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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 »

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New lawyers: LAWPRO helps improve your practice

LAWPRO provides more than just mandatory professional malpractice insurance to Ontario lawyers. Our library of practicePRO resources is always growing and helps new and seasoned lawyers improve their skills, avoid malpractice claims, and succeed in their careers. LAWPRO Magazine: Your regular source of information to help your growing practice: As a lawyer, you will always… Read More »

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Recent judicial decision makes private lender mortgages (slightly) less complicated

In past years, LAWPRO has written a series of articles on potential claims exposure on private mortgages when title insurance is obtained. A recent judicial decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal resolves some ambiguity as to the implications of transferring funds in such circumstances. The problem originally arose where the lender and borrower were… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate, Title insurance, Webzine

Know thy property: Four easily avoidable errors made before closing real estate transactions

When closing a real estate deal, there is limited time to address numerous legal and practical issues. Just getting a transaction across the finish line can often seem like a feat worthy of celebration. But getting past closing doesn’t bring closure if title errors are discovered after the fact. And even small errors can create… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate, Webzine

Staying Out of the Conflict Zone – Recognizing and Reacting to Conflicts of Interest in Real Estate Transactions

During the course of a real estate retainer, it can be easy for a lawyer to lose sight of what constitutes a conflict of interest, as well as what one should do to avoid its pitfalls and consequences. Simply stated, a conflict of interest arises when the lawyer’s duties to a client are compromised by… Read More »

Categories: Conflicts of Interest, Real Estate, TitlePLUS, Webzine

Check your cheques: Five ways to spot fraudulent cheques

We have often written about the risk that lawyers will be targets of fraud. Sometimes these frauds use technology to confuse their targets, such as a personalized spear-phishing attack or ransomware schemes. But often these fraudulent schemes take on a more 20th century character. The use of counterfeit cheques or similar instruments is still a… Read More »

Categories: Fraud, TitlePLUS, Webzine

Limitation periods: Not just for litigators

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Some nightmares seem universal: teeth suddenly falling out, or an important exam in a class you forgot to attend. But some fears, such as forgetting to diarize a limitation period, come only to lawyers, and usually just litigators. While corporate solicitors may thankfully lose less sleep over limitation periods than their litigator colleagues, they should… Read More »

Categories: Corporate Law, Limitation Periods, Webzine

Responsible delegation: Annual corporate filings and updates

Responsible and efficient delegation is an important skill for any lawyer. But there are limits as to when and how certain tasks can be delegated to non-lawyers. Recently, LAWPRO has seen situations where corporate filings are handled by administrative staff such as clerks, without specific authorization or review from a supervising lawyer. This sometimes includes… Read More »

Categories: Clerical / Delegation, Corporate Law, Webzine

Review Your Files – The Ultimate Limitation Period is Arriving Soon

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It’s here – a 15-year ultimate limitation period for claims governed by the Limitations Act 2002. As of January 3, 2019¹, actions arising from acts or omissions that occurred prior to January 1, 2004, are statute barred by virtue of s. 15 of the Limitations Act, 2002, even if these errors were not discoverable before… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods, Webzine
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