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Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from thirty-five 2010 & 2011 CLawBie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Finding Legal Information  2. Clicklaw Blog  3. Doorey’s Workplace Law Blog  4. Social Media for Law Firms  5. Rule of Law

Finding Legal Information
LogMeIn Adds File Storage Sync Called Cubby

Techcrunch has an interesting review of LogMeIn’s new file sync service, Cubby. I haven’t seen the service yet but it looks like most of the others, right down to the free 5 GB starter storage. One big difference is that, while you can sync from your computer to the cloud, you can also synchronize just between your own computers. . . .

Clicklaw Blog
Clicklaw Wikibooks: An experiment in born-digital publishing

Earlier this year, we launched our first Clicklaw wikibook, Legal Help for British Columbians. A wikibook is a born-digital book, created collaboratively on a wiki platform. By turning this popular Guide into a wikibook, we hoped to make it more accessible, easier to update, and more versatile than its previous print-first format would allow.

In the first six months, we’ve seen that use of the wiki version of the Guide is 20 times greater than use of the previous online version of the Guide (a PDF generated from the print-ready file). . . .

Doorey’s Workplace Law Blog
“Unfair and Cruel” Dismissal of Employee Still Not “Bad Faith Discharge”

In the era of Wallace v. UGG, so-called “Wallace Damages” for bad faith in the manner of dismissal were very common. If the employer was a prick in the manner in which it dismissed an employee, the period of reasonable notice would be extended by a month or more to compensate the employee for ‘bad faith discharge’.

When the Supreme Court of Canada revisited the Wallace rule in Honda v. Keays (2008), it decided that things had gone too far. Almost every wrongful dismissal lawsuit was throwing in a claim for Wallace damages. In Honda, the SCC put an end to the Wallaceapproach of extending the notice period to punish employers who fail to dismiss workers in a respectful manner.

Social Media for Law Firms
20 Social Media Pros and Cons for Law Firms

Are you still on the fence regarding the effectiveness of using social media to market your practice?

Because you’re reading this blog, I’m assuming you’re at least semi-active online and have a LinkedIn profile. I’m also assuming you’ve heard both sides of the social-media-for-law-firms-coin. Some consider it a big waste of billable time and urge people not to waste their time, while others swear by it for all their business development efforts. Detechter recently posted an article, Arguments against Social Media Marketing and Pro-Social Media Points, that elaborates both sides nicely. . . .

Rule of Law
Enduring Powers of Attorney Made Outside of B.C.

Nowadays it is fairly common for people to move from one province to another, or to live primarily in one province but own land in another. This is particularly true here in British Columbia which is a popular province to retire or own recreational property.

But each province has its own laws regarding incapacity and estate planning. British Columbia has its own Power of Attorney Act governing the making of enduring powers of attorney. An enduring power of attorney allows one person (referred to in our legislation as the adult) to appoint another (the attorney) to make financial decisions and deal with property. It is enduring if it says that it continues despite any incapability of the adult. It is a useful tool to plan in case the person making the power of attorney later suffers a stroke or dementia or for some other reason becomes mentally incapable of making legal and financial decisions.

What happens if someone in say Nova Scotia makes an enduring power of attorney in that province, and later becomes incapable while owning land in British Columbia? Can the person appointed under the Nova Scotiapower of attorney sell the land? . . . .

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