Legal Malpractice Claims and Common Defenses

While some mistakes may typically be at issue in a legal malpractice claim, there is generally no such things as a typical legal malpractice claim. Legal malpractice claims are usually very fact intensive and as such, even when the facts appear straightforward, more often than not there are unique circumstances which dictate whether a lawyer will actually be found liable. What’s more, since legal malpractice claims may appear to be…

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How to Bring Your Practice Into the 21st Century

We all know that most risk management tools that worked ten or twenty years ago are no longer as important today. Whether we’re talking about engagement letters, fee contracts, calendar control systems, or document retention policies, one thing is certain. In the 21st century, old ways will not always get the job done. Today, cybersecurity or cloud computing have become important tools for a good law practice. Bar members need…

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Tips for Choosing a Professional Negligence Insurance Policy

Most law practices today know that it’s worth having a professional liability insurance, even if they operate in states which don’t require them to. A much harder analysis, though, can be to determine what type of coverage to purchase and for what amounts. Brokers and insurers can help with answering those questions, but let’s look at some factors a practice might want to consider. Choosing the Right Insurer When you…

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Tips on Dealing with a Malpractice Claim

It can be scary to find yourself on the receiving side of a malpractice claim, but there are certain things you can do to make sure you don’t make a bad situation worse. A good place to start would be reviewing any applicable legal malpractice policy to identify your obligations and formulate a plan. Lawyers sometimes tend to respond to claims in ways that complicate matters and may make it…

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Five Bad Habits that Lawyers Need to Break

There is a lot of data out there regarding legal malpractice claims against lawyers, and it includes things like frequency, type of law, the size of the firms, and even amounts of damages sought. All that information can be very useful to lawyers and law firms who want to identify areas of potential risk and take the necessary precautions. Some of the most obvious risk prevention measures are relatively easy…

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Tips for Making Sure You Comply with Your Ethical Obligations

Attorneys are generally aware of the ethical obligations they have toward their clients and they take them seriously. However, law firms don’t simply assume that their lawyers are complying with their ethical obligations and they take steps to assist them whenever ethical issues arise, and, in some cases, help minimize the potential harm facing the client, attorney, and firm. A law firm’s efforts in helping its attorneys and partners comply…

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