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Issue 49 | January 2018


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.
Crossing the line: Privileged information at foreign borders

Travel to foreign countries, be it personal or business, is a common occurrence. In today’s world, a search extends to the ability of a border agent to examine any electronic device, be it a phone, tablet or a laptop, that a traveler may be carrying.

Because the risk of a search of an electronic device always exists, these steps can be taken to reduce (though not eliminate) lawyers' risk of inadvertently giving access to privileged information ...

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FRAUD ALERT: Nova Scotia firm falls victim to large construction machine purchase scam

A Nova Scotia firm recently experienced a loss after falling victim to a large construction equipment scam, with scammers using actual names and details to masquerade as legitimate companies. In questioning the legitimacy of a client request, we've been contacted by dozens of Nova Scotia lawyers in recent months who've received an email similar to the following ...

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Automated 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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"Feeling a draft": Avoid emailer’s remorse

We’ve all done it – that cringey moment when you realize you’ve sent an email rife with typos and/or awkward phrasing, neglected to include an attachment, or left the subject line blank. Or worse, you’ve sent an email that gives private information to unauthorized parties.

Avoid mistakes by following this composition order ...

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Become a mentor or mentee with LIANS

Mentoring in the legal profession is a time honoured means of maintaining and enhancing professionalism and lawyering skills.

Mentors receive the satisfaction of helping someone grow and succeed in the practice of law while mentees benefit from the opportunity to receive regular encouragement and support, explore new ideas and alternatives, and develop new contacts and networking opportunities. ...

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Exchange and consult on 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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“Dammit Jim, I’m a lawyer, not an appraiser”: Advising the mortgagee

The proliferation of non-traditional lenders, broker-oriented transactions and “creative financing” schemes have given rise both to increased foreclosures and claims against counsel under what might unscientifically be called “coulda shoulda woulda.”

As we enter 2018 and, in some regions, the low point in the property season, it pays dividends to refresh ourselves on a few “ten thousand foot” principles when representing a lender ...

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Life’s a breach: Has your data been compromised?

If you’ve used LinkedIn, Gmail, DropBox, Hotmail, and/or Adobe in recent years, you’ve been made to change your passwords for these sites – and for good reason. Every time a site/server breach occurs, any personal information captured on that site (e.g. email or civic addresses, birthdate, etc.) can be released by hackers.

How can you determine whether your credentials have been compromised?

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Health and wellness with NSLAP

Your well-being and happiness in your chosen profession, and the health of your practice, are important to us at LIANS and the Society.

Accordingly, we would like to take a few minutes to remind you of the Nova Scotia Lawyers Assistance Program we have in place to provide you with assistance and guidance if issues arise ...

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