As with any industry, staying up-to-date on the latest legislation and practice changes in real estate law is a challenging, but very important, aspect of the role lawyers, notaries, and conveyancing professionals play. Today’s clients expect exceptional service from knowledgeable and up-to-date industry professionals and are quick to go elsewhere if they feel they’re dealing with someone who is behind the times.
We know that law offices are often busy, hectic places where taking a lunch break can seem like a luxury. However, don’t fall into the trap of feeling too busy to equip yourself with the most up-to-date industry knowledge. That includes reading and reviewing industry specific communications whether they arrive in your inbox or are presented at industry events. It often takes just a few minutes to read new communications and putting them aside for later risks making avoidable errors based on old information. Staying up to date helps avoid the stress that comes from making errors as well as the time lost in having to correct them.
Having the most current information, as it becomes available, allows you to make the best decisions throughout your workday. Even better, being aware of upcoming changes means you will be prepared to implement them as required for the day-to-day workflow in your office. Successful people find ways to stay ahead of the curve; here are a few tips to help you do just that.
Keep up with the literature
- Subscribe to relevant communications made available by industry organizations including your regional Law and/or Notary Societies, provincial government and local land title and survey authority.
- Read DoProcess emails and the News items posted in your DoProcess software to keep up to date on new product functionality, adaptations for legislative changes, and industry updates.
Take advantage of available training
- Participate in conferences, virtually or in person. Industry conferences are a great place to attend educational sessions led by subject matter experts.
- Keep an eye out for training courses on topics that will help you at work. They can be intensive, in-person seminars or short, focused webinars, all that matters is they help you keep your skills sharp and using current best practices and technology tools.
Stay connected to other legal professionals
- Industry conferences aren’t just for the educational seminars; they’re also a great place to connect with your legal colleagues. So don’t leave after the scheduled sessions end or retreat to your phone during breaks, instead use that time to meet other legal professionals and discuss what you’re seeing in your respective offices. Often a challenge you’re struggling with has already been addressed by someone else and they can share their solution with you.
- Discussions happen online as well. Join relevant social media groups where you can stay in touch with other legal professionals and continue to help each other out. Also, set up technology tools like Google Alerts so that you’ll receive notification emails about news around topics relevant to your work.