Law Firm Privacy Compliance in 10 Steps

  • August 12, 2015
  • Jeffrey Kaufman

On January 1, 2004, new federal and provincial laws came into force that change the standards lawyers in private practice must meet when they deal with personal information in their practices.

Acting for Family and Friends: Assessing the Risks and Handling Requests

  • February 18, 2015
  • Janice Mucalov, LL.B

Almost all of us have had a family member or friend approach us for help with a legal matter. Perhaps they want you to prepare their will, handle a new house purchase, advise on a family business or even act for them in their divorce. Naturally, you want to help out. Uncle Joe probably expects to get a deal on the fees and maybe you’re even willing to provide your services for free.

Eight tips for building an articling wardrobe

  • January 01, 2015
  • Carolynne Burkholder-James

Most of us put our pants on one leg at a time, but some of us have a better idea of what pants to buy, and where to get them. Carolynne Burkholder-James, a third-year student at the University of Manitoba, offers up eight tips for building a wardrobe to take students into articles, and beyond.

Guide to Time Management for Lawyers

  • December 23, 2014
  • Janice Mucalov, LL.B.

If you’re like most lawyers, you no doubt wish you could bill more, work less, and leave the office feeling that you’ve put in a good day. But inevitably, you’re apt to waste time hunting for documents or procrastinate over starting a task.

The practice group advantage

  • December 11, 2014
  • Patrick J. McKenna & David H. Maister

Compete for both clients and talent with focused, well-honed practice groups

For networking opportunities, civic participation is hard to beat

  • December 06, 2014

Without a doubt, one of the best ways for a young lawyer to market and network in the community is through participation in various charitable and civic organizations. Your decision to join a civic organization should not be taken lightly. Your participation will reflect on you not only as a member of the organization but also as to how you will perform as someone’s lawyer.

Clients and Successful Billings

  • December 02, 2014
  • Edward Poll

Communication with clients is the best guarantee of a successful engagement. Lawyers have a consistent tendency to focus on the task at hand, without communicating to the client what they are doing. The lawyer may be doing a great job with documents, the court, or the opposing party, but the client is never told.

Plain Language Legal Writing: Part III – Mastering Modern Legal Correspondence

  • November 25, 2014
  • Cheryl M. Stephens

Plain language is language that is clear and understandable – and as simple as the situation allows. Legal language that is plain poses special challenges, but is not impossible. Clearer, simpler writing – stripped of complexity but not of style – will also help to improve your client relations.