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New in the practicePRO Library: The Lean Law Firm

New in the practicePRO Library: The Lean Law Firm

It’s a difficult world for law firms these days. Client demands, increased competition, and the distractions of technology can put pressure on any business. Law firms who try to respond with “traditional” firm management are perhaps more susceptible than any other business to falling victim to the chaos. But fortunately, there’s a solution. And it’s… Read More »

Categories: Law Practice Management

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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