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  1. I'm starting to wonder why I don't practice family law... Then again, the last time I reviewed a separation agreement, it was my while my father was showing me the separation agreement with my mother. (In fact, I think I have it in my house...) Oddly, he was explaining how it was very stupid of her to bet on him living this long --- notwithstanding the fact that he was, clearly, alive.
  2. I was audited about 2 years ago. You pick five files for them to audit, and they otherwise ask you a ton of questions about how you manage your practice. If you're an associate at a firm, you have nothing to worry about.
  3. There are many types of insurance work which range both in "scumminess" and legal complexity. Third party liability insurance, what you describe, is rarely scummy work from the defence perspective. The lawyer's job should be to treat things as if it was the actual insured's money on the line. Does this involve trying to squeeze the opposite party down as much as possible? Sure. Is there anything wrong with that? Absolutely not. This type of situation becomes even less scummy when the plaintiff is also an insurance company! ie: Factory burns down, first party insurer pays out, then sues all the tortfeasers. In the end this is just a bunch of insurance companies battling over $'s and cents. This type of insurance work can be pretty complex, both factually and legally (and quite fun.) (There are also various other areas of law which simply involve insurance companies fighting each other -- such as loss transfer.) And then there's first party insurance, such as long term disability and life insurance. This work, in my view, is generally very scummy. In these cases, the insurer's obligation is to the plaintiff/claimant directly in contract, and they have a good faith obligation towards the plaintiff. "Squeezing" plaintiffs on these first party claims can be extremely dirty business.
  4. I had a star witness come forward, who turned out to be the other party's translator in her meetings with her lawyer.
  5. Family law seems a lot more common at 50+ lawyer firms than say, criminal law. This especially seems to be the case for a lot of insurance firms. (ie: Blaney McMurtry, McCague Borlack, and Beard Winter all now offer family law services. Whether they're actually doing a lot of this work, I have no idea.)
  6. Volume is easy to fix. Speed is the bigger issue a lot of newbies have. Look the judge in the eyes, and slow down.
  7. If she's so indispensable then maybe they should be paying her more so that she actually wants to work there.
  8. If you could stop spying on my life, that would be great.
  9. Don't worry OP. Your depression over leaving school will soon be eclipsed over your depression from the realities of legal practice.
  10. Either way, avoid the term "poly marriage" in your interview. Oh, and check the Ontario Reports, and the OBA classifieds: https://www.oba.org/Publications-and-Resources/Job-Board The first posting on the OBA classifieds is for a 0-2 year call for a criminal position. Mr. Confente has struck me as a reasonable man in my run-ins with him, although I can't speak to his virtues as an employer.
  11. Here's a similar case with Aviva getting hammered at a superior court pretrial: https://www.canlii.org/en/on/onsc/doc/2019/2019onsc3681/2019onsc3681.html This one is arguably a bit more defensible.
  12. If the defendant offers $0, show this case to the deputy judge: https://www.canlii.org/en/on/onscdc/doc/2019/2019onsc4151/2019onsc4151.html
  13. A guy I went to high school with went to law school with me (a year behind me). We were never friends, but were cordial, and we still keep in touch occasionally. Not knowing anyone is the norm.
  14. You should probably just delete this post and open up a consulting business for new soles.
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