Client Identification & Verification
New rules on client identification and verification were approved by the Board of Directors (Benchers) in April 2008, and came into effect on December 31, 2008. The new requirements are based on a Model Rule developed by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada as part of a national initiative to fight fraud. Law societies across Canada are in the process of implementing the Model Rule to create a national, uniform standard for client identification and verification.
Introduction & Background
The Rules (Rules 118.1 to 118.10)
Online Self-Study Learning Module
Law firms are encouraged to download these sample forms in PDF format, modify them for their needs and have them on hand for their own use.
Attestation for Verification of Identity
Verification of Identity Agreement
Verification of Identity (Individuals)
Verification of Identity (Organizations)
If you have any questions or need more information about the new client identification and verification rules, please contact the Practice Advisors.