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Issue 35 | September 2015

LIANSWERS

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.
Registration now open for LIANS' fall conference

The 7th annual LIANS Risk and Practice Management Conference will be held November 6, 2015 from 9am-4pm at the Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax.

Sessions include:

  • “Opening and building your practice as a business” with the CEED (Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development)
  • “Top 10 things I learned from a Law Coach” with Julia Cornish QC
  • “Data Security” with Victor Abou-Assaleh of TitanFile Inc.
  • Health & wellness presentation with Andria Hill-Lehr of Homewood Health™
  • and much more (stay tuned!)

Sessions (approximately six hours) may be eligible as CPD hours

Register online through the NSBS Members Login sectionhttps://imis.nsbs.org/imis20/NSBSWEB
To register by telephone or email, contact Alex Greencorn at 902 423 1300 x325 or agreencorn@lians.ca

Early Bird Rate: $200+tax; after October 16th: $250+tax

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

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Risk Management in the Retention Process: What Your Role as an “Officer of the Court” Does Not Assure

A guest piece from Gavin Giles QC and Sheldon Nathanson, as they highlight the importance of diligence in the retention risk management process, and warn:

“ ... you may find your taxing officer, Supreme Court Justice or Small Claims Court Adjudicator siding with your former client because of some rather vague legal notions that her or his word is to be favoured over yours ... “.

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Finding the Silver Lining

‘Every cloud has a silver lining’ is an old saying that means something positive can be found in every situation, even the stormiest. In other words, it’s about having an optimistic outlook on life.

It’s well documented that optimists are happier, more resilient and less stressed than pessimists and several recent studies also indicate that people who look on the bright side are leading longer, healthier lives – and are more successful ...

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Record retention and the Limitation of Actions Act

Given the ultimate limitation period of 15 years in the now proclaimed Limitation of Actions Act (LAA), lawyers are asking what impact that has on their obligations to keep documents.

That answer can be found in the Law Office Management Committee standard on record retention ...

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LIANS' resources for opening/closing a practice

Are you looking to open or wind down your practice? LIANS is here for you.

Visit our resources pages to review our numerous checklists, precedents, guidelines, and overall information on these important stages of running your practice ...

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CLIA Loss Prevention Bulletin

The Summer 2015 issue of the Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association Loss Prevention Bulletin is now available online. Articles include:

  • Expecting the unexpected
  • Billable hours: Is more always better?
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Accessing Homewood Health online

The Nova Scotia Lawyers Assistance Program or “NSLAP” is an informational, confidential referral and short-term counselling service for members of the legal profession, their staff and families who may be experiencing health or personal problems.

Online access to these services is also available, just follow these simple steps ...

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Limitation period for MVA claims is now two years

The amended Limitation of Actions Act has been proclaimed and took effect on September 1, 2015. The Act effectively shortens the limitation period for motor vehicle accident (MVA) claims from three (3) years to two (2) years.

Lawyers should check all MVA / personal injury files in which they have not yet commenced an action ...

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Time can be on your side

Timing is everything, especially when balancing daily tasks in your practice and your personal life.

Here are some handy online timer tools to help you stay on track, assign time to certain tasks, and avoid missing appointments and other short-term deadlines ...

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Become a Mentor or Mentee with LIANS

Looking for opportunities to network, gain knowledge about practice management issues, and receive support from the Risk and Practice Management program? Consider joining the Mentorship Program!

The Mentorship Program offers the following advantages and opportunities ...

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