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Issue 48 | November 2017


This newsletter includes information to help lawyers reduce the likelihood of being sued for malpractice. The material presented is not intended to establish, report, or create the standard of care for lawyers. The articles do not represent a complete analysis of the topics presented, and readers should conduct their own appropriate legal research.
Last chance to register for LIANS' Nov 23 Conference!
  • Maintaining client confidentiality in a world where your TV is listening
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Introducing the MSELP self assessment: Tools and support to enhance your practice infrastructure
  • Trust accounts and new developments
  • Targeting Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace


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Yada, yada, yada ... JUDGMENTS!!

Search the Judgment Roll for judgments.

Yes, you know this. And, yes, you’ve heard it from us before. However, there remains a misconception among some practitioners that judgments are automatically recorded in a Parcel Register if the named judgment debtor owns an LR Parcel. They are not ...

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Connect with LIANS' online practice forums

LIANS' online forums “Small Talk, “The Family Room” and “Real Estate Assistants Forum” allow solo and small firm lawyers; family law lawyers; and real estate assistants to connect and share information.

Practitioners in these areas are able to chat in a secure social network system ...

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RSVP for LIANS' Mentorship reception

Join us for LIANS' 7th annual Mentorship Program ‘Wine and Cheese’ event. This event is open to all lawyers, whether you are already a participant in the program or are interested in becoming involved, this is a great opportunity to mingle with your colleagues and learn more about the program ...


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Avoiding Rule 8 (Default Judgment) Claims

Claims related to Rule 8 of the Nova Scotia Annotated Civil Procedure Rules arise when a judgment is entered by default due to a defence not being filed.

Dismissal claims due to administrative errors are often preventable, and can become less likely if the following measures are taken ...

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Real Estate Standards: One new, two amended, and two requests for input

Review the following new, amended and 'requested for input' Real Estate Standards and their resources:

  • New: 5.5 Title Insurance
  • Amended: 3.5 Judgments; 3.14 Partnerships
  • Requested for input: 4.3 Searching Names; 4.4 Identification
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Ask the Admins: Easier, more efficient scanning

One of the most notable obstacles to moving to digital file storage is the scanning process. Depending on the number and size of files in your possession, scanning them all can be anything from an annoyance to a seemingly insurmountable task.

Whichever point you’re at, these simple tips will hopefully make the job a little more manageable ...

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Restrictions for Provincial health cards as client ID

A lawyer who is providing legal services and is seeking to comply with client identification requirements does not fall within the definition of “custodian” under the Personal Health Information Act.

Before asking for or recording the information on a client's Provincial Health Card ...

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Receive decisions and legislation updates from CanLII

CanLII (an open access database for Canadian legislation and case law) offers a comprehensive list of RSS feeds for decisions and legislation from federal and provincial courts and tribunals.

Here's how to receive automatic updates ...

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All is calm: Wellness over the holiday season

For many of us, the holiday season can be fun, exciting ... and also overwhelming. Many of us feel stress because we're unrealistic about how much we can accomplish in a limited amount of time.

Whether we're visiting loved ones, shopping, attending holiday work functions, or running simple errands, there is a lot to do. If the holiday season is making you feel anxious, here are some hints to help ...

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