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Always up-to-date LTT and NRST Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated June 8/17 The government has posted the following regulations http://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r17182 The FAQs have not been updated to what is stated in the regulations: (Updated June 8, 2017). To help real estate lawyers take steps to comply with the recent changes to the Land Transfer Tax and the new Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST), LAWPRO… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate

New York Times feature “The Lawyer, The Addict”

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The New York Times has published an excellent article called “The Lawyer, The Addict” about a lawyer who succumbed to a secret drug addiction and his ex-wife’s attempts to piece together how he could maintain a successful legal career while hiding his problems right to the very end. The article explores the toll drugs and… Read More »

Categories: Wellness and Balance

Recognizing the red flags of real estate scams involving corporate identity theft

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Frauds targeting real estate lawyers are getting ever more sophisticated. LAWPRO has seen several attempted frauds involving corporate identity theft. The properties involved may be commercial or residential, but are always owned by a corporation. How these frauds work These frauds start with the fraudsters changing or stealing the identity of corporate property owners. This… Read More »

Categories: Fraud Prevention

Good Practice Habits: Taking Instructions & Giving Recommendations

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Lawyer/client communication-related claims are the number one source of malpractice claims in all areas of practice. These claims can arise when there is a mis-communication or no communication at all. The lawyer and client can be confused over who is doing what. Were instructions received but ignored? Was the lawyer supposed to do something which… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Communication Errors, Law Practice Management, Risk Management & Claims Prevention

Litigation claims on the rise

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In recent years, the growth in civil litigation claims has outstripped the overall growth in claims. For example, from 2006 through 2010 LAWPRO received an average of 708 civil litigation claims each year, and during 2011 through 2015, the average increased to 948 each year. This growth of 34 per cent vastly exceeds the 7… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Communication Errors, Civil Litigation, Limitations Claims

practicePRO.ca: Time for a new look

It’s been nearly 20 years since the launch of the original practicePRO.ca website. While the site was basic by today’s standards, it offered the high quality risk management articles, checklists and precedents lawyers would come to expect from the program. In its first few years, practicePRO.ca averaged 30,000 visitors and 7,000 downloads per year. By… Read More »

Categories: Announcements

A Few Good Practice Habits: Examination for Discovery

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An examination for discovery often marks the point in which you really sink your teeth into a case. The parties and opposing counsel come to a face-to-face meeting, and key evidence comes out, warts and all. Much of the exploration in an examination for discovery will uniquely depend on the specific witness and the answers… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation


New Referral Fee Supports and Resources for Lawyers

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This is a June 2017 e-bulletin from the Law Society of Upper Canada. Convocation approved amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct (the “Rules”) and By-Law 9 with respect to referral fees on April 27, 2017. Detailed information about the amendments is available in the Professional Regulation Committee Report to Convocation, April 27, 2017. For… Read More »

Categories: Announcements

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