Lawyer/client communication-related claims are the number one source of malpractice claims in all areas of practice. These claims can arise when there is a mis-communication or no communication at all. The lawyer and client can be confused over who is doing what. Were instructions received but ignored? Was the lawyer supposed to do something which wasn’t done? Was a recommendation not taken and subsequently regretted, leading to the client ultimately blaming the lawyer? Good practice habits can help eliminate these problem areas. Let’s take a look at the habits that can help you take instructions and give recommendations effectively.
‘FAIR – supporting auto accident victims through advocacy and education’
The information provided below is not legal advice, and it may not apply in every situation. FAIR is not a legal service and we do not recommend particular lawyers or firms. We do not provide legal advice. This page is for information purposes only.
We are hearing about more and more cases where the time limitations for filing have lapsed due to a failure by a plaintiff’s legal representative to meet deadlines. Claimants should stay informed of what is happening with their files and forms and ask the questions about filing dates and limitations. Please see some of the decisions and articles listed at the bottom of this page for details
More information on choosing a lawyer or if you have issues with your legal bill here.
***************************************FAIR does not accept responsibility for comments, opinions, statistical information etc. associated with the links listed below. Any opinions, points of view, etc. are not necessarily shared by FAIR.
The Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) is urging the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) to exercise caution in its review of contingency fee agreements.
Jaye Hooper, FOLA’s chair, says the federation supports the concept of a mandatory, easily understood contingency fee agreement (CFA), but has a number of concerns about some recommendations a law society working group made to their colleagues in Convocation on the issue.
He dressed like a lawyer, talked like a lawyer and worked as a lawyer, but in reality, 34-year-old Inayat Kassam was a smooth-talking fraudster with a law degree that wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on.
The Aurora, Ont., man purchased his phoney law degree online five years ago from the University of Renfrew. The school has no officially recognized accreditation and its website features a fake address in Tampa, Fla., and stock images of supposed faculty members.
This is the second article in a three-part series in which I share practical mediation advice, in different practice areas, based on my experience as a mediator and mediation lawyer (a.k.a. settlement counsel). Last week, I discussed wrongful dismissal. This week, I focus on maximizing settlement opportunities in the mediation of personal injury claims, including slips and falls, motor-vehicle accidents and intentional torts such as battery.
Disability insurance is provided to give one peace of mind. Sick or injured, bills will be paid because there will be disability benefits to carry the load. No worries, the doctor just completes a form and the benefit cheque will be in the mail. If only it were that simple.