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New practicePRO resource: The immigration law malpractice claims fact sheet

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The tenth in our series of “malpractice claims fact sheets” covers immigration law. The number of malpractice claims flowing from immigration matters, while not many, has been trending up in recent years. Lawyer/client miscommunications cause 42% of these claims. Immigration clients have a great deal at stake, and many pin their hopes on the efforts… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Risk Management Strategies

New in the practicePRO Library: Unbundled Legal Services – A Family Lawyer’s Guide

Focusing on family law practitioners, Unbundling Legal Services is a particularly appropriate resource given the unique promise that unbundling holds for family law litigants. In many jurisdictions, self-representation rates are highest in family cases. But, as any family law attorney (or family court litigant) knows, these are the case types that arguably benefit most from… Read More »

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

Good Practice Habits: Taking Instructions & Giving Recommendations

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Lawyer/client communication-related claims are the number one source of malpractice claims in all areas of practice. These claims can arise when there is a mis-communication or no communication at all. The lawyer and client can be confused over who is doing what. Were instructions received but ignored? Was the lawyer supposed to do something which… Read More »

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

Litigation claims on the rise

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In recent years, the growth in civil litigation claims has outstripped the overall growth in claims. For example, from 2006 through 2010 LAWPRO received an average of 708 civil litigation claims each year, and during 2011 through 2015, the average increased to 948 each year. This growth of 34 per cent vastly exceeds the 7… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Communication Errors, Civil Litigation, Limitations Claims

A Simple Habit To Avoid Missing Deadlines

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Here at Claims Prevention & practicePRO we often talk about “baby steps”. The big idea is that taking baby steps can help make you a more effective lawyer. There isn’t necessarily One Big Thing that will magically turn you into a great lawyer.  The  elements of a habit are explored in Charles Duhigg’s The Power… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Legal Technology, Practice Aids, Civil Litigation, Law Practice Management, Risk Management & Claims Prevention

Build good practice habits and avoid malpractice claims: The new lawyer

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You are just beginning to build the habits that can help or hinder your practice in the long term. Consistency in how you deliver service – from the questions you ask at intake to the steps you take when the client leaves the office – is one of the foundations to protect yourself against malpractice… Read More »

Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Communication Errors, Risk Management Strategies, Limitations Claims, Risk Management & Claims Prevention
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