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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

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

1. Whether or not your state requires it, you should have insurance on day one. 

Starting your own firm is a big step in your legal career. Set yourself up for success by doing things right from the beginning. While it may be tempting to forego errors and omissions (E&O) insurance when money is tight, this can prove to be a devastating choice if a client sues you.

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Topics: Lawyers Professional Liability

A Client Filed a Complaint Against Me. What Should I Do?
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Mar 21, 2018 12:05:00 PM

Lawyers can expect to face at least one professional complaint during their careers. When it happens to you, keep your cool. The fact is that vast majority of professional complaints are dismissed. 

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Topics: Lawyers Professional Liability

Will My Legal Malpractice Insurance Cover Work I Do On The Side?
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Feb 19, 2018 3:42:00 PM

If you’re already covered by legal malpractice insurance, you’re on the right track. Having professional liability insurance in place from the very beginning of your legal practice provides valuable protection for your reputation, your livelihood, and your assets. 

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Topics: Lawyers Professional Liability

What Is Tail Coverage, and Do I Need It?
Posted by Joe Barnard, CPA on Feb 9, 2018 2:44:00 PM

There are two ways to get coverage for claims that arise outside your policy period: tail coverage and retroactive (or prior acts) coverage.

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Topics: Lawyers Professional Liability

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

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