About Ian Hu
As Counsel, Claims Prevention and practicePRO at LAWPRO Ian speaks, writes and blogs about practice management, claims prevention and lawyering issues. His mandate is to help lawyers succeed in the practice of law and avoid malpractice claims.
Having had experience in private practice under his belt with various sizes of firms, Ian has seen the trials and tribulations lawyers go through. As a former Vice President of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers he has mentored young lawyers and advocated for hundreds of lawyers and students as a group.
Ian also has an interest in promoting diversity in the profession. He currently serves on various law-related boards and advocacy committees including the executive of the Ontario Bar Association's Solo & Small Firms Section and as a Leader with the American Bar Association's Diversity & Inclusion Division.
Ian Hu's Posts
What to wear? Where to stand? Going to court for the first time can be an intimidating experience, but it can become familiar with practice. The level of formality and decorum in a courtroom is a unique part of Canadian life and should be treated seriously. Unlike what you may have seen on shows and… Read More »Categories: Practice Aids
On several occasions in the past, fraudsters have struck just before the holidays – a time when law firms are short-staffed and banks are closed. This creates circumstances that give the fraudsters a better chance of duping the lawyer and getting away before the fraud is discovered. Please be extra vigilant as we approach the… Read More »Categories: Fraud Prevention, LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage
As recreational marijuana makes its way onto Ontario store shelves, lawyers are gearing up for the new market. From producers to retailers, and everything in between – retail stores, physicians, banks, transportation companies, accountants, you name it – clients will come from all segments of industry. Here we take a look at some of the… Read More »Categories: Uncategorized, Communication Errors, Risk Management Strategies, Law Practice Management, Risk Management & Claims Prevention
LAWPRO is aware of the Re Milne Estate decision and we confirm that it has been appealed. We expect the appeal won’t be heard for several months. We hope the appeal decision brings clarity to how primary and secondary wills should be drafted. Lawyers that have drafted wills that may be impacted by this decision… Read More »Categories: Announcements, Wills & Estates, Risk Management Strategies, LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage, Risk Management & Claims Prevention
It is not easy to know yourself. According to the Dunning-Kruger effect, a cognitive bias, less competent people think they are more competent than they actually are, and competent people think they are worse than they actually are. Consider the following three scenarios, in which you perform a task at different stages of your career… Read More »Categories: Law Practice Management, Risk Management & Claims Prevention, Mentoring, Coaching
Firms in Ontario have notified us that they received an email from the purported Roger Rijnders of Neko Ship Supply NV looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This appears to be a bad cheque scam (with a real company likely being impersonated) that presents as legal matter requiring the… Read More »Categories: Fraud Warnings, Equipment / Inventory Purchase Fraud
The LSO’s March 2018 e-Bulletin Resources for Lawyers discusses situations where a conflict of interest can arise when acting against a former client. Here’s the discussion, reproduced in whole: Situations often arise where a lawyer is asked to act against a former client. In such cases, the lawyer must assess whether he or she is… Read More »Categories: Conflicts of Interest
The Ontario government is requiring all landlords to use a standard lease template for all new leases beginning April 30, 2018. Lawyers are encouraged to make themselves familiar with the terms of this new lease so they can advise clients of their obligations and rights under the new lease. The information below is taken from… Read More »Categories: Uncategorized, Precedents, Real Estate, Risk Management & Claims Prevention