Practice Management

2018 Hot Topics in Tax
Changes to the Taxation of Work-in-Progress
May 10, 2018

Changes to the Taxation of Work-in-Progress was one of five presentations included in the 2018 Hot Topics in Tax: Considerations for Your Practice Structure, Billing Practices and Income.

A chartered professional accountant provides an overview of changes to the taxation of work-in-progress (WIP) implemented by the federal government’s Budget 2017. The option to use billed-basis accounting to exclude the value of WIP from income has been eliminated. This applies for taxation years beginning on or after March 22, 2017, with a 5-year transition period to phase in the inclusion of WIP into income. This presentation may serve as a starting point for you to initiate a conversation with your accountant about the impact of this change on your law practice, billing practices and year-end tax returns.

Chair/ Presenter: Cy Fien, Fillmore Riley LLP

Presenter: Brian Janzen (Chartered Professional Accountant), Deloitte Canada

CPD hours: 0.5 | EPPM hours: 0.5 | Price: $30.00 + GST = $31.50

Avoiding Cyber Dangers
February 1, 2017

Lawyers, law firm office managers and support staff are ALL encouraged to attend this webinar. You will learn to identify and understand your firm's potential cybercrime vulnerabilities, and what steps to take to reduce your exposure to cyber-related dangers. 

We have all heard about cybercrime, but do you know just how great the risk to your law firm is? According to one practicePRO article, “Cybercrime dangers are many, complex and ever changing…. cyber criminals have considerable resources and expertise, and can cause significant damage to their targets. Cyber criminals specifically target law firms as law firms regularly have funds in their trust accounts and client data that is often very valuable.”

Topics covered include:

  • Cyber dangers & liabilities, including:
    • Hacked email
    • Ways firms' systems are compromised
    • Malware
    • Phising scams
  • Password best practices
  • Email safety tips
  • Browser & surfing dangers
  • Increasing online banking safety
  • Preventing theft or loss

Moderator: Tana Christianson, Director of Insurance, The Law Society of Manitoba

Presenter: Dan Pinnington, Vice President, Claims Prevention and Stakeholder Relations, LAWPRO (Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company)

CPD hours: 1 | EPPM hours: 1 | Price: $40.00 + GST = $42.00

Get Organized / Get Focused / Get Ready!
Email Management
June 3, 2021

As legal professionals we receive a high volume of emails every day, and most of them require follow-up.

In this session, you will learn how to batch process emails to get them, and any related tasks, out of your inbox for handling. The focus will be on using Microsoft Outlook and/or any other tools that your organization uses to manage email.

Presenter: Paul Unger, Esq., Affinity Consulting

CPD hours: 1.25 | EPPM hours: 1.25 | Price: $60.00 + GST = $63.00
**EPPM** | **New/Featured**

Files Gone Wild: Top Ten Pitfalls to Avoid
March 1, 2017

Law Society Professional Liability Insurance claim staff recount terrible tales of actual insurance claims against real lawyers and offer tips on how these claims might have been avoided.

Presenters from The Law Society of Manitoba:
Tana Christianson, Director of Insurance
James Cox, Insurance Counsel

CPD hours: 1.5 | EPPM hours: 1.5 | Price: $50.00 + GST = $52.50

Plain Language Communication
November 23, 2016

Clear and effective communication is the foundation of a successful law practice, yet lawyers often rely heavily on legalese. Learn about the benefits of using plain language, and easy steps you can take starting today to change your habits and communicate more powerfully. Topics include:

  • Advantages to plain language
  • Obstacles to plain language
  • Examples
  • Practical tips
  • Formatting materials with the reader in mind

Elliot Leven, Residential Tenancies Commission
Christina Wasyliw, Manitoba Justice
Natasha Brown, The Legal Help Centre

CPD hours: 1.25 | EPPM hours: 1.25 | Price: $45.00 + GST = $47.25

Procrastination and Professional Liability Insurance Claims
February 13, 2019

Procrastination. While we often think of it in relation to our personal goals (remember that shelving project in the garage that keeps getting put off?), the pitfalls of procrastination have an impact in our professional lives as well. In fact, as a lawyer, procrastination can have serious consequences and may necessitate a call to the Law Society’s Professional Liability Insurance Department if it results in a potential claim.

In this one-hour webinar, the Law Society of Manitoba’s Director of Insurance and Professional Liability Insurance Fund Counsel review why lawyers procrastinate, real life claims caused by procrastination, and the ethical and practical reasons lawyers should not procrastinate when they become aware of circumstances that may give rise to a claim. Additionally they share some tips on how to beat this dreaded but oh so common condition.

They will also tell you how those shelves turned out ...

Presenters from The Law Society of Manitoba:
Tana Christianson, Director of Insurance
James Cox, Professional Liability Insurance Fund Counsel

CPD hours: 1 | EPPM hours: 1 | Price: $55.00 + GST = $57.75

Sound Cybersecurity Practices For Your Law Firm
April 12, 2017

This very practical session will further your awareness of cybersecurity risks, and provide you with valuable information about the technologies and cybersecurity practices you can adopt to reduce these risks. Topics include:

  • Insurance – do you know what you are actually covered for?
  • Lessons from the investment industry
  • Cybersecurity best practices – including written policies, hardware inventories and incidence response guides
  • But wait…What are the technologies required at the front end before you can even begin to implement new policies?
  • How to find a good information technology/ cybersecurity specialist
  • Implementing a Cybersecurity Policy

Sean Shore, Canadian Compliance and Regulatory Law
James Morris, Director, Security and Professional Services, Epic an MTS Company
Tana Christianson, Director of Insurance, The Law Society of Manitoba

CPD hours: 1.25 | EPPM hours: 1.25 | Price: $45.00 + GST = $47.25

Get Organized / Get Focused / Get Ready!
Time and Distraction Management + Digital Detox

April 29, 2021

We are constantly distracted by technology, connectivity, and information overload.

In this session, you will learn distraction management techniques and practical time management methods that will help you regain control of your technology and your day.

Presenter: Paul Unger, Esq., Affinity Consulting

CPD hours: 1 | EPPM hours: 1 | Price: $55.00 + GST = $57.75
**EPPM** | **New/Featured**

Working Remotely Post-Pandemic: Establishing a Flexible Office for the Long Term
June 24, 2020

After the initial shock of working remotely has eased, there is now an opportunity to take what we’ve learned to strengthen and fine-tune remote office practices.

The COVID-19 pandemic led to business interruption on a global scale and law firms scrambled to establish remote work arrangements for their staff in record time and to an extent that many businesses had never contemplated before. Now that we’ve had some experience with our new work reality it is a good time to consider the efficiencies of establishing a more permanent flexible office.

This presentation, featuring a technology expert, will provide you with practical guidance on how and what you need to set yourself up with a flexible, efficient and secure practice. Topics include:

  • creation of and reliance upon a complete an electronic filing system, 
  • hardware recommendations, 
  • mobile communications, 
  • billing & accounting, 
  • case management systems for centralized remotely accessible client information, 
  • digital signatures and remote signing technology, 
  • cybersecurity and protecting client data, 
  • how to get documents drafted when you’re separated from support staff,
  • home workspaces 

Presenter: Barron K. Henley, Esq., Partner, Affinity Consulting Group

CPD hours: 2 | EPPM hours: 2 | Price: $50.00 + GST = $52.50
**EPPM** | **New/Featured**

Zoom Training for Lawyers
April 20, 2021

As lawyers in Manitoba adjusted to working from home, they turned to technology to help facilitate video conferencing needs. This is when many first discovered Zoom, how easy it was to use, and that clients loved it too. Zoom is rich in features, but beware – in order to use it ethically and competently, you need to learn how to use it securely.

This webinar is designed to make you aware of the many ways you can use Zoom in the practice of law, with an eye to making sure your usage is secure. Topics include:

  • Current state of Zoom’s security
  • Meeting ID and passwords
  • Using the waiting room
  • Chat feature
  • Breakout rooms
  • Recording
  • Screen sharing
  • Encryption

Sharon D. Nelson, Esq.Sensei Enterprises Inc., Fairfax, VA
John W. SimekSensei Enterprises Inc., Fairfax, VA

CPD hours: 1 | EPPM hours: 1 | Price: **Free**
**EPPM** | **New/Featured**