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Limited scope representation: With the right safeguards, possibilities abound

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A self-represented family law litigant anxiously prepares for a hearing, which can resolve months, if not years, of anxiety, and determine the litigant’s financial and family affairs in the near future. Retaining a lawyer from cradle to grave is out of budget for this litigant. What to do? Relief is around the corner – a… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Risk Management Strategies, Family Law, Civil Litigation

Dealing with a self-represented litigant who really needs legal advice

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Self-represented litigants are a challenging reality in today’s legal landscape. In addition to the extra time and effort that can make dealing with a self-rep more expensive for your client and more frustrating for you, it seems there is a greater potential for a malpractice claim. This is highlighted by the number of claims LAWPRO… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors, Risk Management Strategies, Family Law

New practicePRO resource: The family law malpractice claims fact sheet

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With such a large amount of claims prevention information available in LAWPRO Magazine articles and practicePRO resources, we had the idea to create simple fact sheets that CPD providers and others could use in developing their program material for specific areas of law. The latest in our series of “malpractice claims fact sheets” covers family… Read More »

Categories: Family Law

LAWPRO Magazine archive: The Boomer challenge – Are lawyers ready?

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2013 is the first year 500,000 Canadians turned 60. It seems like a good time to revisit this article from five years ago, when the first edge of the Boomers were entering their seventh decade. It examines the implications for lawyers of this large and aging clientele. Click here or on the image above to… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors, Wills & Estates, Real Estate, Family Law

Resolutions to avoid family law claims

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I will make better use of checklists and reporting letters: Family law involves complex documents that deal with complicated issues involving emotional clients. There are many risks of errors by the lawyer, and misunderstandings by the client. LAWPRO’s new Domestic Contracts Matter Toolkit has checklists and forms that contain points and questions lawyers should systematically… Read More »

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