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Nine rules to help family law clients and their lawyers avoid social media dangers

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Family law lawyers should keep in mind that their 20 and 30-something clients grew up with technology. They live online 7/24. Facebook posts, YouTube videos, Instagram pictures, texting and tweeting are intertwined in the fabric of their daily lives. Young people also tend to be very open and will post personal and intimate details of… Read More »

Categories: Family Law, Privacy, Technology

Self-Represented Litigants: A Survival Guide by Carol Cochrane


Why do we all shudder on learning that our client’s adversary is self-represented on a litigation file? So often we fail to appreciate opposing counsel – until we hear those dreaded words from our client: “You know, the other side won’t be getting a lawyer.” It is only then that we realize and appreciate the… Read More »

Categories: Risk Management Strategies, Family Law, Civil Litigation

To avoid real estate claims: take instructions from the party with value at risk


If you’ve read even just the title of today’s risk management post, you’re on your way to avoiding a real estate claim. For seasoned real estate lawyers, the process of taking instructions, formulating or answering requisitions, and closing the deal can become, to a large extent, routine. An “ordinary” set of instructions with respect to… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate

10 Common Mortgage Blunders You Can Easily Avoid


The Smiths (seemingly friendly and genuine people) walk into your law office with what appears to be a straightforward real estate deal including mortgage financing, for which you are to represent the lender as well. But, is it really that straightforward? Consider this: a high percentage of claims are caused by communication errors, inadequate investigation,… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate

Proofread that will!


There are not many guarantees in life, but this is one of them: If you proofread – properly – each and every will you create, you will substantially reduce your risk of a malpractice claim. Proofreading well is a highly underrated, non-universal skill. However, since lawyers proofread documents on a regular basis, most have a… Read More »

Categories: Wills & Estates

Undertakings 101: Manage your risk


There is often some confusion around the purpose of undertakings and how they should be structured. Be the lawyer who solves closing problems without taking on risks. Undertakings are essential elements in real estate transactions. They are commonly given by one party to another to avoid delays in closings, or as a courtesy to the… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate

21 Recommendations in Justice Bonkalo’s final report on improving access to justice for families in Ontario


The following is a Bulletin released March 6, 2017 from the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General Ontario is helping families by making it easier for them to navigate family courts and access the legal assistance they need. Last year, Ontario and the Law Society of Upper Canada asked the Honourable Annemarie E. Bonkalo to… Read More »

Categories: Family Law
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