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LAWPRO Magazine: 2018 February Top Legal Disruptions

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Will disruptions make us better? 1

Disruption isn’t new – it just feels that way. The wheel, the printing press, even electronic land registration were disruptions to the status quo. What’s different this time? The relentless pace and the wide breadth of transformation. As we have all observed, change is constant and is taking place in all areas of our professional… Read More »

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What is blockchain? 2

Blockchain is the technology behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. While the technology behind blockchain is very complex, the functionality at its core is quite simple. For a video demonstration of how blockchain works watch the YouTube video below. This infographic summarizes what is in the video.

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Thinking of virtual GC work? Understand your coverage needs 3

Outsourcing services that fall outside a company’s core expertise (consider for example executive recruiting or IT services) allows the company to access expert work product on an as-needed basis. Outsourcing means not having to pay a full-time salary to an expert who is needed less than full-time, and not having to pay the full cost… Read More »

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Ideas for rethinking your law practice 4

The changes facing the legal professional may seem daunting, but all lawyers can rise to these challenges and embrace the opportunities they present. There are many ways to respond, some are quite small and easy, and others require a significant investment of time and money. Some can be done by individual lawyers, and others require… Read More »

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Why Excess insurance? Celebrating 20 years of the Excess program 6

In 1996 and 1997 LAWPRO (or “LPIC” as it was then known) began collecting information on whether lawyers had coverage in excess of the $1 million per claim/$2 million in the aggregate limits provided under the mandatory program. The thinking wasn’t that everyone necessarily needs excess. After all, some areas of practice are considered low… Read More »

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Ending well means starting right: The family law intake process 7

The most critical step in any family law case is when clients meet with prospective counsel. That meeting establishes the nature of the relationship, a preliminary game-plan, and each party’s expectations of the other. Most clients approach that inaugural meeting with considerable anxiety. Most have never dealt with a lawyer, and certainly not with respect… Read More »

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Does your firm need cybercrime insurance? 8

In a study titled The Cost of Cybercrime, Accenture surveyed 254 companies in seven countries. Over the course of five years, the study revealed a 62 per cent increase in cybercrime attacks. Data breaches during the same period doubled to 130 per year. Accenture noted that while not every security breach results in a loss,… Read More »

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Coping with changes outside your control 9

Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety. And at such a moment, unable to see and not daring to imagine what the future will now bring forth, one clings to what one knew, or… Read More »

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How to safely put your data in the cloud 10

Cloud services help you access and store data on someone else’s server. You may not realize it, but Dropbox, Gmail, Facebook, and legal specific applications like Clio are all examples of cloud services. Putting data on the cloud raises issues like maintaining confidentiality, usability, cost, portability and applicability to your area of practice. Keeping in… Read More »

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Cybersecurity for the home and office 12

For many lawyers, the divide between “home” and “office” isn’t clear-cut. Work is often done in both places and during the trips back and forth. As a result, sensitive client information may not always be protected under the umbrella of a firm cybersecurity system. Cybersecurity for the Home and Home Office can help lawyers understand… Read More »

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