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Working on Healthy Attorney Client Relationships

As I sit at home working in relative isolation wondering when the second COVID-19 wave will crest (or is it part two of the first wave?), I have some additional time to ponder some of the whys of the claims currently on report.  You have no doubt read many articles — some here I hope [...]

Are You A Fixer? Don’t Try to Fix Your Potential Malpractice Claim

Attorneys are fixers. This characteristic may be natural for some or was instilled and molded through law school for others but, however it came to be, attorneys fix legal problems. Consequently, if an attorney is presented with a legal problem, they attempt to fix it. Hammer, meet nail. The problem with being a fixer of [...]

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Learn to Laugh at Yourself

Q: What do you get when you cross the Godfather with a lawyer? A: An offer you can't understand. Q: How does an attorney sleep? A: First he lies on one side, then he lies on the other. It seems like there are more lawyer jokes than stars in the sky, and there may not [...]

Don’t Leave Yourself Exposed – The New Year is the Perfect Time to Evaluate Your Professional Liability Coverage Limits

January is a time for making new resolutions, setting goals and evaluating what works and what can be improved. Generally, a majority of these discussions focus on exercise, diet, and healthy living. But what about you and your law firm’s financial health? It is critical for your firm to maintain appropriate professional liability coverage, especially [...]

Closure letters – What Are They and Why Should Lawyers Bother with Them?

In the Claims world, we love closure letters. Unfortunately, we rarely see them in the files – perhaps that is because attorneys who send closure letters may not be sued as much as those who do not send closure letters! When we use the term, “closure letter” we are referring to a letter that the [...]

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice — Perspective

It is almost Thanksgiving and Christmas is right around the corner. All of the retailers panicked with 7 fewer days to shop between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The holiday season started off with a BOO!!! This was appreciated and celebrated by some and cursed by others for obvious reasons. No matter how the holiday season started [...]

Notice Under the Claims Made and Reported Policy: You Are Your Partner’s Keeper

Maybe obvious, but one of the most important considerations in a claims made and reported insurance policy is timely reporting. ALPS’ Claims Made and Reported Policy requires an insured to immediately report any claim or circumstance that could reasonably be expected to be the basis of a claim. Generally, coverage does not exist for a [...]

Money Can’t Fix Everything – Especially If It’s the Problem

It is often said that money is the root of all evil. I don't know if that's true but what is true is money is the center of all legal malpractice claims. A lawyer can be retained to help someone divide up precious heirlooms in an estate, to obtain citizenship in our country, to clear [...]

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