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Issue 44 | March 2017


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.
Checklist for certificate of compliance in non-resident dispositions

"One of the many responsibilities of a purchaser’s lawyer is to inquire into the residency status of the vendor, and to ensure that any non-resident vendors’ tax obligations are fully and properly addressed to protect purchasers from being forced to pay the taxes owed by their predecessor in title ... Identifying non-resident dispositions as early on in the process as is possible will allow you to better serve your clients by enlisting the assistance of accounting professionals well before the funds start flowing ... "

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New Real Estate Professional Standard #2.7: Subdivision / Consolidation

Conveyancing of real estate is conditional on compliance with subdivision regulation, and it is now an essential attribute of migration under the Land Registration Act. This standard alerts practitioners to these requirements, sets out various means by which subdivision regulation may be complied with, and describes some of the procedure required of lawyers upon subdivision.

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Connect with colleagues on LIANS' online forums

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.

Share collective professional knowledge and experience, provide a sounding board, and connect in a secure system ...

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Reducing risk in a wills, estates and trusts practice

Claims against lawyers in the field of wills and estates are on the rise, both in frequency and severity. As considerable wealth is passed from one generation to the next, claims in this area could involve significant amounts, with eight-figure claims already having been received in the U.S. ...

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Link directly to paragraphs in CanLII judgments

Did you know that you can easily share a specific paragraph (or paragraphs) from judgments housed on CanLII?

For any legislation in the database that features numbered paragraphs and is properly tagged, simply add a few characters to a decision’s permanent CanLII URL to highlight the section that you deem most relevant ...

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New resource page: LIANS Presents

With the aim of providing information on legal developments in Nova Scotia and throughout Canada that may be of general interest to our insureds, LIANS has launched a new section on our website consisting of materials lawyers have prepared for prior live presentations ...

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Six steps to reducing work stress

One in three Canadians say work stress is getting them down. Can you relate?

If so, there are ways to deal with the causes of stress and develop proactive strategies to help you reduce your stress and anxiety levels ...

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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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Roam if you want to: Top tips for travelling with a smart phone

Travelling with a smart phone is like having your own travel agent, concierge and personal assistant in one device – from electronic boarding passes, to destination itinerary planning, news and weather, even a camera that rivals most point-and-shoots.

Here are some tips to deal with concerns such as exceeding your data limit plan, ensuring all software updates are installed, and having a back-up plan in case your phone is lost or stolen ...

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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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