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If I take a leave of absence do I have to continue to purchase coverage?

If you meet the rules of eligibility you do not need to purchase insurance during your leave. Complete an Application for Exemption prior to your leave of absence.

For a temporary leave of absence, you must remain on exemption for at least 30 days. If you apply for exemption partway into a leave, you can apply for a refund of up to 30 days of premium.

What do I need to do when I set up a partnership with another sole practitioner?

When practising in a partnership, all lawyers are required to have the same insurance coverage options. Please contact LAWPRO customer service to align your coverages.

I have recently switched law firms. What happens to my LAWPRO coverage?

Your LAWPRO coverage applies to the individual lawyer and is not limited to any one law firm. If you leave one firm to join another, your coverage follows you. However, you must contact LAWPRO to notify us of the change.

I was recently appointed to the bench. What happens to my practice coverage?

Those appointed to the bench are exempt from the requirement to purchase coverage and are provided, free of charge, standard Run-Off Coverage of $250,000 per claim and in the aggregate, subject to a $5,000 deductible per claim. This coverage is a one-time limit and is not re-instated annually. Run-Off Coverage applies only to claims arising out of professional services provided while you were in private practice.

We recommend that judges consider applying for additional Run-Off limit protection beyond this standard Run-Off Coverage. Additional Run-Off Coverage limits of $500,000 per CLAIM/$500,000 in the aggregate, and $1 million per CLAIM/$2 million in the aggregate, are available. For further details, refer to the “Insurance matters: Retired lawyers, estate trustees, judges, in-house counsel, government lawyers and others no longer in private practice” booklet.

If you wish to be provided with a no-obligation estimate, please complete and submit an Application to Increase Run-Off Coverage.

I am currently on exemption and wish to return to private practice. What should I do?

I’ve advised the Law Society in writing of my upcoming change in status. Do I need to let LAWPRO know as well?

If you’re changing law firms, address, or practice status (going into or out of private practice) notify both LAWPRO and the LSO separately of these changes.

LAWPRO and the LSO maintain completely separate information databases and, in keeping with their respective mandates, generally do not share information that lawyers may consider confidential or proprietary.

Land Acknowledgement

The offices of LAWPRO are located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, Anishnabeg, Chippewa, Haudenosaunee and Wendat peoples. Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit. LAWPRO respects and acknowledges the histories, languages, knowledge systems, and cultures of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit nations.

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