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Monday, July 12, 2021 @ 1:44 PM

Top legal tech trends to watch for in 2021  Lawyer looking into future with telescope

Digitization continues to change the world at a fast pace. Digital technology has played a significant role in every aspect across businesses and industries, influencing time management, productivity, costs, etc. If we talk about the legal sector, legal professionals are becoming more open to and comfortable with technology. They recognize the benefits of streamlining time-consuming tasks and increasing work efficiency using various legal software programs. ... [read more]

Monday, July 12, 2021 @ 12:05 PM

What LEGO can teach family law about dealing with self-reps | Joel Miller

LEGO figured out that to increase business for its primary product, those little bricks, it should surround them with a universe of other, complementary, products. In The Power of Little Ideas: A Low-Risk, High-Reward Approach to Innovation, David Robertson and Kent Lineback use LEGO as an example of “complementary innovation.” ... [read more]

Friday, July 09, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

The Coach: Cross-serving, not selling | Gary Mitchell

Early on in my career coaching lawyers I discovered that the term “cross-selling” was being misused. First off, lawyers hate the concept of sales and what they perceive it to be. Secondly, and more importantly, it’s really about serving your clients, not selling them. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 08, 2021 @ 12:41 PM

Bankrupt permitted to sue trustee in personal capacity in precedent-setting decision Gold coins on weigh scales

Licensed Insolvency Trustees (LITs) in Ontario are a lot like lawyers. They hold a de facto monopoly on their profession, they are self-governed, and they owe their clients a fiduciary duty. One major difference LITs enjoy over lawyers, however, is statutory protection from liability. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 07, 2021 @ 8:42 AM

Ontario family law needs a college of mediators | Gary Joseph

I enjoy writing and do so to bring attention to cases or issues that I believe are important to the family law bar. I hope that my articles stimulate discussion among the bar. My recent comments in The Lawyer’s Daily (Mediation: The unregulated profession; ) relating to family law mediation certainly struck a nerve with many readers. ... [read more]

Friday, July 02, 2021 @ 1:18 PM

Holistic standards for unregulated profession of mediation | Julie Gill, Jennifer Daudlin and Tom Dart

The Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO) is an interdisciplinary organization that provides certifications, networking and advocacy for family dispute resolution (FDR) professionals including, but not limited to, mediators, arbitrators, parenting co-ordinators, financial professionals and academics. ... [read more]

Friday, July 02, 2021 @ 11:42 AM

Perfect timing makes practice: Setting up virtual firm during COVID | Joshua Goldberg

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of running a practice with a virtual office rather than the traditional bricks and mortar model. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, I realized that the time was right to make this dream a reality, leading to the creation of my firm. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 @ 1:28 PM

Ontario family mediation: World class excellence | Hilary Linton

If Gary Joseph’s opinion is reflective of what Ontario lawyers know about family mediation practice in our province, (June 22, 2021, “Mediation: The unregulated profession”) some serious correction is called for. ... [read more]

Friday, June 25, 2021 @ 9:20 AM

Contingency fee reforms come into force July 1, LSO announces

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) announced new requirements for contingency fees will come into force on July 1. In a news release issued on June 24, the regulator noted that the changes will “enhance consumer protection by improving transparency and fairness for clients — thereby improving access to justice.” ... [read more]

Thursday, June 24, 2021 @ 12:58 PM

Sunshine as diversity disinfectant | David Latner

Three recent events inspired me to consider how our law schools could lead by example in advancing diversity. ... [read more]