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Sitting on a non-profit board: A risk management checklist

Serving as a director of a charitable or not-for-profit corporation can be a rewarding but potentially risky experience. A director can be held personally liable for his or her own actions or failures to act, as well as jointly and severally liable with the other members of the board of directors. Directors with specialized knowledge and expertise, such as lawyers, are held to a higher standard of care. LAWPRO’s standard professional liability insurance policy provides coverage only for the "professional services" that a lawyer provides as a lawyer. It does not provide coverage for liability arising as a result of a lawyer’s actions as a director.

Accordingly, here are some questions you should ask yourself before serving as a director on the board of a charity or not-for-profit organization.



 

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