Business of Law Course

Introduction

This course has been developed by the Law Society of New Brunswick with the assistance of the Law Society of British Columbia.  The goal of the course is primarily to assist lawyers practising alone or in small firms to review key practice management topics.  The course does not attempt to be a complete knowledge base for each topic covered, but rather attempts to capture highlights and to provide a review of core concepts.
 
All Law Society of New Brunswick members may take this course and are entitled to claim CPD credits according to the amount of time spent to the maximum number of credits allowed, but only if the Quiz portion of the course is completed.  Once you have completed the course, you must log in to the Law Society of New Brunswick website to report your hours.  The Law Society will not report your hours for you.
 
If you have been mandated by the Law Society or by a Committee of the Law Society to complete this course, you must report completion to the Law Society.
 
Course value: Up to a maximum of 6 CPD credits. In order to qualify for credits, all lawyers must complete the Quiz at the end of each module. 
 
Note: It is your responsibility to report all earned CPD credits to the Law Society of New Brunswick.

Course value: Up to a maximum of 6 CPD Credits.

  1. 1 - Accounting Systems

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    Even though you will likely delegate most of the accounting functions to others, you must have a basic understanding of your accounting system. You are ultimately responsible to ensure that you comply with all duties under the Uniform Trust Account Rules under the Law Society Act, 1996.

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    In the test, you will be asked questions based on the material in the textbook available on the left. Lawyers completing the course merely for CPD credit are not required to obtain any particular grade.

  2. 2 - Trust Accounting

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    This module will help you to understand the requirements of the Rules with respect to lawyers’ trust accounting. You will learn how to manage your trust accounts, including how trust funds may be deposited and withdrawn from your trust accounts, how to reconcile trust accounts, and how to avoid common trust accounting pitfalls.

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    In the test, you will be asked questions based on the material in the textbook available on the left. Lawyers completing the course merely for CPD credit are not required to obtain any particular grade.

  3. 3 - Taxation and Employee Deductions

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    This module describes some of the important taxation and business issues related to the practice of law, including obtaining a business number, setting up your payroll, determining and remitting your income tax, CPP, and EI deductions, and making assessed workers' compensation payments as an employer.

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    In the test, you will be asked questions based on the material in the textbook available on the left. Lawyers completing the course merely for CPD credit are not required to obtain any particular grade.

  4. 4 - Retainer Agreements

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    This module describes the nature and purpose of retainers as well as the nature and requirements of contingent fee agreements.

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  5. 5 - Planning for Absences and Emergencies

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    This module will help you appreciate the importance of arranging for coverage during planned absences from work and of ensuring the continuity of your practice during unexpected absence or loss.

    Planning for Absences and Emergencies - Quiz

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    In the test, you will be asked questions based on the material in the textbook available on the left. Lawyers completing the course merely for CPD credit are not required to obtain any particular grade.

  6. 6 - Withdrawal of Services

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    This module will help you recognize the circumstances in which a lawyer must withdraw services, and the circumstances in which a lawyer may withdraw services. You will also review the procedures you must follow.

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  7. 7 - Conflicts of interest

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    Learn to recognize conflicts of interest and to prevent them from occurring.

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  8. 8 - Client Screening

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    Client screening is a process that can help ensure you are not taking on the wrong clients for your practice, and that clients are not taking on the wrong lawyer for their cause.

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    In the test, you will be asked questions based on the material in the textbook available on the left. Lawyers completing the course merely for CPD credit are not required to obtain any particular grade.

  9. 9 - Difficult Clients

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    This module will help you to recognize difficult clients and help you develop strategies for dealing with difficult clients.

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  10. 10 - File Management and Diary Systems

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    A file management system that is appropriate for your firm’s particular needs will increase both the effectiveness and profitability of your practice.

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  11. 11 - Delegation of Tasks and Supervision

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    This module will help you to recognize what tasks may and may not be delegated to legal assistants, and to appreciate that you have responsibilities to supervise non-lawyer staff members of your office.

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    In the test, you will be asked questions based on the material in the textbook available on the left. Lawyers completing the course merely for CPD credit are not required to obtain any particular grade.

  12. 12 - Avoiding Fraud

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    This module will help you identify the hallmarks of some of the most common and challenging frauds and scams that can involve lawyers.

    Avoiding Fraud - Quiz

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    In the test, you will be asked questions based on the material in the textbook available on the left. Lawyers completing the course merely for CPD credit are not required to obtain any particular grade.

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