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New in the practicePRO Library: Remaking Law Firms

New in the practicePRO Library: Remaking Law Firms

The traditional law-firm business model has delivered technically excellent service at seemingly whatever cost. But the times have changed, with the global financial crisis only accelerating the price-down pressures, commoditization, and client demand for efficient, business-relevant services. To respond, law firms will have to go beyond cutting costs while preserving the general way they win… Read More »

Categories: Law Practice Management


Malpractice claims regarding wills double in a decade

Malpractice claims regarding wills double in a decade

While wills and estates may never rival litigation or real estate as a risky practice area for lawyers, LAWPRO has seen the average annual number of wills claims double over the past 10 years. Growth in property values renders these errors more expensive and growing complexity in family structures, family law and tax law makes… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Communication Errors, Wills & Estates, Areas of Law, Risk Management & Claims Prevention

Real estate lawyers: Planning to retire or leave practice? Three words: Legal. Service. Coverage.

Real estate lawyers: Planning to retire or leave practice?  Three words: Legal. Service. Coverage.

You’re looking forward to retirement – next year, or maybe 20 years down the road. Or perhaps you’re leaving private practice to work as in-house counsel. Whatever your plans, you want to be assured that malpractice claims won’t come back to haunt you or your family. Real estate claims continue to be a major source… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate, The TitlePLUS Program & Title Insurance, Areas of Law

Wills: Why you should send clients detailed reporting letters

Wills: Why you should send clients detailed reporting letters

While the will itself is the product of the collaboration between lawyer and client, the reporting letter serves a separate purpose: it’s the record of the context. To the extent that the reporting letter documents the process of crafting the will, it can bolster validity, shield the lawyer from malpractice allegation and demonstrate the value… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors, Wills & Estates, Areas of Law, Risk Management & Claims Prevention

Ontario’s New Construction Act Arrives on July 1, 2018: Don’t get Caught by the Transition Rules

Ontario’s New Construction Act Arrives on July 1, 2018: Don’t get Caught by the Transition Rules

[This article was edited on June 7, 2018] The Construction Lien Act amendments will begin to take effect July 1, 2018. Hailing big changes to timelines, procedures and the manner in which many disputes will be resolved, the new legislation includes a gradual transition to help you avoid a misapplication of the new provisions. Among… Read More »

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Easements: more than meets the eye

Easements: more than meets the eye

Non-use of an easement does not lead to abandonment or extinguishment The recent Court of Appeal decision in Remicorp Industries Inc. v. Metrolinx makes it clear that non-use or the lack of need for an easement is insufficient for that easement to be abandoned or extinguished at law. A solicitor should advise their client of… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate, Areas of Law

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