June 21, 2016 InForum Issue

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Society news

Please ensure your Annual Fees payment is received at the Society’s offices by June 30, no later than 4:00 pm.  Invoices have all been sent out and if you have any questions, please contact the following by phone at 902 422 1491 or by email: Read More

The Society's 2016 Annual Report and Financial Statements are now available on the website. Visit Read More

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to announce the 14th Annual Pride Reception, co-hosted by the Society and the SOGI (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) Section of the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia. Read More

Please note, the Society’s Committee List was recently updated for the 2016-2017 year. It is now available on the Society’s website.  Read More

The Spring 2016 edition of The Society Record is now available online. Read More

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: LSUC backs ‘sea change’ in regulation of lawyers Lawyers Weekly | June 13, 2016 By John Schofield Read More

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to introduce its new leadership for the coming year. Read More

To: All lawyers in Central DistrictFrom: J. René Gallant, Chair, Governance & Nominating Committee Read More

The current schedule for Council and Committee meetings in the 2016-2017 Council year is now available on the Society’s website.  Read More

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The Society welcomes the following lawyers, called to the Nova Scotia Bar on June 10, 2016 Read More
Professional development


The new Law Practice Management program is designed to equip lawyers and managers in the legal profession with the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to effectively and strategically manage a practice.  Read More
Access to Justice

The Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia has released a Discussion Paper on family property division. The paper proposes a number of reforms to the Matrimonial Property Act and related areas of law. The paper is available online, here.   Read More

This year for the first time, reachAbility will be continuing our Form Filling Clinics throughout the summer months. Read More
Tips from LIANS

The 2016-2017 LIANS Insurance Levy was approved by the LIANS Board of Directors on April 19, 2016. As a result of the increase in LIANS’ self-retention to $500,000 last year, an increase in the severity and complexity of claims, and continuing prudent fiscal management of the program overall, it was necessary to increase the levy for the 2016-2017 policy year. Read More

Excess insurance provides another layer of security should your defence and indemnity costs exceed the primary mandatory limits. As the value of client matters and transactions increases over time, so too does the need to secure adequate levels of errors and omissions insurance. Read More

To ensure that you preserve your policy coverage, you must report a claim (or potential claim) as soon as practicable after learning of a claim or becoming aware of circumstances that might constitute an occurrence or give rise to a claim, however unmeritorious. You must report that claim (or potential claim) within the policy period. This is a condition of your policy. Read More

According to Lawyers Mutual of North Carolina, there is a new phishing scam targeting bar members across the United States. The fraudulent email pretends to be a communication from the State Bar or Bar Association. We have not received any reports of a similar scam attempt in Nova Scotia, but please be aware of the following. Read More

The following is an article excerpt from Homewood Health, your health and wellness provider. Read More

Members of the Nova Scotia Judiciary were in Membertou on June 9 to hear from First Nations leaders about the challenges facing Aboriginal communities in Cape Breton, particularly the child welfare system in Nova Scotia.  Read More

Nova Scotia's Public Prosecution Service will not prosecute any physicians or members of a health-care team involved in a physician-assisted death so long as it falls within the scope of the Supreme Court of Canada's 2015 Carter ruling on the issue, Martin Herschorn, Director of Public Prosecutions, said in a June 16 announcement. Read More

We are pleased to advise that the Community Interest Companies Act was proclaimed in Nova Scotia, effective June 15, 2016. Please see the news release (at this link or below) for additional information, or contact me directly should you have any questions.  Kind regards, Read More

Government is taking the next steps towards making high-speed Internet service available in more rural communities in the province. Read More

The Province is helping Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq communities secure better contracts by posting tender notices on the provincial government tenders website.  Read More

Nova Scotians will soon have the option to purchase insurance in funeral homes to fund pre-arranged funeral plans. Amendments to the Cemetery and Funeral Services Act and the Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act provide consumers with another option to plan ahead and avoid the burden of paying for funeral services during a time of loss. Read More

June 21, 2016 – Nova Scotia has joined the federal government and other provinces in an agreement in principle to improve the Canada Pension Plan.                                   Read More

Eight experts have been appointed to a panel that will examine the province's approaches to mental health and addictions. The new panel will make recommendations that will help in the short term and will suggest new approaches to help shape the next mental health strategy. Read More

The nomination deadline for the Minister's Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention has been extended until Friday, September 30. The awards recognize individuals or groups dedicated to preventing crime and making communities safer. Read More

No proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum. Read More

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: The following announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:   Read More
Other news

Legal process outsourcing has been touted as “game-changer” for the legal profession, and the creator of a paradigm shift in the way law firms – and other firms that have legal needs – do business. The size of the LPO market internationally has been estimated at $3 billion and growing. But it’s hard to say whether Canadian firms have jumped aboard the LPO bandwagon. Read More

Affiliation offers clients convenient access to quality legal expertise around the globe Read More

Halifax/Truro, NS – Patterson Law's criminal law team is welcoming criminal lawyer Stan MacDonald QC. MacDonald will be working from Patterson Law's Halifax office, starting July 1. Read More

In a year characterized by steady growth, Patterson Law has hired three new associates who will bring their considerable legal minds, capabilities and perspectives to the firm’s Truro and Halifax offices. Read More

I am looking to see if anyone did a will or took instructions for a will for a Fred Reuben Joudry from the Middleton area between March of 2010 and December 4 of 2015.  If so, please contact me at 902 634 8713 or  David R. Hirtle Hirtle Legal Services Inc.  Read More

Searching for a will for the late Robert Gordon Dunn, possibly prepared in 2012 or as late as October 2015. If you have any information, please contact: Sandra L. Barss Barrister & Solicitor Tel: 902 492 2879 Email:  Read More

I am seeking a will prepared for Mr. William “Bill” John Taylor of Halifax, who passed away on March 28, 2016.  If you have any information regarding the existence of a will for Mr. Taylor, please contact me at:  Brian Hebert or Tia Howell McKiggan Hebert Lawyers (902) 423  Read More

Our client, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, is responsible for the Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia (LIANS), which administers the mandatory professional liability insurance program for lawyers in Nova Scotia. We are seeking a seasoned professional to lead the Association, ensuring the future is as successful as its past. Read More

I am a sole practitioner, located in Dieppe NB, and have been a member of the New Brunswick Bar for 43 years. I am seeking a motivated lawyer who wishes to establish their practice as a solicitor in a general law practice. Read More

Reporting to the Office Manager, the Legal Assistant will provide legal & administrative support to designated lawyers within the Firm’s Litigation Group. Working as part of the larger Litigation Group, the successful candidate must value and excel at being part of a high-performing team. Location: Halifax Office – 1801 Hollis Street Read More

20 years experience as a legal assistant in most areas of law appointed a Commissioner of Oaths of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia worked for major firms in Halifax and Toronto quick and astute with the ability to learn new areas of law and technology proficient in Office 365, MS Word, MS Outlook, PC Law, spreadsheet applications Read More

Office space available in the St. Paul's Building. Several offices of different sizes coming available in the next 4 months. $650-$1800/month per office. Great light, huge windows, exposed brick. Shared reception area and conference room. Heat and electricity included. Address:  1684 Barrington Street, 5th floor Halifax, NS.   Read More

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is the public interest regulator of the legal profession. Read More

Intact Insurance, Legal Assistant / Law Clerk Are you detail-oriented, strong self-starter who shows initiative and places a high value on teamwork and cooperation? Are you eager to get your foot in the door with a national industry-leading organization? Read More

I have recently graduated from the paralegal program with honours at NSCC and I am looking for a full time position in a law firm. I have experience in the fields of litigation, property, and corporate law. Everyone wants a minimum 2 years experience which obviously I do not have as I am a recent graduate. Read More

Greetings, I am a hard working recent law graduate from the Dalhousie Schulich School of Law, and I am seeking an articling posiiton in NS to begin at any time. I am open to a voluntary position, or a split articling arrangement.  For more information contact me at    Read More

Profitable HRM turnkey law practice for sale. All business assets on the table: Read More

Offering to share a small office on Quinpool Rd. Ideal for solo practitioner. Available July 1, 2016. Contact  Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

Inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter community outreach approach and governance model, and in partnership with various social equity groups in Washington DC, we aim to empower local participants to take their ideas for community development from concept to execution.  Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 12:00
All in: The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Daniels v. Canada and its implications Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 08:00
Filling the Skills Gap/Labour Shortage: Immigration in the Construction Industry Speaker: Sarah McInnes, McInnes Cooper Register:      Read More
Event Date: Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:00
Roadmap to E-Discovery Speaker: Daniela Bassan, Stewart McKelvey Register:    Read More
Event Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 06:30
You are cordially invited to celebrate with us at the 14th Annual Pride Reception, co-hosted by the SOGI (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) Section of the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.   Thursday, July 21, 2016 – 4:30 to 6:30 pm  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 13:00
In this user-friendly webinar session, you will: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 14:00
Start strong, end strong. Tell a story. Use a theme. We all know the secrets of effective openings and closings but how do you actually implement those techniques so the trier-of-fact arrives at your single, inescapable conclusion? Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 14:00
Each year, Hollywood celebrates the best performances in motion pictures at the Oscars. Well, this year, we celebrate the Ethy Awards. Read More
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