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Amendments to Rule 48 bring major changes to administrative dismissals

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Significant changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure relating to administrative dismissals appear in Ontario Regulation 170/14, published in the September 6, 2014 Ontario Gazette. Specifically, the existing Rules 48.14 (Action not on trial list) and 48.15 (Action abandoned) were revoked, and a new Rule 48.14 (Dismissal of an action for delay) was substituted in… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Civil Litigation

LAWPRO Tales of Horror: The Phantom Client Returns…Again and Again

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Recent LAWPRO claims have driven home to us the importance of formal retainer arrangements and avoiding the spectre of the phantom client. Unfortunately, these issues are not new. In 1991,William S. O’Hara wrote an article for the Law Society of Upper Canada Errors and Omissions Bulletin entitled “Beware of the Phantom Client.” He wrote: Of… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors, Civil Litigation

Beware the “too quiet” file (and Rule 48)

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If you are lucky enough to have a busy practice, you may welcome the brief respite you get when a legal matter goes temporarily dormant. There are three rules for taking advantage of these lulls, however: first, any such periods must in fact be brief and temporary; second, you must understand the reason for the… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation

LAWPRO Magazine: Avoiding the Unintentional Expansion of Retainers

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Here’s the scenario: A lawyer is retained to assist a client with a tort claim and an accident benefits claim. The client, meanwhile, has been informed that the long-term disability (LTD) benefits provided by her employer’s group plan are about to be terminated. In an effort to forestall the termination of benefits, she asks the… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors, Family Law, Civil Litigation
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