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Real estate bad cheque scam using the name Jun Akira

February 12, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: Fraud warning

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Two Ontario lawyers notified us that he received an email from the purported Jun Akira looking to retain them with regards to representing them on a real estate transaction.

In this type of scam the fraudster pretends interest in a property and sends a certified cheque or bank draft as a deposit or full payment that will be deposited in the lawyer’s trust account. Soon after, some reason will be given for backing out of the deal and the fraudster will ask for the deposit or payment back, minus whatever legal fees and penalties the lawyer holds back. Read the rest of this entry →

Real estate bad cheque deposit scam using the name Zhang Junshe

February 12, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: Fraud warning

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A New York state lawyer notified us that he received an email (cc’d to a real estate agent) from the purported Zhang Junshe looking to retain them with regards to representing them on a real estate transaction.

In this type of scam the fraudster pretends interest in a property and sends a certified cheque or bank draft as a deposit or full payment that will be deposited in the lawyer’s trust account. Soon after, some reason will be given for backing out of the deal and the fraudster will ask for the deposit or payment back, minus whatever legal fees and penalties the lawyer holds back. Read the rest of this entry →

Commercial debt collection scam using the names Chou Asami and Fujitsu Medical

February 12, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: Fraud warning

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Firms in New York and Texas have notified us that they received an email from the purported Chou Asami of Fujitsu Medical looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection.

This appears to be 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 →

Managing risk: Who pays for crime?

February 10, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: Fraud prevention, LAWPRO errors and omissions coverage, Legal technology, Technology

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One of the questions we often get asked at LAWPRO is why certain areas of claims don’t get the full $1 million per claim amount of coverage.

For example, think of how the LawPRO policy treats counterfeit certified cheques causing an overdraft, cybercrime, and intentional misbehaviour within the real estate registration system – these coverages all have a $250,000 or $500,000 sub-limit. Read the rest of this entry →

Don’t take the bait on a spear phishing scam

February 09, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: Fraud prevention, Technology

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By now, most lawyers are familiar with phishing attacks. For those who are not, phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an email. They take the form of a message, allegedly from your bank or an online retailer you deal with, that suggests your account has been compromised or that payment is overdue. Phishing scams are usually bulk emails sent to large numbers of people. Read the rest of this entry →

Business loan collection scam using the name Van Den Broek

February 09, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: Fraud warning

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Three Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Van Den Broek 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 →

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

February 08, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: Technology

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More lawyers than ever before are using Twitter to network with colleagues, attract clients, market their law firms, and even read the news. But to the uninitiated, Twitter’s short messages, or tweets, can seem like they are written in a foreign language. Twitter in One Hour for Lawyers will demystify one of the most important social-media platforms of our time and teach you to tweet like an expert. Read the rest of this entry →

Avoid problems on motions for removal as lawyer of record

February 05, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: Communication errors, Risk management strategies

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LAWPRO defence counsel have reported to us they have seen an increase in motions to be removed as lawyers of record and that these motions are not always going as expected or desired. In some cases motion materials do not have the required evidence, providing either too little information, or too much information (i.e., confidential or privileged information is being disclosed). Lawyers are also saying that decisions on these motions have not always been consistent. Follow these steps to ensure you get the desired result by placing the required information before the court. Read the rest of this entry →

Thousands of pre-2012 matters will be automatically dismissed January 1, 2017

February 04, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: Biggest claims risks, Civil litigation, Limitations claims

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This is an alert LAWPRO sent to litigation lawyers on February 3, 2016.

The clock is ticking. Under the new Rule 48.14 of the Rules of Civil Procedure, matters commenced before January 1, 2012 that are not set down for trial will be automatically dismissed – without notice to you – on January 1, 2017.

LAWPRO is encouraging lawyers to take immediate action to ensure their pre-2012 files will either resolve or be set down for trial by the end of this year. Read the rest of this entry →

The top downloads from practicePRO.ca in 2015

February 01, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: Biggest claims risks, Fraud prevention, Legal technology, Practice aids, Precedents

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At the end of each year we at practicePRO take a look at what articles, checklists, tips, and other resources had the most downloads. As always, the list contains many resources that remain popular year after year (e.g. our retainer precedents, ILA checklist and e-Discovery reading list).

There were also 15 new additions (the most ever) to the top 40 downloads, which demonstrates that practicePRO is being successful in our goal of producing new content covering the issues that concern lawyers. Read the rest of this entry →


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