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  1. Ontario changed the rules to permit advertising in the late 80's but I don't think it really picked up steam until the later part of the 90's and into the 2000's. The problem with it, at least from a PI perspective, is that you have to do a lot of sifting of the calls that come through. It can be done, it's just labour intensive. I'm assuming there's a positive cost benefit given that it exists and is done. Real Estate, at least home purchases, are tricky because for whatever reason it's a really price sensitive thing. People who are ok with dropping $1 million plus on a home, get all Scroogey over the legal fees to do the deal that will theoretically help protect the title of said $1 million plus home. When I see some of the lowballers, I wonder what searches they aren't doing or issues they aren't catching. I've done some real estate in my day and it's feel good law; people are typically excited and happy cause they are getting their home or if selling, getting $. But it's an area that catches a lot of practitioners out. There's a reason it generates so many E&O claims.
  2. Think of the hilarity, laughter is a great stress reducer
  3. If I were to leave law, I'd go do something that required little thinking or stress. Greeter at Walmart, Auto dealer service shuttle driver, pro ski patrol, assuming the joints hold up, if not lifty, warehouse worker, construction labourer, itinerant dog musher.....
  4. The often forgotten part of insurance defence is that you're often defending an individual person who has been accused of injuring someone else. And they very may well have done it. But chances are, it wasn't intentional, they feel like shit about it and are scared of the legal process and the potential threat to their financial well being. Yes, you're hired by the insurer and you serve their interest as well but you're also helping individual people.
  5. This. In house departments are great for the "commodity" files. Not saying the in house folk don't take on a big files or serious losses, they do and some of them do a great job, but on a purely economic basis, the bulk of an insurer's files are going to be lower end soft tissue work. It makes sense for them to hire in house lawyers to do that kind of work on a cost benefit basis. Particularly given that the cost spread between an in house lawyer handling the file and an external lawyer handling it, is going to be a couple grand. May not sound like much but when you multiply that times the number of files, especially for the bigger monkeys in the tent (Aviva, Intact, Travellers etc), you can see why in house makes so much sense. On the external defence side, it is getting leaner. Pretty much every insurer has bill review teams or software that grind you on your invoices. They sure grind you on your hourly rate and you're only as good as your last beauty contest performance. If you want to do defence side work, you have to run a lean and mean shop and process a lot of volume.
  6. I'm curious, what about associate salaries?
  7. Right? Wonder how a haggard old refugee from Ontario might make out........
  8. I'm curious how that plays going up in year of call and where it tops out
  9. But do they get to carry guns or badges? I'm curious, do you get many lawyers applying?
  10. I recall having a couple Mounties in my law school class. The force was paying their way, guess they felt that it would be a good idea to have a couple serving members with legal credentials. This is going way back however and I don't believe the program is still in effect. Interestingly enough, I seriously considered a spot once as defence counsel for Mounties in disciplinary matters, it was actually a full time gig. A buddy who was a member told me to take it if I wanted a lot of beer bought for me. I sometimes wonder if that might not have been the right call : )
  11. Don't get a dog prior to or during articling. Look, articling is a big deal. You need to be able to devote your time and energy to it. Plus, you'll want to head out occasionally to grab drinks, dinner, show whatever. I have dogs. I love them to death but it's a significant time commitment for significant period of time; 8-15 years. If you want doggy contact, offer to walk friends, volunteer at the humane society - they always want dog walkers, etc. It's a decent compromise middle ground solution so that you can get your doggy fix but not have the commitment. Once you're out and practicing for a while, then you'll be better placed to decide if you are in a good spot to commit to a dog. You'll know your hours, where you're living etc.
  12. One bloggers thoughts on the matter....
  13. I bring my lunch almost every day. That being said, the one benefit not mentioned about buying your lunch out is that it gets you out of the office. I think there is a benefit to getting out away from your desk, walking wherever you have to go to get lunch and then walking back. It may be a brief break but the walk/break combo I think can pay off.
  14. Send me a PM. If you're still looking for someone to do the presenting, I can hook you up with someone. I have a shit ton of buddies who practice out there.
  15. Apply. If you get in, then worry. And yes, if you get it, take it. Not sure why this is even a question.
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