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Setting Up Your Solo Practice: Part 1

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Setting Up Your Solo Practice: Part 1
Credits (Ontario)
Substantive: 1.0
Presenter(s)
Benjamin Arkin
Erin Cowling
William Hutcheson
Zaynah Marani
Tannis Waugh
Source
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
Provider
CPDOnline.ca
Language
English
Length
55 minutes
$99.00 plus tax
Includes handouts

Setting up a sole or small practice is a daunting venture. From what technology to use, to office space vs. a virtual office, there are so many decisions to make. In a challenging landscape of the delivery of legal services, there are a number of options that get away from traditional notions of what a law practice should look like.

Five different lawyers who set up practices in different ways with different levels of seniority will share the stories of how they did it. Hear from a well-respected senior lawyer on what were the building blocks to success along with the most significant challenges. You will also hear from a lawyer who has recently set up a practice.

Presenter(s)

Benjamin Arkin

Benjamin Arkin is a litigator with a practice focusing on disputes involving wills, estates, trusts, capacity, guardianships, and powers of attorney. He has represented clients in motions, applications, trials, and appeals at all levels of court in Ontario and in mediation.

Ben is a member of the Ontario Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section Executive and the Estate Planning Council of Toronto. He is a regular chair and presenter at professional development programs for lawyers and other professionals on a wide range of topics.

Ben previously practiced family law and advises clients about the intersection between family law and estate law, including elections to equalize net family property on the death of a spouse, domestic agreements, spousal support, and child support.

Ben was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2006. He has a J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and a B.Sc. (Hons.) in mechanical engineering from Queen's University.

Erin Cowling

Co-founder of Flex Legal Network and freelance lawyer.

William Hutcheson

Will Hutcheson articled in criminal law at the firm of Greenspan Humphrey Lavine.  He was called to the bar in 2008.  He worked in family law as an associate for Martha McCarthy & Company for a year and a half and then started his own firm.  He is now into his 9th year running his own show.  He practices primarily as a family lawyer but he also does simple wills and POAs.  He has no assistant, no associates and no clerk but he always has shared space with at least one other lawyer.  Will views going out on his own as one of the best decisions he has ever made.

Zaynah Marani

Marani law is a boutique firm in downtown Toronto offering legal advice in the areas of Real Estate, Immigration and Commercial Law.  Services are offered in French, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean and Urdu.
Founder of Marani Law, Zaynah Marani is an Immigration and Real Estate lawyer who provides practical solutions to individuals and companies from around the world. Zaynah tailors her advice to each client to ensure smooth and hassle free closings, no matter where her clients are located.
Zaynah is fluent in English and Spanish and proficient in French. She is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Tannis Waugh

Tannis WaughTannis was called to the bar in 2003 and practices in the areas of real estate, corporate/commercial, and estate planning. She practiced in a boutique firm in Toronto for three years before becoming a sole practitioner.

As a former Trustee for the Toronto Lawyers Association, Tannis has been involved in advocacy and education initiatives, most notably the moderator and presenter of continuing education programmes and writer of articles for the TLA journal.

She is also a member of the Condominium Sub-documents Committee of the Working Group on Lawyers and Real Estate which is responsible for producing province-wide precedent materials for condominium transactions.

Tannis is a frequent presenter for continuing legal education programmes and, in the past, has spoken on the issue of real estate, estates and ethics for the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Toronto Lawyers Association.