The client identification and verification rules online course (webcast archive)

The client identification and verification rules online course was originally webcast by the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC on December 11, 2008. The course provides an overview of the new client identification and verification rules.

On December 12, 2008, the Benchers amended Law Society Rules 3-91 to 3-95, Rule 3-97 and Rule 3-102. Viewers should take the amendments into account when watching the course. The course content is only minimally affected by the amendments.

If you have questions about the client identification and verification rules, contact Barbara Buchanan at 604-697-5816 (toll-free in BC 1-800-903-5300) or bbuchanan@lsbc.org.

Instructions to access the webcast:

The webcast archive has four sections, with four separate links to the webcast. You must return to this page at the end of each section to open the link to the next section.

New Client Identification and Verification Rules Course – Part 1
Click here for Part 1

CBC News: Real Estate Fraud
Click here for the CBC News clip

New Client Identification and Verification Rules Course – Part 2 [see note below]
Click here for Part 2

Colin Parcher on How and Why Lawyers Are Targeted
Click here for the video

If you have difficulties connecting to the course or questions about other Continuing Education Society online courses, contact Meredith Woods of CLE at 604-893-2133 or mwoods@cle.bc.ca.  For questions about the course content, contact Barbara Buchanan (see above).

Note: In Part 2, a course participant asked Roy Millen (at 50.17) a question that was misunderstood. The original question and the correct answer are set out below:

 

Q. "There is a question about verifying the identity of a lawyer where your answer assumes that the lawyer is the client. If we are dealing with a purported law firm and receiving money from them as representing the alleged client on the other side of this transaction, do we need to verify the identity of the other law firm?"

A. "If a lawyer is your client and there is a financial transaction, you must verify the identity of the lawyer as client. If a law firm acting for a client on the other side of a transaction sends you money for your client, you are not required to verify the identity of the law firm because the law firm is not your "client". This is the case regardless of whether the law firm on the opposite side is sending you money from the law firm's trust account or their client's cheque or a bank draft. You are only required to identify or verify the identity of a "client" (as defined in Rule 3-91)."