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Cohabitation agreements make asset division, support easier upon split

Common-law couples could make their lives easier by drafting up simple cohabitation agreements, which Toronto family lawyer Elinor Shinehoft calls an incredibly underutilized tool. “It’s a written instrument that allows the common-law couple to determine certain ways of dealing with issues on the breakdown of a relationship,” Shinehoft, principal of Toronto family and personal injury firm, Shinehoft Law, tells AdvocateDaily.com.…

Language matters positive changes in family law legislation

Language matters: positive changes in family law legislation

Toronto family lawyer Elinor Shinehoft would like to see Ontario follow Nova Scotia’s lead and replace language such as “access” and “visiting privileges” in its family law legislation with more modern phrasing. “When I hear terms such as ‘custody’ and ‘access’ I think more about aggression and posturing, and who’s going to win and lose,” says Shinehoft,…

Challenges in personal injury law weeding out smaller firms

Challenges in personal injury law weeding out smaller firms

Challenges in the field of personal injury law are making it increasingly difficult for smaller firms to take on cases, leaving more injured people unrepresented, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Elinor Shinehoft. Changes to legislation, less willingness to negotiate on the part of many insurance companies, and the possibility of capping contingency fees are all adding burdens to…