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  1. Also, I'd check the program requirements because I'm pretty sure all Queen's 1L courses are required to be taken in residence.
  2. This time of year, it's a good idea to reach out to the colleges directly as the newest batch of law clerk grads are just finishing up. It helps if you live in or near a city with a college that offers the course. I know our firm has had both good and bad experiences by hiring people directly from the colleges, but at least they have some training and typically don't command a high pay since they're just starting out (they are also usually fairly young and don't have difficulty with word processing and other basic tools unlike some older clerks).
  3. The effect on class attendance was minimal (especially since after 1L you have quite a lot of flexibility), although no I certainly couldn't participate in a lot of ECs (but then again, this is an easy place to cut back, since they don't really matter that much from a job perspective).
  4. Far from being daunting, I can tell you that during law school is a great time to have your first. You're going to be around a lot and have way more flexibility than you will after you're called. My wife looks back wistfully on that time when we only had one and I wasn't keeping a lawyer's schedule.
  5. Bite the bullet and get 365. Then you could get the calendar you want and also integration with Sharepoint. It's nice to be able to access anything I want from my phone or other secured device if I'm not in the office (including my and other people's calendars). I also like getting notifications to my phone when my assistant books me an appointment (and in the meeting notes she'll explain what the meeting is about so I don't have to ask). Sharepoint is integrated with Office and Outlook at my firm so you don't actually have to use the browser to access the cloud. The interface is like accessing a normal local network. But when we switched over there was ENORMOUS resistance from older lawyers and staff and I dont envy you for what you're undertaking. I don't know what your practice looks like, but mine is about 70% Estates in terms of time (and a greater percentage in terms of billings) and I find Estate a Base nearly invaluable in running an efficient practice. It allows me to download all document production onto staff, leaving me to review the materials and advise the client. This keeps my fees comparatively low, certainly much lower than they would be if I didn't charge my clients the $80 or whatever to open a file in Estate a Base. It also means that at peak efficiency my turnaround for a probate application is on the order of days. This benefits the client and also allows me to bill out the file the same month the client first attends the office. It's also extremely useful if you do any Estate/Attorney Accounting, which I do as often as I can (ultimately I want staff to be doing this as well but right now it's just me).
  6. Evidently it depends a lot on practice area and location. Although I have a car, I don't always bring it to work (hopelessly trying to walk off my solicitor build). Mine is a solicitor practice and it's not typical that I have to leave the office for appointments. When I do, it's usually for things that require a witness anyway so my assistant drives. Occassionally, I have to attend court or do some business development. In those cases, I can usually get a ride from another lawyer at the firm who is also attending. Very rarely (maybe once every couple months), I have no alternative but to find my own way but in those instances I could easily just pay for a cab and charge it to the firm if I didn't drive. To answer the question re travel expenses, yes I think typically firms, at least larger firms, cover this. My firm pays for pretty much anything I need, including mileage, train, hotel, meals, etc. during the course of my employment (including expenses related to CPD and business development). Most things I expense to the firm are not billed to the client ultimately.
  7. I know it's a couple pages back now but EVERYONE should at least take Estates, since that subject is basically all equity and trusts. And much to my dismay, pretty much no one but Wills & Estates practitioners (except perhaps a small subset of tax lawyers) seems to understand the law of trust, notwithstanding that I see family and criminal lawyers dabbling in estate planning all the time. MODS SHUT DOWN THIS THREAD OF PHILISTINES
  8. Some articling principals want their students to manage their files for them. My principal always had the attitude that once he gave me a task on a file, then the whole matter was out of his head. So if any deadline was coming up, it was up to me to be on top of it. Maybe taking greater ownership of the files would help with this principal. One thing I would do when articling was checking in with my principal an hour or so into his day for fifteen or twenty minutes to discuss all ongoing matters he gave me. This would serve both to remind him of the files and confirm his instructions in case anything had changed his thinking or I was going the wrong way. I came with a notepad and a list of all the files. These meetings were also useful as in the course of them we would talk about other things and he would give me a lot of insight into our firm as well as the practice and the business of law generally.
  9. I...had to go back and read your post about Section 20 of the BC Act. I find that hilarious for some reason. But it wouldnt work in Ontario as registration is required to perfect the Transfer. I also don't believe the other poster who said BC uses the internet.
  10. The client doesn't have the Transfer. Only I do until I sign and register it electronically so it's available for the whole world to see (except opposing counsel since most family lawyers don't know how to use Teraview). Is BC still not using the internet to transfer title to property?! I use the paper system often enough for rural land but otherwise it's all done from my laptop.
  11. In Ontario, severing joint tenancy without spousal knowledge happens often enough. I've even heard it said that Lawpro considers it best practice at the outset of family law proceedings between married spouses (although I don't know anyone who does this as a matter of course). For my part, I always worry that the ex will fall in front of a train and then I'll be annoyed with myself for not keeping it joint.
  12. OP is non-gender binary so you're all being pretty sexist.
  13. In Ontario, a notary is someone who signs photocopies. It's not really a job. Just something lawyers do in the course of theirs.
  14. Everything is ephemeral. This is a great articling job.
  15. It continues to surprise me how differently everyone experiences practice depending on the firm. Even though I have more stress than I ever have before, I enjoy practice way more than I did articling, just as I enjoyed articling way more than I did school.
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