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Issue 39 | May 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' annual fall conference!

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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“Whose people are ya?”: Residency issues on disposition of taxable Canadian property

Many conveyancers will be aware that a purchaser is liable for taxes (and interest and penalties) that should have been, but were not, remitted by a non-resident who disposes of taxable Canadian property, absent due diligence to determine residency.

Pay attention to these pitfalls ...

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LIANS releases 2015 Annual Report

LIANS' 2015 Annual Report presents an overview of activities and financial performance over the last year, and outlines our direction for future initiatives ...

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Managing Workplace Conflict

Every workplace has a variety of personalities that can sometimes clash.

Managing workplace conflict effectively requires a cool head and keeping an eye on the real goals — saving time, energy, and reducing stress ...

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Parcel Register v. Judgment Roll


There continues to be a misconception that Judgments are automatically recorded in an already-migrated Parcel Register. They are not.

A Judgment does not get added to an already-migrated Parcel Register until the next Parcel Register revision. It takes a conveyance to trigger the addition of a Judgment to the Parcel Register ...


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Benefits of Voluntary Excess Professional Liability Insurance

As the value of client matters and transactions increases over time, so too does the need to secure adequate levels of errors and omissions insurance.

One large claim could quite quickly erode the primary policy, leaving you or your firm exposed to significant personal liability ...

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Reminder: Report all claims within the policy year by June 30, 2016

To ensure that you preserve your policy coverage, you must report a claim (or potential claim) as soon as practicable after learning of a claim or becoming aware of circumstances that might constitute an occurrence or give rise to a claim, however unmeritorious.

You must report that claim (or potential claim) within the policy period. This is a condition of your policy. The current policy period ends June 30, 2016 ...

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Faster, easier, more productive calendaring with Outlook

Make sure you’re getting the most of Outlook’s calendaring feature – set up reminders, schedule meetings and coordinate your daily tasks. Here’s how Outlook can keep your schedule on track: 

  • Create appointments from your emails. Drag an email directly into your calendar to create an appointment that includes all of the email’s details. Click to highlight an email, then drag it to the Calendar Bar at the bottom-left of your email screen. Enter the desired date, time and other details, then save and close.
  • Schedule and organize meetings. Drag calendar appointments into your Mail Bar (bottom-left, above your Calendar Bar) to automatically create an email with the appointment’s details, then add additional details as needed in the email body and send it along!
  • Retrieve an earlier entry. Can’t remember the date (or other details) about an appointment in the past? Start typing any relevant key words in the ‘Search Calendar’ box (top-right corner of your Calendar screen), and a list of matches will automatically appear.
  • Add public holidays. Avoid scheduling appointments on a holiday - Outlook can add them to your calendar! To enable this ... 
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SNSMR Notice: Permanent closure of Baddeck Land Registration Office

The Baddeck Land Registry Office will close May 31st, 2016.

For registration or recording of any documents which cannot be e-submitted and would previously have been submitted in paper form to this office, they should be redirected by mail, courier, or drop-off between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm to the various Provincial locations noted below ...

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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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Network with LIANS' Mentorship program

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

Become a Mentor or Mentee!

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