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Issue 56 | March 2019


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.
Reminder when recording judgments under the Land Registration Act

The removal and renewal of judgments recorded in the land registry pursuant to the Land Registration Act is discussed in Section 66(4) of the LRA.

As you know, a recorded judgment can be renewed provided it is not otherwise removed. Subsection 66(4)(e) provides a limitation on the renewal of the recording as follows ...

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To serve and protect (yourself): Mitigating the risks of ILA

Though the nature and value of the transaction will vary, there is a common perception that Independent Legal Advice (ILA) should be a quick exercise for a modest fee.

From your professional liability insurer’s perspective, such a perception is misguided ...

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Seeking mentors

Do you have a minimum of nine years of experience and are interested in volunteering your time to provide support and guidance to another member?

LIANS is currently seeking mentors of all backgrounds for its Mentorship Program, specifically in the areas of Family law, Corporate/Commercial, Wills and Estates, and Criminal law.

Participation could be eligible as a CPD activity ...

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Keep your composure: Avoid errors with proper email composition order

You know that feeling, that moment of dread when you realize you’ve sent an email rife with typos and/or awkward phrasing, neglected to include an attachment, or left the subject line blank. Or worse, you’ve sent an email that gives private information to unauthorized parties.

Avoid these mistakes by following this composition order ...

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Pre-retirement planning

Are you excited or apprehensive about retiring? Chances are you are a little of both. Fortunately, with a little advance planning, your retirement years can be everything you hoped for and more.

Your Nova Scotia Lawyers Assistance Program (NSLAP) provider, Homewood HealthTM can make sure you are as prepared mentally, emotionally, and financially as possible  ...

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Perfect strangers: Lawyers sharing office space

It is not uncommon for lawyers to share office space with other lawyers or non-lawyers. However, such situations do present a risk of confusing a client and/or running afoul of the NSBS Code of Professional Conduct.

If you are in a shared space arrangement, here are some things (but not an exhaustive list) that you should consider ...

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Volunteers wanted: LAP Committee

LIANS is looking for volunteers interested in joining the Lawyers Assistance Program Committee  ...

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New Criminal Professional Standards Introduced

Two new Criminal Law Professional Standards have recently been introduced: # 2 - Lawyers' Competence; and #3 - Defence Obligations Regarding Disclosure.

They may be reviewed here ...

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Subscribe to CanLII for automatic legislation and decision updates

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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Lessons learned from a power cord

A few years back, HP issued a recall for laptop power cords. A replacement cord was sent, along with these detailed instructions for the disposal of the potentially defective cord as HP obviously felt it was better to be safe than sorry.

So do we, especially when documenting your file ...

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