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Category: Insurance & Risk Management

Loss Prevention Tip #41

Avoid Ransomware Viruses Recently, law firms across Canada have been hit by a computer ransomware virus called MAZE. As a result of this virus attack, they have no access to email, Word, their accounting software, or any of their backups, including cloud backups. Everything is tied up by MAZE and they have been asked to...

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Loss Prevention Tip #40

The Seven Cs of Good Practice Management Good practice management supports an effective and efficient practice, often leads to happier clients and helps to prevent complaints and negligence claims. Here are the Seven Cs of Good Practice Management: Competence: Recognize your limitations and ask yourself whether you are competent to handle the matter before you...

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Introducing: Stress Solutions – A new Life Smart coaching service

Homewood, your Professional Assistance Provider (PAP) is introducing Stress Solutions – A new Life Smart coaching service Designed through prevalence and growing necessity, and now paired with recent professional and personal complexities surrounding COVID-19, the resiliency and limits of today’s diverse and multigenerational workforce have demonstrated the need for additional support. A recen

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Notice to Members: Report any Insurance Claims Now

Report any insurance claims before June 30, 2020 The current professional liability insurance policy for practicing members expires on June 30, 2020. This means that before June 30, you must report any potential problems that you know about now which might possibly, at some point in the future, give rise to an insurance claim against...

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Excess Insurance Coverage

To say the pandemic has resulted in financial pressure for just about everyone goes without saying. But is this the year to cut corners and skip the purchase of excess insurance over and above your mandatory $1 million professional liability coverage? That’s a business decision. Each lawyer and firm has to assess their own risk...

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Loss Prevention Tip #39

Doing Nothing is Not an Option It has been estimated that a staggering 1.4 million Canadians will have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by 2031. Lawyers of course are not immune to the effects of aging. Whether presented with Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment or dementia, those in management of law firms need to be alert...

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Webinar – Supporting Yourself and Others Through COVID

COVID-19 poses unique challenges for all individuals. For those who experience common mental health challenges including anxiety and depression, the pandemic may exacerbate these issues. The uncertainty, social isolation and sometimes sudden and unexpected changes to normal routines, changes in relationships, work and home environments, can be additional trigger and especially difficult to manage.

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Message from Homewood Health

As governments and health authorities amend and update measures implemented to control the spread and risk of infection of COVID-19, organizations and businesses of all sizes are adapting to new workplace realities. Attached is a general COVID-19 update to help you manage the impact. The COVID-19 Pandemic: Managing the Impact

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Loss Prevention Tip #38

Beware of Cybersecurity Risks During COVID-19 and Working from Home (This post is adapted from a message from Gowling WLG to their lawyers and staff written by Steve Lundy, which they have graciously offered to share with Avoid-a-Claim readers.) As professionals and staff adopt the recently implemented remote working arrangement to reduce the risk associated...

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COVID-19 – What Social Distancing Means for the Profession

Public health agencies have recommended a number of measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing. Notwithstanding the fact that there are some legislative requirements that require in-person contact with clients, we are recommending that all members practice social distancing. More particularly, lawyers should consider conducting routine meetings with client

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