistants or clerks writing about their experiences.

Eight years later, I'm glad to share the top three things I learned after entering the legal field:

Effective Foresight:
  • Put the acronym “CYA” to use, despite its vulgarity, we need to work with it in mind to protect our lawyer(s) and clients. This means, double checking everything we draft, collate, scan, plan for and enter in to a calendar system more than once to ensure there are no errors and absolutely nothing is being overlooked or unplanned for.
  • Reminding the lawyers of deadlines or minor details may seem annoying at first, but it’s part of your role.
  • Ensure there are precedents and make it your business to know where all of them are. If there are none, begin creating them yourself. It is more work upfront, but less in the end.
  • Know the Rules regarding service and ensure that everything is pre-planned in accordance with that knowledge.
  • Make a “Follow Up” folder in your email to remind you of any follow ups you need to complete in the coming weeks.
Client Communications are an Art:
  • Every day you will be communicating with people during the most difficult times in their lives. In many cases, they are extremely upset and looking for a clear way to resolve their problems on an expedited basis. You may be their first point of interaction with the firm and you have to ensure that you productively listen to best assist them.
  • To obtain the information we need from clients, who may be fuming and deeply want to express their story and hardships – is not always easy to do. It is our job to guide them back to discussing the facts we require to assist them in getting results. Doing this while maintaining a sense of empathy is truly an art.
  • When it comes to communicating with clients, I have found that efficiency is golden. If a client emails or calls for an update, despite how busy you are, attempt to get back to them within twenty-four hours even if it is to provide an acknowledgement and quick update, it will mean the world to most people.

Work Smarter, Not Harder:
  • Sometimes all it takes is a 10 minute meeting with other staff members to discover issues that are very easy to resolve. Make a point to talk to other staff members about ideas they have or issues they are facing to see if you can work together to find a resolution.
  • Is your office paperless? Why not? Faxes can come in via email these days instead of print.
  • Utilize whatever technology you can to ensure that your firm is operating efficiently and thus, effectively using client retainer funds.
  • Do you have a knowledge management process? Make sure you do.
  • Do you have precedents for everything? Make sure you do.
  • Do you have any ideas for promoting the firm? Speak up.
  • Could you work remotely if required? Is this something that would increase productivity? If so, discuss it.
  • Keep up to date on legal news and changes in the field. It’s as easy as following legal bloggers, legal organisations and even news on social media. The more in the know you are about what changes are happening, the better position you will be in to assist.
-Rachel Spence, Law Clerk

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

LawFact of the Day: Wills and Estates

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Thursday January 12, 2017. Today we are talking about Wills and Estates.

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An estate trustee is entitled to be paid for the work they do on behalf of the estate.

The compensation is 2.5% of each transaction in and of of the estate, and 0.4% of the average value of the estate for each year they act as trustee.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

LawFact of the Day: Family Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Wednesday January 11, 2017. Today we are talking about 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, January 10, 2017

LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Tuesday January 10, 2017. Today we are talking about 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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