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Issue 66 | November 2020


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.
A Message from LIANS' Director of Insurance, Lawrence Rubin

With this, our last issue of LIANSwers for 2020, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge your efforts and those of everyone here at LIANS and the Society during what has been a particularly trying year ...

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Bill C-11: Amendments to PIPEDA

For those of you who advise clients on privacy / PIPEDA matters, and for your general information, on November 17th, the federal government introduced Bill C-11, the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020. The proposed legislation makes significant changes to PIPEDA ...

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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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NSLAP WELLNESS: Dealing with the Holidays During a Pandemic

"The onset of winter typically signifies the beginning of seasonal festivities, family traditions and holidays. This year we face a season of uncertainty, a reprieve of traditions, and social and physical distancing guidelines and mandates to combat the risk of infection and spread of COVID-19."

On behalf of your Nova Scotia Lawyers Assistance Program (NSLAP) provider, Homewood HealthTM is pleased to provide the following ...

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Under the Radar: Follow Up on Undertakings

When you accept an undertaking and close the transaction, don’t put the file in the closed file box. If you are acting for a purchaser and/or lender on a property purchase/finance transaction and you accept another lawyer’s undertaking to complete a step after closing, follow up on that undertaking. Whatever the outstanding issue might be, make sure you are satisfied it has been appropriately addressed before you shelve your file ...

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Resources and Survey from the LIANS & NSBS 2020 Virtual Conference

We covered a lot of ground at the recent annual conference, from Virtual Courts to Taxation of WIP, from the LRO Appeals Process to Virtual Trust Accounts/Client ID/Cash Transactions, and much more.

Get informed with the following resources ...

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FRAUD ALERTS: Be Vigilant Over the Holidays During a Pandemic

We've issued numerous fraud alerts this year, and continue to receive daily reports from lawyers around the province. You should always be vigilant to fraud, but particularly over the holidays the pandemic, when scammers are targeting distracted staff and impermanent workplaces, hoping that these vulnerabilities will delay detection of scams.

Here are the most common scam attempts and red flags that we've been seeing in 2020 ...

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What's in a Name?: PPSA Registration Name Requirements

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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Looking Ahead: Reduce Risk and Improve Client Service in 2021

Successful practitioners provide excellent client service by exceeding, not just meeting, client expectations. To do so, they manage expectations from the outset, and take the time to explain the legal process, the range of possible outcomes, communication policies and the billing process with their client. They pay attention to detail, and they effectively screen clients whose expectations they feel they cannot be met. It is very important to determine your client’s degree of sophistication – it is not enough to say that client didn’t ask ...

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