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Common practice pitfalls: And how to avoid them

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Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) was created to insure lawyers against legal malpractice claims. Most claims are brought by a lawyer’s own client and include an allegation that the lawyer made a mistake or did not meet the standard of care expected of him or her when delivering legal services. No lawyer is immune to… Read More »

Categories: Articles, Communications Errors, Inadequate Investigation, Student, Student Issue, Time Management

What new lawyers need to know about LAWPRO’s mandatory professional liability insurance

These FAQs answer some of the more common questions we hear from newly-called lawyers. The answers will help you determine if you need insurance coverage (or whether you’re exempt) and the steps you need to take to get your LAWPRO insurance coverage in place. What is professional liability insurance? Professional liability insurance is designed to… Read More »

Categories: Articles, LAWPRO policy, Student, Student Issue

It takes a village to build a lawyer: The importance of mentors in your legal career

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As a lawyer, you may have a good understanding of where to find historical legal documents, cases, or precedents, but what about advisers, or mentors, or counsellors? Starting a legal career can be an isolating experience, with many new lawyers spending time working alone while drafting documents or doing research. That’s why it usually takes… Read More »

Categories: Articles, Mentoring, Student Issue

Counselling and wellness assistance

The Member Assistance Program (MAP), offered by Homewood Health provides a wide range of services and resources to lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and other legal professionals, as well as their families. Perhaps you’re stressed, not sleeping, dealing with marital strife or suspecting you drink too much. Or you may be searching for more information… Read More »

Categories: Articles, Student Issue, Wellness, Wellness

The First Timer’s Going to Court Cheat Sheet

Going to court for the first time can be an intimidating experience, but it can become familiar with practice. The level of formality and decorum in a courtroom is a unique part of Canadian life and should be treated seriously. Unlike what you may have seen on shows and social media, proceedings are rarely punctuated… Read More »

Categories: Articles, Content Type, Law students/new lawyers, New Lawyers, Student Issue

Life after graduation: Profiles and advice on succeeding during the first years of a legal career

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After the congratulations, after the regalia, after the degree that’s been rolled and tied with ribbon, what comes next? It’s important to keep an open mind when starting your legal career. Many lawyers end up in positions very different than they were expecting, but still very rewarding. Remember that every role is an opportunity to… Read More »

Categories: Articles, Law students/new lawyers, Legal Careers, Student, Student Issue

Planning to do real estate work? A primer on title insurance and the TitlePLUS program

If you’re planning to do any real estate work when you go into practice, you’ll soon hear about a resource used by many real estate practitioners – title insurance. It’s a type of insurance coverage that lawyers across Canada are telling their clients about to help protect them against some typical problems that might crop… Read More »

Categories: Articles, Student Issue, Title insurance, TitlePLUS

Ontario’s New Construction Act Arrives on July 1, 2018: Don’t get Caught by the Transition Rules

[This article was edited on June 7, 2018] The Construction Lien Act amendments will begin to take effect July 1, 2018. Hailing big changes to timelines, procedures and the manner in which many disputes will be resolved, the new legislation includes a gradual transition to help you avoid a misapplication of the new provisions. Among… Read More »

Categories: Articles, Construction, Limitation Periods, Practice Tips
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