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.

Contact a practice advisor

Before contacting a Practice Advisor, please consider whether the information you are seeking might be found in the links below:

Law Society Manuals, Checklists and Forms

Forms 
Juricert and Juricert application
Member's Manual
PLTC Practice Material
Practice Checklist Manual 

Practice Resources

Capacity
Client files [updated July 2015]
Client identification and verification [updated July 2015]
Client service / communication 
Closing a law practice 
Communication Toolkit (Online Learning Centre)
Confidentiality / privacy / conflict of interest 
Discipline Advisories
Family law
Fiduciary Property FAQs [new – October 2015]
Financial / accounting (Law Office Management)
Financial institutions 
Finances, tax and billing
Fraud – Fraud Alerts | Lost and Stolen Cheques, Bank Drafts and Trust Cheques (The Advocate)
Garnishment of Lawyers' Trust Accounts
Incorporation precedents
Independent legal advice 
Insurance
Law Office Management – includes Financial/accounting, Billing and
     disbursements, Tax, Office organization and Safety
Law office search warrants
Lawyer leaving law firm
Lawyers Sharing Space 
Legal research and other resources
Limitations and deadlines 
Mentoring Registry (CBA)
Model letters 
Model policies
Real estate and mortgages
Office organization (Law Office Management)
Paralegals 
Practice Checklist Manual
Preventing claims / risk management (Lawyers Insurance Fund)
Retainer agreements, limited scope retainers and joint retainer letters
Safety (Law Office Management)
Solicitors' Legal Opinions Committee of BC
Solicitors’ Liens and Charging Orders – Your Fees and Your Clients 
Succession planning 
Suspension – Information for lawyers who are suspended
Tax – PST / GST / HST (Law Office Management)
Technology
Trust Accounting 
Undue influence – Recommended Practices for Wills Practitioners Relating to Potential Undue Influence: A Guide (BC Law Institute, 2011)
Wills – Recommended Practices for Wills Practitioners Relating to Potential Undue Influence: A Guide (BC Law Institute, 2011) 

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

Online courses and webinars

Bad cheque scam – don’t get caught (CLE-TV)
BC Code on YouTube
Client Identification and Verification Online Course
Continuing professional development (CPD) 
Law Society Online Learning Centre
Limited Scope Retainers (CLE-TV on YouTube)
Succession planning webinar 


These resources are intended to help lawyers in carrying out their duties and managing their practices. The sample documents are intended as 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 their 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.