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Issue 45 | May 2017

LIANSWERS

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.
ALERT: Limitations of Actions Act transition period ending soon

Effective September 1, 2015, the new LAA created a limitation period of two (2) years for most claims. The transition period is coming to an end.

This means that many claims that arose prior to September 1, 2015, will expire on or before September 1, 2017 ...

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Section 60 of the LRA revisited (Discharge of security interests)

Unless a lender, properly served with notice, takes steps within 30 days of service to establish that their security remains valid (insofar as it pertains to the lands under consideration), a lawyer can proceed to remove the interest.

Here are the steps to take ...

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Builders’ Lien Act amendments and adoption of new regulations

Proclamation of amendments made to the Builders’ Lien Act, which received Royal Assent in 2013 and 2014; and the adoption of new Builders’ Lien Regulations originate from work done by the Nova Scotia Law Reform Commission and are scheduled to become effective June 30, 2017 ...

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Report all claims within the policy year by June 30, 2017

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 in which you become aware of it. This is a condition of your policy. The current policy period ends June 30, 2017 ...

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Youth, teens and mental health

It’s no secret the emotions and actions of youth and teenagers can be a dizzying array of ups, downs, quirks and contradictions.

But, where mood swings, tantrums, and dramatic phases do constitute what have always been accepted as a normal part of growing up, there are notable instances when shifts in mood and behaviour may be indicators of a larger, more daunting issue: mental illness ...

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New family law Professional Standard: Electronic information and social media

Approved by Council on April 28, 2017, this new Standard is intended to address the use of social media by lawyers in their family law practice, and is concerned with the use of social media by or on behalf of a client in the context of its litigation ...

 

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Organize and declutter using technology

Overwhelmed with paper documents, receipts, business cards, and endless sticky notes?

Getting organized and decluttering your life at work and home can be made easy by following these top technology-oriented tips ...

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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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Share professional knowledge through LIANS' 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 otherwise connect ...

Discussion group participants determine the topics for discussion. Topic headers should be descriptive and new topics should result in a new discussion thread. The contents of the network are confidential to the participants in each forum. Be respectful.

LIANS is not responsible for the content of the forums, and does not moderate these discussions. If you practice Real Estate or Family law, or are a solo/small firm practitioner and would like access, please contact us at info@lians.ca.

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Networking 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? Consider becoming a Mentor or Mentee!

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

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