Malpractice Insurance

This is FindLaw's Law Firm Management Center's collection of free articles on Malpractice Insurance. Most state bar organizations have rules regarding malpractice insurance requirements for lawyers. Carrying malpractice insurance is not mandatory in every state, but it can serve as an important layer in your law firm's risk management strategy. Are you covered? Do you need to be? Start your research with FindLaw.
Malpractice Insurance Articles
    • Thinking About Law Firm Risk Management
      Provided by Editorial Staff of FindLaw

      If you're a good lawyer, you won't get sued for malpractice. This belief may be comforting, but it's a myth. Good (and bad) lawyers get sued. There is no simple way to predict if your client will sue you for malpractice. In fact, risk management begins as soon as a person becomes a potential client.  

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    • Answers to Common Legal Malpractice Insurance Questions
      Provided by Editorial Staff of FindLaw

      Before you consider buying malpractice insurance, it is important to understand the basics of insurance.You need insurance in order to protect yourself and your clients. As with other types of insurance, malpractice coverage can protect your personal assets against loss. In addition, as attorneys cannot limit their personal liability by agreement or entity selection, insurance provides protection against catastrophic loss.

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    • The Basics of Legal Malpractice Insurance
      Provided by Anne C. O'Donnell of FindLaw
      Jurisdictions vary on the whether attorneys are required to carry malpractice insurance, but commonsense weighs strongly in favor of always carrying malpractice insurance, regardless of your state's requirements.

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    • A Glossary of Legal Malpractice Insurance Terms
      Provided by Editorial Staff of FindLaw
      Before you buy your malpractice insurance policy, you must understand common malpractice insurance terms. While many of these terms may be familiar to you from other insurance policies, certain terms are unique to malpractice insurance.

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    • Business Ethics
      Provided by U.S. Small Business Administration
      Business ethics are a hot topic these days; with everything from insider trading to employee theft on the rise, it is no wonder that businesses are beginning to focus on the impact of ethical leadership. However, along with this new focus comes a lot of "gray area." Many times, managers are forced to decide on issues where there are arguments on both sides - a problem that makes ethical decision-making very difficult.

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    • Court Security Reforms Become Law
      Provided by Editorial Staff of FindLaw
      Legislation to provide needed protections for federal judges, witnesses and officers from threats and attacks will become law without President Bush's signature.

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    • Understanding Small Businesses Insurance Needs
      Provided by Editorial Staff of NAIC
      Many small businesses are exposed to serious risks that could be mitigated by a better understanding of their insurance options according to research from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

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    • Types of Business Insurance
      Provided by U.S. Small Business Administration
      Buying business insurance is among the best ways to prepare for the unexpected. Without proper protection, misfortunes such as the death of a partner or key employee, embezzlement, a lawsuit, or a natural disaster could spell the end of a thriving operation This article identifies the different types of business insurance small businesses should consider.

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    • Good Fee Agreements Make Good Clients
      Provided by Doug Salvesen and Esq. of FindLaw
      Napoleon once observed that he spent 10% of his time fighting his enemies and 90% fighting with his allies. Lawyers should carefully manage the relationships with their clients to avoid such battles.

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    • Management of the Common Risks of E-Lawyering
      Provided by Editorial Staff of FindLaw
      It's hard to deny that technology is a vital part of any law practice. While technology has made the practice of law far easier, it has also added a layer of risk. In order to manage this risk, it is very important for all attorneys to protect themselves from common "e-lawyering" mistakes.

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    • Unique Challenges of Solo Law Firm Practice
      Provided by Editorial Staff of FindLaw
      While much that is written about malpractice claims is applicable to all lawyers, solo attorneys should also understand the unique malpractice dangers of their practice.

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    • Getting Informed Consent During Conflicts Check
      Provided by Editorial Staff of FindLaw
      One of the most challenging aspects of running a law firm involves the conflicts check. This challenge is amplified when there are multiple parties and mis-perceptions about the attorney's duty to each party. The key in handling murky conflict matters involves setting appropriate expectations.

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    • Five Tips to Avoid Getting Sued in the New Year
      Provided by Valorem Law Group
      Five tips for businesses to avoid getting sued.

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    • Malpractice: When Bad Things Happen to Smart Lawyers
      Provided by Anthony J. Sebok of FindLaw
      One of America's Top Plaintiffs' Lawyers Makes a Key Tactical Error During Oral Argument in a Case Against Big Tobacco

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    • Professional Liability Insurance for Legal Malpractice
      Provided by FindLaw
      To insure against the risk of legal malpractice, attorneys and law practices often get legal malpractice insurance. However, thinking about malpractice insurance coverage as a means to mitigate risk raises several important issues.

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