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Bernstein, Claire D.

Toronto, Methuen. c1984. 155pp. cloth, $16.95. ISBN 0458-98810-3. CIP

Grades 12 and up
Reviewed by Allan Kogon

Volume 13 Number 3
1985 May

The author, Claire Bernstein, has fulfilled her self-imposed mandate to write a book that is light, breezy, and full of examples. Variations on the material have come from Canadian Business Magazine, The Financial Post, and several other newspapers that have carried articles by this author. A business person would find most of the topics useful, but everyone, to some extent, becomes involved with aspects of the topics discussed. More universal interest would be found in the chapters discussing bank accounts, cheques, wrongful dismissal, and highlights of contacts. For the person in business, there are chapters discussing aspects of incorporation, director's liabilities, sexual harassment, the giving of security and guarantees and, of course, bankruptcy as a last resort. Each chapter highlights one or two areas of the law that people do not fully appreciate. The reader will certainly not become an expert in the areas discussed, but this book will sensitize them to the many legal problems and may make readers more cognizant of situations in which they should be consulting a lawyer.

The book contains an appendix that gives the legal citations for the real cases used as examples in the book. The cases are generally recent and, therefore, describe the present state of the law. The appendix also refers the reader to articles in journals or books for more detailed discussion.

Allan Kogon, Georgetown, Ont.
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