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  • Peddling Bicycle Safety Tips
    Posted under Bicycle Accidents
    Published on May 28, 2020
    It’s vital that children understand the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle, Barrie-area litigator Steve Rastin says at the kickoff of the Helmet on Kids program. With the arrival of good weather Rastin, managing partner with Rastin Trial Lawyers, has been visiting the Simcoe County District School Board and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic School Board, accompanied by the Barrie
  • Government’s Power to Order Vehicle Recalls Long Overdue
    Published on May 27, 2020
    It’s “incredible” there was no system in place to allow the federal government to recall a dangerous vehicle until very recently, Barrie-area personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin says. The Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act “provides the federal transport minister with the power to order car companies to recall a vehicle to correct a defect, conduct tests, and fix a new
  • Insurers’ Excessive Profits Are a Symptom of Broken Regime
    Published on May 22, 2020
    A report showing Ontarians are still overpaying for insurance is evidence of the province’s broken no-fault insurance system, Barrie-area personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin says. The report, written by York University Professor Fred Lazar for the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), concluded that the province's auto insurers have accumulated more than $5 billion over the last five years in pre-tax income. In 2016
  • Navigating Child Custody and Access in the COVID-19 Pandemic World
    Posted under General Info
    Published on May 21, 2020
    The COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges for us all, in everything we do. For families who share custody or access of their children, the challenges may be even greater, as there are additional considerations. What if you have health issues that would make getting COVID-19 even more devastating that the norm. Do you allow your ex-spouse to continue to have access?
  • Local Knowledge Matters when Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer
    Posted under Personal Injury
    Published on May 21, 2020
    Accident victims should think local when deciding which counsel to retain, says Barrie-area personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin. As the managing partner of Rastin Trial Lawyers, he argues that choosing a legal representative is one of the most important decisions you can make after suffering an injury. “They should be looking for reputation and experience, but also for lawyers who practise
  • Consequences of Dying without a Will
    Posted under Wills and Estates
    Published on May 20, 2020
    With surveys showing more than half of Canadians don't have a will, Barrie-area litigator Steve Rastin says he suspects a fair amount people aren’t aware of some of the negative consequences if they die intestate. “I don’t think people are avoiding getting a will made because of the cost,” says Rastin, managing partner with Rastin Trial Lawyers. “I think it’s a matter of some
  • Ontario Government Tackles Distracted Driving
    Posted under Car Accidents
    Published on May 19, 2020
    Amendments to the Highway Traffic Act that target distracted driving are welcome and necessary, Barrie-area personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin says. “Generally speaking, the volume of serious accidents is dropping drastically because of better drivers, less drunk driving, and autonomous driving safety protocols,” says Rastin, managing partner with Rastin Trial Lawyers. “The exception is distracted driving, which is now the leading cause of
  • Ford Not Hitting on All Cylinders but on the Right Road
    Published on May 18, 2020
    Ontario’s Conservative government deserves praise for many initiatives announced in its first year in power, though it's at the risk of making serious missteps in some areas, says Barrie-area personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin. “There's a lot that the Conservatives have proposed in their legislative agenda that will bring definite improvements, but the province appears to be considering some ideas that
  • Wave of Wealth Transfer Has Lawyers Bracing for Litigation
    Posted under Rastin Review
    Published on May 15, 2020
    Estate lawyers are bracing for a wave of litigation as Canadians prepare to transfer close to a trillion dollars of net worth through inheritance — with wealth disparity between generations, challenges flowing from health conditions, and rapidly rising medical costs combining to create the perfect storm, Barrie personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin says. As Rastin, managing partner at Rastin Trial Lawyers,
  • Time for Licence Appeal Tribunal ‘Rewrite’
    Published on May 14, 2020
    Concerns expressed in 2015 about the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) assuming responsibility for accident benefits disputes have been validated, says Barrie-area personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin. “Four years ago, as president of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, I made submissions to the previous Liberal government at Queen’s Park and questioned the logic behind this change,” says Rastin, managing partner of Rastin Law Trial Lawyers.
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