Alissa N. Winicki, lead counsel, in Deleon v. Estate of Raymon DeRanney, 2020 ONSC 19 (CanLII), fervently assisted her client, a then 17-year old girl, in making a claim for dependant relief pursuant to section 57 of the Succession Law Reform Act. Ms. Winicki successfully demonstrated that the deceased possessed a settled intention to treat her client, a non-biological and unadopted child, as a member of his family entitling her to a quantum of support.
The decision might help pave the way for unconventional family-types in making claims against a deceased’s estate for support.
- A Cautionary Tale of Consent: Widow Denied Use of Deceased Husband’s Reproductive Material
The Department of Justice Canada announced on June 5, 2020, that there would be a delay in implementation of the amendments to the Divorce Act from July 1, 2020 to March 1, 2021.
Congratulations to Kavita V. Bhagat and Ivana Vaccaro who Co-Chaired FDRIO’s 5th Annual Conference, The Future is Now: Trends Transforming FDR, on November 18, 2019 in Toronto.
It was a sold-out Conference which brought together and featured dynamic, informative and highly esteemed speakers and leaders in the field of FDR/ADR from Canada and the US, among whom was the Attorney General of Ontario, Honourable Doug Downey, who is collaborating with FDR professionals across the province to facilitate and enhance access to justice for all families.
On June 1, 2019, and for the fourth year in row, RVLAW LLP was privileged to be an official sponsor in this year’s Fight To End Cancer in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
On June 16, 2018, Marshall Reinhart of RV Law LLP wins big in a Court decision garnering as much attention south of the border (and beyond) as right here at home. The judge ordered a Toronto woman to pay her ex $350k over ‘unthinkable’ email sabotage.
Ivana Vaccaro was a guest on CHHA 1610 AM, Mediation Station on December 3, 2017 with radio show host Gregg Fenten and co-host Laura Tarcea on the topic of Client, Counsel and Court: The 3Cs of Justice Where Expectation Gaps.
On November 22, 2017 the Federal Child Support Tables are updated to reflect recent changes in the income tax laws. For child support calculations starting November 22, 2017 you can access the online calculator at: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/fl-df/child-enfant/2017/look-rech.asp. The online calculator for 2011 should be used to calculate child support for the prior period.
Ivana Vaccaro was a guest on CHHA 1610 AM, Mediation Station on May 28, 2017 with radio show host Gregg Fenten and co-host Brian J. Martin on May 28, 2017 on the topic of How the Best Interests of a Child Make a Court Order.
On October 6, 2015 Antonietta F. Raviele was interviewed by Global News. She provided legal information regarding the sentencing of individuals who are convicted of impaired driving causing death. You can view the video stream at: http://globalnews.ca/news/2261797/sabastian-prosa-sentenced-to-5-years-in-prison-in-2012-wrong-way-crash-that-killed-2/.
On August 27, 2015 Antonietta F. Raviele was interviewed by Global News again seeking her input regarding the use of Interlock Devices in motor vehicles to curb impaired driving. You can view the video stream at http://globalnews.ca/news/2189676/judge-ponders-benefits-of-alcohol-monitoring-devices-in-all-vehicles/.
On August 26, 2015, Antonietta F. Raviele was interviewed by the Toronto Star regarding the use of Interlock Devices in motor vehicles to curb drinking and driving and the high number of impaired driving charges before the criminal courts. You can read the full article at http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/08/26/drunk-driving-interlock-devices-on-all-cars-might-cut-court-load-judge-muses.html.
Read Ivana Vaccaro’s comments in the August 3, 2015 edition of Law Times regarding Legal Aid Ontario’s recent initiatives and increased funding for victims of domestic violence at http://www.lawtimesnews.com/201508034845/headline-news/lao-boosting-funding-for-domestic-violence-victims/.
Read Antonietta F. Raviele’s comments about the impact of overwhelming fines from provincial offences convictions on individuals and the options available to deal with them at http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/06/28/judge-signals-its-time-to-offer-relief-from-backbreaking-fines.html.
RV Law mourns the loss of Chantelle Nunes who lost her life tragically at the young age of 27. Chantelle will be remembered for her vibrant personality, inquisitive mind, and undeniable work ethic.
Obituary – Chantelle Nunes
June 9, 2015 – RV Law extends its deepest and sincerest condolences to the family of Ian Mang, to our colleagues and friends at the law offices of Mang Steinberg, and to members of the bar generally who knew Ian Mang and will likely remember him as we will, an excellent lawyer and all around person.
We are excited to share with you the following details of our Holidays to Valentine’s Day campaign in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation:
Open a new file from December 1, 2014 to Valentine’s Day and be eligible to win a pair of stellar tickets to see the NBA’s hottest team host the Golden State Warriors at the ACC on February 27, 2015. The Draw will be held at our law office on Monday, February 16, 2015 and in attendance to select the winner from the Heart and Stroke supplied box (containing the names and corresponding file numbers of all eligible contestants) will be Heather Black-Bunting, the senior area manager of the Community Program – Toronto Office of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
A percentage of our fees collected on all new files billed up to and including February 28, 2015 will be donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation .
In addition to the above, each client, will receive a complimentary Red Vase upon opening a new file. Our vase is:
– nicely sized for your favourite flowers;
– doubles up as a perfect decorative solution for an office or desk;
– folds flat for storage in a bag, cubby or desk drawer.
– made from shatterproof PVC material that forms a vase when filled with water.
RVLAW launches its first ever Holidays to Valentine’s Day campaign in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation which will run from December 1, 2014 through to and including February 28, 2015. Details to be posted on the Homepage and on the firm’s Facebook page.
Antonio Raviele and Marshall Reinhart present on the topic of “When is Probate Necessary?” at the Practice Management and Substantive Strategies for the Wills and Estates Practice Conference hosted by the Commons Institute on Tuesday December 2, 2014. Ivana Vaccaro is featured in the Lawyer’s Weekly on November 7, 2014 in an article entitled “Counselling the traumatized domestic violence victim” Click here to read article.
Ivana Vaccaro would like to extend her sincere appreciation to Gregg Fenten, Transformation Consultant, Community Building Specialist and Radio Show Host of Mediation Station for inviting her to speak about Domestic Violence and the Family Justice System on CHHA 1610 AM Voces Latinas on Sunday, November 9, 2014.
Ivana Vaccaro would like to extend her sincere appreciation to Anna Maria Tremonti of CBC morning radio show “The Current” for inviting her to discuss Professor Elizabeth Sheehy’s recent book “Defending Battered Women on Trial” – December 19, 2013
The concept of “new beginning” resonates in all of us, both young and old each year come September and it’s with that spirit in mind and with great enthusiasm that I introduce the newest members to the RVLAW / Upper Village Law Office team.
Khamy Ganeshathasan brings a unique approach to our family law practice with particular emphasis on collaborative law and its emerging relevance in assisting with the resolution of family law disputes. Khamy is as… passionate as she is thorough and bright and her energetic spirit is refreshing and inspirational.
Marshall Reinhart leaves behind a busy Bay St practice as a former partner in the Commercial Lit dept of a national firm, preferring a fresh start with our office where he will have carriage of our litigation files. Marshall’s experience and efficiency in the resolution of client matters have already proven an invaluable asset.
Ivana Vaccaro would like to thank Peel Family Catholic Services for hosting the Putting Kids First program and for inviting her to be a presenter on November 14, 2013. She looks forward to working with the Putting Kids First group, in the future.
September 2013 – The lawyers, clerks, and staff of RV Law join in wishing Jessica Gonzalez the very best of luck in her future professional career and endeavours. We thank Jessica for her valuable contribution while at the firm.
August 2013 – “Representing the Victims of Domestic Violence”, an article co-authored by Ivana Vaccaro, a partner at RV Law and Archana Medhekar, a Family Law Practitioner in Toronto, is published in Matrimonial Affairs, Ontario Bar Association. Click here to read.
July 28, 2013 – Ivana Vaccaro, partner at RV Law, takes part in the annual Steps to End Violence Against Women hosted by Interim Place. All donations will be used to provide support for women and children at Interim Place locations and individuals being supported through their Community Support and Outreach program.
May 9 and 10, 2013 – Antonio P. Raviele, Jessica Gonzalez and Laura Marrello attend the annual Mortgage Sumitt at the Toronto Congress Centre. We are pleased to announce the winners of the RV Law Raffle are Carol Kollar, Kuljit Singh, and Jack Nasarzewski.
May 1, 2013 – RV Law welcomes Antonietta F. Raviele to the firm. AFR will head up the firm’s growing employment law practice and her previous experience as in-house counsel and executive director of HR will serve her well in fulfilment of this mandate.
October 29, 2012 – RV Law welcomes Dean Adema to the firm. Dean will head up the firm’s litigation practice. Dean’s vast court room experience will prove a true value add to the firm and the firm’s clientele.
October 24, 2012 – RV Law extends its deepest and sincerest condolences to the family of Eduardo Marcos and to Marcos Associates law office for the loss of an excellent lawyer and friend.
October 20 and 21, 2012 – Antonio P. Raviele and Jessica Gonzalez of RV Law climb the CN Tower in support of the United Way in 19 minutes and 25 minutes respectively.
October 2, 2012 RV Law gives a warm welcome back to Ivana Vaccaro from her brief maternity leave.
September 21, 2012 RV Law attends and supports La Gioia Gala, an event aimed at raising funds for needy families in Toronto.
RV Law undertakes the task of organizing and incorporating “Nonnina’s Table”, a charitable organization aimed at feeding hungry children during afterschool hours. All legal services to be provided by RV Law in establishing this admirable charity have been offered and shall be performed on a pro bono basis.
September 8, 2012 Jessica Gonzalez participates in Urban Warrior, a sporting event that challenges individuals of all fitness levels in Toronto. The proceeds of this event benefit the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation.
July 1, 2012 RV Law gives a warm welcome to Jessica Gonzalez who is joining the firm as an associate lawyer.
June 2012 Ivana Vaccaro’s article titled ” A Legislative Response to Domestic Violence in Ontario Families” is published in Matrimonial Affairs, Ontario Bar Association. Click here to read.
June 18, 2012 – From the voice of Charles Di Raimondo, Canadian Tenor, singer, songwriter and client of RAVIELE VACCARO LLP, comes the 2012 album release, “Passione”. Please visit Charles Di Raimondo at www.charlesdiraimondo.com for a FREE download of the single,
“Those Nights in Madrid”, (under the “releases” tab) off his new album, “Passione”. This original song is written and produced by Charles himself and is made available as his gift to you.
June 5, 2012 – Sara R. Cohen leaves the firm to continue her Fertility Law Canada practice. We wish Sara and Fertility Law Canada much continued success! Sara can now be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please see www.fertilitylawcanada.com
May 17, 2012 – Join Sara R. Cohen for Womb Mates! A Look at the Legal, Psychological and Social Aspects of a Surrogacy Journey, a webinar hosted by the Nurses Special Interest Group of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society. For more information, please see https://www.cfas.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1199:wombmates&catid=956:nurses-sig&Itemid=138
May 2, 2012 – Congratulations to Laura Marrello on her recent marriage from everyone at the Firm.
April 11, 2012 – Sara R. Cohen was a guest of Anna Maria Tremonti on CBC’s The Current, discussing the future of assisted reproductive technology law in Canada and the need for legislative reform. Listen to the debate here: http://www.cbc.ca/
April 6, 2012 – Sara R. Cohen is one of the lawyers discussed in the Lawyers Weekly article entitled, Passion, Vision Fuel Niche Lawyers. Sara states that “I can’t imagine doing anything more rewarding. Even if I play a very small role in helping people to create their families, it is incredibly fulfilling.”
April 2, 2012 – Sara R. Cohen is quoted by Andre Picard in The Globe and Mail about the problems with fertility law in Canada and why the Assisted Human Reproduction Act needs to go. See the article here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/andre-picard/canadas-fertility-law-needs-a-reset/article2389474/
April 2, 2012 – Sara R. Cohen is quoted by Anne Kingston for Macleans.ca about the effects of leaving Assisted Human Reproduction Canada out of the federal budget, and what Sara wants to see happen to fertility law in Canada: http://www2.macleans.ca/tag/fertility-technology/
March 27, 2012 – Sara R. Cohen discusses how she believes the AHRA is paternalistic and assumes women cannot make reasonable and informed decisions about what is best for them http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Health/20120327/egg-donors-compensation-fertility-120327/
March 22 & 23, 2012 – Sara R. Cohen and Anatoly Dvorkin presented Experts Sessions on Administrative Law: Practice Primers for 2012 conference hosted by the by The Commons Institute
Ivana Vaccaro’s recent article titled “Do We Need to Improve the Procedures Employed by the Office of the Children’s Lawyer in the Resolution of Custody and Access Disputes?” is published in the Matrimonial Affairs section of the Ontario Bar Association. Click here to read.
Anatoly’s contribution “Go Outside Your Comfort Zone” is included in David Balinsky’s blog — http://thoughtfullaw.com/2011/12/31/2012-tips-and-predictions-part-3/, which was featured in an article on January 5, 2012 by Mitch Kowalski in the Legal Post section of the National Post.
Will 2012 be watershed year or business as usual?
Sara R. Cohen and RV Law made the front page of Law Times, discussing the consequences for intended parents who require the help of surrogacy, donor eggs or donor sperm, as a result of the government’s failure to fill in the gaps in legislation remaining after the 2010 Supreme Court of Canada’s Reference re Assisted Human Reproduction Act decision.
Loopholes in law spark rise in illegal surrogacy deals
August 16, 2011 – Sara R. Cohen was quoted in the Toronto Sun about surrogacy and the law in Canada.
Toronto Sun Article: Is Hollywood Turning Surrogacy into a Trend?
September 16, 2011 – Sara R. Cohen was quoted in the article, “Breaking your own Glass Ceiling” in the Globe and Mail about her feelings of fulfillment and empowerment by starting her own fertility law practice.
The Globe and Mail Article: Breaking Your Own Glass Ceiling
Anatoly Dvorkin’s article re Canada’s Anti-Spam Act is featured on the website AdvocateDaily.com.
RV Law raises over $10,000.00 in the fight against cancer and finishes amongst top law firm competitors in the Princess Margaret Hospital’s inaugural Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer tournament.
Antonio P. Raviele incorporates non-profit community basketball association for troubled youth in conjunction with Pro Bono Law Ontario.
Ivana Vaccaro and Antonio P. Raviele run the 10 km Terry Fox Run for the cure and raise plenty of sponsorship donations in support of cancer research.
Antonio P. Raviele and Anthony Williams of RV Law run the 10 km race in the fight against Huntington Disease.
Antonio P. Raviele and Jesse N. Rosenberg team up to win on a Motion for Summary Judgement before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Scaduto v. Lodato; 2006 CarswellOnt 9711; OSCJ; December 22, 2006; Docket: Toronto 05-CV-284760 PD1 which helps clarify the law in Ontario respecting the limitation period affecting mortgages against real property .
RV Law donates legal services in support of the Smiles of Innocence Memorial Charity in support of the Hospital for Sick Children.
Sara R. Cohen is quoted about the confusion and gaps in the Assisted Human Reproduction Act with respect to surrogacy law in Canada http://uniter.ca/view/6892/.