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Maryellen Symons Legal Research » Experience
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Experience

In more than 25 years as a legal writer and research lawyer, I have prepared pleadings, memoranda, factums, articles, continuing legal education papers and looseleaf updating material on a wide range of issues and topics. A small sample includes:

  • Claims for a share of the value of assets acquired by the other spouse during unmarried cohabitation under Kerr v. Baranow, 2011 SCC 10, [2011] 1 S.C.R. 269
  • Enforceability of a marriage contract made in a civil law jurisdiction
  • Elements of the offence of arson under s. 433(a) of the Criminal Code (supported argument for reduction of charge to arson to property under s. 434)
  • Validity of parental waiver of liability on behalf of minor children engaging in competitive and recreational sports
  • Applications for return of children under Hague Convention in parental abduction cases
  • Contested appointment of an estate trustee
  • Reasonable terms of a non-competition contract
  • Analysis of a dependent contractor relationship and appropriate notice of termination
  • Severance of joint tenancy by conduct in the course of separation and divorce proceedings
  • Contested appointment of a litigation guardian
  • Language rights under the Charter on arrest
  • Valuation of stock options in matrimonial property proceedings (co-counsel for Appellant on Ross v. Ross (2006), 83 O.R. (3d) 1 (C.A.)
  • Recovery under s. 132(1) of the Insurance Act
  • Tracing rules in the context of equalization of net family property (see Vivian Alterman and Maryellen Symons, “Approaches to Tracing Gifted or Inherited Property” (2007), 22 Money and Family Law 52)

Since January, 1999, I have provided legal research and writing services to fellow members of the bar. As well, I update the Ontario Annotated Family Law Service for LexisNexis Canada and contribute to Jeffery Wilson’s looseleaf, Children and the Law (LexisNexis Canada Inc.).

Before opening my practice as an independent research lawyer, I updated and edited looseleaf and newsletter publications at Butterworths Canada (now LexisNexis Canada Inc.) in a broad range of legal areas, among them family, criminal, bankruptcy and insolvency, personal injury damages and construction lien law. I followed new legislation from first reading to proclamation and regularly reviewed new case law from courts at all levels, across Canada, including every decision from the Supreme Court of Canada.