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Risk Management & Claims Prevention

New Standard (Residential) Lease Template in Ontario as of April 30, 2018

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The Ontario government is requiring all landlords to use a standard lease template for all new leases beginning April 30, 2018. Lawyers are encouraged to make themselves familiar with the terms of this new lease so they can advise clients of their obligations and rights under the new lease. The information below is taken from… Read More »

Categories: Uncategorized, Precedents, Real Estate, Risk Management & Claims Prevention

Help Lawyers Succeed as a LSO Coach & Advisor

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A lawyer coach can help participants develop skills and answer deeper questions in their careers. From building a practice to transitioning to a new practice area, the coach guides the participant by engaging in a journey of self-discovery. Like Socrates’ midwife, the coach helps the participant birth the answer from within. For some lawyer coaches… Read More »

Categories: Career Management, Risk Management & Claims Prevention

Beware of funds transfer frauds over the holidays – BC firm defrauded for six figures


The Law Society of British Columbia published the following warning to its members on December 15, 2017. A BC law firm has fallen victim to the sophisticated “phony direction to pay” social engineering fraud. Here’s what happened. The perpetrators hacked the firm’s computer, and then monitored the firm’s email traffic for some time before making… Read More »

Categories: Fraud Prevention

New in the practicePRO Library: Unbundled Legal Services – A Family Lawyer’s Guide

Focusing on family law practitioners, Unbundling Legal Services is a particularly appropriate resource given the unique promise that unbundling holds for family law litigants. In many jurisdictions, self-representation rates are highest in family cases. But, as any family law attorney (or family court litigant) knows, these are the case types that arguably benefit most from… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Risk Management Strategies, Family Law

ALIA Alert on spear phishing “direction to pay” scams (we are seeing these in Ontario too)


See below for text of an Alert sent today by Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association. We are seeing similar scams targeting Ontario lawyers. We encourage Ontario lawyers to be vigilant and follow the precautions in this Alert. ALIA has received additional reports of fraudulent emails being sent to lawyers in Alberta and other jurisdictions. In these… Read More »

Categories: Fraud Prevention
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