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Make sure you're covered when working pro bono

Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Victoria Crewe-Nelson and Nora Rock

The risk of a malpractice claim should not deter lawyers from working pro bono. LAWPRO, provider of the primary professional indemnity insurance mandated by the Law Society of Upper Canada, has made significant provision for lawyers who want to maintain coverage while offering pro bono services, but there are important conditions to keep in mind when considering opportunities.

In a nutshell, the availability and terms of professional indemnity coverage for pro bono services vary depending on whether a lawyer is in private practice or is exempt;...