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Limitation Periods

Know how administrative dismissal claims happen, and take 8 steps to immunize yourself against them

Rule 48 on calendar

Rule 48 claims arise when it is alleged that the dismissal of a claim was due to the lawyer’s negligence with respect to either a defended (Rule 48.14) or an undefended (48.15) action. Many of these claims have been very costly for LAWPRO. While certain Rule 48 claims can be repaired by speaking with opposing… Read More »

Categories: 2013 September practicePRO 15th, Admin dismissals/Rule 48, Articles, Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods

Knowing when to take a stand: LAWPRO defends its insureds in 2012


LAWPRO pays an indemnity to resolve a claim only in a minority of cases. In the years 2008-2012, LAWPRO made an indemnity payment in just 14.5 per cent of files, on average. However, many claims must be actively defended: over that same period, over 42 per cent of claims required the expenditure of external defence… Read More »

Categories: 2013 May - Year in Review 2012, Articles, Casebook, Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods, Personal injury, Tax, Wills & Estates

Don’t be trapped by old habits of thought – The limitation period for equitable claims is now two years


It is difficult to let go of fundamental principles. Many generations of Ontario lawyers were taught that equitable claims are not subject to any limitation period. These lawyers were correct, until the Limitations Act, 2002 came into force. Limitation periods are creatures of statute. The Limitations Act, R.S.O 1990, c.L.15 and its predecessors had no… Read More »

Categories: 2012 December Resolutions, Articles, Casebook, Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods, Time Management

Lessons learned: The Limitations Act, 2002


Recent case law applying the Limitations Act, 2002 contains essential lessons and warnings for the profession. This article is a summary of these matters and what they mean for the practising bar. It really is a catch-all statute… Don’t forget that subject to certain expressly stated exceptions, the Limitations Act, 2002 is a broadly worded,… Read More »

Categories: 2012 August Checklists, Articles, Casebook, Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods, Time Management

Beware the Ides of Rule 48

The following scenario is familiar to all plaintiffs’ counsel. Consider it, for example, in the context of a slip and fall claim. Upon being retained and after having reviewed the relevant factual background, counsel chooses, wisely, to explore the prospect of resolving the claim without the need for formal proceedings. The liability insurer is like-minded… Read More »

Categories: 2011 Fall Communications, Admin dismissals/Rule 48, Articles, Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods, Practice Tips

How long should you keep your closed files?

file cabinet

“How long do I have to keep my closed files?” is one of the most frequent questions lawyers ask practicePRO. Certainly you don’t have to keep all files permanently – this just doesn’t make practical or economic sense. Nor is the solution as simple as a one-size-fits-all rule for when to destroy closed files (e.g.,… Read More »

Categories: 2010 Dec File Retention, Articles, Features, Firm Management, Limitation Periods

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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