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Issue 40 | July 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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Acting on a Board of Directors: Are you liable?

As a lawyer, your training, expertise and good judgement are skills that organizations value highly when seeking a director.

Because your liability as a director could possibly extend to liability for the firm, all parties should understand the legal obligations and risks involved ...

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LIANS’ Insurance Levy for 2016-2017

The 2016-2017 LIANS Insurance Levy was approved by the LIANS Board of Directors on April 19, 2016.

As a result of the increase in LIANS’ self-retention to $500,000 last year ...

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Reminder: New LAA means shorter limitation periods

The amended Limitation of Actions Act was proclaimed September 1st, 2015. Limitation periods for most claims are now 2 years (there are exceptions for sexual assault and real property). There is a limited saving provision that applies to personal injury claims only.

Any other claim that is filed beyond the applicable limitation period could be statute barred ...

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Closing the deal: Reducing risk with mortgage transactions

Real estate claims continue to represent the largest proportion of claims that we see, with 43% of the number of claims, and 61% of our costs in 2015. Many of these claims involve communication errors, inadequate investigation, clerical errors and fraud when performing mortgage transactions.

Here’s how to reduce your risk when closing the deal ...


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Interviewing strategies: Finding a good fit

The growth and success of an organization is largely determined by the skills and talents of its employees. As a workplace leader, people are your greatest resource.

Take a comprehensive look at the key steps of the hiring process, and examine how to find the right people for the right roles ...

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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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Restrictions for Provincial Health Cards as Client ID

A lawyer who is providing legal services and is seeking to comply with client identification requirements does not fall within the definition of “custodian” under the Act.

Before asking for or recording the information on a client's Provincial Health Card ...

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CLIA Loss Prevention Bulletin

The Summer 2016 issue of the Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association "Loss Prevention Bulletin" is now available online. Articles include:

  • Better safe than sorry
  • Calming the anxious lawyer
  • On ending well and not burning bridges
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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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Build your network with LIANS' Mentorship program

Looking for opportunities to network, share professional knowledge and skills, and receive support from the Risk and Practice Management program?

Become a Mentor or Mentee!

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