American author Hal Borland once said, “Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January.” A bit of a deflating thought! Here at Stem we’re all managing to take some time off to make the most of our short Canadian summer, and we hope all our clients are finding ways to balance their hard work throughout July with some R&R. Here’s a look at what they’ve been up to over the last month:
- Fully embracing the summer, cloud-based practice management software company Clio shared 5 steps for successful vacationing as a lawyer, and made the case for why lawyers should automate their accounts receivable.
- Canadian tax law firm Thorsteinssons is celebrating a major birthday in 2014: 50 years! Thomas McDonnell blogged about “Murphy’s Law of Tax” and Ian Gamble described the findings in Henco Industries v. The Queen (the TCC found that a settlement payment was a non-taxable capital receipt). The firm also shared 3 key tax measures in the reintroduced 2014 Ontario budget.
- Celebrations continue for BC legal support services provider Dye & Durham‘s 140th anniversary! The company’s fresh new website has eCommerce features for point and click ordering, and also some free archived webinars on federal court IP practice, supported land titles e-Filing, and the new Family Law Act.
- Ontario family law firm Russell Alexander announced their newest associate, Elliot Vine, answered the question, “If You Are Getting Too Much Child Support, Are You Required to Speak Up?“, and encouraged people to make donations to support local teen Bayley Simpson, who will compete in the UCI Juniors Track Cycling World Championships in Seoul later this summer — Russell is Bayley’s (very proud) former hockey coach.
- The Canadian Corporate Counsel Association released the Summer 2014 issue of CCCA Magazine. This issue focuses on ethics and compliance, and also includes tips on how in-house counsel can improve relationships with primary law firms and protect their brands. This year’s winners of the CCCA Awards are also highlighted.
- The real estate lawyers at Frost Law in Toronto retooled the presentation of their Ontario Real Estate FAQ collection.
- Products injury firm Hissey Kientz launched a new blog, Metal Hip Replacement News, added news to their testosterone side effects website and posted information about gynecomastia to their Risperdal microsite. The firm also described the increased risk of strokes in certain patients on dialysis involving Granuflo and NaturaLyte.
- West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Ron Chapman blogged about some recent cases that mean police need a warrant to search your cell phone, and also to obtain info about the location of your cell phone. He also shared that the US Sentencing Commission has voted to retroactively cut federal prison sentences for drug crimes.
- Mark Heffner, our Rhode Island-based elder law attorney, wrote a blog post about helping seniors become aware and prepared for hurricane season. A timely topic on the East Coast in recent months!
- Lawyers at Chicago injury firm Strells & Field updated a number of practice pages, including the firm’s construction accidents practice, and in the area of product liability.
- One of our newest clients is Cutter Law, a personal injury and medical device liability practice based in Sacramento, California. This month the firm published on metal hip transplants; and also launched new service pages for Transvaginal Mesh devices: Bard, Coloplast, Cook Medical, American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific, Ethicon, and Mentor.
- Up in Kelowna, BC, Pushor Mitchell’s Vanessa DeDominicis wrote about changes arising from BC’s new Wills, Estates and Succession Act (WESA); while Monica McParland posted a piece on when a prenuptial agreements can become a necessity in BC.
- Robson Carpenter LLP, our clients who work predominantly in the area of construction of Ontario condominiums and subdivisions, posted a number of industry articles to their firm’s twitter account — located at @RC_LLP.
- Lawrence Koplow, our DUI attorney client based in Phoenix, Arizona, acted as a consultant to an article published on azcentral.com, West Valley police get new DUI enforcement tools. The article discussed the current state of penalties that drivers can face if charged with DUI in Arizona.
We hope you do some fun and memorable things during the second half of the summer – come January, you’ll be glad you did!