|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.|