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Pandemic update: Virtual witnessing, counterparts, and new practice resources

Legal practices are changing rapidly to adapt to the world under physical distancing restrictions. At LAWPRO, we’re working hard to help lawyers through these unprecedented times.

We’ve collected some of our most relevant resources below.

Virtual witnessing of wills and POAs

We’ve summarized what you need to know about the emergency order that allows the virtual execution of wills and powers of attorney, including this week’s changes permitting counterparts.

We also have an article about the dangers of renting out your signature as a virtual witness on a will or POA.

For more information, see the LSO FAQs on this topic.

Videoconferencing resources and security

Physical distancing has led to an increased need for videoconferencing software. See this Law Society of British Columbia resource for a great overview of the best practices for using videoconferencing when providing legal advice or services.

We have prepared an article that has specific tips for using Zoom more securely.

Helping clients when budgets are constrained

The possibility of recession and an uncertain economy may limit the scope of legal representation some clients can afford. Read our article on avoiding claims while representing clients on a budget.

To make sure you provide thorough independent legal advice, please use our ILA Checklist.

Flattening the curve without crushing your practice

For helpful resources on how to manage your practice from home and continue to effectively represent your practice, we’ve collected all our relevant resources into one place.

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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