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Business loan collection scam using the name Frank Pho Lee

May 04, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: Fraud warning

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Firms in Kentucky and Arizona notified us that they received an email from the purported Frank Pho Lee 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 →

Breach of IP agreement scam using the names Shigenobu Nagamori and Nidec Corp

May 03, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: Fraud warning

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Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Shigenobu Nagamori and Nidec Corplooking to retain them with regards to a breach of a copyright infection.

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 debtor (who is part of the fraud). Read the rest of this entry →

Have you considered Excess insurance?

May 03, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: LAWPRO errors and omissions coverage

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With claims costs on the rise, the time may be right for you to consider purchasing Excess insurance. It only takes one claim to seriously dent your coverage limits, and Excess insurance acts as a backstop should you hit the policy limit under your mandatory plan.

Consider these facts:

  • One out of every two lawyers who read this article will report a claim or potential claim against them in their career. Of these, one in 100 claims will top the $500,000 mark.
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In the practicePRO Lending Library: The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Success

May 02, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: Law practice management

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This convenient pocketbook is loaded with over 700 practical, common-sense nuggets to help busy lawyers be more productive, profitable and happier. The authors offer tips on practice management topics, including client service, marketing, time management, technology, HR issues, ethics, professionalism, strategy and planning. Written in an easy-to-read format, you can quickly find tips that can be instantly implemented.

Written in an easy-to-read format, this handbook focuses on eight key topics of interest and importance to all legal professionals: Read the rest of this entry →

practicePRO Resource: Sample budget spreadsheet

April 29, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: Practice aids

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One of the most downloaded resources each year on practicePRO.ca is our Sample Budget Spreadsheet for law firms. It was created as a supplement to our Managing the Finances of your Practice booklet. A budget is an essential part of any business financial plan, but many lawyers going into business on their own for the first time find that this isn’t something that law school prepared them for. Read the rest of this entry →

Commercial debt collection scam using the name Larry Chang

April 28, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: Fraud warning

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Three Ontario firms have notified us that they received an email from the purported Larry Chang 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 →

Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Alain Bernard and Deme Group

April 27, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: Fraud warning

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Two firms in Ontario and one in Colorado have notified us that they received an email from the purported Alain Bernard of Deme Group looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase.

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 →

Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Deke McLelland and Compass Ship Brokerage

April 27, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: Fraud warning

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Firms in Michigan and Georgia have notified us that they received an email from the purported Deke McLelland of Compass Ship Brokerage looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase.

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 →

In the practicePRO Lending Library: Google Gmail and Calendar in One Hour for Lawyers

April 25, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: Legal technology

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Millions of corporations, small businesses, solo lawyers, large and small law firms, and government agencies have “gone Google.” Find out why these organizations moved from hosting their own e-mail servers–and in some cases calendars and documents–to using Google Apps. Google Gmail and Calendar in One Hour for Lawyers is designed as a step-by-step guide for lawyers to learn what features and functions are available in Gmail and Google Calendar, as well as related services such as Google Chat, Google Talk, Google Hangout, and Call Phone. Read the rest of this entry →

Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Chris Dean and Swift Marine Engineering & Equipment

April 22, 2016 By: Tim Lemieux Category: Fraud warning

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Two firms in California have notified us that they received an email from the purported Chris Dean of Swift Marine Engineering & Equipment looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase.

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 →


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