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|ALIA Board sets levy for 2023-2024, mitigates increase by approving $5.7M capital subsidy||The Board of Alberta Lawyers Indemnity Association (“ALIA”) has set the annual levy for 2023-2024 to:
for a combined levy (“base levy”) of $3,435 (Part A + Part B + cyber) before GST.
Payment of the annual levy is due by June 30, 2023
GST is payable on the levy, so the amount of the invoices for those without individual surcharges will be $3,606.75 (Part A + Part B + cyber) including GT
|Cyber coverage webinar, search for new external counsel, CLFL reminder||Join ALIA for a webinar to learn how the recently launched universal cyber coverage program can help you in the event of a cyberattack. No registration required – the link will be emailed to all Subscribers the week of the event.
Webinar: Introduction to ALIA’s Universal Cyber Coverage Program
Request for Information: ALIA has identified a particular need for external counsel with a background in family law and insurance coverage; however, the RFI is open to all Alberta lawyers and firms to apply. Click here to view the full RFI.
Civil Litigation Filing Levy Reminder: Q2 Filings and Payment Due by January 31, 2023.
|ALIA Indemnity Program Extended to Include Cyber Coverage
Also: New Filing Procedure in Court of King’s Bench, Mortgage Fraud Reminder
|Alberta Lawyers Indemnity Association (“ALIA”) is implementing universal cyber insurance for all lawyers who participate in ALIA’s mandatory indemnity program (“Subscribers”). Coverage commences December 31, 2022.
Effective November 1, 2022, documents filed via email at the Court of King’s Bench are considered filed on the date that they are processed and stamped by King’s Bench Administration.
Recent reports to ALIA have raised concerns of potential mortgage fraud.
|Rule 4.31 Update, Limitations Software Options, Scam Alerts||Rule 4.31 Update, Diary Errors, and Missed Limitations – Protect Your Reputation and Stop Missing Important Dates, High Alert on Scams.|
|Despite Higher Claims, Levy Reduced to a 14-Year Low||Alberta Lawyers Indemnity Association (“ALIA”) has set the annual levy for 2022-2023 to:
The 2022-2023 annual levy is the lowest the Part A levy has been since the 2008-2009 policy year and the lowest the Part B levy has ever been.
|Fraud Prevention Month||March is Fraud Prevention Month. ALIA works collaboratively with the Law Society of Alberta to build and deliver a robust loss prevention and risk management program for lawyers so that they can avoid falling victim to fraud.|
|Don’t miss your opportunity to shape ALIA’s future initiatives; Acting as an arbitrator or mediator; Pro Bono coverage; Group Policy and articling students; Excess Insurance||ALIA values the opinions of our Subscribers. We want to learn about your views on the indemnity program’s current and future potential offerings, your experiences with ALIA, and what we can do to improve our service to Subscribers.|
|Levy Reduced Again to an 11-Year Low||Alberta Lawyers Indemnity Association (“ALIA”) has reduced the annual levy for 2021-2022 to:
This is the lowest the Part A levy has been since the 2009-2010 policy year and the Part B levy has never been lower.
|Changes in Foreign Law Coverage, Retirement Coverage, Group Policy FAQs||As announced on June 30, 2020, ALIA is revising the Group Policy to narrow coverage for foreign law matters effective July 1, 2021 to reduce the indemnity program’s exposure to foreign law risk and to help keep the base levy low.|
|Civil Litigation Filing Levy Pilot||Alberta Lawyers Indemnity Association (“ALIA”) will be implementing the civil litigation filing levy (the “CLFL”) to reduce the base levy of every member who participates in Alberta’s mandatory lawyer indemnity program (“Subscriber”).|
|Reported Pandemic-Related Litigation Delays and Confusion, When to Report a Claim or Potential Claim, What is Covered under Group Policy||Alberta Lawyers Indemnity Association (“ALIA”) and the Law Society of Alberta have received reports of pandemic-related court delays that may expose lawyers to claims related to delayed litigation or missed limitation periods and key deadlines. Continued confusion around suspension of limitation periods also has been reported.|
|Upcoming Policy Changes, Your Claims Prevention Resource||The Alberta Lawyers Indemnity Association (“ALIA”) is rolling out two major changes to the indemnity program’s Group Policy coverage: the addition of a late notice provision for claims or potential claims first made after June 30, 2020, and restrictions on foreign law coverage that will become effective a year from now on July 1, 2021.|
|ALIA 2020-2021 Levy Reduced by 23% to a 10-Year Low||The Alberta Lawyer’s Indemnity Association (ALIA)’s 2020-2021 annual levy will be reduced to $2,533 for Part A and $388 for Part B, for a total of $2,921. This is the lowest that the Part A levy has been since the 2009-2010 Policy Year and the lowest that the Part B levy has ever been.|
|Employee Theft: Are you Covered?||Did you know? ALIA covers theft by Participating Lawyers, not by law firm staff or others.|
|New Name, Same ALIA||For more than 30 years, ALIA has been operating the mandatory indemnity program providing Alberta’s private practice lawyers with professional liability coverage. For the 2019/2020 policy year, that coverage will stay the same – but now through ALIA under a different name.|
|Enhanced Surcharge Protocol starts July 1, 2019||As directed by the governing board of the mandatory indemnity program for Alberta lawyers (the “Program”), an Enhanced Surcharge Protocol for the Program is being rolled out effective July 1, 2019.
The Enhanced Surcharge Protocol will benefit a large majority of Alberta’s private practice lawyers by shifting more of the costs of multiple paid claims onto the relatively few lawyers who incur them. These changes will also help offset the increasing costs of defending and resolving claims.
|Cybercrime and Other Data Breaches: Protect Yourself and Clients with Insurance Coverage||Cybercrime is on the rise in Canada. Lawyers are considered valuable targets for hackers, not only because of the funds they hold, but because they may possess sensitive information about corporate acquisitions and other strategic transactions, intellectual property and pending litigation. Lawyers may also be targeted because of the clients they represent.|
|Dismissal for Long Delay and Prejudice||The Alberta Lawyers Indemnity Association (ALIA) has observed a significant increase in the number of claims resulting from Applications to Dismiss based upon long delay, and to a lesser extent, delay causing prejudice.|
|First Canadian Title Makes Subrogated Claim Against Alberta Lawyer||Lawyers considering the purchase of title insurance should be aware of the terms of the policies being sold in Alberta, and should not simply rely upon the statements made on a title insurer’s website or assume that title insurance provides them with no-fault coverage.|