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A Few Good Practice Habits: Examination for Discovery

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An examination for discovery often marks the point in which you really sink your teeth into a case. The parties and opposing counsel come to a face-to-face meeting, and key evidence comes out, warts and all. Much of the exploration in an examination for discovery will uniquely depend on the specific witness and the answers… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation

A Simple Habit To Avoid Missing Deadlines

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Here at Claims Prevention & practicePRO we often talk about “baby steps”. The big idea is that taking baby steps can help make you a more effective lawyer. There isn’t necessarily One Big Thing that will magically turn you into a great lawyer.  The  elements of a habit are explored in Charles Duhigg’s The Power… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Legal Technology, Practice Aids, Civil Litigation, Law Practice Management, Risk Management & Claims Prevention

How LAWPRO stood up for lawyers in 2016

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The great majority of claims reported to LawPRO are either abandoned, settled, or resolved through mediation or arbitration. But if we hope to preserve reasonable and fair limits on the scope of lawyers’ responsibilities, we must occasionally go to court. Our litigation track record is proof of our sound judgment about when to go to… Read More »

Categories: LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage, Civil Litigation, Limitations Claims

Top reasons files stall

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Whether you run a lean and mean or volume-oriented personal injury practice, certain files are more prone to languish than others. What’s the real cost of running a file for too long? Work-in-progress accumulates with little to show for it, expert reports grow stale and need to be updated (which significantly increases disbursements), witnesses’ memories… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Limitations Claims

Self-Represented Litigants: A Survival Guide by Carol Cochrane

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Why do we all shudder on learning that our client’s adversary is self-represented on a litigation file? So often we fail to appreciate opposing counsel – until we hear those dreaded words from our client: “You know, the other side won’t be getting a lawyer.” It is only then that we realize and appreciate the… Read More »

Categories: Risk Management Strategies, Family Law, Civil Litigation

“Putting your best brain forward”: Think slowly, and let clients do the same

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This is the one of seven strategies that you can follow to help you apply the emerging lessons of neuroscience and evolutionary psychology to the day-to-day work of your practice, as explained in the article Putting your best brain forward: How neuroscience awareness and evolutionary psychology can help lawyers avoid claims and offer better client… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors, Family Law, Civil Litigation

Friday, December 2, 2016 is the deadline to file a consent timetable and draft order to prevent a dismissal under Rule 48.14 of pre-2012 matters

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LAWPRO reminds Ontario lawyers that Friday, December 2, 2016 is the deadline to file a consent timetable and draft order to prevent a dismissal under Rule 48.14 of pre-2012 matters. See below for more details. Answers to common Rule 48.14 questions In a case decided last week,  Daniels v. Grizzell, 2016 ONSC 7351, Associate Chief Justice… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Limitations Claims
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