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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

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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

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

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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

“Putting your best brain forward”: Think slowly, and let clients do the same

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This is the one of seven strategies that you can follow to help you apply the emerging lessons of neuroscience and evolutionary psychology to the day-to-day work of your practice, as explained in the article Putting your best brain forward: How neuroscience awareness and evolutionary psychology can help lawyers avoid claims and offer better client… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors, Family Law, Civil Litigation

Limited Scope Representation Resources

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The information and resources on practicePRO’s Limited Scope Representation page are intended to help you understand some of the risks inherent in providing limited scope legal services, and how you can reduce your exposure to a claim when working for a client on an unbundled basis. LAWPRO’s concern that unbundling could lead to more claims… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Communication Errors, Risk Management Strategies, Family Law, Practice Aids, Civil Litigation

Ontario Court Fees Changes In Effect November 6, 2016

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The Ministry of Attorney General has announced changes to court fees effective November 6, 2016, thanks to a number of regulations which have been amended under the Administration of Justice Act. The changes apply to cases in the Superior Court of Justice and the Small Claims Court. Matters affected include civil litigation, estates, construction liens,… Read More »

Categories: Uncategorized, Wills & Estates, Family Law, Civil Litigation, Risk Management & Claims Prevention

Sale of the Matrimonial Home in Family Disputes

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The following is an e-bulletin from the Law Society of Upper Canada sent on Sept 27, 2016. Lawyers are often approached by spouses involved in a family law dispute who are seeking joint representation with respect to the sale of a matrimonial home. Before accepting a retainer to act for such spouses, a lawyer must… Read More »

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