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Friday, November 27, 2020 @ 5:02 PM

LSO benchers approve budget, create COVID-19 response program Joseph Groia

Benchers of the Law Society of Ontario have voted unanimously to establish a COVID-19 response program to give lawyers and paralegals who have been hit hard by the pandemic the opportunity to defer their annual fee payments. ... [read more]

Friday, November 27, 2020 @ 9:00 AM

Last words on paralegals | Gary Joseph

I do not presume to write on behalf of the family law bar, but I have heard from an enormous number of my colleagues in response to my writings in this publication and elsewhere regarding independent paralegal practices of family law. My views have been influenced by colleagues and have evolved as a result of the debate. As I have previously written, I believe that the decision is basically made to license independent paralegal practices of family law and that the Law Society of Ontario request for input is but a salve to the profession. Many of my colleagues have reflected disappointment with the initial process that led to the LSO debate and to the likely outcome. ... [read more]

Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 8:49 AM

Seizing the opportunity to change legal workplace | Charlene Theodore

To say that 2020 has been a difficult year would be an understatement. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives dramatically, both at home and at work, while the protests and uprisings we witnessed this summer have laid bare the failure of our system to properly tackle racial inequality, including in the justice sector. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 1:22 PM

More on paralegals: Trading one problem for another | Gary Joseph

After years of struggling against the tide of reputational putdowns of the practice of family law, the profession and a large segment of the consuming public has come to realize that the practice of family law is one of the most complex practice areas of the law. In this context then, I consider some recent suggestions that family lawyers may become or have become unnecessary and unwanted participants in family law disputes. This draws me into, once again, one of my rants about independent paralegal practices of family law. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 2:05 PM

Estate tech alignment: How IT alignment model works hands_digital_devices_sm

The estate management requirements of our clients’ growing portfolio of digital assets is an emerging area for the estate industry and estate practitioners. The goal of this series of articles is to provide context on how the estate industry could approach a client’s digital estate from a business enterprise perspective and a framework of how to execute. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 10:03 AM

Want new client leads? Make sure your website answers their legal Googling SEO

Google knows a thing or two about attraction. It expects you to attract visitors with content that mirrors or closely matches what they are searching for. Content includes not only the words that are on your “home” page or “about” page, but also includes your blog or any guides, videos, etc. that you offer visitors. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 1:28 PM

What law school taught me | Serena Eshaghurshan

In my previous articles, I discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how to survive online law school. In this article, I will conclude the series with what law school taught me. As my law school journey is coming to an end, I can’t help but reflect on both the tangible and intangible lessons I have been afforded throughout the years of my legal education. As will be demonstrated in this article, the ability to pursue a legal education affords one so much more than just knowledge of the black letter law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 9:18 AM

Law Society of B.C. launches ‘innovation sandbox’ on expanding access to justice LSBC president Craig Ferris

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has launched an “innovation sandbox” which will look at proposals from those who are seeking to address unmet legal need in the province. Those admitted to the innovation sandbox will pilot legal services and advice under the supervision of the law society. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 12:40 PM

Why paralegals are force behind innovation in law firms paralegals_sm

Paralegals are already a vital resource to law firms, but with the onslaught of tools on the market that help automate the more mundane and repetitive parts of their work, they are about to become much more valuable. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 12:56 PM

Paralegals and access to justice | Grazia Condello paralegal_sm

Long before becoming a licensed paralegal, I began my career in 1998 as a law clerk in a law firm. Part of my role involved reviewing disclosure and going to the Law Library at 130 Queen St. in Toronto to research case law (before legal research was revolutionized by the Internet). ... [read more]