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New in the practicePRO Lending Library: iPad in One Hour for Lawyer, 3rd edition

August 03, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Legal technology, Technology

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The bestselling ABA book iPad in One Hour for Lawyers has helped thousands of lawyers learn to use the iPad in their law practices. Fully revised and updated to reflect the newest versions of the iPad and the latest apps available, iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Third Edition, will help lawyers get more out of their iPad. Ideal for lawyers who want to get up to speed fast, this acclaimed book presents the essentials so you don’t get bogged down in technical jargon and extraneous features and apps. Read the rest of this entry →

7 Cartoon Clients to Avoid

July 31, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Biggest claims risks, Communication errors

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The best cartoon characters exaggerate the real-life quirks and failings we all have. But would you want any of them for a client? Jay Reeves, in the Lawyers Mutual blog, looks at some of the traits of popular cartoon characters and imagines what they would be like coming to you for legal advice. In a nutshell: what’s funny on Looney Tunes is a lot less amusing when they are sitting in your office!

If you find yourself with Yosemite Sam pulling his guns on you because his file isn’t going well, be sure to refer to Carole Curtis’ definitive paper on Dealing With Difficult Clients.

Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Reegan Newton and CGC Dredging

July 31, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Uncategorized

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An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Reegan Newton of CGC Dredging 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 →

Respecting clients’ schedules and language needs

July 30, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Communication errors

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Mary Lokensgard has previously written (for Attorney at Work) about accommodating clients with special needs. In a new post she has expanded that idea to include client’s scheduling problems and language barriers as needs to be addressed as well. She has a number of easy to implement suggestions to make your office more accommodating to clients’ sometimes unpredictable time issues, as well as ways to ensure that language problems don’t hinder your ability to provide the best service.

Commercial purchase equipment scam using the names Ivan Smejkal and IBS Engineering

July 29, 2015 By: FraudInfo Category: Uncategorized

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A Colorado firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Ivan Smejkal of IBS Engineering 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 →

LAWPRO Magazine archives: Why the LAWPRO base premium is only the start of the story

July 28, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: LAWPRO errors and omissions coverage

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Why is Ontario lawyers’ professional liability insurance more expensive than other provinces’? It’s a legitimate question, and easy enough to formulate. The answer is either very simple or very complicated and detailed, because it means comparing apples to oranges. Read the rest of this entry →

In the practicePRO Lending Library: The Fulfilled Lawyer

July 27, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Career management

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Many, if not most, lawyers today share a nagging sense of dissatisfaction in their day-to-day jobs, in their choice of career, in the balance between work and personal life. Yet few have any idea how to work toward greater fulfillment. Lawyer Kathleen Paukert describes her personal journey to finding career fulfillment, and shares her best advice for how you can do the same, covering topics ranging from large (how to choose a practice setting, and recognizing your lawyer personality) to small (how to furnish your office, when to lease a copier, and what bank accounts are essential). Read the rest of this entry →

practicePRO Resource: Independent Legal Advice Checklist

July 24, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Communication errors, Conflicts of Interest, Practice aids

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When providing independent legal advice, a checklist provides you with a handy tool to ensure that you are covering all the bases when discussing the underlying transaction and your client’s relationship to that transaction. Using this checklist, created by Phil Epstein Q.C., will allow you to be in a better position to successfully defend a negligence claim in relation to the provision of independent legal advice.

Is it safe to serve on a client’s board of directors?

July 23, 2015 By: Nora Rock Category: Conflicts of Interest, Corporate law, LAWPRO errors and omissions coverage

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It can be very rewarding, both personally and financially, to be asked to serve on a client’s board of directors. It’s also easy to understand why a client might make the request: the lawyer may have worked closely with the corporation’s founders to establish the company, and will likely have a solid understanding of the corporation’s objectives, the marketplace challenges it faces, and its relationships with industry partners, suppliers, customers and others. Read the rest of this entry →

50 ways to market your practice

July 21, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Law practice management

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Stephanie Francis Ward, writing in the ABA Journal, has compiled 50 Simple Ways You Can Market Your Practice. She points out that successfully marketing yourself doesn’t have to require an expensive marketing plan or innate talent on the part of the lawyer: just simple techniques done consistently. The advice comes from lawyers in many fields, and includes tips on marketing at public events, blogging, tracking visits to your website and getting involved in the community. Read the rest of this entry →

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