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Hot real estate market? Excess coverage protects your practice as property values soar?

Current market conditions mean business is booming for lawyers, but keep in mind that your risk exposure may be growing in lockstep with property values. A hot market changes the way real estate deals unfold. Not only do lawyers see a higher transaction volume, but unconditional offers proliferate, and closing intervals may shrink. All these… Read More »

Categories: 2022 June - After Covid 19, Articles, Excess insurance

Free Legal Research Resources for Lawyers and Law Students

Great legal analysis starts with great legal research. The law changes quickly: to avoid making a mistake in your advice, don’t give off-the-cuff advice – start with legal research. This article highlights five free sources you can use, and how to make the most of them to help you help solve your client’s legal issues…. Read More »

Categories: Education / Continuing Professional Development, Firm Management, Law students/new lawyers, Online Only

Cottages and Rural Properties: Avoid Common Errors that Lead to Title Insurance Claims

cottage at night

Cottages are a Canadian summertime staple. For many, cottage life has become tradition and cottage ownership is a dream come true. Conversely, cottage and rural residential properties generally present the real estate lawyer with some of the most challenging and complex issues of any area of real estate law, and may surprise lawyers who are… Read More »

Categories: Inadequate Investigation, Online Only, Real Estate

Solid performance despite ongoing challenges

COVID-19 and its wide-spread impact continued to force LAWPRO to adapt the Primary Program in 2021. Changes were made to improve the customer experience, strengthen LAWPRO’s capital position, and streamline processes for greater operational efficiency. In 2021, Ontario began a slow recovery which translated into more work for many lawyers. M&A activity was up, the… Read More »

Categories: April 2022 - Annual Report 2021, Articles, Year in Review

LAWPRO successfully repairs in 2021

When LAWPRO is quickly alerted to potential claims, we are often able to rectify the problem and prevent loss and further lawsuits from arising. Our counsel know how to best address issues such as alleged failure to immediately disclose settlement agreements, disputes over jurisdiction to extend limitation periods, setting aside dismissal orders, and rectification of… Read More »

Categories: April 2022 - Annual Report 2021, Articles, Year in Review

Defending lawyers in court in 2021

Despite any attempts to resolve claims without litigation, sometimes court is inevitable. Every year, LAWPRO steps in to defend licensees from unwarranted lawsuits and accusations. Here are a few examples of defences successfully advanced by LAWPRO in 2021 on behalf of insureds. Construction liens and insolvency proceedings – Limitation period defences There are various reasons… Read More »

Categories: April 2022 - Annual Report 2021, Articles, Year in Review

practicePRO: Outreach that overcame isolation

2021 was a banner year for LAWPRO outreach and CPD programs. LAWPRO engaged in approximately 110 presentations – setting a new record and increasing outreach efforts to solo and small firms and to foreign trained lawyers. Outreach efforts reached lawyers, law clerks and law students. LAWPRO’s practicePRO program is the well known risk management, claims… Read More »

Categories: April 2022 - Annual Report 2021, Articles

TitlePLUS: From a simple mission to a great innovation

TitlePLUS may have evolved into a full-service, streamlined online title insurance offering, but some things haven’t changed, says Daniel Pinnington, president and CEO of LAWPRO. “On top of offering the same unparalleled coverage as always, our mission and our purpose remain the same,” says Pinnington. “TitlePLUS is built for lawyers, and our commitment to keeping… Read More »

Categories: April 2022 - Annual Report 2021, Articles, Real Estate, Title insurance, TitlePLUS

Too Quick on the Buzzer: Default Judgment and the Potential Consequences of Engaging in Sharp Practice

Would-be lawyers learn the importance of professionalism and civility as outlined in the Law Society’s Rules of Professional Conduct and The Advocates’ Society Principles of Civility. However, in practice, a grey area can sometimes develop between fiercely advocating for a client and engaging in sharp practice. At LAWPRO, we’ve seen many claims relating to lawyers… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Ethics, LAWPRO policy, Online Only

Land Acknowledgement

The offices of LAWPRO are located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, Anishnabeg, Chippewa, Haudenosaunee and Wendat peoples. Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit. LAWPRO respects and acknowledges the histories, languages, knowledge systems, and cultures of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit nations.

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