A recent case addressing the validity of a will could have a dramatic impact on lawyers across the country. In jurisdictions that permit multiple wills, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision Re Milne Estate, 2018 ONSC 4174 could invalidate thousands of wills done by estate planners.
Cost-effective client acquisition is critical for small firms that do not have the ability to dump vast sums into a marketing budget.
Periodically, we all fall into productivity and performance ruts or the feeling of career stagnation. One reason for this is our reliance on vanity metrics. While these metrics may make us feel good temporarily, they do little to improve our business and skills as lawyers.
Replacing a valued employee can be a difficult transition for small offices. However, it is an opportunity to inject new energy and improve the office environment. Here are some suggestions to smoothly manage the departure of a key staff member.
Many Canadian law firms were affected by the 2008 recession. Firms of all sizes laid off associates and froze hiring. Business dried up as corporate clients went in-house and reduced legal-spending budgets. Even litigation work decreased due to the dim prospects of successfully collecting against parties with no means to pay.
Most, if not all of us, have had the unpleasant experience of moving and cursing the volume of stuff we possess.
Businesses must innovate strategically. The challenge for small firms is in navigating the abundance of products and ideas selling new (but not necessarily improved) ways of doing things.
Spring — the season where many third-year law students scramble to find an articling position before the semester expires.
The 2018 federal budget, introduced on Feb. 27, allays some concerns small-business owners had over last year's controversial proposals. It also includes some encouraging initiatives relevant to lawyers.
One of the major challenges for small firms is the compensation it can offer staff. Anecdotally, small firm compensation is typically lower than that of larger firms. Nonetheless, any lawyer — whether employer or employee — assessing proposed compensation must conduct an honest cost-benefits analysis to determine whether it’s worth working at a particular firm, large or small.