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Communications breakdowns: When a lawyer doesn’t share

May 29, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Uncategorized

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In 2014 the broad category of communications accounted for about almost a third of claims reported and claims costs. We asked some lawyers to give their opinions on the various ways lawyer-client communications can break down, such as when lawyers fail to share information.

After getting some work done on his cottage, Dale Orlando, partner at McLeish, Orlando LLP in Toronto, had a dispute with the contractor over fees. Read the rest of this entry →

Commercial debt collection scam using the names Frank Lai and Taiwan Fu Da Precision Co Ltd

May 29, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Confirmed frauds

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An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Frank Lai of Taiwan Fu Da Precision Co Ltd 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 →

“Embracing Workplace Change” by Homewood Human Solutions

May 28, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Uncategorized

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Workplace change can come in any number of ways: office relocation, changes in management, having your workspace shrunk, or having to adapt to a new technology. Lawyers work in a field that is especially subject to change, with the traditional firm mergers, splits and personnel moves as well as the many other effects of changes in the 21st century legal environment.

“Workplace change is the rule now, not the exception”, Read the rest of this entry →

Business debt collection scam using the name Leslie Gale

May 28, 2015 By: FraudInfo Category: Confirmed frauds

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An Ontario lawyer notified us that they received an email from the purported Leslie Gale 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 →

Communications breakdown: When a lawyer doesn’t listen

May 27, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Communication errors

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In 2014 the broad category of communications accounted for about almost a third of claims reported and claims costs. We asked some lawyers to give their opinions on the various ways lawyer-client communications can break down, such as when lawyers fail to listen.

A study for the Law Society of England and Wales by Hilary Sommerlad, quoted in “What Clients Want” by Clark Cunningham, found that 50% of clients polled had worked with lawyers they did not like. Read the rest of this entry →

Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name Lia Nelson

May 27, 2015 By: FraudInfo Category: Confirmed frauds

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An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Lia Nelson 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 →

Communications breakdowns: When a lawyer doesn’t care

May 26, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Communication errors

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Why, if lawyers are supposed to be good communicators, are the majority of LAWPRO claims related to communication issues? In 2014, for example, the broad category of communications accounted for about almost a third of claims reported and claims costs. We asked some lawyers to give their opinions on how lawyer-client communications can break down.

Appearance matters: Empathy is important

How can lawyers understand what clients truly want if they don’t listen? Read the rest of this entry →

In the praticePRO Lending Library: The Law Firm Associate’s Guide to Connecting with Your Colleagues

May 26, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Law Practice Management

Connecting Colleagues

The book will help associates learn how to effectively work together with their colleagues to achieve high levels of productivity and success in the law office. While work relationships can be challenging, this guide shows associates how they can communicate and maintain positive work relationships. The companion training manual puts the book’s ideas into action with practice exercises and techniques that can be customized specifically to personality type and experience level. Read the rest of this entry →

Business loan collection scam using the name Sabrina Taylor

May 25, 2015 By: FraudInfo Category: Confirmed frauds

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Three Ontario lawyers notified us that they received an email from the purported Sabrina Taylor 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 →

Risk management strategies to reduce your risk of a claim under the new Rule 48.14

May 22, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Civil litigation

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Effective January 1, 2015, a new Rule 48.14 brought significant changes to the administrative dismissal regime in Ontario. After several hundred claims and more than $7 million in claims costs over the last three years, LAWPRO was happy to see old Rules 48.14 and 48.15 revoked.

However, while LAWPRO believes the new rule will stem the tide of administrative dismissal-related claims under the old rules, there is no doubt that the changed deadlines, processes and transition provisions under the new Rule 48.14 introduce new claims risks Read the rest of this entry →

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