About Shawn Erker
Shawn Erker, B.A., J.D., is the Legal Writer and Content Manager in the Claims Prevention & Stakeholder Relations department at LAWPRO. Prior to joining LAWPRO in 2018, Shawn practised as a civil litigator in British Columbia in a full-service national firm after clerking at the British Columbia Court of Appeal. He graduated from UBC Law as the 2014 Law Society Gold Medallist, where he also served as an Editor-in-Chief of the UBC Law Review.
Shawn Erker's Posts
On January 1, 2019, several new amendments to the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure came into force. The following changes are particularly notable: 1) New deadlines for supplementary expert reports New deadlines are now in effect for the service of supplementary expert reports and responding supplementary expert reports (pursuant to Subrule 53.03 (3), as amended)…. Read More »Categories: Civil Litigation
We are pleased to report that the Divisional Court has allowed the appeal and set aside the orders of the Application Judge in the Milne Estate (Re) decision. The Divisional Court did not in any way criticize the use of the allocation clause and in fact noted that “the use of allocation clauses is a… Read More »Categories: Wills & Estates
Mental health challenges in the legal profession are often ignored, stigmatized, and untreated. This not only leads to poorer quality of life for lawyers and their families, it is a contributing cause of many malpractice claims. This is why, for over a decade, LAWPRO and the Law Society of Ontario have co-funded wellness and mental… Read More »Categories: Wellness and Balance, Risk Management & Claims Prevention
We have written previously about the dangers associated with email spoofing and phishing schemes, where fraudsters will send fabricated emails purporting to be from a trusted colleague or third party in an effort to trick a lawyer or staff member into clicking on a dangerous link or downloading a dangerous attachment. These fraudulent schemes continue… Read More »Categories: Fraud Prevention
Every day, millions of Canadians electronically transfer funds among themselves, using their bank or other financial institutions as an intermediary. Conveniences like Interac debit purchases, online e-transfers, or wire transfers give the perception of near instantaneous transactions. However, even though our financial system operates on the assumption that these payment systems are instantaneous, often no… Read More »Categories: Law Practice Management