When it comes to business arrangements, the options available for paralegals can seem either too numerous, or too limiting. Paralegals can provide services through a sole proprietorship, a partnership or a professional corporation. Each structure poses its own benefits and challenges. There is no “one, perfect business type.” Much depends on the resources, personality and […]

An unlicensed electrician has been convicted and fined $18,750 for illegal electrical work done on schools in Eastern Ontario. Martin Laprade pleaded guilty June 9 to two counts of performing electrical work without an electrical contractor’s licence and one count of leaving an unsafe condition. Work had been done at several schools and two homes […]

In one week, big changes come into effect for Small Claims Courts in the province. Among the changes — paralegals will be able to electronically file more documents, including writs of seizure and sale under the Rules of Civil Procedure. These are among the modifications made, after discussions between the government and the Law Society […]

A recent appeal heard at the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal tribunal demonstrates the powers these panels have. Tobacco farmer Matthew Sobczyk had appealed the Ontario Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers’ Marketing Boards decision to deny his 2014 application for a licence to produce tobacco, and retain the proceeds from the sale of seized tobacco. The […]

As he heads into his last week as the 64th Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), Thomas Conway admits to a certain philosophical mood. “It is an intense job,” Conway says in his offices at Osgoode Hall. “Renewal is good for any organization, and for the Treasurer leaving, it is an opportunity […]

Former lawyer Hersch Harry Kopyto, of Toronto, has been ordered to pay $13,000 to the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). Kopyto, who has been trying to get a paralegal licence since 2007, had filed a motion asking that the chair of a hearing panel recuse herself from his matter. In March, the Law Society […]

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Interviewing is an art. It takes time and vigilance to become an excellent interviewer, and stay that way. In Interviewing Skills for Legal Professionals, 2004, Doug Cochran points out that excellent interviews save time and money, ensure that a client’s legal matter progresses efficiently, prevents costly mistakes, and is an expression of professionalism. Customer service […]

Faced with a potential legal issue, more and more Ontarians are hearing: “Call a paralegal.” But what is a paralegal, anyway, and why should you contact one? Paralegals are the newest members of Ontario’s legal services community. Ontario’s 7,500 or so paralegals are licensed and regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) – […]

A Toronto man says a Durham Region Police officer should apologize for his actions, including belittling a “bull—-” excuse for being in a wooded area. The Toronto Star reports that Tim Marczenko intends to appeal a decision from Durham’s professional standards unit, taking his complaint to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, which […]

Front row, left to right: Marie Henein, LSM; Thora H. Espinet, Lincoln Alexander Award; Gary Yee, LSM; Breese Davies, Laura Legge Award; Law Society Treasurer Paul Schabas; Sarah E. Colquhoun, LSM; Dena D. Castro, William J. Simpson Distinguished Paralegal Award; and Joanna Radbord, LSM. Back row, left to right: Grace Alcaide Janicas, J. Shirley Denison […]

Ontario paralegals who earn a “specialized licence in family law” should provide limited legal services in family matters. This is in the best interests of the public. So says Justice Annemarie Bonkalo, in a long-awaited report. Released March 6, the Family Legal Services Review‘s 21 recommendations mark the first step towards opening up the Paralegal […]

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Looking to fine-tune Provincial Offences in your practice? Focused and practical, an Osgoode PD program starting this fall will ensure legal professionals have what it takes to succeed in this wide-ranging area of law. The Osgoode Certificate in Provincial Offences Court Practice is a popular, intensive, hands-on program for POA practitioners. It provides updated must-know […]

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Fine-tune your residential landlord-tenant skills, with a new full-day course that brings clarity to the key elements of this practice area. OsgoodePD’s The Practitioners’ Guide to Residential Landlord-Tenant Disputes runs Saturday, April 30, in downtown Toronto. Participants can join live or on the web; the online replay date is June 9. Developed with an eye […]

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OsgoodePD continues to bring paralegal scope practice to life, with its content-rich courses geared to our needs. The newest course provides two days of essentials related to Small Claims Court. Small Claims: Essential Law, Winning Strategies runs Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, in downtown Toronto. Participants can attend in person or over the […]

About 140 of the newest Ontario paralegals have been formally welcomed to the legal community. The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) feted the new licensees Dec. 3, at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. These are among the first cohort to write the beefed-up licensing exam. Robert Lapper, LSUC’s CEO, reported the next day to Convocation […]

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