Articles written by: Joyce Blond Frank

Legal Ease: New Quebec Bill seeks to combat elder abuse
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Legal Ease: New Quebec Bill seeks to combat elder abuse

There are numerous cases involving financial abuse of the vulnerable by children, relatives, and friends. Now the Quebec government is tackling institutional abuse.

Walk cautiously in the snow! An even better idea: Stay indoors.
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Legal Ease: Who’s responsible for those nasty winter falls?

Winter is upon us and it can be easy to fall down. We may blame someone else for the condition of their property but sometimes it is our own fault for not wearing appropriate footwear or not looking where we are going. In other words there may be contributory negligence […]

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Legal Ease: When the house we live in ceases to be our home

The landlord provides the premises and we, the tenant, pay the rent. It seems simple but it isn’t always so.

Legal Ease: Let’s compare 1986 with 2016
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Legal Ease: Let’s compare 1986 with 2016

Brian Mulroney was prime minister and Robert Bourassa was premier of Quebec. The U.S. president was Ronald W. Reagan; his VP was George Bush Senior.

Legal Ease: More funding and discussion on palliative care needed
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Legal Ease: More funding and discussion on palliative care needed

There has been much talk recently about the new law on advance directives for end of life treatment and doctor-assisted suicide.

Legal Ease: Frequently asked questions about hiring a lawyer
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Legal Ease: Frequently asked questions about hiring a lawyer

As a retired lawyer, I am frequently asked general questions, especially about the relationship between attorney and client. Here are some of those questions and my answers. How do I find an attorney to represent me? One way is to ask friends and relatives if they know someone or have been […]

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Legal Ease: Advance directives ensure quality of life

What happens when we become incapable of providing consent?

Legal Ease: Civil Code doesn’t protect stepmothers, grandmothers
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Legal Ease: Civil Code doesn’t protect stepmothers, grandmothers

The interactions between the members of the “mothers group” and children can be simple or complicated, friendly or acrimonious, close or estranged.

Legal Ease: Quebec Highway Safety Code requires updates
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Legal Ease: Quebec Highway Safety Code requires updates

Whether we walk, drive or cycle, common sense requires that we exercise prudence and that we yield our right of way so as to protect the most vulnerable and minimize damage.

Legal Ease: Beware of latent defects when listing your home for sale
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Legal Ease: Beware of latent defects when listing your home for sale

If you are one of those putting your house on the market, here are some things to think about.