Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) is owned by the Law Society of Upper Canada and is licensed to provide professional liability insurance and title insurance in numerous jurisdictions across Canada. Through its malpractice insurance program, LAWPRO insures over 25,000 practising lawyers in Ontario, as well as providing them with risk and practice management information under the practicePRO banner.
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
Two Ontario firms have notified us that they received an email from the purported Yeung Alexander Luk looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection. This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into… Read More »Categories: Fraud Warnings, Debt Collection Fraud
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
The roll-out of Teraview on the Web continues. Region C (East) is required to be off of the desktop version (Teraview 9.0) by April 16, 2018 – less than one week away. If you have not yet received your token, please contact Teranet (www.teraview.ca) to do so as soon as possible. A token generates your… Read More »Categories: Real Estate
The tenth in our series of “malpractice claims fact sheets” covers immigration law. The number of malpractice claims flowing from immigration matters, while not many, has been trending up in recent years. Lawyer/client miscommunications cause 42% of these claims. Immigration clients have a great deal at stake, and many pin their hopes on the efforts… Read More »Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Risk Management Strategies
The Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association released this warning on March 5, 2018. The Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association (ALIA) has learned of a very convincing email scam that is trying to lure lawyers into giving away their passwords or installing malware by way of fake DocuSign requests. Lawyers have been receiving emails from a sender who… Read More »Categories: Fraud Prevention, Risk Management & Claims Prevention
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 ninth in our series of “malpractice claims fact sheets” covers labour… Read More »Categories: Practice Aids, Law Practice Management
Everything old is new again: Will the return of a broader rent control regime haunt the Ontario real estate bar?
For decades the existence of rent control has posed a risk to Ontario real estate lawyers acting on the purchase and mortgaging of residential rental property. The range of affected properties is immense: From a basement apartment to a rented single family house to the largest multi-residential complexes in the province, many real estate files… Read More »Categories: Real Estate, Areas of Law