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Reduce communication-related claims by understanding cognitive bias

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Understanding cognitive biases can help reduce communication-related claims, which are the biggest source of malpractice claims. While many cognitive biases are dealt with by following some common sense principles, others are not as obvious. From anchoring effect to decision fatigue, knowing how your client makes decisions can help you build rapport with your clients, effectively… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Communication Errors, Risk Management Strategies, Practice Aids

Psychological tips to win over your clients, juries, and judges

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Effectively persuading a potential new client, a jury, or an interviewer – and being able to do it time and again – requires a solid understanding of how people make decisions. Persuasion traditionally relies on three techniques, namely: to speak the truth (logos), be credible (ethos), and move your audience emotionally (pathos).  Unconscious (cognitive) biases can interfere… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Communication Errors, Risk Management Strategies, Practice Aids, Law Practice Management

Limited Scope Representation Resources

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The information and resources on practicePRO’s Limited Scope Representation page are intended to help you understand some of the risks inherent in providing limited scope legal services, and how you can reduce your exposure to a claim when working for a client on an unbundled basis. LAWPRO’s concern that unbundling could lead to more claims… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Communication Errors, Risk Management Strategies, Family Law, Practice Aids, Civil Litigation

Dropping the ball on a file transfer: Rule 48 dangers

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When a file is transferred from one lawyer to another, one danger is when nothing happens on the file due to a clumsy transfer or missing critical information. A new file that has not been looked at can be a ticking time bomb. Deadlines like limitation periods can pass by unnoticed, and Rule 48 administrative… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Communication Errors, Risk Management Strategies, Civil Litigation, Law Practice Management, Risk Management & Claims Prevention

Limited scope representation: With the right safeguards, possibilities abound

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A self-represented family law litigant anxiously prepares for a hearing, which can resolve months, if not years, of anxiety, and determine the litigant’s financial and family affairs in the near future. Retaining a lawyer from cradle to grave is out of budget for this litigant. What to do? Relief is around the corner – a… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Risk Management Strategies, Family Law, Civil Litigation

When you do legal work involving foreign law or lawyers: Are you covered?

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Lawyers and their clients are more mobile than ever before. With the Internet, easy international travel and a global economy, relationships and business transactions – and legal matters and disputes – frequently cross international borders. Handling matters that involve foreign law can increase the risk that you will face a malpractice claim, and can have… Read More »

Categories: Risk Management Strategies, LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage

Practice Pitfalls of Public Interest Advocacy

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Representing a public interest group can be risky for lawyers. Such a group may, for example, be the target of a SLAPP (strategic litigation against public policy) lawsuit, with enormous costs consequences that its members did not anticipate. Lawyers are sometimes even named as defendants in such lawsuits. In one case, a lawyer who represented… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors, Risk Management Strategies, Civil Litigation, Conflicts of Interest
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