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Malpractice Errors

Common practice pitfalls: And how to avoid them

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. Our records suggest that almost… Read More »

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

Survival Tips to Prevent Fraud

Drawing on actual frauds and close calls, this program will review the most recent fraud efforts targeting lawyers, law firms and their clients, and provide practical tips to help you manage these risks.

Categories: CPD, Cyber dangers, Fraud

The Top 10 Changes to the Planning Act You Need to Know About and Why

The anachronistic provisions of the Ontario Planning Act (the “Act”) and the red tape they created have frustrated lawyers and property owners for many years. The government has listened, and after consultations with many stakeholders over the last two years, long overdue changes are finally here. We believe these changes will save the public time… Read More »

Categories: 2022 June - After Covid 19, Articles, Failure to Know The Law, Real Estate

Recent changes to wills, powers of attorney and succession law

The government has enacted 4 important changes regarding wills, powers of attorney (POAs) and to the administration of an estate with Bill 245 – Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021 which received Royal Assent on April 19, 2021. (See amendments in Schedule 8 – Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 and Schedule 9 – Succession Law Reform… Read More »

Categories: 2022 June - After Covid 19, Articles, Failure to Know The Law, Wills & Estates

You transferred funds to the wrong account – what now?

Fraudsters try to trick lawyers into wiring funds to an account that the fraudster controls. Sometimes, they succeed, and the funds get into the hands of criminals. What do you do then? Below are some examples that have been reported to us: 1. A lawyer’s office received a last-minute redirection of monies payable on the… Read More »

Categories: 2022 June - After Covid 19, Articles, Could This Happen to You?, Cyber dangers, Disaster Planning, Fraud, Legal Technology

Cottages and Rural Properties: Avoid Common Errors that Lead to Title Insurance Claims

cottage at night

Cottages are a Canadian summertime staple. For many, cottage life has become tradition and cottage ownership is a dream come true. Conversely, cottage and rural residential properties generally present the real estate lawyer with some of the most challenging and complex issues of any area of real estate law, and may surprise lawyers who are… Read More »

Categories: Inadequate Investigation, Online Only, Real Estate

Delegation checklist

Delegation is an important part of practice. Use this checklist as a guideline to ensure you are delegating effectively or, if you are receiving delegated work, you are clear on the objectives. Use it, and share it with colleagues and staff. With thanks to Andrew Bernstein for sharing some great tips and checklist which were… Read More »

Categories: Checklist, Clerical / Delegation

Avoiding the wire fraud nightmare – what you need to know to protect yourself and your clients

Finding out that money you sent out of trust has gone missing is a lawyer’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately, we are seeing a rise in wire fraud efforts targeting law firms and their clients. Fraudsters have developed several ways to convince lawyers and law clerks to wire funds out of law firm trust accounts to fraudsters’… Read More »

Categories: CPD, Cyber dangers, Fraud, Legal Technology

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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