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Increased run-off insurance: A critical issue often overlooked in lawyers’ estate planning

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When a lawyer passes away while still in active private practice, LAWPRO’s run-off coverage kicks in. While standard run-off may be enough coverage for lawyers who have been retired for several years (since potential claims will have had time to develop), it may not be sufficient for a lawyer who was practising full-time at the… Read More »

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Ontario Court Fees Changes In Effect November 6, 2016

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The Ministry of Attorney General has announced changes to court fees effective November 6, 2016, thanks to a number of regulations which have been amended under the Administration of Justice Act. The changes apply to cases in the Superior Court of Justice and the Small Claims Court. Matters affected include civil litigation, estates, construction liens,… Read More »

Categories: Uncategorized, Wills & Estates, Family Law, Civil Litigation, Risk Management & Claims Prevention

The New Rules of Practice for Estates: An Overview

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I. AN OVERVIEW (by Suzana Popovic-Montag*) On July 9, 2015, several amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure¹ (the “Rules”) were filed with the registrar under the Courts of Justice Act². These amendments, which came into force as of January 1, 2016, include various changes to the practice of estates under Rules 74 and 75…. Read More »

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Defending the will

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We all know, it’s impossible to write an effective will for a client without investigating the details of the client’s circumstances and estate. While this conclusion may seem trite, in recent years LAWPRO has seen an average of 60 claims per year alleging that the lawyer did not investigate key details. This specific error has… Read More »

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New practicePRO resource: Wills & estates malpractice claims fact sheet

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With such a large amount of claims prevention information availalable 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 latest in our series of “malpractice claims fact sheets” covers wills… Read More »

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LAWPRO Magazine archive: The Boomer challenge – Are lawyers ready?

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2013 is the first year 500,000 Canadians turned 60. It seems like a good time to revisit this article from five years ago, when the first edge of the Boomers were entering their seventh decade. It examines the implications for lawyers of this large and aging clientele. Click here or on the image above to… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors, Wills & Estates, Real Estate, Family Law
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