Practice Tip Sheets
Missed deadlines are a major source of malpractice claims. Lawyers sometimes fail to determine the limitation period on a matter or fail to properly calendar it, miss other deadlines or fail to act when they arise. Here are tips to avoid these claims.
A conflict of interest happens when there is a substantial risk that a lawyer’s duties to a client will be compromised by the lawyer’s own interest or the lawyer’s duties to another client, former client, or another third person.
Phishing attacks and other forms of cyberfraud are an increasingly common source of loss for lawyers. Our constantly changing technology, and the changing tactics used by fraudsters, require constant vigilance and adaptation.
The #1 cause of claims in almost every area of practice is communication breakdown. Implement the following actions to help avoid communication problems in your practice.
A claim from a failure to know or apply the law is not as common a claims cause as people think, but it is still important to make sure you have adequate subject-matter knowledge.
Claims related to lawyers who have not uncovered all the facts or developed a sufficient understanding of a client’s matter go to the very core of what lawyers are supposed to do for their clients – give legal advice based on the client’s specific situation.