CHANGES TO ONTARIO DISABILITY SUPPORT PROGRAM By Paul Jasiura Disabled persons in Ontario are eligible for income support benefits through the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). In order to ensure that only people in need receive the benefits, there is a limit on the assets owned by the recipients and on the income recipients may have from other sources. These limits have been slow to change and for years, people have argued that the rules were out of date. To its credit, the Ontario government has listened. September 20, 2017
Taylor Swift and a Dollar in Damages By Brian Babcock Taylor Swift only sued for one dollar in damages in her counter-suit for assault against the former radio DJ who had sued her for allegedly ruining his career. Odds are you know the story. August 15, 2017
The Meaning and Effect of Hiring an Employee on Probation By Brad Smith There is a presumption that an indefinite employment contract can be terminated by providing the employee with reasonable notice. This includes short-term employees. This presumption is overcome if the parties agree to a period of probation. The Ontario Court of Appeal has clarified the meaning of a probationary employee and the effect of probation. July 18, 2017
Beware the Will-Kit Part II: Powers of Attorney In my first post, "Beware the Will-Kit: The Costly Consequences of a $9.99 Will", I discussed the importance of a lawyer-made Will. The same principle applies, if not more so, to Powers of Attorney. Similar to Wills, there are very specific legislative requirements as to the proper execution of Powers of Attorney, and failure to comply with any one of them could mean that your “DIY” documents are not legally valid. June 15, 2017
WHAT TO DO WHEN THE DEAL GOES BAD? By Brian Babcock The purchase of a new home can be one of the most exciting times in anybody’s life.

But what about when the deal fails to close?

If you are the innocent seller, you likely will either simply forfeit the deposit as liquidated damages and carry on; or remarket the property, and sue the defaulting purchaser for expenses and any lower purchase price.
May 31, 2017