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Ontario Mentoring Programs Guide

Find a mentor or mentee: Many groups and associations around Ontario coordinate mentoring relationships between members. For new lawyers, finding a mentor that understands your specific goals and experiences is key to building useful and foundational relationships. For potential mentors, passing your knowledge and experience on to those who will most benefit from it is… Read More »

Categories: Mentoring

10 Tips to Adapt to the New Contingency Fee Regime

On July 1, 2021 Ontario’s contingency fees will be subject to significant changes, with amendments to both the Solicitors Act and the Law Society Rules of Professional Conduct coming into force. The changes will affect how contingency fees are calculated and will impact how contingency fee matters are managed from marketing and new client intake… Read More »

Categories: Access to Justice, Civil Litigation, Firm Management, Marketing, Online Only, Retainers

Taking the gloom out of zoom: Ten teleconferencing tips

It turns out, the class we all needed was “Lawyering by Zoom 101”. It’s clear that remote meetings and videoconferencing are now a permanent part of the legal profession. But while online meetings bring benefits and convenience, they can also bring confusion and frustration. We’ve summarized ten teleconferencing tips to help you be the best… Read More »

Categories: Articles, Student Issue

Moving up during lockdown: What it’s like “articling from home”

Congratulations, you finished law school during a pandemic. Here’s your J.D., your mortarboard, and your computer screen and Zoom account through which you will spend most of your first year in the legal profession. This probably isn’t what you were expecting. Lawyers are supposed to take meetings in boardrooms, not at a desk in their… Read More »

Categories: Articles, New Lawyers, Student, Student Issue

Tips to Manage the Important New Changes to Wills, Powers of Attorney and Succession Law

The government has enacted 4 important changes regarding wills, powers of attorney (POAs) and to the administration of an estate with Bill 245 – Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021 which received Royal Assent on April 19, 2021. (See amendments in Schedule 8 – Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 and Schedule 9 – Succession Law Reform… Read More »

Categories: Online Only, Wills & Estates

New 60 Day Notice Requirement in Occupiers’ Liability Act (Injury from Snow or Ice) Overview

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Bill 118, An Act to amend the Occupiers’ Liability Act, received royal assent on December 8, 2020 and came into force on January 29, 2021. The amendment introduces a new 60-day notice requirement for claims for personal injury caused by snow or ice which, if not met, will bar actions unless an exception applies. The… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods, Online Only
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