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Thursday, May 21, 2020 @ 11:12 AM

The Coach: Managing growth: New hires, right seats | Gary Mitchell

In part one of this series I covered when to hire and who to hire. In this column, I am going to focus on getting your people in the best roles and what to do when and if you are outgrowing your staff. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 4:12 PM

Ex-Vancouver Bar Association president wins bencher byelection

On May 20, the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) announced that Cheryl D’Sa had been elected as bencher for Vancouver county in the May byelection. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 3:11 PM

Double taxation risk for Canadian independent contractors with California clients California flag2

Today it’s becoming easier to work for anyone you want and from anywhere. This has proven to be of benefit during the current pandemic. The downside is that it is also easier to find yourself in unknown territory and I don’t mean geography. Such remote transacting can lead to tax exposures that will catch you off guard, especially if you’re an independent contractor who is Canadian ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 10:06 AM

COVID-19 conundrums for incoming lawyers | Natalie Schryer

It goes without saying that the graduating class of 2020 definitely received a whole lot more than we bargained for. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 @ 9:14 AM

Alberta Law Society sees articling, lawyer cash flow as major challenges during pandemic: president Alberta law society president Kent Teskey

The Alberta Law Society has added its name to the organizations that have moved to hold their formal meetings using videoconferencing technology in light of the challenges poised by COVID-19. The law society’s most recent board meeting, which was held May 14, was done through the Zoom platform. Law society president Kent Teskey said the process was “surprisingly functional.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

Avoiding mistakes: Estate planning technology plus and minus nails_bent_sm

As we discussed in the first article of this series, claims against wills and estates practitioners in Ontario have been on an upswing in the last decade. This is our second article on how technology can protect against malpractice claims. ... [read more]

Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 3:14 PM

Two candidates announced for LSO treasurer

On May 14, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) announced two candidates for the office of treasurer for the 2020-21 term. ... [read more]

Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 2:59 PM

Federation of Ontario Law Associations names new chair

Lawyer William G. Woodward is the new chair of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA), which represents Ontario’s 46 local law associations and their approximately 12,000 members. ... [read more]

Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 2:54 PM

Programme de pratique du droit funding renewed for another five years

Funding for the Programme de pratique du droit (PPD), which is only available at two Ontario universities, has been renewed until 2025. ... [read more]

Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 8:43 AM

Avoiding mistakes: How technology can help wills and estates practitioners nails_bent_sm

According to Ontario’s professional liability insurance provider, LawPRO, claims against wills and estates practitioners in Ontario have been on an upswing in the last decade, nearly doubling in frequency. As litigators who often prosecute claims against lawyers accused of negligence, we have observed first hand the types of mistakes that are often made. These mistakes generally stem from a failure to stay informed about the relevant law and/or to adopt and follow best practices when carrying out their duties. ... [read more]