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Issue 72 | November 2021

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

With this, our last issue of LIANSwers for 2021, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank you and everyone here at LIANS and the Society for your work and efforts this year.

Though there were many positives this year, there were also times when 2021 seemed little different from 2020, a year that many will probably not remember with an abundance of fondness ...

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Request for Input on New 'Wills, Powers of Attorney and Personal Directives' Professional Standards

The Wills, Powers of Attorney and Personal Directives Professional Standards Committee is seeking input from the membership on three newly proposed Standards ...

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Important Changes to the Standard Form Agreement of Purchase and Sale

For many property practitioners, you may already be aware of the upcoming changes to the Standard Form Agreement of Purchase and Sale that will be coming into effect on January 3, 2022.

For those who need more information, or wonder how it may affect your practice ...

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FRAUD ALERT: Scam Attempts Before the Holidays, During the Pandemic

We've issued dozens of fraud alerts of late, and continue to receive daily reports. You should always be vigilant to fraud, but particularly a) during the pandemic, when scammers target distracted staff and impermanent workplaces, and; b) around the holiday season, as scammers target firms in hopes that the extra banking closure days will further delay detection of a scam. Here is a round-up of the most recent common scam attempts and red flags we've seen ...

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Avoid the Downfall: Follow Up on Undertakings

If another lawyer’s undertaking to you goes unfulfilled, the risk is YOUR risk. If a claim arises because a mortgage for a prior owner hasn’t been released and is causing a problem for your clients, it is a potential claim against YOU.

Whether providing or accepting the undertaking - follow up, follow up, follow up!

 

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Resources and Survey from the 2021 LIANS/NSBS Virtual Conference

Our 13th annual Solo and Small Firm Conference was held via Zoom on November 24th, with a bonus wellness session Unlock and Create Space for Joy” held on December 7th. This was our second all-virtual event and overall, from your comments, quite successful.

All resources, PowerPoint slides, and most recorded videos from the conference have been posted, and may be accessed here ...

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NSLAP WELLNESS: Mental Health Checkup - Preparing for the Year Ahead

A new year is nearly upon us, a time when many of us reflect on the previous year and make plans for the coming year. In addition to living through a pandemic, we’ve been inundated with negative world events, digital burnout, struggles with work-life balance, which have impacted our mental health and may cause us to abandon our healthy coping strategies. As we come out the other side of the pandemic, the new year is an excellent time to check-in and prioritize your mental health and make realistic goals for the coming year ...

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Reading Between the Lines: Pitfalls of Texting with Clients

Texting, by its very nature, may lack the specificity needed for certain instructions, matters and advice.

If you become at all distracted during the quick convenience of sending and receiving important texts, you could be glossing over crucial details and instructions between you and your client ...

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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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