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Reliance on cultural norms leads lawyer to act without full instructions

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In his article “Manage Malpractice Risk by Recognizing Cultural Diversity“, Lorne Shelson (Litigation Director & Counsel in the Specialty Claims Department at LAWPRO) gives five ‘culturally-based’ claims scenarios loosely based on real LAWPRO claims. Here is one scenario: A man retained a lawyer to commence a medical malpractice lawsuit. The man believed that his wife… Read More »

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In the Lending Library: Locked Down: Information Security for Lawyers

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In the paper world keeping client data confidential was easy and cheap. In the digital world, its difficult and expensive, and the job is never truly done. The authors of Locked Down (Sharon D. Nelson, David G. Reis and John W. Simek) believe that law firms are not doing enough to protect electronic client data…. Read More »

Categories: Risk Management Strategies, Legal Technology, Technology, Law Practice Management

The top things you can do to avoid a legal malpractice claim

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In most areas of law practice, lawyer/client communication problems are the number one cause of claims, followed closely by deadline and time management issues. Together they typically account for more than half the malpractice claims LAWPRO sees. Failures to know or apply substantive law typically account for about 10% of claims. See The Biggest Claims… Read More »

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

Law Practice Magazine: Recognizing Risks and Avoiding Malpractice Claims

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Do you know where the greatest risks of a malpractice claim come from? More importantly—did you know there are simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of a claim being made against you? The July/August issue of Law Practice Magazine is devoted to helping you avoid the dreaded allegation of legal malpractice, as… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Risk Management Strategies, Fraud Prevention, Legal Technology, Practice Aids, Conflicts of Interest
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