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Is dot-lawyer domain a good idea?

Yamri Taddese - Monday, September 29, 2014

Lawyers are weighing the pros and cons of paying a pretty penny to snap up an Internet domain name with the word “lawyer” on the right side of the dot.
The dot-lawyer domain will only be available to those who can prove they’re lawyers, according to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). It’s one of hundreds of new generic top-level domains ICANN has recently introduced.

The sunrise sale phase, which was only available for trademark holders, closed late last week. Early-access registration now costs anywhere from $150 to 12,000 for a dot-lawyer domain name. After the early-access period closes, lawyers can sign up for about $36 per domain name, which is significantly higher than an annua...

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Lawyers filling court technology void

Michael Tweyman says it’s time to drag court document service into the 21st century.

Lawyer admits records a ‘disaster,’ apologizes for bilking LAO

A lawyer found guilty of charging Legal Aid Ontario for work he didn’t do told a Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel his “sloppy record keeping” and his chaotic life due to his addiction to alcohol are to blame for his actions.

Editorial: Lawyers filling the void

There have been two good examples recently of lawyers finding or advancing solutions to issues governments have failed to act on.

Letter: Assertion about support program corrected

The Speaker’s Corner opinion piece piece on Sept. 15 (see “Choir of voices needed to tackle depression in legal profession and beyond”) included inaccurate information about the Member Assistance Program for lawyers and paralegals in Ontario, a confidential and comprehensive service offered by Homewood Human Solutions and sponsored by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Letter: Pork-barrel prisons

It’s interesting that the article on prison reform (see “Canada’s prison paradox,” Aug. 18) says Canada’s corrections systems are expanding as the severity and number of criminal offences fall.

Letter: LSUC should heed its own advice

I note the media reports (see “Actions against Cho proliferate,” Sept. 1) that clients of lawyer Meerai Cho claim that they have been defrauded of $15 million. There are believed to be as many as 141 victims. Claims against the Law Society of Upper Canada’s compensation fund are anticipated. The source of the compensation fund is, of course, money collected from lawyers. The lawyer for one of the claimants anticipates making a claim against LawPRO, the insurer for Cho. LawPRO is, of course, funded by lawyers.

The Lawyer Therapist: Lots of help available for lawyers in crisis

Two years ago, amid news of lawyer and law student suicides, I penned an article for Law Times that asked why lawyers insist upon torturing themselves. As a lawyer assistance professional, I was intent upon examining and elucidating why, despite the obvious need in the legal community for assistance with issues such as depression, anxiety, career stress, and addiction and the extensive services available across Canada to help those who were suffering, lawyers were nonetheless frustratingly hesitant to reach out. It’s now two years later, and recently I learned of another law student suicide in Ontario. How can we prevent these needless tragedies from occurring?

Focus: Lessons from Ford defamation case

The mayor of Toronto has long been making news in the courts with more recent cases involving the failure of an appeal against a decision that found Rob Ford not liable for defamation.

Inside Story

Monday, September 29, 2014

Lawyers are once again getting a break on their LawPRO premiums next year.

Last week, benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada approved a freeze of the base premium lawyers must pay. It’s the fifth consecutive year of a premium freeze, LawPRO said last week.

The insurer touted strong financial results and moderating claims for the continuing premium freeze at $3,350. “In recent years, we have seen an upward trend in the number of open claims files as well as an increased number of large claims,” LawPRO said in its report to Convocation.

“This trend may now be reaching a plateau with count and cost remaining at a similar level as last year.”

Despite the generally positive outlook, LawPRO noted changes to the main solvency test for insurance companies, the minimum capital test, might affect its financial situation. “Fortunately, there has recently been announced a three-year phase-in period that will allow LawPRO to take appropriate...

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Will you be signing up for a dot-lawyer domain name for your web site?
Yes, it's a great tool to get my name out there.
No, it's a cash grab that won't do much for lawyers.