December 2013 Paralegal Update now available


Paralegal Update December 2013
     
Hot Topics
Number of paralegal benchers to increase by three
PSC election nominations close January 17
Election eligibility criteria
Election primer webcast available online
MAP provides valuable help
Advising your clients about access to legal services in French
Advertising rule reminder

 

Number of paralegal benchers to increase by three

New legislation that received Royal Assent on December 12, 2013 will enhance Law Society governance by increasing the number of elected paralegal benchers from two to five.

This means that the five licensed paralegals to be elected on March 31, 2014 will be benchers in Convocation and members of the Paralegal Standing Committee.

Bill 111, Modernizing Regulation of the Legal Profession Act, 2013 , was first introduced by Attorney General John Gerretsen on October 1, 2013, following governance reforms adopted by Convocation last spring.  Full Story

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PSC election nominations close January 17

 

 

Are you or your colleagues interested in having a say in the governance of licensed paralegals in Ontario?

As noted above, the second province-wide election for the five paralegal members of the Law Society’s Paralegal Standing Committee, all of whom will become benchers, will be held in March 2014.

The deadline for submitting nominations is 5 p.m. ESTJanuary 17, 2014.  Full Story  

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Election eligibility criteria

To be eligible to run for election, candidates must:

• Be a paralegal who is licensed by the Law Society to provide legal services and whose licence is not suspended;
• Have a business address (or home address if there is no business address) that is in Ontario and on record with the Law Society;
• Be 18 or more years of age;
• Not be an undischarged bankrupt;
• Consent to be a candidate.

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Election primer webcast available online

If you missed out on the Law Society’s free webcast for paralegal election candidates, you can watch it online.

The video provides an overview of election processes and rules, a discussion of the role and duties of elected paralegals and includes a question and answer session.

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MAP provides valuable help



When work becomes overwhelming or life takes a difficult turn, the Members Assistance Program (MAP) is available to help. MAP is a confidential, free program, funded by the Law Society to help licensees who may need assistance from time to time.

Licensees can get professional help with issues related to addictions, mental or physical health, work-life balance, career, family and more.  Full Story

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Advising your clients about access to legal services in French

If you have clients who speak French, you have a responsibility to advise them of their French language rights, as set out in the Paralegal Rules of Conduct Rule 3.02(13).

If you are not able to offer services in French, refer your clients to lawyers or paralegals who are competent in that language.  Full Story

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Advertising rule reminder

When promoting your legal services, it’s important to make sure all your advertising content complies with the Paralegal Rules of Conduct.

This includes advertising on websites — even if the website is being managed by a third party.  Full Story

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Reminder to log your CPD hours by end of year

Due to the annual high volume of traffic on the LSUC Portal during the last weeks of December, it’s important to ensure your 2013 CPD hours are completed and recorded as soon as possible.

The deadline is December 31, 2013.

An online step-by-step guide is available to help you through the process.

The CPD section of the LSUC Portal is being simplified along with the reporting process. The new section will feature a single entry for all programs and activities and free-form entry of Professionalism Hours. Overall, fewer steps will be involved and navigation will be improved.

As a result of these changes, this section of the portal will be unavailable from January 1 to 19, 2014.

Late fee policy reminder

The default period during which lawyers and paralegals may pay their annual fee or file their annual report without penalty is now 60 days.

Deadlines
January 1, 2014
: Annual Fees due
March 2, 2014: Final date to pay Annual Fees (not applicable to those enrolled in the pre-authorized payment plan)
March 31, 2014: Annual Reports due
May 30, 2014: Final date to file Annual Reports

Other important 2014 dates are available in the Gazette.

Communication Accommodation

The Law Society is committed to maintaining an accessible environment in the delivery of its goods and services to people with disabilities.

A communications access form is available online to help us ensure that we communicate effectively with all of our licensees. The form can be submitted to the Equity Department at equity@lsuc.on.ca.

Additionally, in accordance with the Customer Service Standards and the Integrated Accessibility Standards adopted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, the Law Society maintains documents describing its policies, practices and procedures and will provide copies to anyone requesting them.

If you have any questions, please contact the Equity Department at 416-947-3300 or 1-800-668-7380.

Paralegal Welcome Reception

The Law Society congratulated about 200 newly licensed paralegals at a Paralegal Welcome Reception on November 21, 2013, at Osgoode Hall.

The event is held twice annually for newcomers to the profession.

Attorney General John Gerretsen, Treasurer Thomas Conway and Paralegal Standing Committee Chair Cathy Corsetti offered words of welcome to the audience.

Event coverage and photos are available in the Gazette.
 


 
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