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Mountebank last won the day on September 12 2020

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  1. You should consider yourself lucky. When I receive a thank you email, I reply with a nebulous "OK." I mean, what's THAT supposed to mean?!
  2. I think, no matter what, you're going to be reading a lot. But I would guess that any lawyer practicing more retail law (real estate, family, Wills & Estates) probably does less reading than, say, commercial/M&A lawyers or basically any civil litigator, mainly because retail lawyers get paid for facetime/telephone calls with the clients more than drafting/reviewing documents (although that's still a big part of it to be sure). Also, I think the type of reading makes a difference. Reading through the opposing party's productions and expert reports for 10 hours straight is very different from firing off 20 emails, looking over a draft Will for 15 minutes, reviewing a standard OREA APS for 5 minutes, etc. Even if it's dry, at least you get variety, get to change sync often enough, and don't have to focus for too long at a time.
  3. There's probably nothing more in the public interest, vocational, and self-sacrificing than criminal defense. Are there no opportunities for you there? You could even go solo after your call if you are really driven to make a difference.
  4. YAY! This is about me! BOO! This is about me!
  5. This varies during the year, but I seem to be working 9 or so hours a day and almost no weekends at this point (I think the last time was in December, which was a brutal month in general). I'm a solo solicitor practicing in a small city outside the GTA. Yes, both location and practice area will be factors, but the firm will probably be the biggest (it's not like there aren't Toronto solicitors with cushy hours like mine, they just aren't on Bay). I see from the above post that this is a duplicate thread, so I've provided the above reply as a courtesy but probably won't engage further.
  6. Work/life balance isn't a significant challenge if that's actually your priority. People who regularly work 12-hour days and Saturdays do it by choice because there are other benefits to working jobs that demand those hours and, for them, the tradeoff is worth it. That said, I'm a man so things are probably a bit easier for me as far as the family life goes.
  7. If you're a solo solicitor, then, yes, it's absolutely doable if whatever you're doing on the side doesn't interfere with your work and allows you control over your hours (i.e. if your side hustle is also a form of self-employment and isn't too public-facing, and/or if it's related in some way to your practice). The examples you give sound workable to me with sufficient planning/CYA. Once your practice is established and running smoothly you'll be able to scale up or down the legal stuff and fit in the side business where and as practical.
  8. @BlockedQuebecois I don't know anything about this firm except for the two links posted and so anything I write here is opinion/speculation on my part and I certainly wouldn't defend my initial, and frankly probably ignorant, impression of them in court, particularly being, as I am, completely open to correction, but, in my respectful opinion, your interpretation is...essentially accurate.
  9. Sounds like that firm either has overflow and wants to cover it with the minimum commitment possible or it's genuinely an extremely lean organization utilizing modern tools, hence the 100% virtual practice. The former isn't so great for your development (or earnings for that matter) whereas the latter may be good depending on further details, your goals, etc. The biggest issues with a pure fee split are that you need to negotiate ahead of time the level of administrative support/other overhead the firm is guaranteeing you and how files get billed (i.e. does a partner bill out all your files and decide whether and how much to write your hours down or do you make the call). There should also be provision for a different split where you originate the files and if you originate and refer files internally, then I don't think a percentage of those billings is out if order where there's no salary.
  10. 70/30 in favour of the firms is likelier. There's a local firm with an associate in a straight fee split (i.e. no salary at all) and the compensation is 40% of net collected billings.
  11. I know I already alluded to this, but I suggest you seriously consider why it is you're trying to make this happen and what you want out of your career. If you're looking for great money for relatively easy hours, real estate beats government once you get volume going. If you have decent contacts already, work on developing more now, find real estate articles, and leverage those connections once you're called, then you're going to be ahead of most from the start.
  12. Unfortunately, this isn't a career option for you. Apart from the issues you've already flagged, you won't be competent to practice real estate without working in private practice first and the nature of a real estate practice is such that you're on-call and need to be able to drop everything else. Unless your employer at government doesn't mind if you have to blow off meetings to save deals, then this is an untenable combination.
  13. No. Like most lawyers, my colleagues are respectably ashamed of their work.
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