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Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 8:56 AM

LSO convocation to vote on Rosenthal resuming position as bencher Jonathan Rosenthal sm

Former Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher Jonathan Rosenthal will be returning to Convocation, pending a vote to elect him as the next eligible candidate, to fill the seat left by Orlando Da Silva in September.  ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 8:02 AM

Digital estate myth #2: Hard copy, password managers the answer digital_things_sm

Digital assets remain one of the least understood aspects of estate planning and estate administration. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 9:14 AM

‘Hierarchy based on expertise’ model changes way tax law firm works Peter Aprile sm

The Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) new president, Colin Stevenson, who stepped into the role on Sept. 1, was inspired to make innovation the organization’s theme this year. This was motivated in part by the OBA’s innovator-in-residence, Peter Aprile, who, along with other legal professionals at Counter Tax, have undertaken a “hierarchy based on expertise” model at their firm. ... [read more]

Friday, October 11, 2019 @ 10:35 AM

Legal operations: The hard work of selling change fish_jump_sm

The goal of legal operations is to run in-house legal teams like a business. What does that mean to you? ... [read more]

Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 8:55 AM

OBA president calls new Innovator-in-Residence, Ryerson LIZ a ‘world leader’ Colin Stevenson 2019 sm

The Ryerson Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) will be the Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) next Innovator-in-Residence, helping build on OBA president Colin Stevenson’s theme for his term. “The Innovator-in-Residence Program leads and supports the Ontario bar to, and through, innovative change with the information, education, practical advice and tools that lawyers need to succeed in a rapidly changing market,” said Stevenson on the appointment announcement on Oct. 7.  ... [read more]

Monday, October 07, 2019 @ 12:54 PM

Findings in articling survey ‘disheartening,’ Law Society of Alberta says Cori Ghitter, Law Society of Alberta deputy executive director and director of professionalism and policy

The Law Society of Alberta is pledging to act after a survey of law students and new lawyers in the province showed experiences of harassment and discrimination during the articling process. In addition, many of those surveyed felt the experience did not provide them with the proper amount of training as they began their legal careers. ... [read more]

Monday, October 07, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

Lawyers and cabbage | Marcel Strigberger

I am often asked how a lawyer who retired two years ago, spends his day. How about cabbages? That’s right. Buying or trying to buy a cabbage. ... [read more]

Friday, October 04, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Succession planning: The elephant in the law firm | Stephen Binder

I have been working with lawyers and law firms for a good part of my four and a half decades as an accountant and strategic adviser, and I can say this with some confidence: lawyers aren’t quite like everybody else, at least when it comes to the issue of retirement. While the rest of the world dreams of kicking back and relaxing after a lifetime of work, many lawyers — especially those who have risen to the upper echelons of their firms — seem terrified at the prospect of not coming to the office. In fact, one recent survey suggests that nearly four out of five senior partners never want to retire. ... [read more]

Friday, October 04, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

B.C., Alberta law societies formalize rules on trust accounts, disciplinary processes Kent Teskey, Alberta Law Society president-elect

Benchers of both the Alberta and British Columbia law societies met at the end of September, agreeing to a number of rules changes on financial disclosure and the use of fiduciary property, as well as tweaks to formal disciplinary procedures. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 02, 2019 @ 1:55 PM

Court rules Quebec’s back-to-work legislation unconstitutional

A Quebec court ruling that declared unconstitutional a special law that forced provincial government lawyers and notaries to put a halt to the longest Canadian strike by public civil servants may give them much needed ammunition to persuade the government to introduce binding arbitration, according to legal experts. ... [read more]