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LAWPRO Magazine: 2012 December Resolutions

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How the real estate bar entered the insurance business, or what happens when a lawyer is also an insurance intermediary

Many of us deal with licensed insurance agents or registered brokers every year to purchase coverage, whether life, auto or home policies. When someone in Ontario wishes to obtain title insurance, the real estate lawyer effectively functions as insurance intermediary (although not technically an agent or a broker). Lest anyone think there is anything improper… Read More »

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Insurance matters: Innocent party coverage

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What is it? Innocent Party coverage protects you against the dishonest, fraudulent, criminal or malicious acts or omissions of present or former partners, associates, and employed lawyers in your firm. Is this coverage mandatory? Minimum level Innocent Party coverage (sublimit coverage of $250,000 per claim/ aggregate) is required for all partners practising in association, partnership… Read More »

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Insurance matters: Temporary leave of absence

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LAWPRO understands that there may be circumstances in which a lawyer may have to take some time away from the private practice of law due to illness, family issues or other circumstances. Lawyers who temporarily leave the practice of law and do not take any alternate employment may be eligible to apply for exemption from… Read More »

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TitlePLUS program celebrates its 15th anniversary; now on Facebook

On September 25, 2012, the TitlePLUS program reached its 15th anniversary. LAWPRO staff marked the event with an afternoon celebration. TitlePLUS title insurance was created in 1997 to provide the market with a Canadian based title insurance product designed to be purchased with the advice and assistance of real estate lawyers. TitlePLUS title insurance is… Read More »

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Applying for TitlePLUS coverage simplified effective Aug 15

Fifteen years of experience in the title insurance business have led to ongoing refinements to the titlePLUs program. this year was no exception. Read on to learn about the changes that took effect on August 15, 2012.< Underwriting streamlined for mortgage lenders For residential transactions up to $1 million, the underwriting requirements have been simplified.... Read More »

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Lawyers’ negligence actions: experts and pleadings

Ribeiro v. Van Moorlehem1: A modest dollar, successfully defended malpractice action highlights issues surrounding pleadings, expert reports, amendments and partners’ liability. In 1994 the plaintiff became partners with two brothers. Each of the three partners invested $45,000 into a business and each held one third of the shares. No sooner was the venture started, however,… Read More »

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LAWPRO gets social

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Not a day goes by without someone mentioning social media. Clients, lawyers, law firms and other businesses are all getting social with these new communication tools: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, blogging, Flickr, Pinterest and others. LAWPRO joined the conversation early on, starting with practicePRO’s AvoidAClaim blog and @practicePRO on Twitter. We believe social media offer us… Read More »

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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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