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Monthly fraud report for June 2015

July 03, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Confirmed frauds

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June has been the quietest month of 2015 for reported email frauds. We received 114 emails from lawyers in June (down from 181 in May) and posted on 8 new fraud attempts (11 in May).

36% of the emails this month came from Ontario, 61% from the US, 2% from elsewhere in Canada and 1% overseas.

4 of the 8 posts dealt with commercial debt collection scams, with the remainder being a business loan scam, spousal support collection fraud and an IP fraud. Click here to read about the various email fraud scenarios.

Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Goya Bauwens and G-tec SA

July 03, 2015 By: FraudInfo Category: Confirmed frauds

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A Washington state firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Goya Bauwens of G-tec SA looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase.

This is a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the purchaser (who is part of the fraud). Read the rest of this entry →

LAWPRO Magazine Archives: Simultaneously acting for members of same family is more risky

July 01, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Family law, Real estate

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Many lawyers assume that simultaneously acting for members of the same family and their business or corporate entities is relatively safe from fraud and conflicts issues. After all, the parties all know each other and everyone is on good terms.

Unfortunately, this is just not the case. An analysis of LAWPRO claims files tell us that there is actually a greater likelihood of a fraud or conflicts of interest issue when clients are related to or know each other. Read the rest of this entry →

5 Policies and Procedures You Should Have in Place for Your Firm

June 30, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Law Practice Management

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Cassie Baudean, writing for Law Technology Today, describes 5 Policies and Procedures solo and small firm lawyers should have in place for all client matters.

Here is her list: (click on the article for full descriptions of each) Read the rest of this entry →

Business loan collection scam using the name Ibrahim Alrashed

June 30, 2015 By: FraudInfo Category: Confirmed frauds

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A Washington state firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Ibrahim Alrashed looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement.

This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the debtor (who is part of the fraud). Read the rest of this entry →

Accommodating The Needs of Older Clients/Clients With Disabilities

June 29, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Communication errors, Law Practice Management

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Lawyers understand the need to ensure that clients have a good experience at their office, in terms of finding a welcoming environment and being able to understand how their matter is being handled.

However older clients or clients with physical disabilities may require that more care be taken to identify and assist with their particular needs. In her Attorney at Work article Accommodating Clients With Special Needs, Mary Lokensgard suggests Read the rest of this entry →

In the practicePRO Lending Library: Paperless in One Hour for Lawyers

June 29, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Legal technology

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The legal community is notorious for generating paper–and lots of it. But lawyers can save time and money by transitioning to a paperless office. Paperless in One Hour for Lawyers will show even the most committed paper devotees how to run their law offices digitally. In just one hour, you will learn to: Read the rest of this entry →

practicePRO Resource: checklist for engagement/retainer letter

June 26, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Communication errors

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Once you have decided that you are prepared to represent a client in a particular matter, you are ready to begin building a relationship with that client. Even if you already have a relationship with the client, but are taking on a new case, it is essential that you communicate with him or her to establish a mutual understanding of the nature and scope of the matter to be pursued.

practicePRO’s Managing the Lawyer/Client Relationship booklet contains the following checklist Read the rest of this entry →

LAWPRO Magazine archives: Delegating responsibly and effectively

June 25, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Law Practice Management

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The excuses lawyers offer for not delegating work are many:

  • “I’ll lose control.”
  • “The delegatee or student might botch it up.”
  • “I need to maintain a level of billable hours.”
  • “It takes too much time. I can do it myself just as quickly.”
  • “I like to keep my hand in by doing some of these kinds of files myself.”
  • Read the rest of this entry →

Sidney Troister on the red flags of real estate fraud and how you can protect yourself

June 24, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Real estate

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We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! There is great advice from Sidney Troister on the red flags of real estate fraud and how you can avoid being a victim in this Torkin Manes bulletin (reproduced with permission):

Much has been written about the flags of mortgage fraud, with a description of flags often buried in articles not read very carefully. In the interests of brevity, and as a tool for you and your staff to have a ready simple guide, here are some of the most common flags of fraud. Read the rest of this entry →

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