Contingency Planning for Lawyers

Lawyers face the possibility of numerous unexpected interruptions in their law practices. Contingency planning in the event of disability, death or other unexpected periods of absence from practice should be considered as a means of providing peace of mind for loved ones, clients and employees. Also, unless you properly plan for contingencies, serious prejudice can result to your clients.

The Contingency Planning Guide for Lawyers provides several practical resources that have been prepared to encourage and assist practitioners who are in private practice to make such plans.

The Contingency Planning Guide for Lawyers (PDF)   

View the archived Contingency Planning webcast, held on October 28, 2013.

We wish to thank the individuals who have participated in the drafting of the Guide, including Michael Allemano, Rachel Blumenfeld, Susan Easterbrook, Lindsay Histrop, Ian Hull and Laura Kerr.

Resources  

Guide to Closing Your Practice  
Guide to Retention and Destruction of Closed Client Files  
Practice Management Guidelines 
LawPRO Managing Practice Interruptions Booklet  
The Bookkeeping Guide  
Establishing the Retainer 
Sample Retainer Agreements 
Selecting a Conflict Checking System 
Checklist of Essentials of a Conflict Checking Systems

The sample documents and other resources on this page are not intended to provide legal advice. They should be used thoughtfully and adapted by lawyers and paralegals to suit their own individual circumstances.