Barrie Personal Injury Lawyer

  • Expert Witness Battles Dragging out Personal Injury Trials
    Posted under Personal Injury
    Published on June 3, 2020
    The use of hired-gun experts has created trials that are too long and expensive, Barrie-area personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin argues. “A personal injury trial in British Columbia usually takes about a week, while in the United States they are done in three to four days,” says Rastin, managing partner of Rastin Trial Lawyers “In Ontario, it can take three to
  • Rastin Cautiously Optimistic about Simplified Procedure Changes
    Published on June 2, 2020
    Changes to Ontario’s Rules of Civil Procedure have the potential to boost access to justice, says Barrie-area personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin. A series of amendments to Rule 76, which governs actions proceeding under the simplified procedure, will take effect Jan. 1, 2020, including the doubling of the monetary jurisdiction for simplified actions from $100,000 to $200,000, the imposition of a hard five-day
  • Review Your Estate Plan upon Marriage, Divorce, or Separation
    Posted under Wills and Estates
    Published on June 1, 2020
    If you fail to update your will and powers of attorney in the event of a change in marital status, there could be unintended consequences, Barrie-area litigator Steve Rastin says. He points to a survey conducted in 2018 which showed that only 35 per cent of Canadians said they have a will that is up to date, which is surprising to
  • Scrap the Failing No-Fault Insurance System
    Published on May 29, 2020
    Ontario should abandon its two-and-a-half decade old experiment with no-fault auto insurance, says Barrie-area personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin. In his recent report on the state of auto insurance in Ontario, David Marshall, the former CEO of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), delivered a withering assessment of the province’s regime after he was appointed by the government to study
  • 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
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