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Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct – Short-Term Pro Bono Services

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This e-bulletin was issued by the Law Society of Upper Canada on Oct 25, 2016. In September 2016, Convocation approved amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct (the “Rules”) about conflicts of interest relevant to short-term pro bono legal services. A brief summary of the development of these rules and their features as amended are… Read More »

Categories: Announcements

How to recognize your computer is infected with malware

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Ideally you have one or more types of properly updated anti-malware software running on your computers and networks. And hopefully that software detects and prevents any malware infections from occurring. However, because anti-malware software may not detect an infection, watch for the symptoms that can indicate a computer is infected with malware. These include: It… Read More »

Categories: Fraud Prevention, Technology

Be Safer When Using Remote Access and Public Computers

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Being able to access your work network while you are out of the office can provide increased productivity and flexibility. However, opening your systems to remote access creates a number of security risks as external network connections are a ripe target for cyber criminals. And you should think twice about using public computers for firm… Read More »

Categories: Fraud Prevention

Dropping the ball on a file transfer: Rule 48 dangers

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When a file is transferred from one lawyer to another, one danger is when nothing happens on the file due to a clumsy transfer or missing critical information. A new file that has not been looked at can be a ticking time bomb. Deadlines like limitation periods can pass by unnoticed, and Rule 48 administrative… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Civil Litigation, Communication Errors, Law Practice Management, Risk Management & Claims Prevention, Risk Management Strategies

Protecting Yourself from Cybercrime Danger: Inside People Can Be The Most Dangerous

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People inside your office have the greatest knowledge of your systems and where the important data is located. Many of the largest and most damaging cyber breaches have been caused by rogue or soon-to-be-departing employees. You should take steps to reduce the likelihood that a cyber breach will be caused by someone inside your office…. Read More »

Categories: Fraud Prevention

Protecting Yourself from Cybercrime Dangers: A Backup Could Save Your Practice After a Cybercrime Incident

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Every law firm has huge amounts of irreplaceable data on its servers, desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. A cybercrime incident such as a malware infection or the hacking of firm systems could result in the destruction or loss of firm data. Having a current and full backup of all firm data will be essential… Read More »

Categories: Fraud Prevention

The LAWPRO $250,000 cybercrime coverage: What it covers and why

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As of the 2014 policy year, the LAWPRO mandatory insurance program will include express coverage in the amount of $250,000 for losses related to cybercrime, as defined in the policy. This sublimit (or cap) of coverage provides a modest “safety net” for lawyers in the area of cybercrime exposure. We say modest because like the… Read More »

Categories: Fraud Prevention, LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage

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