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Law Is a Buyer’s Market: Building A Client-First Law Firm

Law firms are experiencing a wrenching period of upheaval. Economic crises, technology explosions, and a regulatory revolution have spawned a wave of innovative competitors. Newly empowered clients have adopted aggressive buying behaviours and begun dictating the terms of their relationships to law firms. Faced with this unprecedented competitive landscape and an industry-wide drop in demand… Read More »

Categories: Book, Firm Management

Foresight is 2020: Start the year right with LAWPRO resources

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Resolve to provide your clients with the best service possible with LAWPRO’s help. We’ve collected some of our newest resources below to get you started. Make good use of your new calendar with our new limitations charts: LAWPRO has updated its limitations charts to help you keep track of Ontario limitation periods. … and don’t… Read More »

Categories: Webzine

Ontario Small Claims Court limits increased to $35,000

On January 1, 2020, the claim limit for Smalls Claims Court increased from $25,000 to $35,000. The move is intended to provide the public with quicker and more affordable Court based dispute resolution for claims up to the new $35,000 limit. The government has also indicated that claims commenced in Superior Court will be able… Read More »

Categories: Online Only

Fraud for Shelter Update

With housing prices on the rise, more rigorous mortgage rules, and the resulting difficulty for some Ontarians to purchase property, real estate lawyers should be mindful of fraud for shelter. Fraud for shelter differs from traditional real estate frauds. Usually in a real estate fraud, the goal is to fraudulently sell the property or to… Read More »

Categories: Fraud, Online Only, Real Estate

Wills and estates: Helping lawyers help their clients

Drafting a will and planning an estate is sometimes the only point of contact a person will have with any lawyer. Guide them through an unfamiliar process by reviewing some of our best resources in wills and estates. One minute byte of claims prevention: Watch this video summary of common claims against wills and estate… Read More »

Categories: Webzine

2019 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide

The popular annual guide to legal technology is back with its 2019 edition. The Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide is the only book of its kind that helps solo and small firm lawyers find the best value for their dollars in legal tech. In clear, understandable language, that authors give a vendor-neutral overview… Read More »

Categories: Book, Legal Technology

Construction Lien Flowchart

This detailed flowchart will help you determine which Act applies to your construction law matter. Generally, the old Act will apply where a contract for the improvement was entered into before July 1, 2018 or a “procurement process” for the improvement was commenced before July 1, 2018 by the owner. If neither of these circumstances… Read More »

Categories: Checklist, Construction

Tips for navigating the new Simplified Procedure

Significant changes to the Superior Court Simplified Procedure came into effect on January 1, 2020. Budget Bill 2019 amended section 108 of the Courts of Justice Act to eliminate trials by jury under the Simplified Procedure. Regulatory changes filed October 23, 2019 unveiled significant further changes to the Simplified Procedure as prescribed by Rule 76… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Online Only

Quick summary of 2020 policy and key dates

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Base premium unchanged for 2020: $2,950 No change to transaction levies Clarification of circumstances in which notice must be provided Clarifications to definitions of “spouse” and “dishonesty” under the policy How to renew your insurance You need to renew your insurance for the 2020 year. It will not happen automatically. Visit my.lawpro.ca to e-file your… Read More »

Categories: 2019 September - Insurance Issue, Articles
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