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Issue 42 | November 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.
Opening, closing or transferring your practice? We can help

Are you looking to open, improve, transfer or close your practice?

At every stage of your career, LIANS is here for you ...

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Principal residence reporting rules

It is important to remember that all property sales must now be reported in the year of disposition with a T1 tax return, even if it does not give rise to tax payable. This includes your client’s principal residence.

These rules should be included in both the purchaser’s report and the vendor’s report ...

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Missed out on the 2016 RPM conference? Get yourself caught up

We covered a lot of important ground at our recent annual conference, from LRA and current real property matters, to assisted dying legislation, dealing with colleagues in mental health crisis, and much more.

Get caught up with the following session resources ...

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Avoiding civil litigation claims

Civil litigation-related claims in Nova Scotia have risen since 2013, now representing about 20 per cent of LIANS' total LIANS claims, with on average $520,677 spent per year. In 2015, civil litigation-related files accounted for more than one-third of lawyers’ insurance claim costs in Ontario.

When starting a litigation file, follow these tips to avoid a claim ...

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LIANS’ online forums for real estate, family law and solo/small firms

LIANS' online forums “Small Talk”, “The Family Room” and “Real Estate Assistants Forum” enable sole practitioners and small firm lawyers; family law lawyers; and real estate assistants to connect and share information.

Practitioners in these areas are able to share collective professional knowledge and experience, provide a sounding board, and connect in a secure system ...


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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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Wellness During the Holiday Season

For most of us, the holiday season can be fun and exciting. But it can also be stressful and overwhelming — many of us feel stress in December because we're unrealistic about how much we can accomplish in a limited amount of time.

Whether we're visiting loved ones, shopping, attending holiday work functions, or running simple errands, there is a lot to do. If the holiday season is making you feel anxious, or exhausted, here are some hints to help manage overload ...

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“No more hide and seek”: Sub-searches in the plan index

Although the Nova Scotia Land Registration Offices process on average 630 transactions per day, there can be a delay between the time a plan is accepted for registration and moves out of the “Plans in Process” queue, and all affected LR parcels are updated online.

When dealing with an LR parcel, you may choose to search for “gap plans” by doing the following ...

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Expand 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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Safe and sound: Securing your Google accounts

If you use Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos, or any Google program, it's important to ensure your accounts are safe from viruses and hackers.

Here are a few steps you can take to protect yourself ...

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