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Issue 60 | November 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.
Get caught up with resources from the LIANS & NSBS 2019 Conference

We covered a lot of ground at the recent annual conference, from Cyber Security to Client Capacity, Succession Planning to Working Smarter with Outlook, and much more.

For those who missed out, catch up with the following resources ...

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Significant SCC Decision on Variation of Child Support

Family law practitioners will want to watch for written reasons following a recent Supreme Court of Canada Decision – Michel v. Graydon (SCC Docket 38498).

This is a significant change to the law on variation of child support ...

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Fraud attempts before the holidays

You should always be vigilant to fraud, but particularly so around the holiday season. Scammers frequently target firms just before the holidays, hoping that the extra bank closure days will further delay detection of a scam ...

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Supporting those in recovery during the holidays

Seasonal celebrations and holidays can be wonderful times for people to come together. For someone in recovery, the memories and celebrations attached to the season can be particularly challenging as they often include tempting environments and social scenarios that may create conditions that increase the risk of relapse.

Here's how to support those in recovery during this time, making them feel safe, secure and well-connected ...

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Add holiday hours to your firm's Google business listing

Planning on taking some time off during the holidays or for other special events?

If you plan to close your practice for time outside of your regular business hours, simply edit your Google "My Business" profile to be sure your clients are in the know ...

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Once more unto the breach: Where was your data compromised?

In using sites like LinkedIn, Gmail, DropBox, and Hotmail in recent years, you’ve been made to change your account passwords – and for good reason. Once a site/server breach occurs, any personal information captured on those sites (e.g. email or civic addresses, birthdate, etc.) can be released or used by hackers.

How can you determine when and where your credentials have been compromised?

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"Caught in the middle": PPSA requires full name

When registering a security interest against an individual under the Personal Property Security Act, Regulation 20(1) requires the inclusion of the debtor’s middle name as part of the registration.

The failure to include a debtor’s middle name could compromise the security interest ...

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Bright side of life: NSLAP and Resilience

Practicing law involves dealing with adversity and facing unexpected challenges. A resilient mindset is the ability to distinguish what we can influence and control from what we cannot. Resilience is important, not just for our work but also because it is rooted in the quality of our relationships.

Research has shown that a resilient mindset leads to more cooperative client relationships, and a reduced risk of a professional liability claim ...

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Automated 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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