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Practice Tip Sheets

These tips sheets by type of error provide ways to avoid the most common errors. Click each headline or image for more information


Tips for When a Client Dies

It is a difficult experience when a client dies. However, the right to confidentiality does not end with death and you have continuing professional duties.


Delegation Tips

Delegation is an important part of practice. Use this tips sheet to effectively delegate and receive delegated work, and share it with your colleagues and staff.


Tips for Managing Deadlines

Missed deadlines are a major source of malpractice claims. Lawyers sometimes fail to determine the limitation period on a matter or fail to properly calendar it, miss other deadlines or fail to act when they arise. Here are tips to avoid these claims.

Tips to Avoid Conflict of Interest Claims

A conflict of interest happens when there is a substantial risk that a lawyer’s duties to a client will be compromised by the lawyer’s own interest or the lawyer’s duties to another client, former client, or another third person.

Cybersecurity and Fraud Prevention Tips

Phishing attacks and other forms of cyberfraud are an increasingly common source of loss for lawyers. Our constantly changing technology, and the changing tactics used by fraudsters, require constant vigilance and adaptation.

Communication Tips

The #1 cause of claims in almost every area of practice is communication breakdown. Implement the following actions to help avoid communication problems in your practice.


Tips for Keeping Up With the Law

A claim from a failure to know or apply the law is not as common a claims cause as people think, but it is still important to make sure you have adequate subject-matter knowledge.


Tips to Avoid Inadequate Investigation Claims

Claims related to lawyers who have not uncovered all the facts or developed a sufficient understanding of a client’s matter go to the very core of what lawyers are supposed to do for their clients – give legal advice based on the client’s specific situation.

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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