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Issue 53 | September 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.
Register today to save for LIANS' October 25th conference!

Join us Thursday, October 25, 2018 for LIANS' 10th annual Risk and Practice Management Program conference from 9am-3:45pm at the Delta Halifax.

Early rate: $225+HST
(after Oct 17th: $275+HST)

  • Residential real estate agreements standard forms update with Lisa White, CPA, CA, Associate Broker
  • Procrastination and avoiding claims with Director of the Law Society of Manitoba, Tana Christianson
  • Legal Services Support: What we’re hearing from you with Jennifer Pink and Rob McCleave of NSBS Legal Services Support
  • Current practice issues in Criminal law with Mark Scott QC, Alexander MacKillop and Jade Pictou
  • Equity in the legal workplace with Angela Simmonds and Jane Willwerth of the NSBS Equity & Access Office
  • Mental health and lawyers: Signs, policies, problems and self-care with Doron Gold, JD, MSW, RSW, CPCC

Register online
(or register by telephone or email with Alex at 902-423-1300 x325 or

Sessions may be eligible as CPD hours.

Sessions will benefit lawyers, office managers, paralegals and legal assistants from across Atlantic Canada. Lawyers and staff from all sized firms are welcome. Free on-site parking, lunch buffet and refreshment breaks for all registrants. 


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Calling all mentors!

Do you have a minimum of nine years of experience and are interested in volunteering your time to provide support and guidance to another member?

LIANS is currently seeking mentors of all backgrounds for its Mentorship Program, specifically in the areas of Family law, Corporate/Commercial, Wills and Estates, and Criminal law ...

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Relationship coaching with Homewood Health

Finding the time to care for and nurture our intimate relationships with others can be challenging. That is why Homewood Health, your employee assistance provider, created Relationship Solutions. Relationship Solutions helps you take a proactive approach to enhancing your relationship.

Included in the service is up-front coaching, as well as a Relationship Solutions resource kit ...

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Succession planning: Avoid the chaos, stress and added expense

What would happen to your clients and your practice, if you were struck with an illness or other unforeseen event that resulted in your being away from the office for an extended period? Would you have a practice to return to upon your recovery?

Here are some practice aids and resources to develop a succession plan ...

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LIANS releases annual report 2017

LIANS' 2017 Annual Report presents an overview of its activities and financial performance over the last year, and outlines our direction for future initiatives ...

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LIANS seeking Claims Counsel

Please be advised that the Lawyers' Insurance Association of Nova Scotia is seeking a Claims Counsel.

Read NSBS/LIANS Claims Counsel for additional information ...

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Getting the all-clear: Reduce risk with wills, estates and trusts

Claims against lawyers in the field of wills and estates are on the rise, both in frequency and severity.

As considerable wealth is passed to the next generation, claims against professional advisors could involve significant amounts, with eight-figure claims already having been received in the US ...

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Subscribe to legislation and decison 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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Connect and consult 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. Though not a substitute for professional judgment, these forums are designed as an opportunity to share collective professional knowledge and experience, provide a sounding board, and otherwise connect ...

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Remove hidden personal data (metadata) from Word documents

Yes, technology makes business easier. However, it also comes with hidden risks.

Documents contain metadata. It is possible to remove this potentially privacy-compromising data from Microsoft Word documents. Before sharing electronic copies of files, remove hidden data or personal information that may be stored in the document or the document properties ...

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