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Civil litigation claims are on the rise. What can you do to avoid becoming a statistic?

Growth in the rate of civil litigation claims is outstripping overall claims growth by a significant margin. The reasons for the increase are complex and diverse, but problems with lawyer-client communication and failure to manage deadlines remain important causes.

The articles featured here provide insights into how to communicate appropriately with clients, juniors, and office staff, how to minimize the risks associated with innovations like after the event insurance, and how to combat procrastination.

After the event (ATE) insurance – what you need to know: After the event (ATE) insurance can help lessen the financial blow of a lost case for both the client and lawyer, but it’s important to understand the risks.

Getting that file out of the “ugh” pile: four strategies: Taking action creates the momentum needed to complete tasks, but sometimes we need a jumpstart.

Rule 48: Set your matter down for trial: The new five-year deadline means it’s now harder to save files that fall through the cracks. Consider using a file progress plan to keep your matter on track.

What kinds of litigation claims does LAWPRO see? Our Litigation Claims Malpractice Fact Sheet can help you identify key trouble areas.

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