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New Ethics Opinion on Cloud Computing from the Pennsylvania Bar

The Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Committee On Legal Ethics And Professional Responsibility has just released Formal Opinion 2011-200, Ethical Obligations For Attorneys Using Cloud Computing/Software As A Service While Fulfilling The Duties Of Confidentiality And Preservation Of Client Property. As the PA Bar keeps its Ethics Opinions behind a member wall, I’ve attached a copy of… Read More »

Categories: Legal Technology

Protect yourself with a Purchaser’s Waiver of Title Insurance

In Ontario, Rule 2.02(10) of the LSUC Rules of Professional Conduct requires lawyers to discuss title insurance with their clients and advise the clients that title insurance is not mandatory. Clients can either choose to purchase a title insurance policy or to rely on the lawyer’s opinion on title. All too often, LawPRO sees claims… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate


Huge collection of fake IDs, documents and cheques given to lawyers by fraudsters

Fraud attempts against lawyers can involve a great deal of counterfeit documentation, starting with the initial client ID (passports, licenses), various agreements, loan documents and bank statements, and ending with the cheque that finally arrives at the lawyer’s office. When we add posts about a fraud to the AvoidAClaim blog, we also provide images of… Read More »

Categories: Fraud Prevention

Law Society of Upper Canada releases Guidelines for Law Offices Searches

The Law Society of Upper Canada has just released an updated version of its Guidelines for Law Office Searches. These Guidelines are intended to inform you of best practices and steps that can be taken to protect the solicitor-client privilege of your clients in the event of a search and seizure of your law office…. Read More »

Categories: Announcements, Practice Aids, Law Practice Management

Risk management resources on the new TitlePLUS website

TitlePLUS has just launched a revamped website at www.titleplus.ca that includes new features and intuitive drop-down menus. There are also some great resources for real estate lawyers and their staff that will help reduce claims exposure, including sample retainer and reporting letters – two important risk management tools. The documents you can use and adapt… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate

Condo buyers get a checklist

TitlePLUS’s Ray Leclair has provided prospective condo buyers with a checklist of things they should know about before deciding to purchase. This list was made available to the public in several real estate publications. Status Certificate: This document should be a condition in any agreement to purchase. It includes important information such as monthly expenses,… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate

The red flags of an email scam

Many email scams are obvious due to poor spelling, bad grammar and/or completely untenable fact circumstances (e.g., multi-million dollar lottery wins or inheritances). However, some of the email-based frauds LAWPRO is seeing are extremely sophisticated and look like completely legitimate legal matters. The more sophisticated frauds have temporarily fooled new and experienced lawyers into working… Read More »

Categories: Fraud Prevention

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