In Check Issue 81 | December 2018

18 December, 2018

Holiday season reminders The lead up to Christmas with the extra commitments and pressure is a high-risk time for mistakes and oversights. Be diligent and maintain your risk management practices— now is when you need them most. Here is a reminder of the top three areas where we see the most mistakes and oversights during […]

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Requests for information about validity of will

12 December, 2018

Have you been asked to provide a statement as to the circumstances surrounding the preparation and execution of a will and to also provide copies of the will file? Did the request refer to Larke v Nugus? Larke v Nugus is an English case concerning resistance to a grant of probate of a will on […]

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A good precedent

3 December, 2018

Using precedent documents effectively is essential risk management Most practitioners understand the value of having good precedents and it is an important investment for any firm irrespective of its areas of practice. However, precedents are not just a set and forget tool. If not used and maintained properly, precedents can increase your risk. Previous matter documents are not precedents Sometimes […]

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Retainer going nowhere? Don’t let it drift!

30 November, 2018

What steps should you take to ensure your potential new client provides complete instructions? What if the proposed work is complicated by the involvement of an intermediary purporting to have the client’s authority, such as a spouse, child, relative, friend or another advisor? It is risky to just let the matter drift without proactively managing […]

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When seven years isn’t long enough

16 November, 2018

How long should you keep your file after a matter has concluded? Some practitioners routinely destroy files seven years after closure with client authorisation. In some instances experience tells us you should keep files for longer, especially where a cause of action can accrue more than six years after the retainer has ended. Retaining files […]

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Be secure when advising lenders

1 November, 2018

Making assumptions about your retainer with longstanding lender clients is risky In 2017/18, mortgage matters accounted for 19 per cent of LPLC’s total claims cost. Most of that cost was attributable to practitioners failing to ensure the lender client had adequate security. These mistakes are sometimes made by practitioners acting for private lenders who they […]

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Fraudsters: don’t let them in!

26 October, 2018

If a complete stranger appeared at your door and invited themselves into your home, would you let them in? Probably not. Then why do so many people open the door to cyber-criminals on their computers? A common misconception is that most cyber-crimes involve hacking: the use of computer technologies to gain access to computers and […]

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Be sure before disbursing trust money

19 October, 2018

When acting as stakeholder, you need to check that any conditions for disbursing the money have been strictly met and keep appropriate documentary evidence. In one claim, a practitioner acted for a company that was to be nominated by an affiliate as the purchaser of a property for development. The client needed to raise capital […]

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What can go wrong?

1 October, 2018

Every firm needs to develop risk management strategies As part of managing a practice, you need to invest time in identifying what can go wrong in your matters and devise appropriate risk management strategies. You should not assume knowing the law in your areas of practice and being diligent in your work is enough to […]

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In Check Issue 80 | September 2018

1 October, 2018

Conveyancing claims in 2017-18 Conveyancing claims accounted for over 30 per cent of the cost of claims in the last policy year costing an estimated $11.9m. They have consistently been in the top two areas of claims by both number and cost for many years. The mistakes often stem from practitioners not knowing or keeping […]

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