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About Shawn Erker

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.

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Corporations Canada to begin administrative dissolutions of dilatory not-for-profit corporations starting next month


Any lawyers working with not-for-profit corporations should note that, in July 2023, Corporations Canada will begin administrative dissolutions of not-for-profit (NFP) corporations that have not filed an annual return for three years. This policy could impact any dilatory NFP governed under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. Corporations Canada have indicated they will send a Notice… Read More »

Categories: Corporate Law

Putting the insurance puzzle together

LAWPRO’s primary Errors & Omissions (E&O) program is a key piece of the insurance puzzle for any lawyer and law firm. But additional insurance coverage is often required to protect against the full constellation of risk faced by a law firm. Remember that all insurance policies are drafted to cover only a specific set of… Read More »

Categories: Law Practice Management

Common HST errors in real estate transactions

Determining HST-applicability to real estate transactions can be more complicated than many lawyers assume. What’s more, a lack of clarity and errors can often lead to substantial unforeseen costs for clients. This is a dangerous combination from a claims perspective. This paper discusses the common categories of HST errors and provide tips on how to… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate

Managing your mental health through COVID

We are experiencing what our email inboxes repeatedly call “unprecedented times”. Many Canadians are facing lost employment and financial strain; many are taking on a large number of new responsibilities as they act as home-schooling teacher and caretaker for their children; and all Canadians face the new anxieties and fears now associated with shopping for… Read More »

Categories: Wellness and Balance

Availability of insurance coverage for lawyers acting as executor or trustee


Estate lawyers will sometimes be called upon by a client to act as executor or trustee as part of their Professional Services. Depending on the complexity of the estate or trust, these appointments can last for years and involve a substantial time investment. As with other aspects of a legal practice, alleged errors in the… Read More »

Categories: LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage, Wills & Estates

Limitation periods: Not just for litigators


Some nightmares seem universal: teeth suddenly falling out, or an important exam in a class you forgot to attend. But some fears, such as forgetting to diarize a limitation period, come only to lawyers, and usually just litigators. While corporate solicitors may thankfully lose less sleep over limitation periods than their litigator colleagues, they should… Read More »

Categories: Limitations Claims

Responsible delegation: Annual corporate filings and updates


Responsible and efficient delegation is an important skill for any lawyer. But there are limits as to when and how certain tasks can be delegated to non-lawyers. Recently, LAWPRO has seen situations where corporate filings are handled by administrative staff such as clerks, without specific authorization or review from a supervising lawyer. This sometimes includes… Read More »

Categories: Corporate Law

New amendments to the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure: What to know


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

Land Acknowledgement

The offices of LAWPRO are located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, Anishnabeg, Chippewa, Haudenosaunee and Wendat peoples. Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit. LAWPRO respects and acknowledges the histories, languages, knowledge systems, and cultures of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit nations.

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