Practice Support and Resources

The Law Society provides a wide range of support, resources and advice to BC lawyers to help ensure the professional delivery of competent legal advice.

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Record continuing professional development (CPD) credits
Submit your Annual Practice Declaration
File your trust report
Complete the reporting form for mortgage discharge failures
Manage trust administration fee invoices
Access the Locum and Succession Registries 
Seek family law alternate dispute resolution accreditation

Sample documents, model policies, articles and other resources

The following includes resources to help lawyers in carrying out your duties and managing your practices. The sample documents are intended to give you a place to start. Styles of drafting and use of words vary widely among lawyers. It is expected that the documents will be amended to suit the styles, needs and circumstances of the lawyers involved.

Lawyers must exercise your professional judgment respecting the correctness and applicability of the material. The Law Society accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions, and expressly disclaims any such responsibility.

Law Society Manuals, Checklists and Forms

Forms 
Juricert and Juricert application
PLTC Practice Material
Practice Checklist Manual 

Practice Resources

Capacity: Report on Common-Law Tests of Capacity (BCLI)
Client files
Client identification and verification 
Client service / communication 
Closing a law practice
Communication Toolkit (Online Learning Centre)
Confidentiality / privacy / conflict of interest 
Discipline Advisories
Family law guidelines
Financial institutions and transactions 
Finances, tax and billing
Fraud Alerts
Garnishment of Lawyers' Trust Accounts [new]
Incorporation precedents
Independent legal advice [new]
Insurance
Law Office Management
Lawyers Sharing Space 
Limitations and deadlines 
Marketing
Model letters 
Model policies
Mortgage discharges
Paralegals 
Preventing claims / risk management (Lawyers Insurance Fund)
Retainer agreement and joint retainer letters
Solicitors’ Liens and Charging Orders – Your Fees and Your Clients 
Succession planning 
Technology
Trust Accounting 
Wills: Recommended practices related to undue influence (BCLI's guide)
Withdrawal from representation (precedent letters when lawyer leaves a firm)

Protocols

Committee on Relations with the Judiciary (concerns with trials and judges)
Medical-Legal Liaison Committee (disputes between lawyers and physicians)
Protocols between Law Society and courts/government 
Western Law Societies Conveyancing Protocol (British Columbia)

Personal Assistance

Counsel in complaint and discipline process 
Counselling programs for lawyers
Harrassment and Equity Ombudsperson 
Locums
Maternity leave benefit loan program 
Practice Advisors

Education and other resources

CBA Mentoring Registry
Continuing professional development (CPD) 
Law Society Online Learning Centre
Legal research and other resources 
Solicitors' Legal Opinions Committee of British Columbia