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Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 9:26 AM

COVID-19 time for reflection, possible change | Rachel Goldenberg

It is March 2020 and I am currently sitting at my desk in my home office. I have a hot coffee beside me, my husband is working in the next room, and my children are happily and wildly playing around the house. Sounds simply idyllic, right? Not so much. We are all home, not of our own choosing, but because we are self-isolating, amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has spread across the world. We are all social distancing, staying home and trying to keep everyone we know and love healthy and safe. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

New work from home reality an opportunity for law firms | Andrea Lekushoff

It’s hard to believe how quickly the COVID-19 outbreak has changed our business landscape. The overall tone of public messaging went from cautious to urgent in just a few short weeks. In the midst of all this uncertainty, companies are trying to figure out how to best follow publicly issued guidelines and directives while serving clients and conducting business in as close to their usual way as possible. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:21 PM

Four key actions lawyers can take to mitigate effects of COVID-19 Working from home

COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the legal profession in the past few weeks. Courts in many jurisdictions have shut down. Many lawyers and support staff are working from home. Clients are confused. And there is no end in sight. Coping strategies are the key to getting through this difficult time. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 1:07 PM

Regulating cryptocurrency exchanges: The courts struggle bitcoin_investing_sm

Cryptocurrency remains, in many ways, a novel asset class. No surprise, then, that courts in many jurisdictions are still trying to figure out how their law applies to the phenomenon. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 3:47 PM

Boom, bust and echo: Law firms are not immune | Jasmine Daya

During this time of COVID-19, putting on a smile and saying it’s “business as usual” is either an attempt to convince yourself that this is reality or a flawed marketing attempt. It is anything but business as usual, with some employees attempting to work remotely and some employees that are or will be temporarily laid off. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

Vulnerable litigants and family members: Getting proper authorization elderly_will_sm

In the first part of this two-part series, we analyzed the recent decision of Justice Paul Perell in Kalia v. Kalia 2020 ONSC 935. We addressed the issues of whether or not an elderly or vulnerable litigant (in this case, Adarsh Kalia) can ever rely on a family member to assist in retaining a lawyer and getting legal advice. And what is a litigant to do (and, more importantly, not do) when they are concerned that their adversary lacks capacity? We will now discuss the court’s response to the litigants. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 8:43 AM

Governance for charities, not-for-profits: Back to basics documents_corporate_sm

As charities and not-for-profits continue to play an important role in Canadian society, it is important to ensure that they maintain good governance and keep abreast of governance issues that may arise. In general terms, “governance” is the establishment, implementation and monitoring of appropriate rules and policies by an organization’s governing body in order to achieve its purposes. Proper governance requires appropriate structural and operational due diligence and effective decision-making. This article provides a brief overview of some common questions and issues that arise regarding governance for charities and not-for-profits concerning governing documents and bylaws. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 2:21 PM

What you have to know when pandemic forces you to work from home | Russell Bennett

When I started my law firm (of one) almost two years ago, I decided to work from home. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 11:25 AM

COVID-19: Family law going forward | Gary Joseph

The rush to find alternate ways to assist clients is remarkable. The level of suffering from this pandemic is undeniable but for the family law bar, adversity has spawned a reinvigorated effort to find ways to move matters forward, creatively craft dispute resolution methods and work towards settlement. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

Top next generation lead boosting tactics for law firms | Fran Jakubowicz

In terms of marketing spend, the legal industry is one of the most aggressive, with North American law firms spending anywhere from two to 10 per cent of their revenue on marketing activities, and 65 per cent of that amount is devoted to digital marketing activities. Yet, with law firms everywhere scrambling for space on every available digital platform, and with an average conversion rate of approximately two per cent on traditional website lead generation forms, conventional digital marketing tactics are having to create new ways to reach their audience. ... [read more]