Jul 20, 2018

Don't fall for the old 'It's standard' line from a real estate agent. There's nothing standard about their forms — Sidney Troister speaks to the Financial Post

Even when caught up in bidding wars, don't rush it. You may end up signing documents that let the vendors off the hook for myriad issues.

Jul 19, 2018

Adam Black and Jessica Brown author chapters in Support Rights & Obligations Under Ontario Family Law published by Thomson Reuters

Published by Thomson Reuters, Support Rights and Obligations Under Ontario Family Law expertly analyzes the essential legislation and case law, allowing the reader to fully understand the current state of the law in the complex yet crucial area of support.

Jul 17, 2018

Torkin Manes welcomes Matt Maurer to our Litigation and Cannabis Groups

Torkin Manes is pleased to welcome Matt Maurer who has joined our firm as a partner practising in our Litigation and Cannabis Law Groups.

Jul 11, 2018

Attention wealthy spouses: Your family trust won't always save you when dividing assets in a separation — Laurie Pawlitza discusses this issue in her latest column in the National Post

A spouse may well defeat the entire purpose of the trust he or she created to escape equalization of assets if he or she fails to give up control of it.

Jul 11, 2018

Matt Maurer speaks to CBC News about how cannabis companies are exploiting a once-in-a-lifetime marketing opportunity ahead of the legislative crackdown

Canadians will be surrounded by the logos of new recreational cannabis brands at a variety of fun events this summer as pot purveyors are exploiting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to market their products before government restrictions fully kick in.

Jun 29, 2018

Loretta Merrit comments on the London diocese sexual abuse case settlements

A decade-long court battle between the Roman Catholic Diocese of London and its insurance company has disclosed $15 million in largely secret settlements to people who sued priests for sexual abuse.

Jun 28, 2018

Congratulations to our lawyers elected as Section Executives of the Ontario Bar Association

Congratulations to the following Torkin Manes lawyers who have been elected to the Ontario Bar Association's (OBA) Sections as Executives for the 2018-2019 term. The new executives assume their roles on July 1, 2018.

Jun 27, 2018

Adam Black reviews why the date of separation in a marriage breakup can be a contentious and costly issue in his latest column in the National Post

Selecting one date of separation over another can have a significant impact on the amount of support owed.

Jun 22, 2018

Support Rights & Obligations Under Ontario Family Law edited by Robert Halpern launches June 21, 2018

Published by Thomson Reuters, Support Rights and Obligations Under Ontario Family Law is a comprehensive resource that addresses the many important issues relating to child and spousal support.

Jun 20, 2018

Lisa Lifshitz honoured with 2018 Lexpert Zenith Award for Excellence in Computer and IT Law

The prestigious award recognizes Lisa’s leadership and excellence in the area of computer and IT law, as well as her extensive contribution to the legal community.

Jun 15, 2018

Adam Black quoted in several publications on a recent decision to recognize three adults as the legal parents of a child born within their polyamorous family

“The legislature may need to turn its mind to these issues to have the legislation keep pace with the evolution of what a family looks like today,” Black said.

Jun 13, 2018

All three adult members of polyamorous family deemed child's parents by Newfoundland judge — Laurie Pawlitza reviews the landmark decision in the National Post

The decision is the first of its kind in Canada. A judge in Newfoundland and Labrador decided the adults in a three-way relationship would be named as parents of the child born within their partnership.

Jun 11, 2018

Matt Maurer quoted in "Marijuana Legalization Bill Seeks to Shame Canadian Cannabis Investors" from Pot Network

“I don’t see how making it public furthers any objective unless we think that by publicizing this list we will scare criminals into not buying shares of these business because, heaven forbid, they are afraid of their names being out there,” Matt Maurer, a Toronto lawyer with a background in cannabis told The Ottawa Citizen.

Jun 09, 2018

Matt Maurer quoted in the Ottawa Citizen's "Cannabis industry alarmed over amendment requiring shareholders' identities to remain public"

The cannabis industry is alarmed by an amendment in Canada’s proposed marijuana law that would require companies to make public the identities of shareholders.

Jun 04, 2018

Matt Maurer quoted in Food in Canada on how to reformulate products to include cannabis

Right now every industry in Canada is asking itself the same question — how can we re-formulate our products to somehow include cannabis?

May 30, 2018

Why Ottawa's changes to the Divorce Act don't go far enough — Laurie Pawlitza discusses the changes in the National Post

While it addresses outdated language, it misses out on catching up on provincial changes to legislation (and even just informal ones) that have long been made in courts across Canada.

May 29, 2018

Matt Maurer spoke on Global News radio to discuss cannabis legalization and crossing the US border

Matt Maurer was interviewed on Global News radio on May 29, 2018 on the topic of cannabis legalization and crossing to the U.S. border if you've smoked in the past.

May 24, 2018

Sidney Troister to speak at the Ontario Association of Committees of Adjustment and Consent Authorities Annual Conference

The Committees of Adjustment and similar consent authorities are responsible across Ontario for administering portions of the Planning Act including the granting of consents for severances and minor variances from zoning bylaws.

May 23, 2018

Federal government looks to put children first in Divorce Act overhaul — Lorne Wolfson discusses the changes in The Globe and Mail

Lorne Wolfson, a Toronto lawyer, mediator and arbitrator, and head of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario, praised the family-law bill, but said the government could have gone further by requiring that alternatives to courtroom litigation be tried first.

May 22, 2018

Loretta Merritt speaks to CBC News about recent sexual assaults occurring at resorts

So many women are speaking out about sexual assault by resort employees in numerous countries, Trip Advisor announced last fall that it would flag hotels where assaults have been reported.