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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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Does Your Legal E&O Policy Provide the Protection You Need?
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Jan 11, 2018 11:11:00 AM

Let’s face it: no one enjoys reading insurance policies. The fact is, however, that skipping this important step in protecting your legal practice and personal assets can have disastrous consequences. Be sure you understand the terms of any professional liability policy before you purchase it. If you’ve already purchased errors and omissions insurance and aren’t completely clear on its terms, take the time now to look over your policy, and consider whether it’s really giving you the protection you need.

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Topics: Lawyers Professional Liability

I Made a Mistake. Should I Worry About Being Sued?
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Jan 2, 2018 2:34:02 PM

As an attorney, you should always be alert to the possibility of being sued—even when you haven’t made a mistake. Each year, a substantial proportion of attorneys face malpractice claims, and the average lawyer faces three such claims throughout a legal career.[1] 

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Topics: Lawyers Professional Liability

How Do Legal Malpractice Insurers Determine My Rates?
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Dec 13, 2017 4:55:00 PM

Legal professional liability insurance rates can be baffling to many attorneys. However, there are a few key variables that influence what kind of rate you can get for any given policy.

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Topics: Lawyers Professional Liability

5 Tips for Avoiding Legal Malpractice Claims
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Nov 29, 2017 4:25:00 PM

As a practicing attorney, you understand the importance of ensuring that you’re serving your clients as effectively as possible. Despite your best efforts, the odds are you’ll face a malpractice claim at some point. A substantial percentage of attorneys are the subject to professional liability claims each year, and the average attorney faces three such claims throughout a legal career.[1]

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Topics: Lawyers Professional Liability

Don’t Panic If You Receive a ‘Reservation of Rights’ Letter
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Nov 15, 2017 4:23:00 PM

When you file a claim with your malpractice insurance company, it is standard practice for your insurer to send a “reservation of rights” letter to protect its right to deny coverage if your claim isn’t covered by your policy. It’s understandable that this can sometimes cause a bit of panic. It’s important to understand, however, that receiving this letter does not mean that your insurer is denying coverage.

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Topics: Lawyers Professional Liability

What Your Malpractice Insurance Doesn’t Cover May Surprise You.
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Nov 2, 2017 12:08:00 PM

When is the last time you read through your professional liability insurance policy? Do you really understand what’s covered and what isn’t? As is often said, the worst time to read your policy is when you have a claim.

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Topics: Lawyers Professional Liability

How to Compare Competing Malpractice Insurance Policies
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Oct 6, 2017 4:35:00 PM

If you’re opening a new practice, just getting around to buying professional liability insurance, or shopping for a better policy, asking the right questions is critical to getting the best protection and value. Before you sign up, be sure to know the answers to these questions.

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Is the Cost of Legal Malpractice Insurance Worth It for a Solo Practice?
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Sep 28, 2017 11:42:00 AM

When you’re starting a solo practice, it’s natural to want to keep your budget slim. While cutting costs in some areas is smart, cutting malpractice insurance out of your budget can set you up for sizable problems down the road.

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Topics: Lawyers Professional Liability

Top Five Reasons Lawyers Get Sued
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Sep 18, 2017 10:03:00 AM

No matter how earnest and diligent you are in your legal practice, you’re not immune to malpractice suits. While some attorneys are sued for reasons they could have prevented with greater attention to detail or more honest dealing, plenty of lawsuits arise out of situations in which even the best attorneys can find themselves.

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Topics: Lawyers Professional Liability

A Client Threatened to Sue Me. What Should I Do?
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Aug 24, 2017 9:13:00 AM

It’s perhaps easiest to start with the one thing not to do when a client threatens to sue you: ignore them. Although a threat is a long way from an actual lawsuit, taking the threat seriously will allow you to prepare for whatever may follow.

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Topics: Lawyers Professional Liability

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