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Children of The Marriage Form

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Ensure you collect the information you need regarding children of the marriage. This includes names, dates of birth, schools and grades, residences, and specifics of custody arrangements sought. This Form is from LAWPRO’s Domestic Contract Matter Toolkit. It provides advice, forms and checklists that lawyers and law firms can use to lessen the risk of… Read More »

Categories: Family, Precedents

Family Law Malpractice Claims Fact Sheet

Given the stress and emotions involved in their matters, family law clients can be among the most difficult to deal with. Many have unrealistic expectations regarding the process, timing, costs, and potential outcomes of their matters. You can significantly reduce your claims exposure by confirming in writing the information your client provides to you, your… Read More »

Categories: Factsheets, Family

Domestic Contract Matter Post-Meeting Client Assignment Sheet

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Getting the final document of a domestic contract right requires diligent management of the file, a thorough investigation into the client’s circumstances, a consideration of relevant law, and the careful drafting of the provisions of the agreement. This sheet gives the client a list of the information that they will need to collect after the… Read More »

Categories: Checklist, Family

Domestic Contract Matter Toolkit

Domestic contracts are complex documents that deal with complicated issues involving emotional clients. The dangers are real and there are many places that errors can occur. The good news is that the risks involved in handling domestic contract matters can be greatly reduced. This toolkit is designed to help Ontario lawyers proactively take steps to… Read More »

Categories: Family, Toolkit

Domestic Contract Review & Signing Checklist

Preparing a domestic contract requires a number of steps, from gathering information, requesting financial disclosure, checking for conflicts of interest, raising or resolving tax issues, discussing billing, and communicating outcomes and associated risks. This checklist will help you cover all the bases. This Form is from LAWPRO’s Domestic Contract Matter Toolkit. It provides advice, forms… Read More »

Categories: Checklist, Family

Domestic Contract Matter Intake Form

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Like most other areas of law, lawyer/client communications issues can play a significant role in domestic contract claims. The complexity of the subject matter makes it easy for clients to allege there were communication problems or errors. They will say that provisions were not explained to them, that they didn’t understand them or that they… Read More »

Categories: Family, Precedents

Domestic Contract Matter Intake Checklist

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This checklist will help you ensure you have collected appropriate material, communicated relevant legal information, and conducted important steps like conflict checks. This Form is from LAWPRO’s Domestic Contract Matter Toolkit. It provides advice, forms and checklists that lawyers and law firms can use to lessen the risk of a claim. You can also download… Read More »

Categories: Checklist, Family

Limited scope representation: With the right safeguards, possibilities abound

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A self-represented family law litigant anxiously prepares for a hearing, which can resolve months, if not years, of anxiety, and determine the litigant’s financial and family affairs in the near future. Retaining a lawyer from cradle to grave is out of budget for this litigant. What to do? Relief is around the corner – a… Read More »

Categories: 2016 September A2J, Access to Justice, Articles, Civil Litigation, Communications Errors, Family, Features, Inadequate Investigation, Limited scope retainer/unbundling

LAWPRO defends its insureds in 2015

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When identifying cases that merit a formal defence (or appeal), LAWPRO counsel consider a range of strategic factors, including whether the case has the potential to alter the standard of care applicable to professional legal services. This article summarizes a sampling of those claims in defence of which we went to court in 2015. Family… Read More »

Categories: 2016 May - Year in Review 2015, Articles, Casebook, Civil Litigation, Family, Real Estate, Year in Review

Dealing with a self-represented litigant who really needs legal advice

Self-represented litigants are a challenging reality in today’s legal landscape. In addition to the extra time and effort that can make dealing with a self-rep more expensive for your client and more frustrating for you, it seems there is a greater potential for a malpractice claim. This is highlighted by the number of claims LAWPRO… Read More »

Categories: 2016 January Indigenous, Articles, Civil Litigation, Communications Errors, Could This Happen to You?, Difficult clients, Family
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