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Too Quick on the Buzzer: Default Judgment and the Potential Consequences of Engaging in Sharp Practice

Would-be lawyers learn the importance of professionalism and civility as outlined in the Law Society’s Rules of Professional Conduct and The Advocates’ Society Principles of Civility. However, in practice, a grey area can sometimes develop between fiercely advocating for a client and engaging in sharp practice. At LAWPRO, we’ve seen many claims relating to lawyers… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Ethics, LAWPRO policy, Online Only

2021 insurance coverage for lawyers in private practice, sole practitioners and lawyers in association or partnership

The base program Eligibility: Required of all lawyers¹ providing services in private practice.² Coverage limit: $1 million per claim/$2 million in the aggregate (i.e., for all claims made in 2021), applicable to claim expenses, indemnity payments and/or costs of repairs together. Standard deductible: $5,000 per claim, applicable to claim expenses, indemnity payments and/or costs of… Read More »

Categories: 2020 October – Insurance Issue 2021, Articles, LAWPRO policy

This is not a claim, but…

At LAWPRO we often get explanations from insureds as to why they feel their matter is not reportable to LAWPRO. Commonly we hear the following: “There is no claim against me. No one has commenced an action, there is no litigation. So, there is no claim”. In this article I will explain common misunderstandings about… Read More »

Categories: Criminal Law, Immigration, LAWPRO policy, Online Only

LAWPRO is not like your auto insurer

In my more than 20 years of defending lawyers on malpractice claims, I continue to be amazed at how little some lawyers seem to know about the “LAWPRO policy” and how a claim is handled. I am also frustrated by how often lawyers have not done even the simplest things that could help them avoid… Read More »

Categories: 2018 Student Issue 6, Articles, Content Type, Errors & Omissions, LAWPRO Magazine Article Type, LAWPRO policy, Student, Student Issue, Topics

What new lawyers need to know about LAWPRO’s mandatory professional liability insurance

These FAQs answer some of the more common questions we hear from newly-called lawyers. The answers will help you determine if you need insurance coverage (or whether you’re exempt) and the steps you need to take to get your LAWPRO insurance coverage in place. What is professional liability insurance? Professional liability insurance is designed to… Read More »

Categories: Articles, LAWPRO policy, Student, Student Issue

Availability of insurance coverage for lawyers acting as executor or trustee

Estate lawyers will sometimes be called upon by a client to act as executor or trustee as part of their Professional Services. Depending on the complexity of the estate or trust, these appointments can last for years and involve a substantial time investment. As with other aspects of a legal practice, alleged errors in the… Read More »

Categories: LAWPRO policy, Online Only, Wills & Estates

What are my insurance options if I need to take a temporary leave of absence from practice?

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You can apply for Exemption ‘C’ under the LAWPRO Program if you are taking a temporary leave of absence from practice. The leave may be up to five years for family reasons or illness and two years for other reasons. This exemption is for a temporary leave of absence only, meaning you must intend to… Read More »

Categories: 2020 January - Finding Your Way, Articles, Checklist, FAQs, LAWPRO policy

Do your firm’s marketing practices expose you to vicarious liability?

While “law firm” once conjured an image either of a sole practitioner with a small storefront office or a multi-generational law firm with clearly defined partners and associates, many other firm structures now exist as lawyers opt to work from their homes, from virtual offices, and from shared accommodations. The work lawyers choose to do… Read More »

Categories: 2020 January - Finding Your Way, Articles, Excess, LAWPRO policy

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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