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 more than 80 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. Family LLB 2. BC Estate Litigation Blog 3. Official Clio Blog 4. SOQUIJ | Le Blogue 5. IdeaBlawg

Family LLB
Father and Son” Photo Helps Establish Support Obligation Toward Step-Child

There are a lot of blended families out there. Divorced parents might go on to find new long-term partners, and bring children into the relationship with them as part of the “package”. If those subsequent relationships later fail, it raises legal questions around whether those second partners have any financial support responsibilities towards children who have not been formally recognized as their own (i.e. through the adoption process). …

BC Estate Litigation Blog
B.C. Case Comment: Alleged Promise to Give Property Doesn’t Create Express Trust

In my estate and trust litigation practice, I often see cases where one party seeks to enforce an alleged promise (for example, a promise to transfer or gift property) by a second party, which is now denied by that second party. One potential remedy is a finding that the property is held in an express trust as a result of the conduct of the parties, in particular the conduct and the words of party who held the property and is alleged to have promised to gift it. …

Official Clio Blog
How to Avoid the Hidden Costs of Payment Processing

According to the 2021 Legal Trends Report, the ability to accept online payments has become a standard feature legal clients are looking for. With the tools that facilitate these payments becoming increasingly ubiquitous across the legal sector, it’s important to understand the important differences between payment processors. Not all third-party processors offer integrations with practice management software. Not to mention the charges incurred for accepting payments can also vary significantly. …

SOQUIJ | Le Blogue
Détermination d’un emploi convenable: une décision conclut que la CNESST a mis fin à sa collaboration au processus dans le dossier d’une travailleuse

Dans certaines circonstances et lorsque certaines conditions sont remplies, la Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) peut déterminer un «emploi convenable» à une personne qui est devenue incapable d’exercer son emploi à la suite d’un accident du travail ou d’une maladie professionnelle. …

DOES THE PUNISHMENT FIT THE CRIME? ( as originally edited for and posted on

The week of March 21 was a momentous occasion for criminal law. In that week, over the course of three days, four Supreme Court of Canada appeals were heard that may change our sentencing principles and subsequently our entire conception of a fit and proper sentence. All four cases evoke the Charter in their drive to clarify, confine, and restrain punishment. The Alberta trilogy of R v Hilbach (argued with the companion case R v Zwozdesky), …


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