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Combined Licensee Firms With Paralegal Partner(s) or Shareholder(s)

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Who is eligible for this coverage?

A person who holds a Class P1 licence (paralegal) is required to maintain insurance against professional liability under a professional liability insurance policy issued by LAWPRO if:

  • The paralegal and one or more lawyer(s) are in partnership together; or
  • Both paralegal(s) and lawyer(s) are shareholders in a professional corporation, and
  • The business of the partnership or professional corporation is the practice of law and the provision of legal services in Ontario.

For detailed information on mandatory insurance for paralegals, see By-Law 6, Part II of the Law Society Act.

How much coverage do I have?

As an insured paralegal, you have a maximum of $1 million per claim and $2 million in the aggregate coverage for claims brought against you. The policy limits apply to both claims expenses and indemnity payments together.

If you are joining or establishing a Combined Licensee Firm (CLF) as a paralegal partner or shareholder

Once the Law Society of Ontario has approved the partnership or professional corporation, a representative of the firm will contact LAWPRO for the Combined Licensee Firm application form. Once completed by the paralegal, the firm will forward the application form to LAWPRO. When approved, the policy will be put in place and the policy documentation will be forwarded to the paralegal.

What is the premium?

Upon our receipt of your completed application form, LAWPRO will individually underwrite the paralegal.

How to apply

Contact Helen Payne at 416-598-5899 or 1-800-410-1013 or [email protected] to receive the application form or if you have any questions.


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