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I came across two blog entries today that deal with the issue of buying links, so I thought I’d touch upon them here. The idea of buying links goes as follows: among many other factors, Google uses links to determine if a website should be ranked higher on its indexed pages. The idea is that […]

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There are many avenues for average Torontonians to find not only a lawyer, but the right lawyer for their particular case. Unfortunately, most of these avenues are inconvenient and sometimes very costly (e.g. an initial meeting with a lawyer could run you a few hundred bucks!). More often than not, people find a lawyer through […]

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In his blog (“the [non] billable hour“), Matthew Homann (lawyer, mediator, blogger and entrepreneur) recently wrote a blog entitled “Let Your Clients Decide Your Price” (March 9, 2009). In that blog, Matthew challenged lawyers to let their clients set the price of the work they do – after it is done! This is revolutionary, not […]

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It’s probably safe to suggest that most ordinary Torontonians do not personally know or have immediate access to a lawyer to help resolve their legal issues. Rather, they may depend on their friends, colleagues, or other professionals they do know (e.g. bankers, accountants, consultants, real estate agents, insurance agents, paralegals, other lawyers they know, etc.) […]

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I’m often asked how Dynamic Legal Forms would work in reality. Here’s a quick and real example: I received a phone call the other day from a referral who wanted to know how to go about transferring their home into their spouses name. This is not something I’ve dealt with. I’m not a real estate […]

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I am a sole practitioner here in Toronto. I established my practice straight after articling and getting called to the bar (June 2008). People like me often don’t know where their next client is going to come from (typically referrals). But I started getting a client here and there from craiglist.org (I would just respond […]

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As with lawyers, the end of Realtors is often prophesized through the advent of sell-by-owner websites that cut out the 6% commission which Realtors and brokerages charge for a typical transaction. The idea behind the website is simple: allow owners and sellers to negotiate a purchase and sale agreement for property without involving the middlemen. […]

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A while back, I looked into what was required to form a multi-disciplinary partnership with non-lawyers (e.g. accountants, bankers, insurance agents, consultants, Realtors, etc.) to offer legal services. I thought it would be great to have connections with professionals who could provide me with constant and good quality referrals. But I quickly dropped the idea […]

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The Law Society of Upper Canada’s (“LSUC“) Lawyer Referral Services (“LRS“) has been around for some time now and it is well promoted. For $6, anyone can call 1-900-565-4577 and be connected to a local lawyer who will speak to them for 30 minutes about their case. I believe the time has come for the […]

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