Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from seventy recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. McElroy Law Blog  2. Rule of Law 3. Social Media for Law Firms  4. AvoidAClaim  5. SOQUIJ

McElroy Law Blog
Criminal law round-up

In what I’m hoping will be a monthly feature, here is a round-up of some of the last month’s news, cases and goings-on in criminal law in Ottawa and beyond. In the news: The Correctional Investigator of Canada Howard Sapers released a report stating that over 25% of federal inmates are Aboriginal. For a more personal story, check out this story by Kenneth Jackson from APTN about Marlene Carter, a Cree woman with significant mental health issues who has been in custody for most of her adult life. …

Rule of Law
Alberta Court Orders Beneficiary of Registered Retirement Income Fund to Bear the Tax Burden on the Annuitant’s Death

When the annuitant of an Registered Retirement Savings Plan or Registered Retirement Income Fund dies, taxes in respect of either type of registered plan are generally borne by the deceased’s estate, rather than by the beneficiary of the registered plan. There are some exceptions, including significantly the ability to defer taxation if the proceeds are paid to the annuitant’s spouse (I have written about the taxation of registered plans in greater depth in a previous post). …

Social Media for Law Firms
Lawyers: What’s Your Biggest Social Media Question?

My dear friend Nancy Myrland published a blog post earlier today, Lawyers: Do These Questions About Social Media Sound Familiar? She mentions she writes a lot about social media and social networking because Lawyers have a lot of questions including: Where do I start? Who do I follow? Which sites should I use? …

Four things that can lead to a denial of coverage under your LAWPRO policy

Insurance is different from other types of contracts. Besides the ongoing obligations (as described in the policy’s terms and conditions) that exist between the insurer and insured, there is also a duty of utmost good faith (uberrimae fidei, for you Latin fans). Just as an insurance carrier can’t act in bad faith in denying a claim, a purchaser of insurance coverage is required to deal honestly and fairly with the insurer. …

L’information juridique gratuite pourrait vous coûter cher

Internet offre des possibilités incroyables. Dans divers aspects de notre vie, la question se pose de plus en plus : « Pourquoi payer pour de l’information ? » En droit, plus encore que dans tout autre domaine, la qualité et la pertinence des sources devraient être une priorité de chaque instant. Depuis plus de 40 ans, l’équipe SOQUIJ travaille chaque jour à être la source d’information la plus complète et la plus fiable sur le marché. La raison de cette longévité ? La pertinence. …


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