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Federal limitation periods extended

Federal limitation periods extended

The federal government has passed legislation suspending federal limitation periods from March 13, 2020 to September 13, 2020, or any earlier day fixed by order of the Governor in Council made on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice. The Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) was introduced as a Schedule to An Act… Read More »

Categories: Limitations Claims

New rules for virtual signing and the winding down of remote signings of wills and powers of attorney

New rules for virtual signing and the winding down of remote signings of wills and powers of attorney

As Ontario continues to respond to COVID-19, the temporary provisions permitting the virtual witnessing of wills and powers of attorney are being wound down. However, the government has introduced new legislation and related regulations to permit the virtual commissioning of oaths or declarations. Remote Virtual Signing of Wills and Powers of Attorney The Reopening Ontario… Read More »

Categories: Announcements, Real Estate, Law Practice Management


Planning Act Emergency Period Suspension Calculator

Planning Act Emergency Period Suspension Calculator

COVID-19 interrupted the timelines for numerous matters, including many proceedings under the Planning Act. Originally time periods under the Planning Act were suspended based on the general Emergency Period; they were subsequently addressed separately. All time suspensions regarding the Planning Act ceased on June 22, 2020. Various provisions under the Planning Act were differently impacted… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate

Untangling the Myths of Excess Insurance

Untangling the Myths of Excess Insurance

Unfortunately, far too many lawyers do not appreciate their full exposure to claims and how excess insurance could be of benefit to them. Excess liability insurance is intended to provide additional limits over that provided by the underlying (primary) liability policy. For lawyers in Ontario, the underlying insurance which all practising lawyers (not on exemption)… Read More »

Categories: LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage

Do your firm’s marketing practices expose you to vicarious liability?

Do your firm’s marketing practices expose you to vicarious liability?

While “law firm” once conjured an image either of a sole practitioner with a small storefront office or a multi-generational law firm with clearly defined partners and associates, many other firm structures now exist as lawyers opt to work from their homes, from virtual offices, and from shared accommodations. The work lawyers choose to do… Read More »

Categories: LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage

Firm websites being impersonated by fraudsters

Firm websites being impersonated by fraudsters

LAWPRO has heard from a number of Ontario lawyers that their firm websites have been copied by fraudsters to further their schemes, such as the “inheritance from a long-lost relative” scam or immigration scams overseas. While we have seen these impersonation scams for over a year now, there seems to be another spike lately, perhaps… Read More »

Categories: Fraud Prevention


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