5 Ways to Make Life Easier for You (and Your Claims Attorney)

Lawyers are busy. We’ve got briefs to write, hearings to attend, depositions to prepare for, and trials to worry about. There are 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week and somehow still not enough time to get it all done. Our plates are so full of tasks and deadlines and meetings [...]

By |2021-01-12T11:46:49-07:00September 29th, 2020|Tales from the Claims Files|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2021-01-12T12:06:31-07:00May 14th, 2020|Tales from the Claims Files|0 Comments

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 [...]

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