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I had a potential client call me the other day, looking to recover $5,000 from a commercial tenancy gone bad. I explained to him my rates. I could tell that the cost-benefit analysis did not compute. So, he asked for a lower-priced option: writing a demand letter on our paralegal firm stationary. “Perhaps we can […]

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You are about to sell your rental complex and you want to get the apartment ready for market.  You call your real estate agent and they come over on an agreed-to date with their tape measure and camera at the ready.  Your agent starts measuring a few rooms, then gets the cell phone out to […]

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It’s not often I get to blow my own horn, but I am announcing a new podcast called “The Ontario Small Claims Court Podcast‘.  I’ve recorded this podcast series to help self-represented litigants work their way through the Small Claims Court system.  Just under half of all civil claims in this province are started in the […]

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Whether you are upsizing to a family-sized home, or downsizing from a full family home to an empty-nester, you still have to sell the home that you are currently living in.  It’s a stressful time: planning a move, talking to Realtors, looking for your next home, and sprucing-up your existing home to allow the parade […]

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Sometimes, I can’t help you. That is a hard thing to admit.  Lawyers and Paralegals get into the practice of law and the provision of legal services to help people with these types of problems.  Usually there is a way we can help, but sometimes the financial burdens are too high.  Sometimes, it’s making a […]

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Here are some facts to think about Medical Drivers’ License Suspensions, as provided by the Ontario Ombudsman’s report, “Better Safe Than Sorry“. source:  http://www.ombudsman.on.ca/Files/sitemedia/pdf/MTO-Fact-sheet-EN.pdf 51,000 The number of medical or vision reports on drivers the Ministry of Transportation received from Doctors, Opticians, Ophthalmologists, and police in 2011 27,203 The number of drivers suspended for medical/vision […]

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First of all, let me state for the record that I did not watch Convocation’s webcast on April 10, 2014.  Having briefly considered submissions by TWU, the LSUC Treasurer’s statement, and random samplings of submissions before the Benchers, I am left with the impression that everyone has overlooked one single question.  I ask this question, […]

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  As we all know, the Ministry of Transportation takes a dim view of driving while impaired by either alcohol or drugs.  Criminal convictions can occur and Crown Prosecutors are very aggressive with their sentence recommendations. When it comes to Administrative License Suspensions (where driving is a privilege, not a right) the process is even […]

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The following post is a response to my reflections on the Law Society’s AGM held on May 8th, 2013.  Mr. Tzanis has generously given his permission to reprint his response from LinkedIn.  They appear here without modification or editing.   Simon you write very well, you are articulate and thank you for your opinions and […]

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I attended the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Annual General Meeting last night in support of a withdrawn motion to explore the expansion of the paralegal scope of practice.  After some discussion during the meeting and after with colleagues, I am reminded of a quote from Shakespeare’s Macbeth when Banquo counsels the Thane of Cawdor: “–And […]

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