Ogden Nash wrote, “Indoors or out, no one relaxes in March, that month of wind and taxes. The wind will presently disappear, the taxes last us all the year.” Looking at all our clients accomplished over the last few weeks, I think it’s safe to say that indeed, there wasn’t much relaxing in March! Read on for details of their latest projects and news.
- We welcomed our newest client, RI elder law firm Heffner & Associates. One of only 400 certified elder law attorneys in the US, Mark Heffner is among the most genuine, passionate lawyers we’ve worked with to date. Be sure to check out his Rhode Island Elder Care Lawyer Blog.
- March was federal budget month in Canada, and the tax lawyers of Thorsteinssons blogged about various aspects: see Mark Barbour on the budget’s impact on mining, Greg DelBigio on how it would close tax avoidance and evasion loopholes, and Thomas McDonnell, QC on the roots of budgets and secrecy. (Since the blog’s launch in May 2012, Thorsteinssons has taken to blogging like a duck to water, and we couldn’t be more pleased for them!)
- The Spring 2013 issue of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association‘s magazine has just been released. Articles include advice on how to transition from private practice to in-house counsel, a spotlight on the CCCA’s 25th anniversary, a look at the China-Canada investment treaty, workplace social media policies, and much more.
- Ontario divorce lawyer Russell Alexander was honoured by the Victoria Haliburton Law Association for 15 years of legal service to the City of Kawartha Lakes – congratulations, Russell! He also kicked off a great new feature on his FamilyLLB blog: “5 Divorce Questions”, an interview series with lawyers from across the country (check out answers from Marla Gilsig, Michele Allinotte, and Pei-Shing Wang). Lastly, 15-year employee Gabrielle Underwood received the firm’s Client Service Award. Kudos to you as well, Gabrielle!
- Another busy month for Hissey Kientz‘s hip replacement lawyers: they launched a new microsite for BioMet hip replacements, expanded their Stryker microsite, and added info on Wright hip replacements. The firm also added a new practice area for the Mirena IUD.
- New Jersey DWI attorney Jonathan Marshall blogged about the NJ Bar Association’s recommended change to the state’s breath test refusal statement, and also discussed the many types of evidence that lawyers may use in the prosecution of a drunk driving matter.
- At the BC Employment Lawyer Blog, Daniel Sorensen of Waterstone Law Group wrote about the ramifications of a recent human rights tribunal decision, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP v. BC — what the decision says about partnership agreements, whether partners are employees, and if they can be forced to leave.
- More congratulations are in order to legal practice management software Clio, which was named one of BC’s 25 fastest growing companies (and we got a peek at the Clio’s corporate culture from office admin Lauren Sanders). Clio also offered a free webinar on building your own virtual law firm.
- On Clio’s Small Firm Innovation blog, Heather Bussing wrote about the ins and outs of “big heart days”, Andrew Legrand discussed expectation management and its effect on customer service, and Adam Ziegler of Mootus was featured in a lawyer snapshot.
- In the latest issue of Legal Alert, Kamloops law firm Pushor Mitchell lawyers published articles on leasing considerations for commercial tenants, whether employee dishonesty is grounds for firing, and language discrimination in the workplace. Details of the upcoming Pushor Mitchell Okanagan Conference on Brain Injury were also released.
- At the Condo Development Blog, Khiam Nong, a condo lawyer with Ontario construction law firm Robson Carpenter, blogged about why builders should be aware of the HST New Housing Rebate. The rebate applies to new or substantially renovated housing.
- Raleigh law firm Wilson Law, PA announced it is now handling cases related to the Mirena intrauterine device (women have reported serious injuries and side effects related to the IUD). Like Wilson Law clients who’ve experienced problems with transvaginal mesh devices, Mirena clients will receive sensitive, confidential service from a female attorney.
- BC legal support services provider Dye & Durham shared the new land title forms under the Family Law Act, and three new Supreme Court Practice Directions related to the new family law legislation. Dye & Durham’s BC Law Watch blog also celebrated a major milestone: 500 posts!
We’ll be back next month with more client news to share – in the meantime, we wish you all a very relaxing Easter weekend.