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Risk Management & Claims Prevention

Is it safe to serve on a client’s board of directors?

It can be very rewarding, both personally and financially, to be asked to serve on a client’s board of directors. It’s also easy to understand why a client might make the request: the lawyer may have worked closely with the corporation’s founders to establish the company, and will likely have a solid understanding of the… Read More »

Categories: LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage, Conflicts of Interest, Corporate Law

Top reasons files stall

civil-litigation

Whether you run a lean and mean or volume-oriented personal injury practice, certain files are more prone to languish than others. What’s the real cost of running a file for too long? Work-in-progress accumulates with little to show for it, expert reports grow stale and need to be updated (which significantly increases disbursements), witnesses’ memories… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Limitations Claims

RECO issues public advisory regarding John Van Dyk

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The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) is warning members of the public not to engage in real estate transactions with John Van Dyk, of Chatham, Ontario. Neither he nor his company J. Van Dyk Realty Inc. are registered to trade in real estate. In order to trade in real estate in Ontario, salespersons and… Read More »

Categories: Fraud Prevention

The importance of reporting letters

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From both a client communication and a claims prevention perspective, reporting letters may be among the most important documents in a lawyer’s file. Reporting letters support client communication by describing the work that has been completed and the results achieved. Good reporting letters should also communicate whether any issues remain to be resolved or tasks… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors

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

Cultural competence: An essential skill in an increasingly diverse world

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With each passing day, the legal profession becomes ever more diverse. That diversity brings challenges and opportunities. LAWPRO turned to diversity specialist Ritu Bhasin, Founder and President of bhasin consulting inc., for practical advice about the steps that lawyers and firms can take to welcome lawyers regardless of their personal and cultural identity characteristics, and… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors

New practicePRO resource: The franchise 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 eighth in our series of “malpractice claims fact sheets” covers franchise… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors, Risk Management Strategies
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