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Cultivate Your Innovation Mindsets to Build Your Future Practice Today

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The legal services sectors are experiencing a period of rapid, significant change. With the COVID-19 pandemic shining a spotlight on the shortcomings of antiquated parts of our justice system and legal practice models, courts and law firms quickly shifted processes and practices throughout 2020. There’s no turning back. To help you plan for the future… Read More »

Categories: Legal Technology, Career Management, Technology, Wellness and Balance, Law Practice Management

Tips to Prepare for the New Rule Changes

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On January 1, 2021, significant changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure come into force. While you should review the amendments carefully, this article (download as a PDF) include some key practical tips and an overview of the major changes. Key Practice Tips You can now serve documents by email. Confirm that your email address… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Technology

Lenders accepting wire payments to discharge mortgages.

The practice of delivering certified cheques or bank drafts to lenders to pay off mortgages has been made more difficult with the restrictions implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic. The real estate bar has been asking financial institutions to permit them to pay off client’s mortgages using wire payments in residential purchase and sale transactions. It… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate, Technology

Understanding e-signatures

In an increasingly digitized world – which has been even more rapidly implemented and embraced due to the Covid-19 crisis, calls for moving legal documents towards “e-signing” have become a roar. The pace at which the industry has responded has been staggering. We’ve seen the adoption of virtual commissioning and notarization and virtual witnessing of… Read More »

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The dangers of renting out your signature as a virtual witness on a will or POA

The virtual execution of wills and powers of attorney has suddenly become a big topic for Ontario lawyers, even those practising outside the wills and estates bar. The April 7, 2020 (amended April 22) emergency Order in Council now permits, on a temporary basis, the virtual witnessing of wills and powers of attorney in Ontario…. Read More »

Categories: Wills & Estates, Technology

Video Conferencing Checklist

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There are a lot of things lawyers need to keep track of when providing legal services by video conference. This Video Conferencing Checklist (Word doc) will help you consider the steps you need to take before, during, and after a video conference meeting with a client. This Checklist has been modified from one first published… Read More »

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U.S. Federal Trade Commission releases cybersecurity resources for small businesses

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has just released cybersecurity resources for small business. They were developed after the FTC hosted roundtables to ask business owners what they needed to deal with the threat of cybercrime. While not specifically aimed at law firms, the cyber issues and dangers they face are often the same as any… Read More »

Categories: Fraud Prevention, Technology
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