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Issue 38 | March 2016


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.
Save the date for LIANS' RPM conference 2016!

The 8th annual LIANS Risk and Practice Management Conference will be held Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax.

Registration will open early September – keep an eye out for promotional emails from LIANS and follow @LIANS_RPM on Twitter.


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Ineffective assistance of counsel in summary appeal matters

From time to time, a Notice of Appeal in a summary conviction appeal matter will raise issues of ineffective assistance of counsel.

When this occurs it is critical that both the lawyer who is the subject of the allegation and the Lawyers Insurance Association of Nova Scotia (LIANS) are made aware of the allegation, as the lawyer involved has a right to defend themselves ...

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Join the LIANS network

Connect with LIANS on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Networking for Risk Management, Claims Prevention, Law Practice Management, Legislative updates and much more ...


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ADMIN CORNER: Tips for tackling your scanning projects

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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SCC Judgment: Appeal denied despite “woefully incompetent” counsel

“ ... [M]iscarriages of justice may take many forms in the context of ineffective assistance of counsel. While the Court of Appeal addressed a wide range of issues, we need comment only on one: we are not persuaded that there was any miscarriage of justice in any of its forms in this case.”

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Receive CanLII decisions and legislation updates

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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Transition provisions under the new Limitation of Actions Act: What applies?

Since the amended Limitation of Actions Act took effect September 1, 2015, one of the most common compliance challenges we’ve seen relate to transition provisions and their applications.

The DoJ's“New Limitation of Actions Act” guidebook addresses transition provisions as follows ...

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New Professional Standards: Real Estate, Criminal and Law Office Management

The following Professional Standards and their resources are now available to view:


Law Office Management

Real Estate

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Crop and enhance your Social Media Images

When uploading images to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, etc., social media users will often be required to crop the photo to conform to the various size requirements.

Here’s a handy reference to take you further ...

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Homewood Health launches personalized health platform

Homewood Health™, your health and wellness provider, has launched the following new service: 

"Homeweb is an innovative online platform that offers members access to personalized health and wellness tools, resources, and support when you want it — anywhere, anytime ... "

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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 becoming a Mentor or Mentee!

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

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