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Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:54 PM

Selling tech solutions to key law firm decision makers selling_techsolutions_sm

My presentation was polished and my talking points were front and centre in my mind. I had a new technology solution, a great team behind me and a passion for the legal industry that stemmed from my experience as a former corporate lawyer. I had my pen in-hand ready for the firm to sign up for our service. This was my first meeting with the firm and it went great! ... [read more]

Monday, October 28, 2019 @ 11:35 AM

Law Society of Ontario reduces annual fees, accepts Rosenthal’s return despite objections Teresa Donnelly sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has approved a “streamlined” budget for 2020, which Audit and Finance Committee chair Teresa Donnelly called “responsible.” The budget reduces the lawyer and paralegal annual fees and it keeps the regulator on track to replenish the compensation fund, which took a hit in the middle of the past decade. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 1:39 PM

Committee recommends raising Quebec Crowns’ salary by nearly 14 per cent over four years Sonia LeBel

The Quebec government’s resolve to establish harmonious labour relations with its Crown prosecutors will be put to the test after the National Assembly received a report by a special committee that made a slew of recommendations to improve their labour conditions. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 1:22 PM

The Coach: Where are the profits? | Gary Mitchell

Profits not only come from a lot of hard work and bringing in more clients, they can be found by becoming more efficient, more productive and improving workflow and performance. What I will discuss in this column is conducting audits to measure where you are today and what to do with that information. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

Digital estate myth #3: Digital executor solves the problem digital_things_sm

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

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

B.C. pact recognizes legal aid as essential service, lawyers’ association says Richard Fowler

The B.C. government has announced an agreement to increase legal aid tariff rates and to have more conversations about changes to eligibility and coverage, a deal which the association representing legal aid lawyers in the province is calling unprecedented in Canada. ... [read more]

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]