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Retainer agreements - what are they?

  • June 01, 2017
  • Robert Shawyer

Common questions that clients have but seldom ask when they go to see a lawyer for the first time include: “What is a retainer?” “How do retainers work?” “Are there different types of retainers?”

Canada proposes important changes to IP statute

  • June 01, 2015
  • Jean-Charles Grégoire

Jean-Charles Grégoire, of Marks & Clerk Canada, looks at proposed amendments to the Patent Act, Trade-marks Act, and Industrial Design Act contained in the budget implementation omnibus Bill C-59.

Sole Practitioners

Going small and lean with your firm

  • January 20, 2014
  • Allan Oziel

With advances in technology and outsourcing options, today’s lawyers have a wide variety of tools and options available to keep costs down, increase margins and, in turn, allow for specialized legal work at affordable prices, says Allan Oziel.

Don't forget to lend an ear

  • January 20, 2014
  • Lilian Bahgat and Harpreet Burmy

Lawyers know to listen to what their clients are saying, but they should also be aware of their clients’ cultural context, which quite often tells a much richer story, say Lilian Bahgat and Harpreet Burmy, with Brisebois Law Office in Windsor, Ont.

Case comment: Cameron (Re) (2011) 108 O.R. (3d) 117

  • January 20, 2014
  • Vince De Angelis

When two doctors’ estates declared bankruptcy following their deaths, a bank attempted to lay claim to their marital homes, which had been jointly owned with their spouses and against which their loans were not secured.

Private sales and co-operating with realtors

  • January 20, 2014
  • Michael Forcier

Co-operating with realtors in the private sale of a home has its own rules. Michael Forcier, a sole practitioner in Owen Sound, highlights some important points.