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Joe Barnard, CPA

Joe Barnard, CPA, is the managing director of ProDefender®, a division of Forrest T. Jones & Company. ProDefender® specializes in professional liability insurance for lawyers and accountants, as well as general liability insurance, cyber liability, workers compensation, and various forms of surety bonds. Joe has more than 30 years experience serving the insurance needs of professionals.
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How Much Professional Liability Coverage Should I Buy?
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Sep 27, 2018 1:39:00 PM

One of the more important decisions you make as an attorney pertains to your professional liability insurance. No matter how talented you are, you’re human and capable of making a mistake. When that happens, you’ll want to make sure you have adequate insurance coverage.

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Topics: Attorney Professional Liability Insurance, Lawyers Professional Liability

I’ve Never Had a Claim, So Why Would My Rates Increase?
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Sep 3, 2018 1:57:00 PM

Liability insurance rates for legal professionals may be one of the more confusing aspects of practicing law. Understanding some key factors in determining rates may help ease your mind when it’s time to renew your coverage. 

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Topics: Attorney Professional Liability Insurance

Things to Know About Prior Acts Coverage and Your Retroactive Date
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Aug 21, 2018 3:06:00 PM

Professional liability insurance is essential for attorneys to operate a successful law practice and adequately protect their careers. An aspect of these policies that can be confusing is the prior acts coverage and retroactive date. Understanding every component of your policy and what to look for is the best way to ensure you are adequately covered.

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Topics: Attorney Professional Liability Insurance

I Only Take Small Cases. Do I Really Need E&O Insurance?
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Jun 25, 2018 10:16:00 AM

As a new attorney or a small practitioner, you may wonder if the protection of professional liability insurance is worth the price. Even if you’re only practicing law part time, are only taking small cases, or are working for a small startup business, your best bet is to carry E&O insurance.

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Topics: Lawyers Professional Liability

What Should I Know About My E&O Policy Limits?
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Jun 11, 2018 3:57:00 PM

Having an errors and omissions insurance policy from the very moment you begin practicing law is the best way to protect yourself against professional liability issues throughout your career. Not all policies are the same, however. Before you purchase a policy, ask the following questions.

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Topics: Lawyers Professional Liability, Attorney Professional Liability Insurance

When Does a Mistake Become Malpractice?
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on May 29, 2018 5:08:00 PM

Not all mistakes that lawyers make rise to the level of “legal malpractice.” In fact, proving legal malpractice is no easy task.

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Topics: Lawyers Professional Liability, Legal Malpractice

Why Did My Malpractice Insurance Rates Go Up?
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on May 17, 2018 4:05:00 PM

If your malpractice insurance rates are rising even though you haven’t had a claim, several common factors may be involved.  

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Topics: Lawyers Professional Liability, Attorney Professional Liability Insurance

Do You Have Gaps in Your Legal Malpractice Insurance?
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on May 2, 2018 11:45:00 AM

It’s great to have professional liability insurance that covers your day-to-day work, and if you’re settled at a firm that provides coverage, you may feel like you’re safe and protected.

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Topics: Attorney Professional Liability Insurance

Top 5 Reasons Every Lawyer Should Have E & O Insurance
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Apr 19, 2018 3:45:00 PM

Errors and omissions (E&O) insurance policies cover professionals, including lawyers, for their losses or liabilities if they make a mistake or commit malpractice. Although it can be uncomfortable to think about needing this kind of protection, E&O insurance is a vital part of your overall professional plan.

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Topics: Lawyers Professional Liability, Attorney Professional Liability Insurance

Starting Your Own Firm: What to Know About E&O Insurance
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Apr 5, 2018 3:42:00 PM

Starting your own firm is a big step in your legal career. With all the start-up costs and decisions, there may be an impulse to defer purchases that you consider non-essential. Professional liability insurance shouldn't be one of those.

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Topics: Lawyers Professional Liability, Attorney Professional Liability Insurance

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